I must admit to being tired and flat even a couple of days after the floundering. Part of this I put down to the hot and humid days, with wind so the sea wouldn't even be nice.
I did little mini-seafood kebabs - a cube of leatherjacket, a cube of abalone and a squid tentacle - each on a toothpick. The cooked result looked alarmingly like a sea-horse! I mariananded them in light soy, sugar, garlic, ginger, white wine, a little cornflour, and they were very good - but more suitable as a starter because 3 little skewers and I was riched out. But the leatherjacket worked very well in this.
I've been keeping an eye on the Bookscan data - which is a bit worrying. I think we can safely say DRAGON'S RING is simply not in most major chain stores across the US - it still sold 171 copies in the last week, but only from 70% of the reporting areas, and when you consider for example how many B&N stores in one state (at least 10) or even city, that basically means if it is in them, it didn't sell. That's alarming at the reporting period when most of an author's books should sell. So: if you happen to be in the US, and go into a B&N - do see if it is there, and please tell me.