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August? August? AUGUST??? How the hell did it get to be August? What happened to July? Who took June?


Well, I had to turn over the page on my World Wildlife Fund calendar. The big gorilla has been replaced by elephants. But Kong is not yet subdued. So much for omens.

Perhaps for the next month it is my fate to wrestle Dumbo. How am I gonna beat Dumbo? He FLIES.

I actually had a very good day today, writing about a character who wasn't originally supposed to be a POV, but has turned out to be sharpest sword I've got for slicing through the Meereenese knot. I'd feel very good about that, except somehow it has become AUGUST. With worldcon bearing down on me like a freight train.

Sorry. Sorry. Don't mean to rave. Got to remember my mantra. One page at a time. One sentence at a time. One word at a time.

Here's a nicer memory of August, from the old 2009 calendar:

Would that it were actually August 2009 instead of August 2010.

Bye for now. I have to feed the elephant.


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Aug. 4th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
It's crazy how fast summer has gone. Working on my own writing, and I want more summertime.*Sigh* But yeah, take your time, good sir. As long as you get the story to where you think it works wonderfully, I can take the time it takes to cook it up. I can't go to worldcon, so enjoy it for me.
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Dumbo liked peanuts, as I recall. Could be worth a try. And don't fret too much over it being August 2010 already, I at least am right there with you!!! Just keep swimming, you'll get there eventually through the ocean of pages yet to be written!!
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
Looks like we took a sharp left from Fred and Barney and are somehow writing about The Great Gazoo. Whatever works George. Keep hacking away at that knot. We appreciate you letting us know the progress up until the very end.
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
I know you didn't intend it, but now I've got an image of little Robert/Robin Arryn shrieking "I WANT TO SEE THE ELEPHANT FLY!11!!" in my head. Oh dear.

Can't wait to find out who all these mysterious characters are: Fred, Barney and Mr/Ms New POV. Focusing on the small bits is a much better philosophy than trying to look at the big picture, else you'll be overwhelmed. You'll get it done, grrm. It is known.
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
You can do eeeet!
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?
We've got some work to do now...
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
Amazing picture of our knight of flowers. he looks like Zac Effron.
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Take your time!! I like your novels, take your time to write how you know!
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
August. Is there a subliminal clue here.
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:39 am (UTC)
If Barristan Selmy has become a POV, I will learn to turn handsprings for the joy of it.

Or Strong Belwas. If it's Strong Belwas, I'd eat liver and onions in his honor.
Aug. 4th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
If it's Strong Belwas, I will get a Strong Belwas tattoo on my face.
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Aug. 4th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Dumbo. And he flies.

Aug. 4th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
august schmaugust
I like that mantra :-) take your time with all of it. I like August 2010 better than August 2009 as I have reread the previous books twice more since then. And will like August 2011 even better as I'll have reread them twice more still. And will be even more intimately familiar with all these wonderful characters and storylines.... ;-) A shiny new Valerian Sword for the Merenese Knot in the form of a new PoV. How wonderful for us readers and hopefully as relieving for yourself. Nothing beats having the right tool for the job... :-) best regards and best of luck and loads of equanimity
Aug. 4th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
LOL I would like to see you do handsprings Ran. But you do make a good point, the new POV could very well be Barristan the Bold. Wouldn't that be something.

GRRM, if you are reading this please note I am a HUGE Melisandre fan and want to see much, much more of her. Bonus points for you if she uses some cool attack magic in ADwD. Fireballs, lances of fire, you name it she better have it! :)

Aug. 4th, 2010 09:28 am (UTC)
time flies!
Back in March, someone at work was saying that soon would be Xmas, we laughed at it... now is not a laughing matter, Xmas actually is around the corner!

So excited about a new POV, I won't even try to guess as I am useless with clues and so, but anyone will be welcome, even better if (s)he will be kind of crucial for your M-knot :)

Lovely pic of Loras by the way! <3
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
Hey, if you're writing, I'm all for it...waiting, somewhat patiently. Quality rather than quantity, keep at it.
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