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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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be4u
Jul. 18th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
Ohhhhhh...the Bull Ring....
When I friended you, I had no idea you live in Santa Fe.

OK, so I'm a "pre-fan", I was doing some research for my son, who's in a place where he has no access to Internet but he's absolutely enthralled with your writing, and he asked me to find out when "A Dance With Dragons" would be out. Like many other fans, he's been a little...ermmmm...impatient :) I've todl him quality takes time, but, you know...

Anyway. My dad's lived in Santa Fe for 35 years, and I used to spend every summer there visiting him. I have some great memories from there, from going to places like the Bull Ring, Bishops' Lodge, the Palace, El Farol. Sadly the only place good New Mexican food can be had...is in New Mexico.

It's a lovely town. I'd move back except that the town isn't big enough for both me and my dad :)

Anyway...I hope you have a great night out!
fan_of_happosai
Jul. 18th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Ohhhhhh...the Bull Ring....
Granted, I'm no expert on this subject, but in the Northern Virginia there is a chain of restaurants that was started by this woman named Anita whose husband was transferred from New Mexico to DC for work, and she couldn't find good Mexican food. She brought out all her recipes and started importing peppers, spices, and other ingredients from New Mexico. This was about30 years ago. Anita has since retired, but the business has grown in to 7 (soon to be 8) stores. The name is Anita's (terribly original name, I know).

To George: If you read this and ever want to put Anita's to the test, I'm buying.
be4u
Jul. 19th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Ohhhhhh...the Bull Ring....
There *is* something special about the chilies and peppers grown in New Mexico. I'm in CA, and I've tried duplicating recipes here with local ingredients. Just not the same.

In fact, on my last roadtrip to NM I picked up some bluecorn meal in Winslow, AZ. You just can't find bluecorn or masa outside of NM or AZ.
beef_cleftchin
Jul. 25th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Re: Ohhhhhh...the Bull Ring....
One advantage of living in Los Alamos -- OK, the only advantage of living in Los Alamos -- is the proximity to Santa Fe. I'm glad to have stumbled across this thread because it reminded me it's been too long since I graced the Bull Ring with my presence...

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