I remember back in October of last year jumping up and down when the first Wool, which was a short story, cracked a top 100 list. It appeared at #99 in Anthologies, which was what Amazon picked for me when I clearly tagged it as a “Short Story.” (Amazon still does this. Don’t ask me why).
I figured it would soon disappear from said list, so I took a screen shot. So began my obsession with taking screen shots, ever convinced that each milestone would be the last. I was like the daredevil pilots of yore who wanted to log the max reading on their altimeters for bragging rights and rounds of beer later. Always expecting an engine to stutter, for gravity to notice that something was amiss and aim to correct it.
I’ve been obnoxious with these captures on FB. I’ve been slightly obnoxious here on my website.
Get this nonsense: I just cracked my first top 100 list for a PHYSICAL BOOK. Yeah. What the hell and tarnation and all that? I also noticed something a little freaky. When you go through the general top seller lists, it includes physical AND Kindle versions. The Kindle list excludes the physical books. Which means the overall list for Science Fiction > Adventure has the Wool Omnibus TWICE. Once at #7 for the e-book and again at #99 for the physical.
Of course, I assume that the cosmos has noticed this intrusion and has since corrected itself, but no matter. I, ever the wasteful one with my time and energy, captured the altimeter before the spring broke.
(This blog entry is a slightly modified KB post from today, because my blog was sad and lonely)