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A Blast from the Past

I was startled looking at my website today when I saw the hit counter, which tells me the site has had more than 23 million hits since December of 2000.

Of course, I have to put that in perspective. It's really just the same forty-two people coming back again and again to see if DANCE is done yet, isn't it?

(I suspect the Not A Blog actually gets MORE visitors than my main site. A mention here -- of a forthcoming appearance, a book sale, a news item -- seems to generate a lot more response than anything on my Appearances page, my Signed Books page, or my News page).

No point to any of this, just... hey, 23 million hits, that's kinda cool...

No telling how many of you have actually been around since 2000, and how many found my site and/or the Not A Blog just last week. Some of you newcomers, though, might enjoy giving a listen to the series of podcasts I recorded back in 2005, to promote A FEAST FOR CROWS. (I assume you old timers have heard them all already). They're all at


I imagine I will be doing more of these when DANCE WITH DRAGONS comes out. I'll need to think up some more topics. (Maybe "Deadlines, and Why They Should Never Be Missed" would be a good one). Meanwhile, these may entertain and enlighten those of you who haven't heard 'em.

And try not to laugh TOO hard at the part where I say I hope to finish DANCE by the end of the year. I really meant it, honest.


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Mar. 6th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Honestly, id rather you take your time and make it come out exactly as you wish it to... rather than be rushed along by all of us soul-less creatures who simply buy the books and demand more.

Some of us actually see the human being behind the books. Somewhere. :)

So. Quit yer rushin'.
Mar. 7th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
"Quit yer rushin'. "
What 'rushing' are you talking about? :)
Mar. 6th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
Dear Mr GRRM
<3 !

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

The Sainted Douglas Adams
Mar. 6th, 2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear Mr GRRM
Ha, ha! Hilarious Douglas Adams quote! :-D
Mar. 6th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
Is that a proto-GRRM in your icon? =)

Where's the endearing beard? =)
Mar. 6th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Honestly...I came to just see about the status of the books....

But I stayed because of your devotion to the Jets and Giants. I look forward to your football commentary every weekend of the season.
Mar. 6th, 2010 05:58 am (UTC)
Frequent lurker and checker of book statuses here, and I just wanted to let you know how much i really appreciate the openness you've had about book updates recently. It really seems like your creative juices are flowing again and that you are making good progress and that is really exciting to hear about. It makes the wait seem much much shorter.
So just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the fact you occasionally update us to little pieces of progress.
p.s. I'm super excited for the HBO adaptation.
Mar. 6th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
George, Who cares about the people who demand DANCE now... Those people are just TROLLS! I may be in the minority or not, but I don't care how long it takes to produce the the book. I feel for you, my friend, I truly do. It makes me pissed off when people say "When is DANCE gonna be done?"

To the trolls I say; Get over yourselves, it will be done when it is done, your negativity helps nothing...Just go get a hobby if your so obsessed. I suggest golf, that will stoke your frustration.
Mar. 8th, 2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't think that people who are just asking when their favourite book will come out are trolls. They love GRRM as much as we do, and it's normal IMHO that they want to know when the book will be out! I personally avoided to ask simply because I understand that for the author could be annoying, but I hope every day when I check this page to read a sentence saying that the book will be published next month! I think is cool that we can come here and read what George has to say, but I'm not flaming around against people like me who're just looking forward to read another episode of the Song of Ice and Fire.
Keep on the writing dear George. I can't wait to read another part of your adventures! I understand that creating is not like reading but still I'm a big fan of your books and I can't wait to read on these page that the book is over and ready to be published. Please finish it someday! ;)
Mar. 6th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Yep. I check every night before I go to bed for updates on ADWD(mostly because I can open a new tab during those pesky hulu commercials). However, if not for checking this nightly I nor any of my friends who I have been updating would not know about the HBO series whatsoever. Now that we are all pumped for it I have that to look forward too when I pop on here as well. I also love the football commentary during season. I like hearing about the Jets because they represent the defense the Giants once had and should still have today.

Mar. 6th, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
Looking forward to Dance as much as anyone, get it right first tho :) If it takes another 6 months it will just give me an excuse to re-read the rest before I read Dance :)

To be honest the buzz about the HBO series is something I have never seen before for a series that will not be aired til next year, I am so looking forward to it. I really think HBO can do it it justice as no other visual medium could. Congo-rats on the greenlight from HBO!
Mar. 6th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
just found this and thought it was pretty cool


Cast out from the lands of their births
Banished from hearth and home
All brothers must swear the oath
Forsaking all they've ever known

Those who choose to take the black
Bid farewell to comforts great and small
Those who do, don't come back
Prepare yourself for life on the wall

Night gathers and the watch begins
The wind carries an unnatural chill
There are things beyond the northern borders
Mere steel can't kill

Men who choose to take the black
Rogues and rangers, one and all
Those who do, won't come back
Prepare yourself for life on the wall
Mar. 7th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Re: just found this and thought it was pretty cool
Hey, I like that! Kind of has a Black Sabbath feel to it.

And the lyrics fit well in regards to the Night Watch.
Mar. 6th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
I really enjoy hearing about the behind the scenes of your books! Thanks for doing these :)
Mar. 6th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
Oh, brilliant! Podcasts! I did not know they existed, so thank you very much for pointing them out.

(It is better to miss a deadline than a lifeline.)
Mar. 6th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
Hermione v. Jaime
I thought you should know that Hermione would destroy Jaime because she has the lazy magicks of deus ex machina on her side. (Oops wrong post.)
Mar. 6th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
I've only been stalking you since 2002ish, so I don't quite go back to the beginning of your site. But I'm sure I count for a few dozen of those hits.

The book will be done when it's done. Meanwhile, I make it my civic duty to turn on as many people as possible to the series. I've already converted my dad and sister, and my mom has committed to reading them next when she's done with the Robin Hobb she's reading now. And last Thursday at work a coworker and I enthusiastically sold the series to a few others. (They wanted to know what the fuss was about when they saw us talking about the fact that HBO picked up the series.)
Mar. 6th, 2010 08:26 am (UTC)
(Maybe "Deadlines, and Why They Should Never Be Missed" would be a good one).

That suggestion brings a smile to my face!

Congratulations on 23 million. That's a rather nice milestone.
Mar. 6th, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
I loved those podcasts when I first heard them. I still think of the words "gratuitous feasting" from time to time...
Mar. 6th, 2010 08:38 am (UTC)
Being a newbie, I'm still discovering lots of goodies in internetland, so my sincerest thanks for the link to the podcasts - I am very much looking forward to listening to them. :)
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