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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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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.

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