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I had a number of good days writing on DANCE after my last post. It felt great to have a solid streak of work like that. It's been a while, with all the stuff that has gone down this last year. I got quite a bit done, including a marriage. Some of it was rewriting, but the book will be much stronger for the changes I made.

Unfortunately, the last two days have been less productive, at least for DANCE. A major crisis erupted on another front, and I had to spend most of my time dealing with it. Wish I could say it was all settled, but no, it drags on, and becomes increasingly unpleasant. You know, there are times when I love writing and there are times when it's agony... but it's the business side of this profession that can really drive you mad.

Ah, well. Sorry to be so vague, but some things I'm not allowed to speak about.

On other fronts, I will be off to LA next week, for a spate of recording. Random House is doing an audiobook version of DREAMSONGS (aka the RRETROSPECTIVE), and they've asked me to read the interstitial bits, the autobiography and commentary. That will be a first for me, but I'm really looking forward to it. (Don't worry, the actual stories will be read by real professional readers and actors. We'll have several great voices, and yes, one of them will be Roy Dotrice, who was greatly missed on the audiobook of A FEAST FOR CROWS).

Before that, though, there's the NFL Draft. Always one of my favorite weekends of the year. Unlike the actual season, my teams can't actually lose in the draft (or if they do, you don't realize it for three years), so you have less chance of crushing disappointment. The Giants pick 20th and the Jets 25th, so they won't be getting any of the big marquee players, but I'm still hoping they will come away with some guys who can make a difference. I will probably post some thoughts and comments here after the Saturday selections, so those of you who like football should check back then... and those of you who don't want to read anything but DANCE WITH DRAGONS news should stay away.

I was very sad to read on LOCUS OnLine that Meisha Merlin Press has closed its doors. I can't say that I was surprised, given Meisha Merlin's struggles over the past few years, but it is a loss for the field nonetheless. Stephen Pagel and his partner Kevin Murphy are great guys and did some really nice things with Meisha Merlin... but publishing is a perilous business at the best of times, and this is hardly that. Here's hoping that Stephe and Kevin land on their feet, and that all the Meisha Merlin books find new homes.

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bijili
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
Aw, Meisha Merlin did some wonderful anthology collections of authors whose works I cant really imagine being collected anywhere else. Here's hoping someone follows in their footsteps.
zackdale
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC)
I'm bummed to see that they've closed. I was really looking forward to the really nice complete set of Heinlein books they were going to do. I was actually planning on saving up to buy them. major bummer. Anyone know what normally happens to publishing rights when a company like this goes belly up?
koyotesdaughter
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
I'm glad you said "marriage" rather than "wedding". It sounds less gruesome.

Good like with the crisis; I hope it resolves itself soon.
isis_newton
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
Cool news about the audio book. I'll look forward to getting hold of that one too. :)
sudyn
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
Dreamsong? I have not yet read that one (unfortunately for me, hehe).
I heard an excerpt of FEAST as audio-book, and really liked it. I hope this one turnes out as well. =D
escarboucle
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:47 am (UTC)
I had a number of good days writing on DANCE after my last post. It felt great to have a solid streak of work like that. It's been a while, with all the stuff that has gone down this last year. I got quite a bit done, including a marriage.

First reaction was: OMG OMG OMG XD
Anyway, it's good to see that you enjoy your writing ATM, I hope that the crisis will calm down somehow :)

Good writing :)

~Syn
icemannorth
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you've had a few good days writing Dance. Although I'm eagerly waiting for its release, I don't want you to rush it.

Good luck on the Draft! Your teams are lacking good batsmen, hopefully they'll get it now.
bigmont
Apr. 27th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
wrong sport
You're referring to baseball with batsmen or hitters. GRRM is excited for the NFL draft, that's football, pads, helmets aned lots of tackling.
Re: wrong sport - icemannorth - Apr. 27th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: wrong sport - misunderstruck - Apr. 27th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
ruprect1979
Apr. 27th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
audio book
..speaking of which , any truth in the rumour that Stephen Hawkin is voicing the part of Haviland Tuff
ewthatscute
Apr. 27th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
GO SEAHAWKS!
sir_leonello
Apr. 27th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
Must say
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!! Fan of ASOIAF and the Seahawks.....a woman after my own heart.
Re: Must say - rhazer - May. 3rd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC) - Expand
_starlady_
Apr. 27th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
I would so love to have you come out to the Nebula Award Weekend. Any chance of that?

Be well,

Diane
thrashkreator
Apr. 27th, 2007 11:04 am (UTC)
I'm still on my first trip through Westeros (just started A Storm of Swords AND the Hedge Knight a couple of nights ago) and I'm trying to pace myself to that I won't have to wait TOO long for Dance after I finish Feast...it's good to hear that you're making progress, and most of all, ejoying working on it. Best wishes and best of luck with the business end of things, I look forward to reading the blog as I make my way to full fledged ASOIAF fanaticism, haha.

thudthwacker
Apr. 27th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Don't pace yourself -- just settle in to read everything twice.

And, honestly, I'm only kidding a little. I've gone through the series twice so far, and will likely run through again when a firm publication date for Dance is announced. The first time through, I was mostly making sure I could keep track of the major characters and events; the second time through, I was able to pay a lot more attention to the subtler story and world elements, and as a result could become more fully immersed.
(no subject) - lifeisacabaret - Apr. 27th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
I paced myself - znoesser - May. 19th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Suggestion - ghostkc - Apr. 28th, 2007 08:58 am (UTC) - Expand
bleakharvest
Apr. 27th, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Great news about Dance With Dragons and your first voicing project (can't wait to get my hands on it), but I'm sad to hear about Meisha Merlin.

I like to think of myself as one of your fans who reads and absorbs about everything you talk about in "Not a Blog" -- but I could give a pigs ear when it comes to NFL... but the Rugby World cup is coming up!!
xraytheenforcer
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
oh hey! another rugby fan. :)
I'm gutted that I have to order the extortionate Setanta Sports Channel in order to watch the matches, but I'll be damned if I'll pay a cover charge (sadly, this is standard operating procedure is the States with 6 Nations matches, and I doubt it'll be different for WC) at the bar to watch most of the matches. Cheaper, too.
(no subject) - koyotesdaughter - Apr. 27th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Come on the Irish! - ghostkc - Apr. 28th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC) - Expand
davidkeck
Apr. 27th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
I used to watch the NHL version of the draft with similar ardour. There is something of a gambler's high to the whole thing (every horse is a winner!). But, over time, I learned that my team could actually lose the draft. And that they did it consistently.

My team had a couple of good years in the draft (after many chances at the best prospects), but almost always managed to trade away the real keepers as soon as possible.

~D

PS: Have fun with interstitiality.
xraytheenforcer
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to the audiobook, George! And I wish you the best of navigation through this latest Crisis-That-Cannot-Be-Named. :)

NFL draft should be interesting, although tbh I'm still in World Cup Cricket mode and the final match is on Saturday. May the Jets and Giants land some solid, consistent players (it's so aggravating to watch a good team play inconsistently) -- and may the 49ers experience a miracle.

Finally: Go Sri Lanka!
littledrow
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Man. The Giants are just never going to get out this funk.
racebannon42
Apr. 27th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)
I love the Draft too.
The NFL has its act down straight. They have something happening that we as fans care about all year long.

My brother and I Have talked about a trip to NY for the draft one of these years just so we can boo the Jets pick! :p That's my favorite part of the draft. Actualy they have made good picks lately so its kinda disappoiting.

So here is rubbing some salt in old wounds if you care to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZxNeFLuY98

kilks401
Apr. 27th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I was going to put that same link up, but I guess I will go with this one http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=pearlman/070426&sportCat=nfl,

definitely the best part of the draft is the jets fans knowing their team is going to screw it up. Though with Mangenius at the helm, they should do better this year later in the draft than usual.

definitely looking forward to your thoughts on the draft.
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