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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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Sep. 4th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Wooo! :-D
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
just a suggestion
Love your books! I've never emailed before but thought I would just recommend you consider James Callis (Gaius Baltar) for casting with HBO. I could see him playing Littlefinger or perhaps even one of the knights. I thought he did a good job on Battlestar with a very complex character. Thanks for listening and good luck!
Sep. 4th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
George, your books are amazing. Take your time and get it the way you want it. Ignore the pressure...I have a feeling if you fielded a crappy book the feedback would be far worse than it is for a delayed book. In the meantime, if you need a laugh, check this out. It's Hitler all pissed when he learns about Michael Crabtree's holdout. It's hilarious.
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping it works for you. Seems like forever since A Feast For Crows. Heh.
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Sep. 4th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
for the update but take your time. I know it is frustrating for us as fans to wait so long because we love it so much but I would rather it be the book you wanted than a rush job. I am looking forward to reading a Game of Thrones over again to be refresh before the HBO series starts. Hopefully the time I read through them all again Dance will be ready. If not, I will just have to read them again, oh well. ; )

Sep. 4th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
good luck with that meereneese knot. i'm sure it'll come out great.
Sep. 4th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Do it! Yes! DO IT!
I can surely feel the heat from those flames! Oh i'm so ready for the "Dance" ive got my dancing shoes on! I'm ready to go! My buddy Sean and I want so badly to eat chared flesh and drink copious amounts of mead with you!
Sep. 4th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
It is so nice to know the future holds a great book (Dance), a great television show (Game), and a great movie (Hobbit). It is hard to wait but it will be worth it I am sure. Hodor.
Sep. 4th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck with that darn knot! I'm sure you'll figure out a way to make it work.
Sep. 4th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
a mention of GRRM on Brandon Sanderson's blog

"Writing books is not like building widgets."


I always thought that the Arya chapters in A Storm of Swords were under appreciated.
Sep. 4th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
This is my first time commenting here. I want to thank you for this ADwD updates, they keep my hopes high. Best of wishes and luck to you George! <3
Sep. 4th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
Earle Stanley Gardner-Author of the Perry Mason Detective series
Wrote a lot of his books on horseback via voice recording into a cassette machine.

The recordings were in turn turned into scripts via a pool of secretaies/stenoists who were on his payroll.

I think travel is a good thing for you george-and perhaps there are a few interns lollygagging around the HBO lots in Hollywood who know how to use computers discreetly.

I recommend the great Country of Turkey (just got back my ownself).

Or perhaps, maybe boppin around These Great United states in National parks-maybe just around some quieter states and whatnot.

I myself use a Sony ICD-ST25 which holds about 10 hours of voice recordings-got it for 60 bucks off of E-Bay.

Completely secure-zaps into a laptop.

Hope this helps-your family and friends would like you to get out and see some stuff-Deh Fam Fams like journeys! :-D
Sep. 4th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
I wish you luck with the restructuring. Hope everything's going well with Dance and all your other projects.
Sep. 4th, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Were they really both left handed?
There are so many characters it's hard to remember that kind of details about all of them ^^"

In our middle ages, being left handed was considered somehow abnormal (and potentially evil) mainly because of christian culture I guess (almost any difference was xD). The cultural background is different here, yet a fight between TWO left handed warriors seems odd enought to be noticed doesn't it? :)
Sep. 5th, 2009 05:16 am (UTC)
I expect that's artistic license to show the Hound's "good" side. In Storm they're both wielding their swords in their right hands.
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Sep. 5th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
throw us a bone
Dear Grrm,
Good luck with that knot (it seems that you're taking a page from Alexander the Great and his Gordian Knot dilemma...chop away...). To date, I've bought four copies of the series for friends (now they're all hooked---I feel like some sort of pusher of fantasy literature). In the interim, is there any chance you might be willing to give us another chapter online? Throw us a bone, Martin!
Sep. 5th, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
the game and the good news!
Hi Geroge:

I'm very happy. I'm enthusiastic for casting of the TV serie, and the game that you are making: all the times that I open your livejournal I can find a new actor or some clues to discover him. It's a fantastic game!! I saw many Tv serie made by unknown actors that can became fantastic. I know that this can be a favolous serie (and I expect some discussion whit my girlfriend on it... -_-)!

Some days ago I want ask you some thig about the Meereenese knot. I hope this can be the Volta's key (in italy is a way of saying).. I'm waiting for your next book, that in Italy it'll arrive an year after than USA!! But you have to take the time that you need, because I love your novel, and I can love them only if you love them (because thay satisfy you)!

Bye, good work and good writing
Sep. 6th, 2009 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: the game and the good news!
Yeah, adding an year (or a couple of them) to the waitin' process it's a bit of bother.
But it's not happening. Not tihs time!
I'm on my 3rd voyage in the world GRRM created for us and this time it's in english...so I'll be ready. Have you listened to me, Dance?

Sep. 6th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Very excited
I cannot tell you how excited I am to hear you are working out the knot. My husband and I just finished reading "A Feast for Crows" and are completely addicted to your storytelling. We were turned on to your series about a month ago and could not put the books down until we were done with all four.

Wishing you happy and productive writing!

Fans in Tampa
Sep. 6th, 2009 02:48 am (UTC)
I've got 4 other ice & fire books in the meantime
Here in LA, there's enough flames going around that I don't need to send any your way. Whatever you need to do to be happy with your book is fine by me. I know it'll be worth it in the end.

I'm curious about the audiobook version though. I have the first 4 in hardcover and audiobook, and was planning to do the same for all the rest. Anyone have any idea how soon the audio versions come out after the hardcover release? I won't ask about who will read it, as I'm sure that's largely schedule-based.
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Michael Komarck really is my favorite artist as for the Ice and Fire illustrations, and he is also a tremendously talented artist. as anyone can see.
Thanks for showing those illustrations Mr Martin.
Sep. 6th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Right on, also what a cool painting.
Sep. 7th, 2009 12:02 am (UTC)
An Inspiring Dance
I relish any update you give to Dance of Dragons and I very much enjoy reading about your insights into the writing process. I am new to Live Journals but I think this is great. I am an avid reader, an aspiring writer (not-so-fresh out of grad school) and I am currently an English Teacher. Your books have rekindled my interest in the fantasy genre like no other.
Sep. 7th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
In my belief, Mr. Martin, there is no literary knot too tangled for you. It is just, being a man of your stature and having so much to deal with, it may take you some time. Good luck and great to hear about the book.

Sep. 7th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
Why don't I recognize that scene this image is depicting? I'm going to lose my fanboy status.
Sep. 12th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Wait, I remember now.
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