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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. 2nd, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
keeping my fingers crossed! good luck!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)

You poor poor masochistic man. *pat pat*

*chuckles and grins* 'Tis good to keep busy, though!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
10 Episodes?
If its settled that the Blackwater-battle will be Episode 9 is it fixed as well that there will be 10 Episodes again in Season 2?

Also, I wonder if Weiss and Co. are already thinking of Season 4+5. Do they hypothecally have the rights to decide to rearrange the narrating again? I mean in splitting those two seasons chronological and fetch back the characters of Winds of Winter into Season 4? ah well, maybe its too early to think about these things.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: 10 Episodes?
Yes, ten episodes.
Re: 10 Episodes? - oteckre - Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
roughing out the next Dunk and Egg novella

Yay! Really happy to hear about it :)
Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear there's another Dunk & Egg book in the que. Only recently read them for the first time and loving the different view of Westeros they give. Also not long been introduced to Wild Cards and just started reading Volume 1. My first mosaic novel, I like!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
wishing you all the best in that long list of endeavours!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
I like hearing about all of your projects on this blog. I've enjoyed the Warriors anthology and am currently reading Songs of Love and Death thanks to your mentions. Looking forward to the future stories and projects!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Man, don't go for the superminimalist fad of web design that's in right now. Minimalism doesn't really go along with medieval age of excesses anyway.

Also, this post was hilarious. Keep busy, man, good luck.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
The Blackwater!
You're writing the Blackwater scene for season two? Is that the Davos chapter near the end of Clash of Kings? That is one of the most brilliant, beautifully written chapters in all the fiction I've ever read. I'm glad to hear you're the one writing that episode for HBO.
Maries Dellagiovanna
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
to ease the pain
I'm really new, both here and to you books, but I do love them! You were the one who made me break my promise to myself of never getting hooked up on an unfinished saga!! So the impatient "me" resents you a little... though the reader "me" is really happy with the books :)

However, on the pains (and the joys) of paying taxes, I recommend: BLACK BOOKS, series 1, episode 1.
Great British sitcom form way back then :)
Marco Sartoni
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
You drive me crazy!!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Goddamn Monkeys!!
Hey George!
Just take your time and think about the most important thing concerning monkeys:

Give them from time to time a BANANA ;-)
Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

Be sure to make your way to Krakow while you're in Poland. The people are very friendly, lots of amazing churches to see and, best of all the Salt Mines are incredible, over the centuries local miners have carved amazing sculptures inside the mines. It's a definite must see if you make it there!

Have a great trip!
Adam Diran
Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
I sort of imagine at some points a bunch of guys in suits in the employ of HBO taking you into custody at some point. Mr. Martin.. We NEED season six and seven to be done....

The series is awesome, don't get me wrong, but doesn't that effectively give you a 6 year hard deadline to finish the last two books?
Jeff Hawboldt
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC)
Jacket designs for books 6 and 7
Wow that's quite a bit! Looking forward to more news on Winds of Winter, as it comes along of course. I understand you've got a full plate, even before this post.
Speaking of upcoming books, I truly hope that the jacket designs for books 6 and 7 will be done by David Stevenson & Larry Rostant, as I truly adore the re-issue covers for the previous books, and of course, the cover image for Dance with Dragons. If this is the last change of the cover designs, it's a very nice one. Not sure if you're in charge of that sort of thing or not, but figure I'd mention it here :)
Jun. 3rd, 2011 12:13 am (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"

That guy's a jerk. You should find him and slap him around!
Jun. 3rd, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
Dunk & Egg IV
Well, is this going to be the famous she-wolves story taking place at Winterfell?

That would be fine, of course, but I really would like to read a Dunk & Egg story from a later period of their lives. Say, about the time Prince Rhaegel died, or when Maekar ascended the Iron Throne.

It would also be really funny to jump very far ahead in the time line, and to read about King Aegon V., Lord Commander Duncan the Tall, and the Princes Duncan and Jaehaerys. Especially as we could meet some of the elder characters from the series that way (besides Aemon Targaryen and Walder Frey). We are all really curious to meet young Olenna Redwyne to see how she deals with her Targaryen Prince, and it would be especially sweet to meet you Aerys II. at Summerhall.

So do you intend to do something like that once in awhile, or do you intend to continue writing the Dunk & Egg stories in a chronological fashion?
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:47 am (UTC)
Endeavor to persevere, sir. I'm in a similar boat, with rough waters for the foreseeable future.
Timothy Dee
Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
Sons of Kong
Just finished rereading Clash of Kinds in anticipation for Dance....and I'm thinking you might need to bring in Michael Bay to handle all that wyldefire

Here's hoping Winds of Winter ends up being a mere Mighty Joe Young as opposed to another Kong (and my heartfelt sympathies if it morphs into a Mecha-Godzilla).
Tomislav Tkalec
Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
That's as close to Croatia as possible! I'll be there with my copy of AFFC for signing!
But, I know a wonderful pizza place in Zagreb, Croatia. Maybe you should consider visting us between Poland and Slovenia.
Drew Lara
Jun. 3rd, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
whoa! take it easy there, just go to tomasitas and have a nice plate of enchiladas and a swirl, or other delicious margarita. then keep pumping out the great work!
Jun. 3rd, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
As a fan from the primordial waters of time, I get a bit excited when you mention "Winds of Winter". But instead of retelling my life from young man to middleage geezer, and my travels with ASOIAF, I simply ask my question; Will it, and if yes, when, be a book that collects the Dunk and Egg stories?

Good luck and good health to you all!

Paul Nicolai
Jun. 3rd, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
It is awesome that you are so successful in so many areas, but that is one over-full plate. My burning eagerness for the continuation of SoIaF means almost resent your other projects.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)
THAT is indeed one long list...I'm getting tired just reading it! Well the important thing sir is to take it easy, space things out as much as possible so as not to burn out!

As I've said it before, your health and well being is more important than anything else.
Jun. 3rd, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Random question, as I just wrote a paper on Herman Wouk: is "The Winds of Winter" a a reference to "The Winds of War"?
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