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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.

Comments

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.
sniffnoy
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
Heh, I suppose so. I don't suppose I might ask how you got roped into doing this before the final two books in the first place?
grrm
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
I have a hard time saying no.

And I tend to be excessively optimistic. I never think any of these things are going to take as long as they do.
solidd
Jul. 6th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Does the land of ice and fire book contain a map of the whole world or just the "known world?" I thought I heard we were getting a book with a whole world map, including stuff we hadn't seen yet, like past the northern tip of Sothyros.

Edited at 2012-07-06 09:45 pm (UTC)
werthead
Jun. 27th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
There was a similar (in concept) book for THE WHEEL OF TIME novels by Robert Jordan, which came out roughly halfway through that series. To avoid the same spoiler problem, they clarified and expanded on a lot of interesting-but-ultimately-irrelevant-to-the-plot background points but left the big mystery backstory parts alone. They also used the conceit that the history section was written by an in-universe historian who got some things wrong due to bias and POV issues.

My understanding is that the ASoIaF world book will use some of the same techniques. A lot of the emphasis seems to be on stuff the maesters of Westeros would know but simply hasn't come up (how did the Targaryens conquer the Vale?) as opposed to spoiler material (what are the precise origins, motivations and capabilities of the Others?) which likely won't be even touched on :-)

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