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Dancing in Circles?

((Some of what follows may be vaguely spoilerish. Don't read if you hate spoilers).

A DANCE WITH DRAGONS just got a little shorter.

What's happened is, I've decided to move two completed chapters, from Arianne's POV, out of the present volume and into THE WINDS OF WINTER. This is something I've gone back and forth on. Arianne wasn't originally supposed to have any viewpoint chapters in DANCE at all, but there's this... hmmm, how vague do I want be? VERY vague, I think... there's this event that would of necessity provoke a Dornish reaction. The event was originally going to occur near the end of the book, but in one of my forty-seven restructures I moved it to the late middle instead. And the timeline then required that the Dornish reaction happen in this book and not the next one, so I wrote the two Arianne chapters and was going to write a third... and a chapter from another POV that would be a necessary complement to them, and...

But no, I've restructured again, and put the original precipitating event back close to the end of the book. Which means the Arianne chapters can be returned to WINDS, where I had 'em originally. It also means that I don't have to write that third Arianne chapter and the complementary chapter from the other POV... not yet, anyway... which moves DANCE two chapters closer to completion. (The move did mean I had to revise two chapters from another POV, which took place after the event in last week's draft, but now take place before said event, but fortunately that was just a matter of tweaking a couple of lines).

I suppose this is a good news/ bad news situation.

Bad news for those who want DANCE to be really, really, really long, as long as STORMS OF SWORDS or longer. This move makes DANCE four chapters (two written, one partly written, one entirely unwritten) shorter.

But it's good news for DANCE, since I'm now two chapters (the ones I hadn't finished) closer to completion. And hey, it's even good news for WINDS OF WINTER, since I now have four chapters done for that one (an Arya, a Sansa, and two Ariannes).

This, of course, is assuming that I don't change my mind again tomorrow and put everything back the way it was last week.

I am dancing, boys and girls, I'm dancing as fast as I can. But some days it does feel as if I am dancing in circles.


Jun. 27th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
I think the Dornish segment of Feast provided two of the best chapters you've written, not just in that book, but in the whole series. The opening to "The Captain of the Guard" -- in the Water Garden, the scent of ripe blood oranges in the air as they fall, one by one, while a sad, weary prince sits there with a letter he will not open until night -- is certainly the most beautifully poetic passage in the books as far as I'm concerned, while the close of "The Princess in the Tower" sends a shiver up my spine every time I read it.

So, suffice it to say, I'm excited by the fact that we'll have more of Dorne in time. You had hinted at it a few months ago, of course, when you mentioned the Dornish sands as a locale, but I didn't quite dare to hope.

(I reserve the right to envision a younger Salma Hayek as Arianne, instead of Apollonia, however!)
Jun. 27th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I like really like the atmosphere of the introduction of Dorne as well. Especially the character of Doran, who seems to me the only smart and compassionate father figure (Ned was compassionate, but not smart politically) Westeros has left (Tywin, Robert, Stannis, Balon, and Mace don't have much to offer in that field).

Let's just hope he lives to see some of his hopes come true. Goat is ugly, especially if you keep drinking wine, but he is strong...

Oh, and just a random question: Did Egg ever visit the Watergardens (and his great-aunt Princess Daenerys) while he and Dunk visited Dorne? Somehow I think Dunk&Egg would have made a great couple in the pools ;-).
Jun. 27th, 2010 11:29 pm (UTC)
I reserve the right to envision Selma Hayek every day of my life. Younger or older. It matters not. :)
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Emmanuelle Chriqui... right look, right age...
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
For me "Cat of the Canals" was the best piece of writing in the series so far. With a bit of tweaking it could almost be a self-contained short story - or at least the first half of one (leaving off on a cliffhanger as it does). I sometimes pull it out just to read all on its own. I only do that with a few other single chapters from a few other novels: the opening chapter of "A Farewell to Arms" and the "Lee Shore" chapter of "Moby Dick" spring to mind.


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