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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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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)
Erik Papik
Sep. 16th, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
!!!
George, be strong and still write. We all are waiting for next awesome volume of song of ice and fire!

Edited at 2012-09-16 05:41 pm (UTC)
pulvatory
Sep. 16th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
We appreciate it
Personally, I'm super-stoked.
ruggels
Sep. 16th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
A lot of the fans of this series, Myself included are gamers, and most gamers groove in fake history, and travelogue, which is the sort of thing you do pretty well.

Oh and congratulations on the "Creative Emmy" wins from last night.

scott
penindini
Sep. 16th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks
Hi Mr Martin,

Its the journey you're taking us on that counts, that you choose to update and keep us informed on other events is a bonus. Thanks for everything, you're a hero to so many of us.
materpenitentia
Sep. 16th, 2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
I was just saying two weeks ago the a Song of Ice and Fire "Simarillion" history would be awesome.

PS. I left you a PM. And I'll send pictures of the GoTs wedding soon - I haven't gone through them myself yet.
mj_automatic
Sep. 16th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
This sounds very exciting.

Of course all I can think of is dragon polkas, dragon tangos, dragon salsas...
cyberalien
Sep. 16th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
YEAH!!!
Can't wait to get ahold of all this history!
Ben Harris
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
Fake history
Bet its gonna be good, looking forward to reading it! Sounds like you've got your work cut out. Maybe you could lobby for an 8th day in the week?
r3g0rzz
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
keep up the writing George! We are all eagerly awaiting what you're writing (especially the winds of winter). Put on another pot of coffee :)
Joe Tinervia
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Look at the positive. Giants won today!
lomnen
Sep. 16th, 2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
wow, write, sir, write! If I ever could do something, anything, that would help you in any way (from cat-sitting to cooking to going to the dumps in order to search for the discarded sheets of paper where you scribbled something that you need to have back, etc...) I would be glad and happy to do it, you only need to send me a message ;)
mj_automatic
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Huzzah!
Jokes of dragon dances aside (dragons doing the funky chicken?), this new "sidebar" sounds incredible. Fake History was my first true literary love, and is what got me to pick up fantasy and science fiction novels in the first place.

Ever since I stumbled across the wiki of Ice and Fire and started reading the entries on the great houses, I've been trying to imagine details of the stories of Rhaenyra and Aegon II, Bloodraven and Bittersteel and Shiera, Daemon and Daeron II, Naerys and Daena, the first Daenerys and many others.

One of these days I will track down copies of all the Dunk & Egg stories to read, and put them all together in a single place with a block of time in which I am required to do nothing but read, and that will be a joyous day!

Edited at 2012-09-17 03:04 am (UTC)
tully01
Sep. 18th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
The first thing one learns reading history is that there's a lot of it ...
Jose Sarmento
Sep. 18th, 2012 09:21 am (UTC)
World and Winds
If you find yourself thinking "hey, this Rhaenyra story would make for a neat 3-volume saga", it's probably safer to put it on hold for now. :)

A while ago you mentioned the benefits of multiple projects to work on. I was wondering if the particular situation of "concurrently" writing Winds of Winter and (your part in) World of Ice and Fire is better or worse in that regard?

On the one hand, a combined wider scope to write as your muse takes you, without having to leave Westeros. If you want a break from writing PoV chapters, you can pick an interesting "sidebar" to work on.

On the other hand, being the same universe I imagine it is possible that when you don't feel like working on World you also don't feel like working on Winds. And if you do alternate between the two projects, different characters / eras seems more confusing to tackle (the main story alone being complex enough).
Karulina Stark Mormont
Sep. 20th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Happy nameday, George!
I hope it is still the 20th of September there...I wish you all the best, and also wanted to say
THANK YOU
for one of the most amazing Series of Books I've ever read! I am enjoying ASOIAF so much...Lots of love from Buenos Aires!
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