Anyway, I know at least one writer who has been told by her agent to be more upbeast and positive about her work on her blog. But yesterday, while feeling excessively downbeat and negative, I linked to the Half a Crown listing on Amazon in what was probably the most negative way one could imagine, short of saying outright "steaming pile of shit" or "stinking pile of fish guts". I also said that the Amazon listing was just a listing, without any actual information. (janni has a cover. But I have roses and chocolate. When I have a cover, I'll let you know.) Nevertheless, some of you went to Amazon and bought it, and I know this because yesterday it didn't have a sales ranking at all, but today it has the highest sales ranking of any of my books. I know Amazon sales rankings fall from the sky and don't mean anything, but even taking that into account, this one probably means that at least one person read my negative mention and rushed off and gave them good money for it.
Whoever you are, thank you. I feel more positive about it already.
Oh, and bellated happy birthdays to jinian and xiphias, who had birthdays in the last few days when I was head-down in the copyedit.