Random happy moment

I checked on Amazon to see what ranking Butterfly Swords was at. Yes, I do check to see if the number has gone down meaning someone pre-ordered. It’s so silly. *hangs head*

This morning, I was amused that it was ranked #88 among Harlequin Historicals so I took a screen shot of it. Eights are very lucky in Chinese culture because the word for eight sounds a lot like the word for “wealth”. I heard you have to pay extra to have an eight in your phone number as businesses would want to snatch up the numbers with 8s in them to seem more fortunate.

So double eight is doubly lucky. That’s why you have those 88 markets and in Kill Bill there was that gang called the “Crazy 88s”. It also kind of looks like the character for double happiness, which is very popular motif and symbol for weddings. Symbols upon symbols — that’s how these things work.


I’m not superstitious, but…well, seeing two 8s made me kind of happy. Then again, it seems like everything makes me happy these days as my publishing dream is about to come true.


I suppose if I wanted to brag, I should have waited until right after a sale for a lower number, and then took a screen shot.


  1. Dara
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 08:00:38

    I think that’s awesome. 🙂 I’m so excited for you because you definitely deserve this happiness and success. I get super excited when a writer friend’s dream is coming true.

  2. Jeannie Lin
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 08:08:31

    Thanks Dara! It’s been so cool having blog buddies to share it with!

  3. Carol Shrembek
    Aug 16, 2010 @ 08:50:55

    Jeannie, I cannot wait to read this book! I’m so happy for you!

  4. Jeannie Lin
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 02:27:00

    Thank you Carol. I’m floating on all sorts of clouds already!