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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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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)

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