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A Blast from the Past

I was startled looking at my website today when I saw the hit counter, which tells me the site has had more than 23 million hits since December of 2000.

Of course, I have to put that in perspective. It's really just the same forty-two people coming back again and again to see if DANCE is done yet, isn't it?

(I suspect the Not A Blog actually gets MORE visitors than my main site. A mention here -- of a forthcoming appearance, a book sale, a news item -- seems to generate a lot more response than anything on my Appearances page, my Signed Books page, or my News page).

No point to any of this, just... hey, 23 million hits, that's kinda cool...

No telling how many of you have actually been around since 2000, and how many found my site and/or the Not A Blog just last week. Some of you newcomers, though, might enjoy giving a listen to the series of podcasts I recorded back in 2005, to promote A FEAST FOR CROWS. (I assume you old timers have heard them all already). They're all at


I imagine I will be doing more of these when DANCE WITH DRAGONS comes out. I'll need to think up some more topics. (Maybe "Deadlines, and Why They Should Never Be Missed" would be a good one). Meanwhile, these may entertain and enlighten those of you who haven't heard 'em.

And try not to laugh TOO hard at the part where I say I hope to finish DANCE by the end of the year. I really meant it, honest.


Mar. 6th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I've been following this blog for years and I occasionally check the site for new chapters and book recommendations, but I had never found the podcasts.

Re. the advice to write some short stories ... erm ... could you perhaps tell the plotbunnies I took in to not bring their extended family, friends and their extended family, and turn trilogy on me? My muse is useless; he only laughs when the blasted critters scamper all over the place. :)

I did write some short stories once I realised that my excursions into fiction writing (I come from an academic non fiction background) were more than just a whim and there might be a chance to make something out of that sucky almost-novel I had scrambled together - if I could figure out how to really write. Two of those were summaries of novels, one a lovely little thing that fit nowhere, one I sold, and the other four were either genres I didn't really want to write or were not quite there. At that time the Roman plotbunnies kept coming in and I got an idea how to save that novel, but I never regretted having spent my time with those stories; they were a good way to play with styles, POVs, genres and all that.

Re. deadlines. You think anyone would notice if we ereased that word from the dictionary? :)


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