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I cleaned up my home, top to bottom. You might think it isn’t all that great an achievement, but I’m not a household goddess. I don’t like cleaning up and I find it a chore to even think of vacuuming. So, whenever I manage the deed – and I do manage it – I think there should be fanfares and a commemorative medal awarded for the occasion. There never is, for some reason. Apparently, household work is something we should just get done, but for me there always are more interesting things I could be doing instead, like writing. So, I thought to write about my feat in this blog. Let that be my fanfare.

However, before I started to write this entry, I checked how my book, the Wolf's Call, was doing and learned to my utter delight that its ranking had shot up overnight at amazon.com. It had even made it into a top 100 in one category, something I thought would never happen. The overnight sales (for me, as I’m based in Europe) weren’t that massive, but they were the best for one day period I’ve had so far, so I thought the rise was justified. I rushed in to announce the news to the world – well, to my family, but I mentioned it on my webpages too – my domestic accomplishment all forgotten. Surely, this would be the start of a steady rise to bestsellers’ list.

Alas, no. It didn’t take long for the author forums to start questioning this miracle. Everyone’s rankings had either skyrocketed or disappeared completely and they thought a malfunction in software was to blame. They were right. By the end of the day, my ranking had returned to normal. What a disappointment.

So, the worldly glory is indeed passing. Having had a taste of it though, I didn’t feel like telling the world about my other achievement. What is a clean house compared to good book sales? Then again, the sales fluctuate on daily bases even in normal conditions, but my house is still clean. And I can clean it up again and again and again… Sigh.


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