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Busy days.

The reaction to the teaser that HBO ran before TRUE BLOOD has been amazing. Of course, it's turned up all over the internet, and people are analyzing it frame by frame. Makes me wonder what it would have been like in those dark days before Tivo and YouTube, when those fifteen seconds would have flashed by once, with no way to rerun 'em, let alone freeze frame.

Casting continues apace. Mycah, Janos Slynt, Gendry, Tobho Mott, Old Nan, Shagga, Syrio, Marillion, Doreah, Alliser Thorne, Grenn, Pyp, Rast, Osha... oh, why oh why did I invent so many blasted characters??? Didn't I know what it would cost? Oh, wait... in a book, a cast of thousands and a cast of two costs the same. For some roles, hard choices between lots of very qualified, talented actors. For other roles, hard searches, where no one seems to be quite right. Nina Gold is finding some great people, though. And the search goes on.

Another monkey may soon be off my back. All but two of the stories are in on DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS, the latest crossgenre anthology I'm editing with Gardner Dozois. We hope to be able to deliver that one by month's end. A great lineup once again.

Meanwhile, I've been wrestling with Kong. For more than a week I've been pounding on the epilogue, but still can't get it to gel. This morning I put that aside for a bit and went back to rewrite a Tyrion chapter, and that's going much better. (Don't get too excited over me mentioning the epilogue, please. I don't always write these chapters in the order you read them. The epilogue will close the book, but it won't be the last chapter written. For instance, the last chapter written on A STORM OF SWORDS was the Red Wedding).

Come July, I'm off to San Diego to teach a week at Clarion. There will be a signing at Mysterious Galaxy as well, I believe.

But, alas, the San Diego Comicon is looking less and less likely, so that will probably be the only visit I make to San Diego this year. On the other hand, there's now a good chance I'll be at the NYC Comicon in October. We shall see.

I need more hours in the day, more days in the week, more weeks in the month.


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Jun. 16th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Previous posts have contact information for audition tapes. GRRM requests that people use that info, not him or other online means. :)
Jun. 16th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh how you tease with the lovely coverart...

Seriously though - just thank you for writing what you do, and in taking the time necessary to make
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
each book a book worth savoring until the next.

(sorry - somehow the remaining post got itself eaten by the interwebs.)
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
cant imagine how would live those loosers, who dont have HBO at home - but I'm pretty sure, we would still find the way to see the teaser)
And thank you for the epilogue-explanation - every time you speak about The Book, everybody (I suppose) has a heart attack )
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
5 o'clock club!
Hi George!

I'm not sure what your schedule is like, and this isn't an implication that you don't work hard enough, you certainly do! Just an idea...

Have you heard of the 5 o'clock club? In this club, you get up at 5 am instead of whenever you usually would! It encourages a regular sleep schedule which increases productivity! ok- sounds crazy. I know. but-

Assuming you usually get up at 8, you get 3 EXTRA HOURS A DAY! That's an extra 40 hrs a week!

I know. Crazy! But I know quite a few people that have used this idea or a slightly modified version (7 o'clock club for instance) to greatly increase their productivity. Not that yours is lacking.... :) You truly are a wonder! Just an interesting idea to get more hours in your day, more days in your week, and more weeks in your month.


PS- beautiful cover art! I'm so excited!
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Re: 5 o'clock club!
How is 3 hours a day 40 hours a week? 3*7 = 21. And that assumes you don't go to bed earlier.
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Jun. 16th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Congrats on progress
Sounds like the great monkey may have some weakness after all.

I have a feeling the books are going to get popular on a whole different level. I've already seen posts on message boards of people asking "are the books any good? I think I'll read them" after seeing the teaser trailer.

Keep up the fantastic, amazing work. We all know it will be worth the wait.
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
...and more years in the life, I guess.:-)
Good luck!
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
I am so excited about the television series but I'm even more excited about the next book! Thanks for all the great stories...
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
It's because you created so many great characters that we love your books though XD Would they be as memorable if they had only Dany and Cersei? I doubt it XD

Good luck with Kong. One step closer is still one step closer, no matter how slow. XD
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:27 pm (UTC)
OH YAY! You may be coming to Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego? Is there an exact date announced or should we find out through the bookstore?
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Just seeing these posts, reading the progression of your writing and the show, makes me fangirlishly giddy. Every little update is a breath of fresh air. I'd give you those extra hours, days and weeks if I could!
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
glad to hear you're chuggin' along. I can imagine that casting so many roles can be tedious and costly, but I think your books are so engaging because of the plethora of characters. For me what's exciting is seeing a story that's not just good vs. evil, black vs. white, but really relating to the characters. Each character has vices and virtues, lending credibility to their authenticity. So, on that note, I'll quit talking your ear off and let you get back to Kong and your many other projects. Happy writing...
Jun. 16th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try and make it the event at Mysterious Galaxy. Although I know nothing about how this works. I'm presuming there is limited space, with the Clarion students priority and everyone else first come first serve.

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Jun. 16th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yay my favorite book store in San Diego. Great store and right next to a good game store too. Hope you get time to relax between UCSD and all the other projects.

You planning on a pizza crawl in San Diego too?

Jun. 16th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I don't know... does San Diego have any pizza worth eating? I'm particular about pizza pie, you know. The only thing more annoying than Chicago deep dish is what passes for pizza in LA... all that California Pizza Kitchen crap, with pineapple and bean sprouts and the like. But if San Diego has a classic thin-crust pie, hey, I'd be glad to check it out.

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Jun. 16th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
When I read "epilogue" I just about fell out of my chair... such a tease.
Jun. 16th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Oh yay, you're going to be at the bookstore! =glee=
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