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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. 29th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Of my other novels? FEVRE DREAM.

If you like short fiction, though, DREAMSONGS. All my best short stuff is in those two massive volumes.

And then try WILD CARDS. Which is not all mine, true... but I've edited and shaped the whole series, and there are twenty volumes to date and more on the way, so collecting and reading 'em all should keep you busy for a long, long time.
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I was going to say how could you leave out Tuf Voyaging but i guess there is a Tuf story in dream songs

dream songs is full of really good stories Sandkings, Nightflyers, Unsound variations, the monkey treatment, and many more.

and if you want to try out some other authors George makes it really easy just read wild cards the first 5 in particular

in which you get to meet THE SLEEPER the archetype wild card character who was my first taste of the late great Roger Zelazny

then you can try Songs Of Dying Earth its just bursting with great authors and kinda introduces you to Jack Vance, try his demon prices stories (my favorites) and if you like ASOIAF try The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)
Dreamsongs is fantastic. I've been through most of both volumes by now, but I can see myself reading them again and again. I just finished SANDKINGS last night, and, wow. Fantastic. My favorite story out of that collection, though, has to be MEATHOUSE MAN. I can't say I've ever read a darker story, but man, I FELT that sucker. Wow. Brilliant work.
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice! I'll pick up Fevre Dream first, then Dreamsongs. Looking forward to it.

I honestly haven't read much fantasy, outside of Tolkien back in high school and then more recently, Jack Vance, through whom I found GRRM. I'd like to try Gene Wolfe too.


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