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Another Sunday, and two more football games. Sometimes it's good to have two teams. The Giants are really on a roll, looking better with each game. I'm especially pleased by the way their defense is playing. Like any old-time Giants fan, I love defense, and the swarming four-headed sack monster the G-men are fielding with Osi, Kiwi, Strahan, and Tuck is splendid to watch. So far I like what I've seen of our rookie CB Aaron Ross too. The offense is looking pretty formidable as well.

As for the Jets... oy... what can I say? Chad is getting all the blame, but truth be told, it's not all his fault. In fact, I'd lay most of the Jet problems on the defense. The run defense can't even stop backups from having 100 yard games, the pass rush is nonexistent, and the cornerbacks commit penalties at the worst possible times. Whether Mangini stays with Chad or switches to Kellen Clemens, I expect we'll be drafting very high next spring. Let's see, any superstar defensive players coming out of college?

And on other fronts, for all of you who hate American football...

The first volume of DREAMSONGS should be in U.S. bookstores by now, in hardcover. Volume two will follow in a month. Yes, this is the same collection originally published by Subterranean in 2003 as GRRM: A RRETROSPECTIVE. Same contents, but if you missed that one, here's the chance to make up for that oversight. The new edition has some nice interior artwork by Mike Kaluta as well.

The American edition of HUNTER'S RUN and the first volume of the new Wild Cards triad, INSIDE STRAIGHT, are both due for release in January. Amazing covers on both, I think. Stephen Martiniere did the HUNTER'S RUN cover, Michael Komarck INSIDE STRAIGHT. Oh, and if you're a fan of fantasy art, check out the news page on my website to a glimpse of the artwork on the new Italian edition of THE ICE DRAGON.

Meanwhile, Gardner Dozois (my friend and co-editor) and I have gotten the first stories in on the two big original anthologies we're editing -- WARRIORS and SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH (the Jack Vance tribute anthology). The books won't be out until 2009, of course, but Gardner and I are excited about them both, and it would seem our writers are as well.

And yes, I am trying to finish up the third Dunk & Egg story as my own contribution to WARRIORS. Right now I'm calling it "The Mystery Knight." That's the fourth or fifth title I've slapped on this one. We'll see if it sticks.

DANCE WITH DRAGONS? Yes, working on that too. Lately it's been Tyrion and more Tyrion. When I finish these three chapters, I will need to double back and pick up some of the other POVs lest my devious dwarf get too far ahead.

An email asked why I disabled comments on my last Not-A-Blog post, about the Dark Sword Miniatures. My intent was not to discourage comments, but to redirect them to more appropriate places. Dark Sword has its own message board. So does Tom Meier, on his Thunderbolt Mountain website. Jim and Tom have much more "hands on" (literally) involvement with the figures than I do, and I know both of them would be pleased to hear your thoughts and field your questions. So take your comments to those forums, please. I provided the appropriate links in my last post.


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Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
>ately it's been Tyrion and more Tyrion.

Oh thank goodness he's not dead. Uh... yet, anyway.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
Tyrion and more Tyrion is not only perfectly okay, but simply perfect!

On all other fronts: thanks for the updates. I have starting branching out into your non-ASOIAF work and I'm loving it, so it's very good to hear about what you're working on! As far as American football goes . . . meh. Glad you've got something you love.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Lately it's been Tyrion and more Tyrion.

I WEEP WITH JOY!! Oh, I have missed Tyrion. I can't wait.
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
I guess you take for granted that confirming Tyrion got out is little different from telling folks that in James Cameron's Titanic, the boat sinks.

He is my favorite, though, so thanks for that!
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
The Mystery Knight? Sound very...interesting for Dunk and Egg. Am I the only one excited about that one? For some strange reason, this reminded me of...Barristan. :)

Tyrion. Tyrion. Tyrion. Tyrion. (sorry, I just love him.)
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
I get nervous when I hear you say you're writing about my favorite character. Please don't kill the guy.

Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
To be fair, one of the more delightful elements of the ASOIAF writing style is that characters are as likely to get killed off camera as on.

Keep up the good work George.

(no subject) - cbc1985 - Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
Being a displaced Giants fan (I'm in Milwaukee, where the green and gold are as ubiquitous as the beer pubs) I cannot help but enjoy the results this year. Both the local football club and my Giants are performing beyond expectations. I continue to tell my colleagues and friends that I don't believe the Pack will do better than 8-8 but I fear that the Giants won't do much better. Although, with a "gimme" game coming up this week, anxiety trumps anticipation and I cannot help but think an 0-fer team will be desperate for a win.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
Hahaha, you really are a Giants fan. I feel your nerves too.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
You're in luck --
this year's draft is going to be very deep on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary -- DB Randy Phillips (Miami FL), CB Malcolm Jenkins (Ohio St.) and CB Justin King (Penn) are all juniors that may come out early. Seniors include DE Tommy Blake from TCU, DE Quentin Groves (Auburn, DL Phillip Merling (Clemson), LB Phillip Wheeler (GT) and probably the number 1 defensive player: DT Glenn Dorsey (LSU).
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
Dunk and Egg, Dunk and Egg, I'm gonna get me some Dunk and Egg. I can't wait. Add the minis to that too. And Dance too, but I'm patient where that's concerned. Novels aren't short stories and epic novels are even more difficult. So take you time and do it right (like you need for me to say that).

I watched all of the G-men this week. You hit the nail on the head where Ross is concerned. Let's hope he doesn't become cocky. I like his business like approach. Dare I call the front four the Blue Wall ala the great Steel Curtain. In my opinion they are more dominant than that great '85 Bears front four was. Remember Buddy Ryan sent 8 often. Oh, nice to see Amani get the Gints TD record.

As for the boys in green... Ay ay ay. They looked fairly good in the first half. Obviously, they've got more issues than QB. I also won't say it's a head coach issue. In the sentiment of Parcells, what kind of meal do you expect to cook if your ingredients are rotten?
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Just be grateful you're not a Niners fan. Gods, what a disaster.

Looking forward to getting my mitts on Hunters Run and the new Wild Cards! And a tip of the hat to Tyrion. :)
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:14 am (UTC)
Perhaps I'm alone in this, but I like that you enjoy your football even though I think it's a stupid waste of time. Your posts about football, pizza, and other various and sundry items are something that I find encouraging. Don't get me wrong, I'm waiting for Dance with Dragons as rabidly as the next guy while I'm reading the back Wildcards books at twice the speed of a spider monkey on crack. Still, I'm happy that my entertainment isn't taking yours away.

Oh, and... Yay, Tyrion. He's the man. And certainly one of my 30 or so favorite characters. I find them all to be deep and personal enough that I really can't rank them.
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:34 am (UTC)
The first volume of DREAMSONGS should be in U.S. bookstores by now, in hardcover

FWIW, Both B&N and Amazon want one more week.

(Also, woohoo Tyrion!)
Oct. 23rd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Gardner Dozois gives good anthology. It is knowed. :p
Oct. 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
I love the Dunk and Egg short stories! It's so nice to know you are exploring those sections of your fantasy history. Especially when you can connect stuff to Maester Aemon.

And as for Dragons? This news is better than no news. I look every day at the "my dog ate.." and cringe.

You can NEVER get too much of Tyrion! It's too bad Roy Detrice does not read the audios anymore. He is the best storyteller in my opinion for any series of books I have EVER heard. His Tyrion is gold.

When I listen to the audio books, I catch sooo much more than if I were reading. I just get to hasty when I am reading i guess. The audios force you to listen and ponder and actually soak in what's being said and told. (there's something to be said about story telling and then story reading...)

Anyway, it's a total sad waste thats he's not doing anymore books. That new guy you have I dont like at ALL!!! I cant even begin to fathom what it's going to be like when he reads Tyrion. Gollygeewhilikers!

Oct. 25th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
I am the same way when reading, I get so antsy to finish that I don't remember all that I've read. Anyway, thanks for the great idea, I'm going to go buy ASOIF on audio today!
Re: More Roy! - trutwijd - Nov. 1st, 2007 01:42 pm (UTC) - Expand
Oct. 23rd, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
out of curiosity, does football give you a lot of plot ideas?
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