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The Only Living Boy in New York.

... or New Mexico, in my case.

It's been too long since I last posted here, but I have a good excuse. Parris has been off in Ireland since June 6, and I have been trying to take advantage of the (comparative) isolation to get some serious work done on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. I've only been partially successful there. It has been a good few weeks, work wise, but not the great few weeks that I was kinda sorta hoping for. I did manage to finish one especially troublesome chapter that I have been fussing and fretting over since before I split the two books, so that's good. (At least I THINK I finally finished it. Tomorrow I may reread the thing and decide, no, it's no good at all. But I hope not). Finished some other chapters too, and did some more revision, so I've been productive, but still... there's no way around it, DANCE is simply coming more slowly than me, my editors, or my readers would like.

I am trying to deal with that, in a couple of ways. First, I have gone and hired an actual assistant, for the first time in my career. Ty Franck has been fixing some glitches with my computer system, running a lot of my annoying, time consuming, but necessary errands, and putting my files on a database, which will finally allow me to phase out the extremely idiosyncratic, pen-and-paper-index-cards-manila-folders-and-adding-machine record-keeping system that I made up myself at the beginning of my career in 1971 and have been using ever since. Once that's done, Ty will keep my records up to date, and I may also have him take over some part of my correspondence and emails. I have been very reluctant to do that, since I value the contact with my fans and like being accessible to them, but I've have reached the point where that simply may not be possible any longer. Still, it's hard to let go, at least for me. We'll see how this all plays out.

Also, sad to say, I have begun to question whether or not I can make this year's worldcon in Japan. I hate to cancel, I truly do. I have not missed a worldcon, foreign or domestic, since Aussiecon II in 1985, and I do not want to break my twenty-one year streak. I love worldcons. Plus, I have never been to Japan, and I really wanted to go. Of course, I am not going to fly across the Pacific just for five days at a con. If I am going to Japan, I want to stay a few weeks and see Japan. My Japanese publisher has invited me to make some promotional appearances when I am over there as well. And my Chinese publisher has suggested I come in for a conference in China before the worldcon. And now my Korean publisher would like me to visit South Korea and do some signings after Japan. I would love to do all of this, and see the sights besides, but if I do it will mean at least a month-long trip, and maybe two months, and I just don't think I can spare the time.

A year ago, it would never have dawned on me that DANCE would not be done by the time the Japanese worldcon rolled around, but that's looking like a very real possibility now. Much as I might want to, I just can't take off for a month of Asian travel with the book undone. I have to finish if it kills me... and some days I think it may. So I think my streak is going to have to end. (And no, skipping Japan does NOT mean I will now be free add the San Diego Comicon, the St. Louis NASFic, Dragoncon, or Bubonicon to the schedule. If I cancel one con then turn around and add others, it sort of defeats the purpose of cancelling). If I decide to stay home, that's what I will do. Stay home.

Parris gets home July 2. She's having a great time in Ireland, she tells me, despite a flight from hell, being stranded in O'Hare, a bum knee that is hobbling her still, pouring rain, an auto accident that totalled two cars. Which just goes to show how much she loves Ireland and her friends there. Still, it will be nice to have her home. Our two houses both feel very empty with her gone, especially at night.

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noctolator
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I feel the same way about Asia. It's only worth going for a good block of time.
theswornsword
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Have fun
As much as this pains me.......go to Japan. The book will still be there when you get back & who know maybe the trip will give you some major inspiration. Don't worry about what us fans say. we're gonaa say it no matter what. but this is a once in a lifetime deal. Go enjoy yourself.
anthonyborell
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: Have fun
shut up shut up shut up
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Re: Have fun - bigmont - Jun. 27th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Have fun - don_rr_juan - Jun. 27th, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Have fun - arimarismacon - Jul. 6th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
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dravenreborn
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
You know what? Go to Japan....enjoy yourself and bring all of those wonderful experiences back to us.

We will wait....you,...Dance....are worth the wait.
anthonyborell
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:48 am (UTC)
shut up shut up shut up
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Don't do it - bigmont - Jun. 27th, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Finish Dance - charlydarv - Jul. 2nd, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
supernonamegirl
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about Dance with Dragons. I must have summoned this post with my mind. Just kidding (though I wish I wasn't, and I really was thinking about it... anyway).

As much as I would love Dance sooner rather than later, worldcon in Japan (and all the stuff that could potentially come with it) sounds amazing and I hope that finishing the book for fans like me isn't the *only* thing stopping you. If it is, I'd, for one, would still be a fan if you chose to go on the whirlwind adventure instead of locking yourself in small, dark room to write.

So, that's just my thought.
locke_cole
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Take your time, a delayed book always ends up better than a rushed one.

rhazer
Jun. 26th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
yeah, locke knows what he is talking about. just look at wheel of time for instance, books 5-10 were great and they were all delayed. oh wait no i forgot, they all sucked...the iq lvl of this site drops daily.
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origami_agent
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Like the others than have commented before me, I say try the Asian trip and take your characters on vacation with you too... esp. Tyrion, he might find himself a dragon ;)
anthonyborell
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
shut up shut up shut up
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talekyn
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:46 am (UTC)
Hi George. I'm a new fan. Friends have been trying to get me to read the "Song of Fire and Ice" series for a long time -- and I finally read "A Game Of Thrones" recently and am hooked. So, since I'm several books behind, I'm in with the camp that says "go to Worldcon and keep the streak intact." Because that'll give me time to catch up!
muyfloja
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:47 am (UTC)
I am more than happy to wait longer for the book. I have a friend who decided to do some traveling in Japan this summer, and to quote her: "I just needed to go. Feed a dream. Release my expectations and just see what the universe has to show me." Yeah, she's a bit of a hippy chick, but if Worldcon & a few weeks in Japan will show you something more of the universe, then you should go. The publisher, and your fans, can wait. :)
alisquid
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
Oh my. You'll be missed at Bubonicon, but I'd rather have the book done and you not going crazy.
arpad
Jun. 26th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)
First, I have gone and hired an actual assistant, for the first time in my career.

Right you are! I hope he is a right man for the job. Buying time - is the highest luxury one can have :)
yylanas
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)
well if you do end up skipping the con you should definitely take an asia trip as a reward to yourself for finishing DANCE. maybe even find some asian mythos to throw into the series.

gl!
yylanas
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
ps. if the book does end up offing you pls do not mind if i look you up in the afterlife to finish the tale. it's that or i hire a necromancer buddy :)
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alanashinean
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Me and Daj and Pod and Julie, amongst many other fans and friends, will miss you, but we totally understand.
Wishing you all the best,
Vanessa/ghost of nymeria
thebadlady
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:18 pm (UTC)
My pretty is right as usual. Only you can say what is right for you and all we can do is support your choice. I hope the writing goes smoother for you. :)
lumpyhead
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
We just came back from a 2 week honeymoon to Japan. It was an amazing adventure, and despite the language barrier, we were able to get around with ease. We had such a great time, a summer home over there has now been added to the wish list. If I were you, I would go, you'll be glad you did.
frontdoorangel
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Go to Japan...do it...the more pressure you are under to write the less you will feel like doing it.
ewthatscute
Jun. 26th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
You have to go to Japan, Mr. Martin. You'll love it! Don't let a bunch of fans who really must not know how the art of writing actually WORKS talk you out of the highlights of your life!!

I truely accept and encourage leaving A Dance for after.
Think about it.
znoesser
Jul. 6th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Statistically Speaking
"Don't let a bunch of fans who really must not know how the art of writing actually WORKS talk you out of the highlights of your life!!"

The majority of readers are pro GM going to Asia...There are like 2 people on here tryng to talk him out of it. I wouldn't refer to that as a "bunch". He is the one who suggested he wouldn't go.

I think that only good things could possibly come from him going, if for no other reason, he could incorporate characters and situations into the book that represent his experiences abroad. As far aqs the timing of the book, I haven't yet read all 17 Wild Card Books, and I am sure I can find things to fill my time until the book is good and finished.
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