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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.


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?
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.

Jun. 26th, 2012 01:16 pm (UTC)
So, you can end a sentence with no. I've said it before. I don't know how you do it.

I'm not a psychologist and not even an amateur one. That won't protect you from my analysis.

Maybe... having only one project would put so much stress upon it that those tough nuts would crack more easily. I believe that you even said you tended to work faster with more pressure.

But maybe too... If you worked faster and only on one project the story would be simple canned crap that we get from a lot of writers. The varied projects most likely adds to the complexity and depth of your ongoing epic.

Be happy George, and if stress makes you happy then be stressed. Only not unhealthily so.
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Perhaps it's time to practice saying 'No'. Go ahead, practice by telling me I'm wrong. I can take it.
Jun. 27th, 2012 12:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for satisfying my curiosity. Here's hoping the monkeys behave and that no more turn up on your doorstep begging to be adopted...at least, not just now.


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