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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. 28th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Well, this appears to confirm that Sansa will still be alive, which *I* consider a downside. :-)
Jun. 28th, 2010 07:12 am (UTC)
Re: Downsides...
But Arya will still be alive, which is an upside!
Jun. 28th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Downsides...
We still need Sansa to provide us with a good view of what Littlefinger is up to, and I personally take pleasure in her suffering from said actions.
So it's far more entertaining for her to suffer for a long, long time.

And who knows, maybe she'll be able to redeem herself in a book or two. There have been some promising signs.
Jun. 28th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Downsides...
Come on! I <3 Sansa. Such a flawed little girl, but thats what makes her a great character.

It makes me somewhat bittersweet to realize these characters stories will come to an end.

Imagine for a moment that Sansa survives the final chapter of the final book. What a powerful, cunning, dangerous woman she will one day become. The trials of her youth, the noble blood of Starks, and the tutelage of Littlefinger. Combine this with her inherited beauty and womanly nature and you have all the ingrediants for a very able player in the game of thrones.

I, for one, am among the minority of Sansa fans. (as much as I hated the consequences of her incredibly STUPID actions...honestly though, she was just a victim of GRRM's need for plot progression.)
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Downsides...
well said. a lack of flaws is annoying, and while i found her naivety too enduring, the matter is anymore i simply have similar thoughts on sansa. the ending of her thus narrated tale and especially considering there was originally supposed to be a 5 year leap very strongly point towards this. arya and bran were and sort of are still in line to learn some amazingly dangerous things, and honestly rickon could turn out dangerous in a multi-stark collision course. its sansa though who is already really positioning herself to play. though i expect there to be a bit of a struggle as she tries to push from piece to player (almost called her a pawn, a piece perhaps, but no pawn) she is likely to at least decide or hold littlefingers future in her hands. her upside can easily surpass, potentially littlefinger, who has driven an awful lot of events. Cersei certainly thought herself cunning, but for all the advantages of beauty as a tool, it also makes you more visible. Ill contend that to a degree her beauty and the highlight works against her. often it is best for the puppet master to stay relatively hidden or at least not draw attention on herself. her blood may also highlight her so im wondering what might be pulled while still alayne. littlefinger is capped in a sense. sansas influence over young robert and how he may act while he lives may play a huge role. littlefinger certainly can be said to be the influence as well. so it could, potentially be used to make him look bad as much as to make his plans work. then with the would be marriage of course. honestly id almost say she potentially has Dany-esc potential, but there i stop short thinking of what little i know of grrm and not what id consider. i guess ill stop rambling by citing tyrion, the hound, people shes also been around a bit, and how they werent originally as good characters as they developed into. personally her slow development almost makes her scarier. that she was a foolish little girl may go well with her beauty and she might be underestimated on reputation as well by sight. littlefingers cunning is known, to a degree. as much as her beauty highlights and empowers her, it is an additional danger. if she acts well enough and also were to hide her intelligence and at best be thought of as a piece... i dont know i lknow this is long, but seriously, especially after her identity is revealed id think it almost as important that she still be thought of as a piece (of littlefingers or not), as it is for her to stop being a piece. danger unseen and though shes not thought dead by as many as some of her siblings, delicate sansa seems the least deadly and her venomous light touch should find some key victim in the future


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