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Taking another whack at the Meereenese knot today. I'm going to try breaking two largish chapters into four smallish ones, changing the order of events somewhat, and weaving them all together. Maybe that will work a little better.

Can it really be September?? Ack. I can feel the heat of those flames...


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Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
Love that Komark art.

I've no idea what exactly the Meereeneese Knot entails, though I've my suspicions...
Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
good luck, ser
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Just adding some luck to the luckpile!

Have been quietly watching & squeeing with girlish glee at the HBO series casting updates, by the way. Thank you for posting them!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:05 pm (UTC)
I get into 'knots' all the time writing code. Some are minor and some leave me sitting in my pajamas all day and into the night. There is nothing like the feeling of untangling it and letting the 'flow' open up. The brain begins to work more quickly than the fingers can type and you mumble something to yourself about how stupid you are/were. Best of luck getting past yours George.

Killer artwork BTW. Would look great above my monitors...
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
those flames have been licking at your ass for a while now -- indeed, *years*, as we know you're well aware; get running.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks for keeping us updated!
I'm having a hard enough time jotting down 2000 intelligent words on the politics of carolingian rulers for my history class - and I have textbooks and sources!

It seems those Meereenese knots are tough - I've heard swords work wonders... May I suggest Needle ? :)
Sep. 9th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Thanks for keeping us updated!
Nah, I'm thinking Ice would be a better knot-chopper...
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
A note of encouragement (possibly still not needed) in the face of all those whining about not having Dance of Dragons, from your fellow author Brandon Sanderson:

"Waiting for novels can get frustrating because of how long the process takes, and because . . . well, it's an artistic endeavor that relies on the creative output of (usually) a single person. We artists can be flakey.

Or, put more appropriately, the artistic and creative process can be erratic. I don't think George R. R. Martin is flakey, for instance. An artist has to know their process, and work within its bounds. It takes him years to write a book; that's just how it goes. That's pretty good, considering the genius of his prose. If he wants quality, he has to have the freedom to work as he needs to."

:) I get impatient not hearing about it, but I know these things take time, and it'll be better if you take your time to make it perfect.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the update
As a long-time fan, I want you to know that it's good to know what's happening with the book, even if you're not sure when it comes out. Take your time and create the best book you can. I hope you can top AFFC.
And thanks for the picture. I've never seen that one, and it brought back a pleasant memory or four (one for each read of ASOS).
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Here's to breaking up large chapters. I did that to my dissertation recently and it untangled things rather nicely. Hopefully the tactic will work just as well for you.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
sending creative energies flooding your way.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:00 pm (UTC)
Take your time...
I'm sure you must not hear this phrase often when it comes to this series, however the truth is, the less we (your legion) breathe down your neck about it the more you will accomplish. I understand that when you are inspired you will write, but you cannot be inspired by force. We are not suggesting that we should lock you in the basement and ask you to turn hay into spun gold.
You are a man with a family and life and are well respected around the world. But one would do well to remember that your words have created another world for us and when we cannot read them and experience that world our hearts ache for it. We crave to know what is happening with each charachter, some we fear for and some we simply fear. You can do no wrong with what you write. You are the creator of this world and so the written word is the way and shall be perfect. So do take your time, but remember that your words are like our air and my dear Mr. Martin, I cannot breathe...
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
Breaking the knot
Start the scene with a Myrenian style funeral.
Fat flakes of Ash falling like snow makes a pretty picture.

it will set the mood for what you'll have to do. ;)
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
It's hard to be a perfectionist
But I'm sure it will be worth the work.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Dancing with dragons is a tricky business; they keep stepping on your feet, there's soot all over your pretty white dress (or handsome white tux, depending on the dragon), and your eyebrows get singed off. Do be careful.
Sep. 3rd, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
Best news I've heard (it's all good, it's just this is the best). If you think a chapter is largish then it's most likely novella size in it's own right. But, breaking it into smaller chapters will just make you want to fill them out with more story; plus, you'll probably need to wedge a fifth chapter in between to tie them together or keep us in touch with happenings elsewhere...I'm starting to know you better.

I like hearing about your progress and setbacks. Remember to keep notes on what you need to do...pour all the tasks out of your mind onto paper to free it up and focus on one task at a time. It's too tempting otherwise to have inspiration about something and shift gears. Having two chapters that need a lot of work is much easier to deal with than 15 chapters that need some "touchup".

Have fun with it...then when we read it we will have fun too!
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