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Monkeys On My Back

Now that Kong has fallen, all the smaller monkeys who were hiding in his fur have come out and began to howl and chatter and beat me about the head and shoulders.

I got one off my back yesterday (though not one that most of you will care much about): my bloody taxes. At least, I got them to my accountant, so he can file my returns by the June 15 deadline. I had to take an extension back in April, since I was deep in the throes of wrestling Kong and did not have the time to deal with all those little bits of paper. I try not to bitch about taxes too much, mind you. As a good liberal, I don't actually mind paying taxes. (And I pay a LOT of taxes). I know taxes are the price of a civilized society. That being said, I hate DOING taxes. It has gotten easier in recent years, with Ty doing a lot of the prep work and my accountant doing the final prep and filing the return... but somehow it still always seems to come down to me at three in the morning, zonked on coffee and staring at a faded receipt for $8.17 and trying to figure out what it is, where it's from, and whether it's deductible.

Anyway, that's done. For one more year, at least.

Which is not to say that my back is without monkeys.

Here's the stuff I am dealing with right now:
-- reviewing pitch proposals and putting together the overplot for the new Wild Cards mosaic novel, LOWBALL,
-- writing the first draft of my script for episode nine of season two of the HBO series GAME OF THRONES, "Blackwater," and damn, but this one is a bitch of an adaptation, the original author made the damn battle way too big and too expensive,
-- working on a Nicholas van Rijn story for the Poul Anderson tribute anthology Gardner Dozois and Greg Bear are editing (an especially noisy monkey, since the deadline was today and the story is a long way from being done),
-- getting back into THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, the long-promised concordance I am doing with Elio and Linda, which is almost three years late at this point, and needs to be finished and delivered by year's end,
-- roughing out the next Dunk and Egg novella, the next story in the queue after I finished the "Blackwater" script and the Poul Anderson story,
-- planning for a long summer of travel: the visit to Poland and Slovenia, the book tour, San Diego comicon, worldcon in Reno, Bubonicon, and maybe another trip overseas in the fall for the HBO show, depending,
-- working on a complete redesign of my website, much needed and long potsponed,
-- supervising and reviewing and approving materials for the games, the cards, the video games, the comic books, the replica swords, the miniatures, etc, etc.

I am exhausted just typing about it.

And behind all that, of course, lurks Son of Kong: the WINDS OF WINTER.

Why am I writing this damned post??? I need to get to WORK!


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Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
I like the sound of those monkeys! Best of luck.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:29 am (UTC)
Mr. Martin, I know you're a very busy man, but I was wondering if Dance of Dragons would have multiple cover options? One as the more classic style with the colored cover, or the more fancied up version as the new edition releases? I have the old cover style and was hoping it would...but i doubt multiple cover options would be probable, just the new style. Thanks.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
Re: Dance
No, only the one cover.

Well, aside from the SubPress edition.
Re: Dance - brianbrian1 - Jun. 3rd, 2011 04:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Dance - Jeff Hawboldt - Jun. 7th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
Dunk & Egg
Make them come back to life, please. I want Egg to win back his Throne in A Dream of Spring. While delivering bloodshed. Lots of bloodshed. Then at the end, I want him to make a toast. Then after he's eaten that, he can say: "To the God damn Fevre Dream!"

This stuff writes itself. I really don't know why it takes you authors so long.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 06:33 am (UTC)
Hell, that sounds like a damn lot of things to do! You're Caesar if you can do (or at least contemplate) all of them at once...
Jun. 2nd, 2011 08:36 am (UTC)
keeping my fingers crossed! good luck!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)

You poor poor masochistic man. *pat pat*

*chuckles and grins* 'Tis good to keep busy, though!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
10 Episodes?
If its settled that the Blackwater-battle will be Episode 9 is it fixed as well that there will be 10 Episodes again in Season 2?

Also, I wonder if Weiss and Co. are already thinking of Season 4+5. Do they hypothecally have the rights to decide to rearrange the narrating again? I mean in splitting those two seasons chronological and fetch back the characters of Winds of Winter into Season 4? ah well, maybe its too early to think about these things.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: 10 Episodes?
Yes, ten episodes.
Re: 10 Episodes? - oteckre - Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 2nd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
roughing out the next Dunk and Egg novella

Yay! Really happy to hear about it :)
Jun. 2nd, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear there's another Dunk & Egg book in the que. Only recently read them for the first time and loving the different view of Westeros they give. Also not long been introduced to Wild Cards and just started reading Volume 1. My first mosaic novel, I like!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
wishing you all the best in that long list of endeavours!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
I like hearing about all of your projects on this blog. I've enjoyed the Warriors anthology and am currently reading Songs of Love and Death thanks to your mentions. Looking forward to the future stories and projects!
Jun. 2nd, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Man, don't go for the superminimalist fad of web design that's in right now. Minimalism doesn't really go along with medieval age of excesses anyway.

Also, this post was hilarious. Keep busy, man, good luck.
Jun. 2nd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
The Blackwater!
You're writing the Blackwater scene for season two? Is that the Davos chapter near the end of Clash of Kings? That is one of the most brilliant, beautifully written chapters in all the fiction I've ever read. I'm glad to hear you're the one writing that episode for HBO.
Maries Dellagiovanna
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
to ease the pain
I'm really new, both here and to you books, but I do love them! You were the one who made me break my promise to myself of never getting hooked up on an unfinished saga!! So the impatient "me" resents you a little... though the reader "me" is really happy with the books :)

However, on the pains (and the joys) of paying taxes, I recommend: BLACK BOOKS, series 1, episode 1.
Great British sitcom form way back then :)
Marco Sartoni
Jun. 2nd, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
You drive me crazy!!
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