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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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pineappletastic
Oct. 7th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC)
Great news :)

As someone else has said, the longer the better, postpone the moment when we all finish it and the waiting starts again.

If you tell us when you finish do you think the publishing process will be long enough to re-read the rest? Or will we need a head start? :)
evilmissbecky
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC)
Great news!!

And you must surely know that whether the book is 100 pages or 10,000, we will all eagerly devour it and love it. Length matters not -- only the story. :-)
forbiddenkisss
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:29 am (UTC)
Yaaaaaaaay!
hebrewlion
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:38 am (UTC)
Take your time, and be satisfied with what you write. Remember that you are writing this one for the ages and for posterity, not only for your publisher, your fans, or yourself.

Many thanks for the hours of joy. They're sweeter when anticipated.
ceilidh
Oct. 7th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
That's awesome! Glad to hear things are going well. Jon Snow, Winterfell, and the Wall. Just what I want to read about. ;)
arvedil
Oct. 7th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
A Dream of Winter
Last spring, Laura Bucciolini, of San Giovanni Valdarno (Florence, Italy), the sweetest girl on this earth died for acute Leukaemia, after a 12 months agony... She was a great ASOIAF fan, and she remebered with joy the day in which she met (also if only for few instants) its Author in Lucca, during Lucca Games and Comics. The last two weeks of her life, the body and the spirit devastated by the hideous sickness, she regretted not to be able to read the last three books of her favourite saga. Since that day we have run a desperate search of every indiscretion, anticipation, draft, interview and fabrication about the possible content of the next three books. With them I have changed myself in a storyteller, pretending to know everything about the metaplot, and I have narrated my own version of the end of the saga. I finished just three days before her death. At the end she gave me as a present two books signed by GRRM, praying me to thank him during his next visit in Lucca, in her name for the dreams and the sensations provided by the saga. I have waited till now because I have not fully recovered by this loss, and I had forgotten this promise. This morning I woke up remembering my promise.... Arvedil Florence - Italy
gh0ti_2
Oct. 7th, 2009 11:13 am (UTC)
Good man. Hopefully the UK publishers won't split it down into two volumes again, but hell, I'll be buying both if they do.
lindorm
Oct. 7th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Oooh splendid news! *also pleased*
tdquasar
Oct. 7th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Good news
Thanks for the news George. The bigger the novel will be the better (at lest for me). ;)
jimbow8
Oct. 7th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
This is awesome news. I can't wait. I've just finished rereading A Feast For Crows .... again.

Can you tell us if we are going to get any new maps in this next book?
fourthmannyc
Oct. 7th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Go George Go!
rappy7
Oct. 7th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
Next stop: 3,000
I want it to hit 3,000-5,000 pages. Something I can sink my teeth into. A 5,000 page novel would be something.
rectherapyfreak
Oct. 7th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Winter is coming so i think I would go visit Winterfell.
zunar_j5
Oct. 7th, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
:D
The anticipation is so sweet! Like the last day of work before vacation. Its almost better than the vacation it self!

It is a wonderful feeling that disappears immdediately upon aquiring that which we seek. Sure, it is replaced by the joy of the moment, but I can still feel a faint echo of melancholy at the loss of that rapturous expectation.

So take your time, Sir. We will wait with baited breath and savor every moment with grins splayed across our faces like madmen, or children chasing an ice cream truck.
woodbyrne
Oct. 7th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
THE LONGER THE BETTER
I cannot wait for this to come out!!!! Make it 2000 pages!!! Even if you have chapters of Tyrion making water in the sand, do it! Or John having a competition with his brothers to see who can write their names in the snow as they make water!! Do it!! LOL!!
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