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Still Writing

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...


Amanda Milholland
Sep. 16th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
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...)
Sep. 16th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Fake history written by fake maesters.
Sep. 17th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Ah, not unlike actual history. 8-)
Dan Pepper
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Fake history written by fake maesters.

A little bit unreliable fake maesters? Who can't be entirely trusted due to their allegiances to particular houses and such? Those are my favorite kinds of fake maesters.
Sep. 17th, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Lack of dragons aside, history can be a lot of fun. Unfortunately it's often still presented in a boring way.

The feuds between the great Mediaeval German houses and the dysfunctional families involved, would make for more than one historical saga. Plus you get cool nicknames like Henry the Lion (who actually had a pet lion), Albert the Degenerate, and Otto the Quarrelsome, also known as Mad Dog of the Leine Valley. :)


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