LAlien-From the Austrian Alps to the Hollywood Hills

12 Months to 40

When I was a teenager, fourty was always my scary-age. People who were fourty were officially 'old'. They were boring, had a steady job and had the same routine everyday. Their lives seemed basically over and they were just waiting for death to come. Last week, I turned 39. I have twelve months to go before I am officially 'old'...


My late thirties snuck up on me like a bold eagle on its prey. I CANNOT believe I just turned 39 - the last year in my thirties has begun. I still remember waking up the day after my 29th birthday. A sense of panic came over me and I started to cry. At the time, I thought the midlife crisis was upon me. So I was waiting for it to set in. I wasn't sure what it would feel like but I was ready for it. And then... it never came!

I had a blast in my thirties! I lived life to the fullest. At the time, I lived in Santa Monica, just minutes from the beach. I was in top shape - as most people living in LA are - and I had a great lifestyl…

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The Lump

"You have a lump on your right thyroid" the doctor said as he opened the door to leave.
"What does that mean?" I lifted my head from the horizontal position trying not to get the goo from the ultrasound all over my t-shirt.
"Come back Wednesday and get your test results to discuss them with your PCP. Most of the time lumps are fine."
The radiologist took his cigarette-smell covered coat and himself out the door. I had the impression that he was counting the days to retirement in his head as he exited the room. By the looks of it, he didn't have too many left.

Wait! What? I have a lump? Just the day earlier my biggest worry was how to generate more followers on Instagram.

The doctor told me the news on Monday and I had to pick up the results on Wednesday. This gave me 48 hours to research the 10,000 different things a lump could mean on the internet. Going to work the next day was though but I was thankful for the distraction. Wednesday came and I ra…

LAlien is turning 1 year old!!!!!!

Today, my book-baby turned one year old!

To celebrate LAlien's first birthday, I was interviewed by fellow writer E. Rachael Hardcastle.

Check out the interview here:

It's Spring: Time to Smile


A magical thing happens every year in Austria right around this time: people remember how to smile!

When I lived in California, I was really confused why everyone was so damn happy all the time. I arrived in LA in the middle of September and my mood had already gone into hybernation ready for winter. But there is no real winter in LA. My body was confused - and my mood even more so. And then I got it: sunshine makes people happy! Eureka! Who knew?!

Now as spring has sprung in Austria, I can see the same phenomnon. Yesterday, I ran into a neighbor. She smiled at me! And even greeted me! I was confused but immediately showed appreciation by smiling and greeting back. Of course, the springtime-miracle mood-lift doesn't work on everyone - my downstairs neighbor would rather bodycheck anyone in her way than crack a smile. Gee lady-no-smiles, give it a try, it doesn't hurt. 

Nevermind the sourpuss face from downstairs, I love this time of the year! I know this smiling is …

A Little Nudge for Those with Writer's Block

Are you an experienced writer suffering from writer's block? Do you want to become a writer but don't know where to start?

Check out these '50 Writing Prompts' to get into the flow of writing. This technique really works for me! Let me know if it also helps you!

Social Media Killed the Video Star - and My Mood

You may have noticed that I haven't posted a blog article in a while. This is partly due to me being busy at my day job - nope, I don't make a living (yet) with just writing - and on the other hand due to me being worn out ... by social media. Specifically by Instagram.

I kept hearing about travel bloggers, fashion bloggers and motivational speakers having tens of thousands of followers making really good money through sponsored posts and getting lots of freebies in exchange for product reviews. That sounded intriguing to me. I like writing. I like trying new things. Sounds like my calling. I knew I had to get started with generating lots of followers. I thought I look into that some more. I learned that good, clean photos and the right kind of hashtags as well as frequent postings will lead to getting more followers. Before I started to take Instagram more seriously, I only used it to put a filter on my photos for posting on Facebook later. My skin just looks better in Gingha…