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Busy Week

I've been juggling lots of balls this past week, but making good progress on a number of fronts.

All of the art is finally in for Subterranean Press's limited edition of FEVRE DREAM, and we've been going over the page proofs and placing the illustrations. Justin Sweet has done some truly spectacular work for this one -- a great moody cover, three stunning full color plates, and a bunch of beautiful black and white interiors. If you like illustrated books, this will be one you'll want to have, even if you've read FEVRE DREAM before.

Also been doing a lot of WILD CARDS work. The first drafts of the stories for BUSTED FLUSH, the second of the new volumes, have been pouring in, and I've been reading them all and sending out notes to the writers for their rewrites. With a project like WILD CARDS, the first draft is never the final one. There's always a lot of revision required so the tales will fit together. We're well on the way, however, and I think the book will be a strong one when it's done.

And I've been working on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS too. Just finished revising the prologue a few hours ago. As I mentioned last post, after reading it at the Indianapolis convention, there were aspects of it that I was not happy with. The new version is a page shorter and much stronger, I think, with a better flow and crisper transitions. I also punched up one element that somehow had gotten lost before... but it was an important element, I believe, so I'm pleased that I was able to strengthen it.

Tomorrow is Parris's birthday, and we're off to the Bull Ring for some of Santa Fe's best steaks. Phipps will find a lobster too, I'm sure. She's going to be turning 29!

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bulldogfb
Jul. 23rd, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC)
Prologue
If your having so much trouble with the prologue, you should post it on your site so you can get some feedback from the fans!! ;)
olga_stark
Jul. 25th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Prologue
yes yes yes...hehe "looked like a herbal essences ad"... u should do what bulldogfb says . We need to read the PROLOGUE, oh pretty please....
blksorrow123
Jul. 25th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
Good Days
Happy B-Day to Parris, I live in Texas so i've passed through Santa Fe a few times and I MUST say that the Bull Ring has some of the best steak in New Mexico, although they don't stack up to Texas Land & Cattle.

Glad to hear you're making progress.
pleasefocus
Jul. 25th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Grrr
How bout this: finish A Dance With Dragons and THEN put out the other 5,000 projects that people are impatiently yet good-naturedly putting up with in hopes that you will get back to what made you popular in the first place. Also, if you appeared at only, say, 49,000 cheesy conventions a year instead of 50,000, that would probably give you just enough time to finish the book and put it out before everyone completely forgets what's going on in the series. Yes, I'm a jerk, deal with it.

p.s. Your books are amazing, consider this tough love.
afairytalelife
Jul. 27th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Grrr
What's with all the trolls on the 3rd page? One person need 3 names to spew their hateful junk?

Leave him alone you ungrateful jerks, is George telling you that your Big-Macs aren't being made fast enough for him?
sealbee
Jul. 26th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
A dance with dragons
I'm really looking forward to the next book, but what happened? Before the last one came out you said it was all done but being split into 2 parts because it was so big. Now you say it's still being written....
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bazzlebane
Jul. 27th, 2007 02:23 am (UTC)
Re: AFAIRYTALELIFE
You continue to fail at reading comprehension. GRRM has not called himself the American Tolkien. Time Mag did, and GRRM facetiously made reference to that, putting it in " " quotes to make it clear he was joking. You've taken that one comment in one post on his blog and now referenced it at least a half dozen times as proof of his egomania. You've now posted so many criticisms on his blog that it seems to be developing into an obsession.

As for jumping on him for going to cons, he doesn't go to cons to receive praise -- he's being going to cons for 30-40 years, since long before anyone knew who he was, because that's what he likes to do. In that time he's become a well known author, and instead of being a regular con-goer he is often now a speaker or guest. In any case, just because he goes to what -- a half dozen cons a year? -- doesn't mean he's stopped writing, or is somehow living life high on the hog at our expense.

I don't know GRRM. I've never met him, beyond a brief book signing encounter. You don't know him either. Neither of us are watching him at his desk, or have any sense of how many hours he works in a week, a month or a year.

As for your criticism of AFFC, your opinion does not match the prevailing one. It is true that has received some flak, but not nearly to the degree you would have everyone believe. I personally liked it but I understand the source of some of the complaints. But your vitriol has reached such a level that you've seemingly lost all objectivity.

Why you continue to visit his blog -- which, by the way, is not the venue by which he officially updates book progress, it was explicitly created to discuss other things going on in his life -- when all you want to do is spew your righteous anger, I'll never know. If I were you, I would have gotten bored of this little game by now.
Re: AFAIRYTALELIFE - stefan_0 - Jul. 27th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
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xander25
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Bleh
Ad hominem, pure and simple. Nothing wrong with being a critic...as long as that's what you are. Personal attacks, are by no means a proper way to conduct a conversation.
grimlakin
Jul. 27th, 2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Glad things are going well, hope everything smoothes out and you can recover from con season!
xander25
Jul. 29th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
Beauty & the Beast
Just wanted to drop a quick note. Thank you for your work on "Beauty and the Beast." I very much enjoyed the show as a kid (7-10 years old), and now having finished the 2nd season dvds, I find that it's even more enjoyable. The first two seasons were like a dream...this is not to say that the third was bad. I still enjoyed it, but it just wasn't the same.

I must apologize, as I haven't read any of your books, but I have "Game of Thrones" and "Fevre Dream" sitting on my nightstand as we speak. I am looking forward to reading them :)
brandonlc
Jul. 30th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
What you need to do while waiting for George
Is fill that time with works from other authors, some admittedly of a lesser quality.

I have read many good stories and many not so good in the last couple of years.

Speaking of which, Mr. Martin thank you for the Robin Hobb referral, her work is exceptional, although I have only read the stories regarding Fitz and the Fool, not the Liveship Traders.

Coincidentally Robin made a good suggestion of her own on her Amazon.com page its called "The Name of the wind" by Patrick Rothfuss, which is the beginning of a new trilogy I believe is called "The King Killer Saga." Anyway I know the author and book title is correct, everyone should go check it out, I highly recommend.

Also J.V. Jones third installment of "The Sword of Shadows" is slated to come out later this year, and if it is as good as the first 2, "A Cavern of Black Ice" and "A Fortress from Grey Ice;" it should be good.

Also admittedly a friend of mine let me borrow the series by JK Rowling, and I know I will get flamed for that, but hey I didn't spend money on it so what the heck. I will see what the big deal is about finally and so far Im not really impressed (I'm on the 2nd already since its a very simplistic writing style). I don't know if i will be able to finish it either, I got through most of Eragon before I gave up on it, it was tedious and un-original.

George (I hope I can call you George) I met you at the Huntington Beach CA book signing for the Feast and was honored to get the opportunity.

Anyway this is my first time posting and I hope I haven't blasphemed for mentioning other titles and authors or for my opinions.
demeratus
Aug. 5th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
*Here's hoping you catch this*
Again, you are the writer of my favorite series of books of all time, so thanks for that alone. (And take your time with the next one by all means... it worked for "Crows.")

What I'm wondering is how far along is HBO with A Song of Ice and Fire?

More specifically I'm wondering when auditions may start. I was BORN for a crack at one of these characters. I just don't want to die without at least trying to score an audition. :)
mayzie71
Aug. 5th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
Mr Martin,
I just want to express my gratitude for your "not a blog" As a fan it is sometimes difficult to think of the author as a person. Alot of times we develop an almost idolic god like persona for a beloved author. Seeing a human side of an author causes hope and inspiration (at least in me!)I have spent the past 2 years working on my own epic and there have been many times where I just want to stash everything away and give in. When you begin to write you get an idea and just start writing and as the idea develops so do unavoidable complexities. I have never percieved the difficulties in writing a good book untill I tried to write my own. You have to pour your heart and soul into it, and it is a strenuous frustrating prosess. I think that writing a fantasy book is one of the most difficult things to write. You have to create everything and build a whole world, creatures, cultures, and lord knows what else and then if that isn't enough you have to fit it seemlessly together so when your audience reads it they have know idea how difficult it was to write.

I am the type of person that knows what kind of effect an honest compliment can accomplish and when I think someone deserves one I try my best to give it. I just wanted to say that your work is flawless, and for a human flawless is more than difficult to achieve. I know how hard you must have and will countinue to work to finish the series. I appreciate the hours you have endured to create your masterpiece, and thank you. If it wasn't or authors like you so many people would give up before they made it past the first hurdle. Thank you for giving me faith in myself, and unknowingly helping me through hurdles I have overcome and will have to overcome!

tenderberry
Aug. 11th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
I hope you don't mind me adding you as a friend. My daughter, aadikah introduced me to Song of Fire and Ice and I am lost somewhere in the Seven Kingdoms - just finished A Feast of Crows and looked up the Westeros fan site you mentioned in AFC and meandered around and found you here - and you do know that yr cats run the place, don't you?

And thank you for writing such an enthralling saga - I am disabled and it has helped ease the pain and ennui.
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