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Monkeys on My Back

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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Kristina Crawford Allen
Jun. 28th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Didn't know there was so much you were working on to look forward to! I am very excited for all of these!
Artem Prusayev
Jun. 28th, 2012 11:52 pm (UTC)
IMPATIENT...but at least there is news :)
I have read and reread the Song of Ice and Fire books over and over again. I have watched the Game of Thrones series loyally too..and now I have two things I must patiently wait for. Sadly I seem to lack this patience. Mr.Martin does write truly great stories. I am still amazed by Fevre Dream, I loved the vampires he created "TO THE GODDAMNED FEVRE DREAM!" Indeed...keep up the good work and I pray to the Seven I get my greedy impatient hands on Winds of Winter soon. I can't wait to see what happened to my favorites(and least favorites). Keep writing and keep doing the side projects sir..but please don't take too long on Winds of Winter the ending of the last book..well I need answers and confirmations!
Thomas Medley
Jun. 30th, 2012 04:05 am (UTC)
Speaking of Dunk & Egg...
I know you have enough with all these projects, but why was 'The Mystery Knight' never published as a graphic novel? The adaptation for the first two Dunk & Egg novellas were just awesome. Ben Avery and Mike Miller made a GREAT job with those. IMO, the drawings are better than the ones in A Game of Thrones comic's adaptation. Anyway, do you plan having all of the Tales of Dunk & Egg adapted to comic? It'd be sad if you don't!
Jun. 30th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Speaking of Dunk & Egg...
We're working on that.

Problem with the graphic novels was the publisher(s). Dunk & Egg have led a vagabond life where publishers were concerned. Only fitting for Hedge Knights, I suppose, but they'd like a permanent home...
Jul. 1st, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hey George, I'm just getting into Wild Cards now (reading it in order, so haven't read any of the new volumes), and I'm delighted to hear that there's still new Wild Cards work in progress. For what it's worth, I'm as excited for Lowball now as I am for the Winds of Winter. I hope the Wild Cards monkey sticks around for a long time. Would be sad to see him go.
Jul. 14th, 2012 07:16 am (UTC)
Wow its great news. I am eagerly waiting to grab a copy of “THE LANDS OF ICE AND FIRE.” I know even this is going to be a marvelous one.
Alex Macdonald
Jul. 15th, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
I remember the first time I read your work. I was on the hunt for fantasy to fill the void of work, life and play and I came across A Game of Thrones.

That was it though, my library stocked no more and I had no money.

I then, some years later discovered a book that seemed to lead on from something I had memory of from years ago. It happened to be storm of swords. So I sorted it all out and purchased the full series.

I am now totally immersed and I'm loving Tyrion. If nothing else, if you somehow fail to finish this epic, please don't kill the imp. He amuses me.
Nick Brochez
Jul. 16th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
I can hardly wait for "The Winds of Winter"!! I just finished "A Dance With Dragons",somewhat reluctantly because now I have NOTHING to read,but it was an extraordinary adventure nonetheless.I will continue to support "A Song of Ice and Fire" in any way I can. I can't wait until the second season in the HBO series finally comes out! Good luck with the writing!
Aug. 20th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
I think the World of Ice and Fire will make Winds of Winter easier to write...since you will be able to tie in references to history, mythology and culture. and will hence have more filler. which can help.
Aug. 20th, 2012 06:19 am (UTC)
The last thing I want in any of my books is "filler."

Of course, having invented all these stories, histories and myths and backgrounds and the like, the temptation is always to put it in. That's a temptation one needs to resist. Tolkien had the right idea, about this as about so much else: put such material in an appendix.

In some sense, WORLD OF ICE & FIRE is like a giant appendix. Lavishly and beautifully illustrated and sold separately, but still...
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