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Busy days.

The reaction to the teaser that HBO ran before TRUE BLOOD has been amazing. Of course, it's turned up all over the internet, and people are analyzing it frame by frame. Makes me wonder what it would have been like in those dark days before Tivo and YouTube, when those fifteen seconds would have flashed by once, with no way to rerun 'em, let alone freeze frame.

Casting continues apace. Mycah, Janos Slynt, Gendry, Tobho Mott, Old Nan, Shagga, Syrio, Marillion, Doreah, Alliser Thorne, Grenn, Pyp, Rast, Osha... oh, why oh why did I invent so many blasted characters??? Didn't I know what it would cost? Oh, wait... in a book, a cast of thousands and a cast of two costs the same. For some roles, hard choices between lots of very qualified, talented actors. For other roles, hard searches, where no one seems to be quite right. Nina Gold is finding some great people, though. And the search goes on.

Another monkey may soon be off my back. All but two of the stories are in on DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS, the latest crossgenre anthology I'm editing with Gardner Dozois. We hope to be able to deliver that one by month's end. A great lineup once again.

Meanwhile, I've been wrestling with Kong. For more than a week I've been pounding on the epilogue, but still can't get it to gel. This morning I put that aside for a bit and went back to rewrite a Tyrion chapter, and that's going much better. (Don't get too excited over me mentioning the epilogue, please. I don't always write these chapters in the order you read them. The epilogue will close the book, but it won't be the last chapter written. For instance, the last chapter written on A STORM OF SWORDS was the Red Wedding).

Come July, I'm off to San Diego to teach a week at Clarion. There will be a signing at Mysterious Galaxy as well, I believe.

But, alas, the San Diego Comicon is looking less and less likely, so that will probably be the only visit I make to San Diego this year. On the other hand, there's now a good chance I'll be at the NYC Comicon in October. We shall see.

I need more hours in the day, more days in the week, more weeks in the month.

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errantly
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Previous posts have contact information for audition tapes. GRRM requests that people use that info, not him or other online means. :)
sylvansidhe
Jun. 16th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh how you tease with the lovely coverart...

Seriously though - just thank you for writing what you do, and in taking the time necessary to make
sylvansidhe
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
each book a book worth savoring until the next.

(sorry - somehow the remaining post got itself eaten by the interwebs.)
unechattenoir
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
cant imagine how would live those loosers, who dont have HBO at home - but I'm pretty sure, we would still find the way to see the teaser)
And thank you for the epilogue-explanation - every time you speak about The Book, everybody (I suppose) has a heart attack )
vixenytli
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
5 o'clock club!
Hi George!

I'm not sure what your schedule is like, and this isn't an implication that you don't work hard enough, you certainly do! Just an idea...

Have you heard of the 5 o'clock club? In this club, you get up at 5 am instead of whenever you usually would! It encourages a regular sleep schedule which increases productivity! ok- sounds crazy. I know. but-

Assuming you usually get up at 8, you get 3 EXTRA HOURS A DAY! That's an extra 40 hrs a week!

I know. Crazy! But I know quite a few people that have used this idea or a slightly modified version (7 o'clock club for instance) to greatly increase their productivity. Not that yours is lacking.... :) You truly are a wonder! Just an interesting idea to get more hours in your day, more days in your week, and more weeks in your month.

Ciao!

PS- beautiful cover art! I'm so excited!
chezmax
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: 5 o'clock club!
How is 3 hours a day 40 hours a week? 3*7 = 21. And that assumes you don't go to bed earlier.
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distributeddark
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats on progress
Sounds like the great monkey may have some weakness after all.

I have a feeling the books are going to get popular on a whole different level. I've already seen posts on message boards of people asking "are the books any good? I think I'll read them" after seeing the teaser trailer.

Keep up the fantastic, amazing work. We all know it will be worth the wait.
anna_ism
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
...and more years in the life, I guess.:-)
Good luck!
waerloga69
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I am so excited about the television series but I'm even more excited about the next book! Thanks for all the great stories...
escarboucle
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
It's because you created so many great characters that we love your books though XD Would they be as memorable if they had only Dany and Cersei? I doubt it XD

Good luck with Kong. One step closer is still one step closer, no matter how slow. XD
cinsangel
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
OH YAY! You may be coming to Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego? Is there an exact date announced or should we find out through the bookstore?
ebeda
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Just seeing these posts, reading the progression of your writing and the show, makes me fangirlishly giddy. Every little update is a breath of fresh air. I'd give you those extra hours, days and weeks if I could!
sir_poonjab
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
glad to hear you're chuggin' along. I can imagine that casting so many roles can be tedious and costly, but I think your books are so engaging because of the plethora of characters. For me what's exciting is seeing a story that's not just good vs. evil, black vs. white, but really relating to the characters. Each character has vices and virtues, lending credibility to their authenticity. So, on that note, I'll quit talking your ear off and let you get back to Kong and your many other projects. Happy writing...
cveedub
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try and make it the event at Mysterious Galaxy. Although I know nothing about how this works. I'm presuming there is limited space, with the Clarion students priority and everyone else first come first serve.

P.S.
Created an account just to make this post.
farlinalpha
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yay my favorite book store in San Diego. Great store and right next to a good game store too. Hope you get time to relax between UCSD and all the other projects.

You planning on a pizza crawl in San Diego too?

grrm
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know... does San Diego have any pizza worth eating? I'm particular about pizza pie, you know. The only thing more annoying than Chicago deep dish is what passes for pizza in LA... all that California Pizza Kitchen crap, with pineapple and bean sprouts and the like. But if San Diego has a classic thin-crust pie, hey, I'd be glad to check it out.

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kitsilanoguy
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
When I read "epilogue" I just about fell out of my chair... such a tease.
pyoska
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yay, you're going to be at the bookstore! =glee=
da_gopher
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
Just don't...
...start a coke habit George to try and keep pace ;) We luv ya!
bungeebot
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
oh, why oh why did I invent so many blasted characters???

Yeah, why!! ;)

Just kidding. That was my thought when I first got into ASOIAF, but now I'm pleased with the vast number of characters, especially reading the books the second time round.

Keep on keepin on.
bubblessoc
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see Hodor cast. He has become one of my favorite characters... and he only says one word! That's what makes you an amazing author ♥
nimarii
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I've never been to a comicon, but am sorely tempted to go to the NY one now!

After re-reading all the books, I finally decided to read something else. Started with book #1 of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, and throughout the book, I can't stop thinking that it's not as good as Game of Thrones. Nowhere near as good...

When Dance of Dragons comes out, I'm going to have to force myself to read slowly, and make it last longer!
astro_tiger
Jun. 17th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
need books?
I suggest picking up something else by GRRM. I just finished Dying of the Light. It is one of Mr. Martins earliest published works (correct me if Im wrong... but I think it was published in the 70's).

It was a little difficult to get into, but it is a short read and you pass the event horizon soon enough and are left unable to put it down until done. I am so glad I decided to pick it up. It was unlike anything I have read before.

Fevre Dream is also EXCELLENT. What a great story. Vampires the way vampires should be... damn you Twilight, damn you.

Also edited and contributed to by GRRM are the Wild Cards books. Ive only read the three most recent but I can't wait to get my hands on the originals. So much fun.

This post is getting longer than intended but Id like to write one piece of advise for my fellow avid sci-fi readers. After finishing AFFC (I read the books back to back about two years ago) I realized that I was in big trouble. It was going to be so difficult to read any other sci-fi after having been completely spoiled in ASOIAF. You HAVE to get over it!!! So what, there is alot of crappy sci-fi out there. We have all been reading it for years, and we must continue! Without the crappy sci-fi how can we ever appreciate the good... and the rare masterpiece. So put ASOIAF out of your mind when picking up the odd run-of-the-mill epic fantasy or space opera... it wont compare but that doesnt mean we can't enjoy it for what it is.

Rant over.
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justynv
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
DANCE
Well, go George! I thought the same thing...I look forward to see who Strong Belwas will be played by.

As for Dance---Is there actually book left to write? It sounds like Dance has been in a proof-read/edit phase for a while now.
Could you be second guessing a lot of this stuff? Dude, your work is usually pretty F'ing awesome. And I don't mean anything accusatory with these questions....I just know Storm took a fraction of the time as DAnce. Is it that long? Or is the story harder to write now?

astro_tiger
Jun. 17th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Re: DANCE
GRRM has talked about how much more difficult Dance is to write than any of the others so far. From what he has said we can gather that after Dance the others will come together more easily as well.

If you look at the comments below I think you can catch a glimps into Mr. Martins head regarding the "issues" with Dance. Something about timelines...

Try to imagine writing one book with as much depth and detail as any of the ASOIAF books. Mind boggling just to think about, I know. Now, try overlapping the timelines of two of these books while attempting to keep that same attention to detail and gravity well like depth.

So, I am going to be extremely bold here and presume to answer for Mr. Martin... Dance is MUCH harder to write than SoS.
pylonhead
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Epilogues
I can still remember reading the Epilogue for SoS. I literally leapt off my bed and bounced around the room chanting, "No way. No way. Holy crap." Take your time and get this one right. You're the master.
joeymet
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks Again
Hey, GRRM, I just wanted to echo the thanks that others have been giving for the update. I check your Not A Blog so often that I sometimes wonder if I always wanted to be a stalker, or if it just kinda happened...anyway...to us, the updates surrounding Dance are always well-received. We all know you don't have to bother--who else does?--and the fact that you do reminds us why you're the best.

Good luck with everything, and congrats on the show and the anthology (Side note: I picked up Warriors recently, and it was awesome). The teaser was excellent, and I'm showing it to everyone I know in hopes of converting them to the books before the series starts.
jonmolina
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
intrigued
How do you go about writing chapters out of order? Is it because you have some timeline already figured out...is it easier to write straight through or out of sequence for you? Cheers on the show.
grrm
Jun. 16th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: intrigued
The timeline... the *@%#$! timeline drives me mad.
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lt111
Jun. 17th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
ASoIaF
Ser, your masterpiece has brought a lot of excitement and happiness to a lot of people (at least it has for me). Have you read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"? It's an excellent book. I mention it because you do seem to strive for "quality" in you work. I have not read anything quite like this ASOIAF series and I am grateful for the opportunity to anticipate both the book and the series. Thanks for the updates! Rock on!
zeonchar
Jun. 17th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Yay, San Diego! That's where I'm from!
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