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Wild Cards Meets Ice & Fire

Some days the muse is with you, some days she's not.

After years of struggle, I have finally figured out how to wrap up A SONG OF ICE & FIRE. As most of you know, it has been taking me longer and longer to deliver these books. The thing is, I got the poor Stark family into such deep trouble that I could no longer see any good, plausible way to get them out. I had written my poor characters into a deep, deep cave and the light was going out. No wonder I was having trouble. Why, I had created problems so severe that there was no way the Starks could hope to overcome them. Winterfell was doomed.

But today I had a brainstorm, and now the way is clear.

The problem was, I was taking my lead from J.R.R. Tolkien. JRRT was a master, of course, but he was sort of obsessive as well, when you come down to it. Middle Earth, Middle Earth, elves, orcs, dwarfs, that was all he could think about. I needed a broader perspective, so today I decided, the hell with Tolkien, I will take my inspiration instead from such giants as Stephen King, Isaac Asimov, and Robert A. Heinlein. King tied all of his work together in the conclusion of the DARK TOWER series. Asimov joined his Robot series to his Foundation series in the last books he wrote before his death. RAH, the first Grandmaster, the DEAN of Science Fiction, had all his protagonists get together for a cocktail party in THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST. So why should I limit myself to one world and one set of characters?

Winterfell is saved! The Wild Cards are coming to the rescue!

It's perfect. Melisandre will open the gate with one of her fire spells, and from a world beyond the heroes will come through to save the Starks and rescue all of Westeros. The Others cannot hope to stand against Popinjay, Jetboy, and the Great and Powerful Turtle. So what if they can raise the dead? So can Hoodoo Mama. And what evil knight of Westeros could hope to match blades against Lohengrin armored in his ghost steel, with his glowing force sword in his hand? And those dragons... sure, they're pretty fierce, but little Dragon Huntress can match them with her stuffy Puffy, and she can pull out Cthulhu too! Modular Man, Cap'n Trips, Yeoman, Carnifex, Bubbles, Curveball, Dr. Tachyon, Water Lily, Fortunato, Troll, Midnight Angel, and the rest... they'll set right all that's wrong in Westeros and do it in short order.

Why didn't I see this earlier?

The muse is good.

The Wild Cards are coming to Westeros, and all is saved!!!

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arwenoid
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
Ah, thank god for April Fool's Day. :)
blanx73
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
And you'll be using the new Custom Time from Google to get the books out by last Christmas?

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/customtime/index.html

Heh.
shark_girl
Apr. 2nd, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)
No silly, Hermione's Time Turner!
yelenia
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
This made my day~ lol!
shminky
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
You almost got me! Phew.
whatsfunny
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
Nice April Fool's joke ;D
niamhotoole
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Enjoying April 1st, are we? ;)
timebroker0
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
I predicted this would happen.
peculiar_writer
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, the ultimate crossover?
greektoomey
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
...

Uh-huh.

Happy 1st April to you, also!
maryling
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Happy April Fools to you too, George!
stealingbabies
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, man, great job. :D
evamagick
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
You are a mean man to toy with a girls heart like that. *pout* But I do appreciate the joke! Now I want books. Now please!
strayth
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Right ON! Winter is Coming! I can't wait for the book.
joannaravenclaw
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
Genius, I say -- genius!
valerini
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Very funny!
solomen
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Thank someone for the invention of the calendar.

/weep
gillan
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
How will this affect the release of your rap album?
katwinx
Apr. 2nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
win.
claudiag
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Nicely done. Had me going there for a minute!

I was half-expecting a "Screw it,I give up on writing this series" message. That would have caused palpitations.
janetlin
Apr. 1st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't think he wants any family members hunting him down for causing heart attacks...
penguin_racher
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
HA! Nice one.
sol_amoun
Apr. 1st, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
great icon, I love abfab!
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baine_darkwolf
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
April fools. Yeah that was like cold water in the face. HAHahaha.

As amusing it would be, id still be in shock.
antonstrout
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
*checks calendar, steps off of ledge*

I'm telling Nita on youuuuu!
ragdoll
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
Happy April Fool's Day to you too, GRRM!

But can Arya marry Tom Tudbury? Pleeeeeeease? They'd be so good for one another. (Assuming Arry survives to be a marriageable age, that is!)
sensorglitch
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
Hah I love April 1st.
dear_amaranth
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
That's... that's not the muse.
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bram452
Apr. 1st, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Speakin' as one of the wildcard writers, you may be confused if you do.
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