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Taking another whack at the Meereenese knot today. I'm going to try breaking two largish chapters into four smallish ones, changing the order of events somewhat, and weaving them all together. Maybe that will work a little better.



Can it really be September?? Ack. I can feel the heat of those flames...

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bug_totem
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
Wish you great luck with The Dance.
P.S. I didn't know that both Dondarrion and the Hound were lefthanded :)
zanderharris
Sep. 4th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
Makes me think of "The Princess Bride".. With Sandor Saying.. "Your Good, Sir Beric, But I am not left handed!"

LOL
ladyringo
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I wish you luck in your endeaver and wait on pins and needles for the next installment of one of my all-time favorite fantasy series'. I have my fiance starting out on A Game of Thrones soon!

I hope your muse hangs out for a long coffee chat today!
nickadh
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Happy September
Your books let me relax into a different world away form my stresses. Keep your own pace because no matter how long it takes to finish, the work will be authentic Martin writing. Even the most rude, pessimistic, get-it-finished-now detractors can agree that your writing is fantastic and we will wait. As I read your books yet again I continue to gain an appreciation for the subtle complexities and monumental planning they must take to execute. Thank you.
brhodes
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
Get 'er done!
Wishing you godspeed.
mercydarling
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I get so excited thinking about it! I know it'll be a while until it's released, but it'll be worth the wait, your books always are. :)
hippoiathanatoi
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Love that Komark art.

I've no idea what exactly the Meereeneese Knot entails, though I've my suspicions...
xjenavivex
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
good luck, ser
ladykinbote
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Just adding some luck to the luckpile!

Have been quietly watching & squeeing with girlish glee at the HBO series casting updates, by the way. Thank you for posting them!
lolz_omg_wtf
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I get into 'knots' all the time writing code. Some are minor and some leave me sitting in my pajamas all day and into the night. There is nothing like the feeling of untangling it and letting the 'flow' open up. The brain begins to work more quickly than the fingers can type and you mumble something to yourself about how stupid you are/were. Best of luck getting past yours George.

Killer artwork BTW. Would look great above my monitors...
admiralexe
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
those flames have been licking at your ass for a while now -- indeed, *years*, as we know you're well aware; get running.
ragnarf
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for keeping us updated!
I'm having a hard enough time jotting down 2000 intelligent words on the politics of carolingian rulers for my history class - and I have textbooks and sources!

It seems those Meereenese knots are tough - I've heard swords work wonders... May I suggest Needle ? :)
westeros_fan
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for keeping us updated!
Nah, I'm thinking Ice would be a better knot-chopper...
gonzo1385
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
A note of encouragement (possibly still not needed) in the face of all those whining about not having Dance of Dragons, from your fellow author Brandon Sanderson:

"Waiting for novels can get frustrating because of how long the process takes, and because . . . well, it's an artistic endeavor that relies on the creative output of (usually) a single person. We artists can be flakey.

Or, put more appropriately, the artistic and creative process can be erratic. I don't think George R. R. Martin is flakey, for instance. An artist has to know their process, and work within its bounds. It takes him years to write a book; that's just how it goes. That's pretty good, considering the genius of his prose. If he wants quality, he has to have the freedom to work as he needs to."

:) I get impatient not hearing about it, but I know these things take time, and it'll be better if you take your time to make it perfect.
pitaenigma
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the update
As a long-time fan, I want you to know that it's good to know what's happening with the book, even if you're not sure when it comes out. Take your time and create the best book you can. I hope you can top AFFC.
And thanks for the picture. I've never seen that one, and it brought back a pleasant memory or four (one for each read of ASOS).
henchminion
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Here's to breaking up large chapters. I did that to my dissertation recently and it untangled things rather nicely. Hopefully the tactic will work just as well for you.
kativy
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
sending creative energies flooding your way.
leahofthelake
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Take your time...
I'm sure you must not hear this phrase often when it comes to this series, however the truth is, the less we (your legion) breathe down your neck about it the more you will accomplish. I understand that when you are inspired you will write, but you cannot be inspired by force. We are not suggesting that we should lock you in the basement and ask you to turn hay into spun gold.
You are a man with a family and life and are well respected around the world. But one would do well to remember that your words have created another world for us and when we cannot read them and experience that world our hearts ache for it. We crave to know what is happening with each charachter, some we fear for and some we simply fear. You can do no wrong with what you write. You are the creator of this world and so the written word is the way and shall be perfect. So do take your time, but remember that your words are like our air and my dear Mr. Martin, I cannot breathe...
docbean79
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Breaking the knot
George,
Start the scene with a Myrenian style funeral.
Fat flakes of Ash falling like snow makes a pretty picture.

it will set the mood for what you'll have to do. ;)
trunthepaige
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
It's hard to be a perfectionist
But I'm sure it will be worth the work.
valancymay
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Dancing with dragons is a tricky business; they keep stepping on your feet, there's soot all over your pretty white dress (or handsome white tux, depending on the dragon), and your eyebrows get singed off. Do be careful.
stevewood
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Best news I've heard (it's all good, it's just this is the best). If you think a chapter is largish then it's most likely novella size in it's own right. But, breaking it into smaller chapters will just make you want to fill them out with more story; plus, you'll probably need to wedge a fifth chapter in between to tie them together or keep us in touch with happenings elsewhere...I'm starting to know you better.

I like hearing about your progress and setbacks. Remember to keep notes on what you need to do...pour all the tasks out of your mind onto paper to free it up and focus on one task at a time. It's too tempting otherwise to have inspiration about something and shift gears. Having two chapters that need a lot of work is much easier to deal with than 15 chapters that need some "touchup".

Have fun with it...then when we read it we will have fun too!
seawolf10
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Cool. Hope splitting them up works for you.
cronos619
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
You can do it George! We believe in you! Its your knot, you made it, now get on that DOS based system and own those chapters, make them your ho's and gettem back on the street corner.


oh and good luck with that.
wrona
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Psh. Alexander the Great? He only cut ONE knot in two. Not only has Mr. Martin read his history (Starting at the start!) but he improves upon it. Nice.
rappy7
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Fevre Dream
We're Joshua York to your Abner Marsh. But instead of money, we're giving you time. Now build us the Fevre Dream.
willem_manderly
Sep. 5th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Fevre Dream
I was just thinking of my friend's words when he gave me the first edition "A Game of Thrones":

"It's been 10 years since his last book, I think this one will have been worth waiting for."

Not that I'm encouraging any more waiting for its own sake, but I know it will be worth it when completed. Sometimes, in the little writing that I have done, I've found that solving problems brought out the best stories, tales I never would have come up with without an "insolvable" problem, or Myrrish knot.
feathermade
Sep. 3rd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
Huh, that's strange, I've had that image up on the calendar above my writing desk since the end of June...

What? You're not supposed to take apart the calendar and put your favorite image up for three months at a time?

Hope there will be another amazing calendar for next year!
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