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Snowing like hell in Santa Fe today. I feel like Jon Snow on the Wall. White everywhere I look, and still coming down.

Of course, I'm writing about Meereen, where the weather is hot and muggy, oppressive. If the snow keeps falling, I better take it as an omen, switch to a Jon chapter tomorrow.

The good news: finished a chapter today.

The bad news: it's one I've finished at least four times before.

This time, though, I think I finally got it right. We'll see. Still whacking at the Meereenese knot.

I took an especially vigorous hack two days ago, by switching to a new POV. It seems to have helped. Helps to have a pair of eyes on the inside rather than the outside here. And back story works better in recollections than in dialogue.

Let's hope that when next week comes, I still like what I did this week.

Writing, writing...

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sonsofspartacus
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
I wish I felt like Jon Snow. Why doesn't it snow in Texas!
prometevsberg
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Feeling like Jon Snow..
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seittik
Jan. 29th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Ii hope this chapter will be more final than the last four times you've finished it :) But if it isn't, that just means it will keep improving and improving
grrm
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I hope it is improving and improving. There are dark days when I think I am just chasing my own tail.
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rewriting - vieronymous - Jan. 29th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Dancing with an awesome plot - kevin_007 - Jan. 29th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
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guesstimates - steveoh77 - Jan. 29th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
forbiddenkisss
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:08 am (UTC)
Yay Writing!
justynv
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
GO GO GO
Write your ass off, man!

You're so close I can taste it!

bunnyhopperwtf
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: GO GO GO
what can you taste? the writing or the ass? :p
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godfish
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Awesome news. Godspeed, Sir.
bojojoti
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
I love the character of Jon Snow, so I'm rooting for the white stuff!

I'm glad you've finished a tricky chapter. And I hope the playoff games won't incline you to treat some of my favorite characters less than charitably. :)
doesi
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I would rather be in Meereen. Snow is very overrated. I'd take the black if it were in Meereen and not the North.
sir_poonjab
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
WOOT! Keep it up George! Always love hearing about Dance progress.
aryennestarinn
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
I dont know if you read the comments of your livejournal but i must say your books are the best i read in my life and i could not pass up the chance to tell you you're a genius and my favorite writer.
Since I read a song of fire and ice for the first time, I can not read another book of fantasy. Your work is excellent. Congratulations.

A fan who can not even speak English but he expects that if you read your comments understand something.
inizitu
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
Oh, the glamour of being a Famous Author. ^-^

"One word at a time, man. One word at a time."


re: tailchasing. Dude. Your stuff is consistently awesome and decidedly un-tail-chase-y. That's just the mid-novel ennui talking. We, your very own Holy Zombie Horde, have faith in you. =)

Keep plugging,

yr. fan,
j.

joechummer
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
I used to live in Albuquerque. The 2 years I was there, it snowed only once.

Omen indeed.

goldenprophet
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I listened to some audio of Feast for Crows the other night, when I needed a fix of good writing. I had forgotten just what a grandmaster of the writing craft you really are. Whatever you decide will be spectacular.
animeshon
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
Yay for finishing a chapter. Look to the good and not the bad!

If it's any consolation we are having uncommonly warm weather here in Dunedin. It's stinking hot and I long for air conditioning :(
saxster
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
I know it's insensitive of me, but thank God the Football season is over for most of us. Writing is good, any writing is good. ;)
feebsicle
Jan. 29th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
"A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

~Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I think the same could be said for writing :)

ps. I know some people are impatient but I really appreciate all the time you're putting into making the story just right!

Edited at 2010-01-29 02:51 am (UTC)
saithkar
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Perhaps you could send some of that snow up to Vancouver where I hear they're running short of the stuff. Not a good look for the Winter Olympics that, having to truck in snow from other places....
zafri106
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Great
Focus on the good news, another chapter done (and hopefully with more finality this time).
Best of luck with that Meereenese knot!
and speaking of snow, try living in Canada.
princessradiant
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
AWESOME NEWS!
I'm iced in at home in Oklahoma, and that news just made my day!! Go George go! Slay the nasty knot!!
sapphyres
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:13 am (UTC)
Whack, whack, whack! It's always good to hear you feeling optimistic. The snow in Albuquerque felt quite puzzling, too. I just stayed in to avoid crazy drivers.
jon_snow_stark
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
Meereenese knot
Hey George,

Glad to here that you have finished a chapter, even if you have finished it a hundred times before. Perfection is always in the distance. Also I would suggest that if you are still having trouble with the knot, find "Needle" laying around somewhere and stick it with the pointy end.:)

Keep your pencil sharp, I forsee a break in the know soon.LOL
pylonhead
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for giving us updates
Sometimes it's just nice to hear that you're plugging away at it.
cyberalien
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
It'll be ready when it's ready...
I know you hear a lot of $#!+ regarding how long it's taking to finish this book, but I'm glad that you are taking the time to make sure everything is exactly how you want it. Whenever it is ready I'll be there to buy it and read it.

John
matthewbowers
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Ugh, I know the pain of the re-re-rewrite well. Good luck!
wildhunter
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
It is snowing in Indiana too...
tis also around zero.
Happy writing.
markofottawa
Jan. 29th, 2010 03:57 am (UTC)
Snow in Santa Fe? I would take it as an omen, but that may just be my Canadian perspective. I feel like Jon Snow everyday waiting at the bus stop in my parka.

Good luck on feeding those threads out of the knot. Hopefully the knot doesn't resemble Ouroboros.

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