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Dance, Dance, Dance

Finished a Jon Snow chapter, and have just passed the 1100 page (manuscript pages, the page count in the final printed book will be different) mark on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. That's counting only finished chapters in something close to final form. I have considerably more in partials, fragments, and roughs.

Even with just the finished portions, DANCE is now longer than A FEAST FOR CROWS and A GAME OF THRONES, and I'm closing in on A CLASH OF KINGS. I do hope I can wrap things up before I approach the 1521 page length of A STORM OF SWORDS.

Making a new run at the Meereenese knot, but maybe not tomorrow. I think I'll hang around at the Wall a bit longer, and maybe visit Winterfell.


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Oct. 7th, 2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Glad things are going well! Hope the muse is kind on the Meereenese knot. Good writing wishes!
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
I'm sorry the Jets lost, but I don't think the gridiron gods will allow for that much good karma in one season. But I'll keep reluctantly routing for your Giants. ;)

(Figured you'd appreciate a bit of twisted off-topic for a change.)
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC)
This has got to be my favorite entry of yours yet! To hear your brainstorming about whether to "hang around the Wall" etc is so fascinating! Also, kudos to you for being pleased with your work.
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
w00t! Progress of the most awesome variety :)
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
And speaking of Dead Peasants
Thanks for the update. Maybe the dragons could just erase Meereen...
ASOIAF reminds me of some stuff in "Capitalism, a Love Story." "Dead Peasants" insurance (could be fiction, but it's not). Scheming academics and brokers. People burning their own furniture, and pilots paid less than fast-food managers. Best wishes on your work.
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Lost in Fantasy Land
Dear Mr. Martin,
My name is Russ Tice and I am the former NSA analyst and operations officer that dropped the dime on the extent of the crimes that NSA has committed against the American People. You would not believe the shit NSA, the FBI, DoD, the Dept. of in-Justice, and the Bush Administration have put me through because I insisted on keeping my oath to support and defend the Constitution of teh United States.
Anyway, when the USS Cole got hit in Yemen in 2000, I was sent, that very day, to that part of the world to do some intel work that was quite dangerous. While I was there for several months, my sister sent me your first Ice and Fire book, "A GAME OF THRONES". I took 1001 Arabian Nights over with me to read, but sadly I had no time to read anything as I was working 16 to 18 hours a day, every day, for many month. When I got back home, 9/11 happen soon after and I was back to working the same type of hours on the home front. I worked the Afghanistan conflict, and other missions, and in July of 2002, was read on into the planning for the invasion of Iraq. Yes, we were planning that deal long before we went in, and when I was read on, the planning was well under way.
Well, I found out NSA was spying on US citizens in mass during that time. When NSA realized what I knew they pulled my security clearance a couple months after we took Baghdad. The Orwellian and Kafkaesque retaliations and battle that has followed was, and still is, horrific, but I had one escape from that nightmare. I started to read your book that my little sister sent me when I was in SouthWest Asia. I got lost in the world you created and it was as good as taking the best pain killers going. I have read the first four books three times now and can't wait till "A DANCE .." is out. I read a lot of history, and political stuff, but my escape is your books. So, I would like to thank you for providing me with my drug of choice. I guess you are my enabler. Keep up the great work!
PS: I don't have HBO on cable right now, but as soon as your series hits the air, I will be signing up for it. I hope it can do your work justice, as most movie/ small screen efforts, based on books, do not live up to the print they are derived from.
Thanks again!
Very Respectfully,
Russ Tice
Former Intelligence Analyst & Capabilities Operations Officer, National Security Agency (NSA)
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Cool, looking forward to it!
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it!

The cover image you posted reminded me of something I've wondered... why did the cover style (of the American editions) change after the first three books? I liked it when they had cover art.
Oct. 7th, 2009 08:12 am (UTC)
Cover design is decided by the publisher's art department with input from marketing. GRRM indicated when the change happened that Bantam was going to try and capture more interest from "mainstream" (i.e. non-SF/F) readers by using a cover style more in line with mainstream fiction. That meant illustrative covers were out.

The change happened on both sides of the pond, and interestingly was not an initial decision. When both Bantam and Voyager UK released images for the books, A Feast for Crows in U.S. featured Jaime Lannister riding towards King's Landing (by Stephen Youll, the same artist who done the previous three), and in the U.K. the Titan of Braavos was featured (art by Jim Burns who had done the three previous novels there).

I expect those images are floating around somewhere, if you'd like to see them. If I remember right, Bantam had even printed off a few cover proofs of Youll's AFfC cover; something's telling me that some of the BwBers have examples which they've placed on their copies of Feast ... but my memory is like a leaky sieve, so I could just be imagining this.
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Oct. 7th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
Great to hear!
Though it's unrelated to this post-I have to say that the OSU Beavers beat ASU in their own home stadium after a 40 year losing streak!

The last time they beat ASU at home was in 1969 A.D.!!!

That's 2 years before I was even born.

And to top that, we are a crappy institute of higher learning that specializes in farming and military stuff-we are definitely a bunch of dopey hayseeds.

No we will not win the Pac-10 championship, but by the gods you will know you've been in a fight after playing our kickass football team.

The good news knows no bounds! Happy as well about the book updates-keep them coming, Ser Martin!

Oct. 7th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
Yikes! You do know that the AudioBook for 'Game of Thrones' is 1.2 DAYS long already, right :) ? Soldier on, man! I'd gladly listen to this new one for a week (which, considering how things are going, may be what happens :) ).
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
Spend all the time you need to get it done right!

Also, am I the only one who thought of the following scene from the film version of Wonderboys? Writer Grady Tripp is working on his novel and beings hand-typing the new page number, pausing after 210 only to finish by adding another 0 to bring the total to 2100 pages.
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the book update!

I eagerly await the book and I don't care how long you need to finish it.

I'm glad that you are enjoying the book. Your joy is ours.

Oct. 7th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
You are the best, take your time and muse to work :)
Oct. 7th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
Go, George, go!
Oct. 7th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Ok, so, to sum up. The book will be huge. You hope it will be under 1500 pages, so if you're currently at 1100, then, we're close. But it's ok, we've waited this far, just make it be good.
Also, I have been plotting in my head about the future of Westeros, but I cannot post it cause its spoilery. Which is a shame, really, cause it had some really good ideas.
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