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Monkeys on My Back

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This is for those who complain I never blog about my work. (I do, but not often. I prefer to announce when something is finally done, rather just endless reiterations of "I am working on X, I am working on Z," and I am never going to be one of those "I wrote three pages today" writers. Sorry, that's not how I roll).

One little monkey off my back:

THE LANDS OF ICE AND FIRE -- also known as "the map book" -- is now DONE AND DELIVERED, and scheduled for publication at year's end.

Monkeys remaining on my back? Lots o' them:

THE WINDS OF WINTER. Also known as "Son of Kong." Working on it. Lots to do.

THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. The concordance. Elio and Linda are my partners on this one, a compendium of the history and legends of the world of Westeros. A coffee table book, lots of gorgeous art from such talents as Ted Nasmith, Justin Sweet, and others. Making good progress on this one of late, lots of great historical stuff that I think my readers will enjoy. Never before revealed details of Aegon's Conquest, the War With the Faith, The Dance of the Dragons, the Paramours of Aegon the Unworthy, etc.

Poul Anderson story. An original short story for the Poul Anderson tribute anthology. Way, way overdue, but I am getting to it.

Dunk & Egg #4, An original novella of Dunk & Egg. Working on it. Hope to have it done by worldcon. It's scheduled to be published in

DANGEROUS WOMEN. A huge crossgenre anthology that Gardner Dozois and I are doing for Tor. Largely complete, except for Dunk & Egg. Well, we're waiting for three rewrites, but my own story will likely be the last one in, then we can move this one to "done and delivered."

LOWBALL. Volume twenty-two in the Wild Cards series. Working on that one with Melinda Snodgrass, my co-editor. Late, but almost done, a few last sections remain to be completed.

OLD MARS. Original anthology for Bantam, coedited with Gardner Dozois. Three-quarters done, a few stories still due in, three or four rewrites in progress. Not due quite yet.

OLD VENUS. The sequel to Old Mars. Well back in the pipeline, not due for a year.

ROGUES. Big crossgenre anthology I am doing with Gardner Dozois. One story already in, several in progress, but there's lots of time on this one too.

So there we are...

No more monkeys, please. Don't write to me with any tempting offers or cool new projects. I am practicing saying No.

No, no, no, no, no. Sorry, can't, pass, no way, count me out, too busy, no, no, no, thanks but no thanks, no thanks, no thanks.

I love my monkeys, but I have enough.

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aeryndex
Jun. 25th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the anthologies that you and Gardner Dozois do. Just wanted to mention that . . . :-)
onyxstraten
Jun. 25th, 2012 09:37 pm (UTC)
Really looking forward to both The World and The Lands Of Ice And Fire. I'm a huge fan of these world-building/lore-type books for fictional settings and these sound right up my alley. Looking forward to the art in Worlds, too! Keep up the good work, sir!
seagreen42
Jun. 25th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update George! Am really looking forward to Dunk & Egg #4! Also Winds of Winter, but I know that'll be a while, which is just fine by me, I'd much rather an incredible book than a quickly churned out one. :)
f4f3
Jun. 25th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Love the idea of "Old Mars" and "Old Venus" - will you find a place for RZ's "Rose" and "Doors", respectively?
grrm
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Great stories, both, but these are original anthologies. All new stories. The Zelaznys are classics, but widely available elsewhere.
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Jason Mellott
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Always appreciate general updates. Can't wait for World of Ice and Fire. Probably will be a huge relief once that monkey is off your back.
sniffnoy
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
I must admit I'm a bit confused about The World of Ice and Fire. In the actual books there are various aspects of the backstory which have been mentioned but never been clarified, and I assume you have some reason for that. How is The World of Ice and Fire going to manage to avoid both spoilers for the coming books and glaring omissions?

Edited at 2012-06-25 10:12 pm (UTC)
grrm
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
We'll cheat.
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Ivan Baruta
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update!
Hi George, thanks a lot for the update! It's good to see that you've made progress in so many projects. I have to admit that I am mostly a huge fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, but this applies to every piece of work you are currently working on: Please take your time if necessary. I prefer quality to quantity or meeting deadlines. Happy to wait for the sixth book as long as necessary if that means that also this book will take my breath away... :) Sure many of the other fans would hate me for this... :P
Dwayne Davie
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Valyrian Steel
George - don't forget about all the cool stuff Valyrian Steel wants to make - heard they are waiting on you to proceed with Oathkeeper... just saying...
:)
cosmiccoz
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on "The Worlds of Ice and Fire"! I just had a rather random conversation today about the customs on Bear Island. . .

You're one monkey short of a zoo, I think. Too many projects!
Scott Glennon
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
" Someone give me a pistol! I am going to shoot that monkey!"-Jack Sparrow
Get out-am I first? Well, I have no monkeys and I have three unfinished screenplays! So part of my heart aches for you, the other part is just jealous. I have no offers, except to say, if you need a hand, let me know! :-)
Mark Stackpole
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:27 pm (UTC)
Poul Anderson
I am very glad to read that van Rijn continues to be one of the monkeys on your back. When the table of contents for MULTIVERSE was released a month ago, I was crestfallen that there was not a story by you - unless there is more than one Poul Anderson tribute anthology in the pipeline.

It is too soon to request a partial ToC - or at least the authors whom have been invited - for Old Mars, Rogues etc.?

Edited at 2012-06-25 10:28 pm (UTC)
forcewatcher
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! Plenty to look forward to! I fully understand the need say no to people, especially when your plate's already that kind of full.
texascarl
Jun. 25th, 2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Nose, meet grindstone!
Sren Aske Hjorth
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Although I love hearing about your travels and your causes, I love hearing about your work-process.
Mostly so one can appreciate the product, and know how much work goes into it.
Dolorous Clem
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hardwork and play I hope!
Well it totally makes sense that the maker of the Mother of Dragons is the Father of Monkeys!
I counted 11 monkeys including the one you got off your back, one more and you could also have been Hercules.

Take care of you before you take care of the monkeys.
And useless too say that bearing so many monkeys is genius...

Thank you for your art


A peanut
pandoraswift
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
Monkeys
Sounds like you have everything under control! And just think, football season is right around the corner...
Rose Marie Holt
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
You are loved
Loved you since Sandkings.

ASOIAF is just an incredible piece of writing.

Love that you wrote it while celebrating freedom of TV restrictions and now it is a great TV show.

My "Needle" is due tomorrow - cant wait

Also looking forward to the above projects, but no pressure, I am still working on rereads of what I already have xx oo.
Kevin Adkins
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Busy man. Go get'em
gurglesnap
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
"THE WINDS OF WINTER. Also known as "Son of Kong." Working on it. Lots to do."

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure you make legions of people giddy and excited every time you mention that you're "working on it." It's like coming home and smelling cookies baking or something. Gratifying.





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luna_plath
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Wow, hopefully you also have a vacation scheduled in there as well!
ten_of_swords
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Very excited for the new Dunk & Egg!
t40rs731n
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Just say "No."
People should be saying "yes" to you, not the other way around. It gets easier, the more you say it! BTW, I am looking forward to the concordance. Justin Sweet you say, nice!
Vienna Gmd
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Monkeys
We appreciate all that you do. Your work is brilliant.
fantasmadaopera
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Enough? That's an insane amount of projects at the same time!
I honestly salute you, Ser, for managing to keep sanity and don't start to mix up everything.
shesnotallthere
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Something I've been wondering about for a while...

Pretend you DIDN'T have the little monkeys hanging around. Pretend the only iron in the fire was The Series That Ate Manhattan. Would that be better or worse?

On one hand, more time and possibly less stress. Maybe that would be good.

On the other, you could very well begin feeling like the series had eaten your whole life, resent it bitterly, say to hell with it, scrap it, and spend the rest of your life drinking heavily on a beach somewhere.

Which do you think it would be? Would having fewer projects help or hurt ASOIAF?
grrm
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I like having several irons in the fire. When you get stuck on project A, it is nice to have project B to work on.

On the other hand, I will be the first to admit that just now I have way too many things to do.

Several projects, great. This many, no.

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