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Guarded Optimism

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I almost hate to say anything here, for fear of jinxing it... but for what it's worth, the last six weeks or so have been the most productive period I've had on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS in... well... a year at least, maybe several. In the last three days I've completed three new chapters. Not from scratch, mind you, these were all chapters that had been partially written, and in some cases rewritten, for months if not years. But they're finally done, and I've just reread them, and I'm almost convinced that they're Not Crap.

We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Anyway, I know I don't talk about DANCE frequently here, and that's not going to change. Sorry, but I'm never going to be one of these writers who blogs daily about how many words they produced today. I don't like to talk about the good days for fear of jinxing myself (all writers are superstitious at heart, just like baseball players), and I don't like to talk about the bad days... well, just because. Writing is like sausage making in my view; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it.

But I am making a small exception now because... well, I'm feeling rather jazzed right now, and for the first time in a very long while, I think I can see a glimmering that might just be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Now if I can only slash through the Meereenese knot that I've been worrying at since 2005, I may actually start to get excited.

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jere7my
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Great news, boss. Congratulations.
mythfish
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Huzzah!
lilgryphon
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Yay! That's very exciting, George, keep up the good work!
akulion
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Congrats George! I am glad to hear that this was a productive month and lets hope that you get more months like these :)
claybugg
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
June?
Does this mean your June deadline still stands...? =P
slojae
Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:53 am (UTC)
Re: June?
it's already the end of june...

but since winter only comes every what... 20 years in the seven kingdoms i guess we have another 3 years to wait...

i sure hope not but LOL all the same...

Re: June? - valorion - Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
lilithschilde
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
That's fantastic! Congratulations on breaking through that barrier.
nicholsml
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
Firefly rocks!
madbard
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
This post has nullified the Pavlovian weep-on-sight response I've developed from reading past entries about DWD progress.

Congrats!
escarboucle
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
I'm touching wood so that you're not jixing yourself ;)

*is just waiting patiently and began rereading the serie, once again, in English this time XD*
slojae
Jun. 23rd, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
what did you read it in lst time may i ask?
(no subject) - escarboucle - Jun. 23rd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
0rko
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Take your time Mr. Martin, take your time :)
krisknapp
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:27 am (UTC)
You're gonna give yourself an ulcer.
dnaltews
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Encouraging news! As I'm sure many others also are, I stand ready to purchase a copy and read it with great enthusiasm when it's all wrapped up... and probably reread the series again to get it all fresh in my head beforehand. Hopefully the writing is, in the end, as much fun for you as the reading is for us.
bojojoti
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
Mmm, sausage.
cheops
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
Nice to hear you're having a somewhat easier time of it. May it continue. *knock to Odin*

Don't mind us. We may bitch sometimes, but in the end what are we gonna do, not read it? Please.
kizeesh
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
When in doubt.... add a car chase.
ragdoll
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
That's great news! I hope the good days continue on and on for you. Writer's block is teh suck.
cigamerisedi
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:35 am (UTC)
Sending lots of love and happy thoughts your way, then. :) Your jazzed is our jazzed! :D
jamesmcgraw
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Hooray!
twistedsheets10
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
:D

That's lovely news. ♥
evening_spirit
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
I keep my fingers crossed. :)
Thanks for sharing this info with us.
kikoma
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
This is exciting news!
harro_der
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Awesome news! My husband, myself and our best friend are so excited we're all re-reading the first books! I told him I'm waiting until you make the official announcement, because I tend to just sit and read good material in a matter of days and I want everything fresh on my memory!
prokhozhyj
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Many thanks! I like both sausages and good news! :).
infinite_hiatus
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
It's always encouraging for us mere mortals that the people who are brilliant at what they do sometimes struggle too.

Reach for that light!
dmoira
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
I don't like to tell people about good things for fear it might somehow make them less good. Like my own little happy nuggets I save to pull up later when I'm having a bad time at it.

I am glad you said something though. I will knock on wood that it doesn't halt the momentum.
(no subject) - gaia_kiari - Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC) - Expand
beladibaby
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:45 am (UTC)
Yay! And your first paragraph made me chuckle. I have the same "almost convinced it's Not Crap." feeling when I get close to finishing a choreography and its actually all working the way I want.
Thanks for the update!
gege_the_dodo
Jun. 23rd, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
Good for you George! Keep on keepin' on! Just do your thing...it's worked so well in the past :D

I am reading The Stand right now (and suffering from pregnancy induced ADD) so I should be busy reading for quite a while. At the slow rate I am going, I might finish it in a year :P

And in November our little guy will be here, so I doubt I'll have time to read ANYTHING then, no matter how much I'm dying to ;) (of course, I'll still buy DRAGONS whenever it comes out though!)

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