If you keep telling yourself you’re not going mad is it already too late? The logical part of me knows how Amazon works, what the rough percentage is of books sold in comparison to other accounts like B&N, Borders, Chapters-Indigo, Waterstones etc. and what that ever changing ranking really means in actual books sold. And yet, like a moth to a flame, I find myself wanting to check in, you know, just out of curiosity, to see where it’s at. Oh, I could quit anytime I want, really, but this is research, I’m trying to be an informed author. It’s important that I know because…because…because not knowing is agony! And with my new Blackberry it’s like pouring coffee in an I.V. straight into my bloodstream. But unlike that first morning cuppa, each Amazon hit is rife with uncertainty – the ranking might have gone up, in which case your heart flutters like a bright, spring morning, or it might have gone down, taking with it your will to live. You never know, and each hour when those tumblers tick and a new ranking appears you live, and die, a little more each time. If you’re really hard core, however, you can take it a step further and have aweb application monitor it for you. Yeah, 24/7 Amazon, raw and uncut.
And if this keeps up we’ll impound your Blackberry and pull out the jacket with buckles 😀