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There must be something about the words "dance" and "dragons."

We all know how long the last novel took. And now I am writing the "sidebar" (hoo hah) about the first Dance of the Dragons, the fratricidal civil war between King Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra, for THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, and it's turned into a monster too.

As of today, I have a hundred and three bloody manuscript pages (some VERY bloody) and still no end at hand. I had hoped to finish this one today, but... no, not even close. Lots more to write.

I think there's some good stuff here, and judging by the reception my reading got at Chicon, most of you seem to like the fake history too. But DAMN, there a lot of it.

Nothing to do but keep doing.

Dance, you dragons, dance, dance...

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lacrimoso
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Dont worry, sleeping is overrated
Cameron Paterson
Sep. 16th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
'The World of Ice and Fire' is beginning to sound increasingly interesting! I had imagined a few notes and some pictures but it sounds instead as though we are in for some genuinely interesting content - something to keep readers ticking over a while :D
Tolkien was the king of fake history so it is a noble tradition!
alex_min
Sep. 16th, 2012 10:29 am (UTC)
What`s about Dunk and Egg tales?
wartzilla
Sep. 16th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Fake history
There can never be too much fake history! Never, ever.
aulus_poliutos
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:15 am (UTC)
I usually don't buy compagnon books but yours sounds like it contains original material worth a novel in its own.
I'll soon need a special tower for my books, too. *grin*
escarboucle
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:44 am (UTC)
I still haven't finished A Dance with Dragons, although I bought it day one (somehow busy, and also got engrossed in Agatha Christie, love the old lady). I'm picking it up now again, but I'm in no hurry XD

Seeing that there is something like this "fake history" as you put it is something else to look forward to! I always loved Dunk and Egg stories, so I'm quite excited to see how this war goes :)
pbagosy
Sep. 16th, 2012 12:19 pm (UTC)
Awesome! History is one of my passions, real or not. "How did we get from there to here" is an important question to me, and one that I'm glad you take the time to work out. I'm not reading for the dragons, I'm reading for the detail and careful thought. The dragons are just a nice perk.
Amanda Milholland
Sep. 16th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Wow!
Sounds like you've got a lot on your plate there! Can't wait to read it, of course!

I'm curious about what sort of format The World of Ice and Fire is going to have. Is it written like some sort of faux history textbook? Or are there actual chapters with different POVs? Either way, I'm looking forward to becoming a Westerosi history buff (because God knows I totally fail at REAL history! Not that it's anywhere near as interesting anyway...)
grrm
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Fake history written by fake maesters.
Re: Wow! - emmiegray - Sep. 17th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wow! - Dan Pepper - Sep. 17th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - aulus_poliutos - Sep. 17th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
meish_kaos
Sep. 16th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
That post made me laugh. ^^ Be brave, mister! You can do it!
And thank you so much for all those dances.
insurrbution
Sep. 16th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
" There must be something about the words "dance" and "dragons." "

Hopefully good things can come from the words "winds" and "winter", and "dream" and "spring". ;)

It sounds great though! Despite there being lots to write, I hope it goes well...looking forward to this book next year. Does having it done now (between Books 5 and 6) rather than after Ice and Fire ends affect what history will go into Books Six and Seven? Each book you reveal more and more of the history, so I'd figure I'd ask and hope to get a hint of 'the history you tell in Ice and Fire' vs 'the history I tell in this book'.

How many more manuscript pages do you predict?

Also - two of my favorite teams play today...the Giants and the Ravens. With the lockout on for NHL, I'll be following football more frequently.
wcbryan80
Sep. 16th, 2012 03:06 pm (UTC)
Can't even begin to describe how thrilled it makes me just thinking about World of Ice and Fire. Keep up the hard work, I know we are all eagerly awaiting it's finish. Always wonderful to hear these updates relating to anything and everything Westeros.
Christopher David Logan
Sep. 16th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Keep up the good work!
Dear Martin, keep it going, you write incredibly well and we all appreciate your stories so very much. Don't be forlorn and don't forget you have us all behind you, sharpening our cutlery. Just kidding!
-Christopher

Edited at 2012-09-16 03:27 pm (UTC)
torome86
Sep. 16th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
The Dance
Write George, write like the Wind...s of Winter!!! Love Ya!
susiehomemaker
Sep. 16th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
Heard you are on " wait wait don't tell me!" yesterday! Enjoyed it a ton. :)
Crni Gruja
Sep. 16th, 2012 05:12 pm (UTC)
Happy family!
My family is asking is there any way we can help you while you are writting, so you could finish book sooner? :)))) Things as cleaning and taking dog for a walk? :D (joke)
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