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Monkeys On My Back

Now that Kong has fallen, all the smaller monkeys who were hiding in his fur have come out and began to howl and chatter and beat me about the head and shoulders.

I got one off my back yesterday (though not one that most of you will care much about): my bloody taxes. At least, I got them to my accountant, so he can file my returns by the June 15 deadline. I had to take an extension back in April, since I was deep in the throes of wrestling Kong and did not have the time to deal with all those little bits of paper. I try not to bitch about taxes too much, mind you. As a good liberal, I don't actually mind paying taxes. (And I pay a LOT of taxes). I know taxes are the price of a civilized society. That being said, I hate DOING taxes. It has gotten easier in recent years, with Ty doing a lot of the prep work and my accountant doing the final prep and filing the return... but somehow it still always seems to come down to me at three in the morning, zonked on coffee and staring at a faded receipt for $8.17 and trying to figure out what it is, where it's from, and whether it's deductible.

Anyway, that's done. For one more year, at least.

Which is not to say that my back is without monkeys.

Here's the stuff I am dealing with right now:
-- reviewing pitch proposals and putting together the overplot for the new Wild Cards mosaic novel, LOWBALL,
-- writing the first draft of my script for episode nine of season two of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, "Blackwater," and damn, but this one is a bitch of an adaptation, the original author made the damn battle way too big and too expensive,
-- working on a Nicholas van Rijn story for the Poul Anderson tribute anthology Gardner Dozois and Greg Bear are editing (an especially noisy monkey, since the deadline was today and the story is a long way from being done),
-- getting back into THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, the long-promised concordance I am doing with Elio and Linda, which is almost three years late at this point, and needs to be finished and delivered by year's end,
-- roughing out the next Dunk and Egg novella, the next story in the queue after I finished the "Blackwater" script and the Poul Anderson story,
-- planning for a long summer of travel: the visit to Poland and Slovenia, the book tour, San Diego comicon, worldcon in Reno, Bubonicon, and maybe another trip overseas in the fall for the HBO show, depending,
-- working on a complete redesign of my website, much needed and long potsponed,
-- supervising and reviewing and approving materials for the games, the cards, the video games, the comic books, the replica swords, the miniatures, etc, etc.

I am exhausted just typing about it.

And behind all that, of course, lurks Son of Kong: the WINDS OF WINTER.

Why am I writing this damned post??? I need to get to WORK!


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Jun. 1st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Aw! *hugs* Wish all of us fans who love you could do something to help.
Jun. 1st, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
the original author made the damn battle way too big and too expensive

Hate when that happens.
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
That line did cause me to spritz coffee liberally about my keyboard.
My worry- - rapunzara - Jun. 5th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
writing the first draft of my script for episode nine of season two of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, "Blackwater," and damn, but this one is a bitch of an adaptation, the original author made the damn battle way too big and too expensive,

well, I LOL'd! =)
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
I like those monkeys
except for the taxes monkey...screw that one...
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
Best part about this? New Egg and Dunk stories! Woo! Thanks for the update.
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
I know you just finished DANCE and all, but I'm just curious if you have any idea of how WINDS compares to it in terms of size and difficulty. I always got the impression that FEAST and DANCE were especially difficult as sort of transitional/pivot points in the overall plot arc. Is that fairly accurate? Do you expect your approach to writing WINDS to be quite different from FEAST and/or DANCE?
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
I have given up making predictions about such things. It only gets me in trouble.

One page at a time. One sentence at a time. One word at a time.
Re: WINDS OF WINTER - siamkor - Jun. 1st, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: WINDS OF WINTER - tully01 - Jun. 1st, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: WINDS OF WINTER - aulus_poliutos - Jun. 1st, 2011 09:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
One bite at a time... - Steven Poore - Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: WINDS OF WINTER - bratschegnome - Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:08 pm (UTC)
I vote "forget all besides Winds of Winter." ;)
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
We all know you can and will defeat all those monkeys, calm as steer water !
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Another Dunk and Egg? How many do you plan on writing?

Also, does reviewing pitch proposals sound as cool as I think it does?
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)
Nicholas van Rijn was one of the inspirations behind Tuf, wasn't he? Will be looking forward to that anthology. I wonder if anyone will write something in The Broken Sword or Three Hearts and Three Lions settings.

A quick Google shows Gardner discussing it back in March, with a partial list of contributors (may not be entirely accurate).

And the next Dunk & Egg, huzzah! I'm kind of hoping we get to meet the wolf women of Winterfell this time around.
Tanto Ten
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:42 am (UTC)
wolf women...
Still going on and on about the Porn Parody?
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
How come you haven't finished "Winds of Winter" yet?
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I'm almost as excited for the prospect of a new Dunk and Egg novella as I am to know that Dance is in the bag and will be available for me to read soon. :D
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
Just have to say, that's a really eye-catching avatar. Good choice.
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to read that the next Dunk & Egg novella is on the list. I love the way you have alluded to events in the previous novellas in the main series. I try to recommend reading them in the published order along with the ASoI&F books, so the readers are more likely to pick up on the references.
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
So for the 2nd season of HBO, based on which episode you're writing, may we assume that season two is going to be ten episodes again? I've heard it rumored that it would be, but I don't think it's been confirmed yet. Of course, this is assuming you CAN tell us, that it's not classified info at the moment. :)
Jun. 1st, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
That was confirmed in the announcement when the second season was picked up.

It was how I figured out that there were only ten episodes THIS season *sad sigh*
(no subject) - saxster - Jun. 2nd, 2011 12:22 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Too big?!
GRRM: "writing the first draft of my script for episode nine of season two of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, "Blackwater," and damn, but this one is a bitch of an adaptation, the original author made the damn battle way too big and too expensive"

Wait, too big, too expensive??!? Come on, you always said that's why and how you wrote it. Go big George! Kong big! Season two will have double the viewers by then, HBO will love you for it.

BTW, can't wait for this week's episode as it is yours!!! I know, I know, no GoT HBO talk here, sorry, bad kitty.
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
-- writing the first draft of my script for episode nine of season two of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, "Blackwater," and damn, but this one is a bitch of an adaptation, the original author made the damn battle way too big and too expensive,

What?! Have them cough it all up, ships, chains and all!
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
And behind all that, of course, lurks Son of Kong: the WINDS OF WINTER.

You mean you haven't finished that YET?! ;-)

Jun. 1st, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC)
patience, just patience for some minutes
Georgem I would like to show You how many serials's funs withouth breath
Jun. 1st, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
Uh, love the idea of a new Dunk and Egg adventure.. is there any chance to find them all together in one volume in near future?

and..... gosh, we're already talking about them Winds of winter? Sounds cool!!!!

puns aside, if you ever need another assistant ...I can do many many different things, whatever, from taking care of your cats to taking care of the garden, writing emails, checking the small bills, whatever, whenever, wherever!!! I wouldn't mind doing anything that you may need me do - feel free to call me at anytime!
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
New Dunk and Egg! I can't wait.
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Children of Kong, prosper!!!
As a colleague writer I know the dreadful hardships of writing, editing, re-editing, re-writing, the moments of despair/shock/nausea etc when you thought all was ironed out and all of a sudden you see that stupid error.
All my admiration goes out to you at this point.

So I wish you all the best for your upcoming tasks, strength and good nerves (Vitamin B!).
I am so glad you are writing the Blackwater episode. In the novel it is such a gripping display of your abilities, can't wait for a semi-suicidal an drunk Lena aka Cersei, for a charging Tyrion, green fire, Sansa and Hound, and and and... Wow. That's a lot in 59 minutes.

The children of Kong want to grow! Let them :D
You are now officially the Dian Fossey of literature.

Cheers from Germany
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Any idea of the venue for the publication of the next Dunk & Egg story? We were just saying on Westeros that four stories should be enough to fill up a collected volume of the Dunk 'n' Egg stories so far.
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Erikson did a Bauchelain & Korbal Broach collection with only three stories, so you're there already :p
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(no subject) - werthead - Jun. 1st, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - aulus_poliutos - Jun. 1st, 2011 09:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - patrick_tully - Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
The Truth
I've got the same problem, GRRM - the tax problem. Anybody who wants me to write something, let alone review it, needs to get reviewed. I feel a need to get all Biblical on this: If you try to flee the presence of taxes, you get eaten by monkeys - so says the Book of Jonah.

Don't rush The Winds of Winter. We waited for dragons and we can wait for winter! What I'm worried about is the show getting cancelled halfway into the third season due to financial sphincter-cramping on the HBO-side much like with Rome, Carnivale etc. That would be end-of-the-world stuff.
Jun. 1st, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Site redesign?
right, regarding that 'web site redesign' monkey - the simple thought of being able to work with you on your site is thrilling, to say the least. I understand you have a ton of options at your disposal, and may already have plans in place... but on the off-chance that you are still looking for someone that can help you out, don't hesitate to contact me ( www.rizzif.com or francesco-dot-rizzi-at-gmail-dot-com )
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