It was one of the Westercon attendees, walking along with some used books for resale at Powell's on Hawthorne. He stopped and told me how much he'd liked Mainspring [ Powell's | Amazon ]. We talked about Escapement and Madness of Flowers.
As lasirenadolce said, if she hadn't been there she wouldn't have believed it.
Some days the external validation fairy just backs a dump truck over you.
In other news, I have rolled through chapter one of Escapement and editorial rewrite continues apace.