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Highs and Lows

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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kagejim
Oct. 23rd, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Yay, Tyrion! ^_^
faeriesluver9
Oct. 23rd, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Tyrion and more Tyrion is what I like to hear!!!And maybe a heavy dose of Jon too?

Also, I must say I think your beloved G Men probably have the best defense in football right now, as much as it pains me to say so. Because the Chargers are baysmal, the pats gave up 24 points to the 0-7 Miami dolphins, although that cannot be entirely blamed on the defense, and well, the Baltimore Ravens would probably lose by about 100 points to South Florida the way they're playing.

as for the jets, well... on the bright side, if you play the pats again well enough after they've clinched home field, you'll probably get to face that horrible backup.
ronson73
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
tyrion
Tyrion is also one of my favorite characters. But at this point i'd read the back of a cereal box if it sdaid a dance with dragon... I have a feeeling this is going to turn into another "dark tower" situation and we're going to be "tuck on a train" for a LOOOOOOONG time.

George I don't want you to think I am trolling..that's not it at all. I 'm just venting some frustration
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Tyrion is also one of my favorite characters. But at this point i'd read the back of a cereal box if it sdaid a dance with dragon... I have a feeeling this is going to turn into another "dark tower" situation and we're going to be "tuck on a train" for a LOOOOOOONG time.

George I don't want you to think I am trolling..that's not it at all. I 'm just venting some frustration <waiting has never been my strong suit and I'm kinda OCD about puncuality>
paslaugh
Oct. 23rd, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Re: tyrion
We've got half of a book in the last 7 years, why would you be upset or frustrated?
aurumslinky
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
Who DEY!
WHO DEY!
Who dey think gonna bet 'em Bengals?!

Sorry that your team lost this weekend. But mine won. Go BENGALS!
yts88
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Awesome news... Tyrion FTW!
chirop1
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
49ers
I picked up the 9ers as my team back when I was in elementary school (growing up in Kentucky, I was surrounded by Bengals fans... had to go with the antithesis of the time). It certainly is painful to watch them this year.

The Giants certainly do look good on D this year... but who cares when Tom Brady is on pace to throw over 60 TDs and 5 Ints??? I stand in awe of what the Pats are putting on the field. Like them or not (and I know GRRM decidedly does NOT) you have to appreciate watching the closest thing to perfection in the history of the game put on the field week after week.
lostrealist_05
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Woot! Progress!!!

That's all I needed to hear to cheer me up. I was thinking maybe you had writer's block or something.

Like I've said before, take your time. This book is worth the wait.
=)
elmobob14
Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm totally demoralized
I don't know why, but news of the progress on DANCE does not excite me. On the contrary, it gives me the feeling that the book is a long way from completion.

Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but every time I read GRRM's site I get the impression that he has lost his enthusiasm for DANCE (e.g., "The truth is, these updates do make me feel like a twelve-year old trying to explain to teacher why he isn't turning in his essay, and knowing she isn't going to buy the 'dog ate my homework' ruse any more than you guys do.").

I would expect to see more updates or discussion or anything about DANCE if he were into it. Instead we see updates on every other thing (indicating a greater interest in those things).

He can pursue whatever endeavors he wishes, but I wish that he would be straight with us. Has he lost interest? Is he suffering from writer's block? Are there other things that are just more interesting to him? My perception is that all of the above contribute to the delay.

And, in anticipation of those who will respond that it takes time, I don't buy that time = quality. For one, FEAST disproved that theory. It wasn't terrible, but it was a huge departure from what preceded it.

Two, it's clear that he only sporadically works on ASOIF. The quality of the work will suffer from only occasionally working on it for obvious reasons.

Three, time is wasting. The fact of the matter is that George is not a young man. We're not just waiting on FEAST we're waiting on the conclusion of the series. At this pace George will be in his mid-70's by the time he finishes. God-willing, George will live another 30 years, but he should plan for all eventualities.

Anyhow, I'm fearful, because of the above, that the rest of the series will more closely resemble FEAST, than the first three books that I love. Or worse yet, that the rest of the series won't be forthcoming at all.

I hope that I'm mistaken, but recent history suggests that I'm correct about the direction of ASOIF. Each day that Martin delays writing ASOIF, he takes a step closer to Jordan's legacy than he does to Tolkien's.

Flame on (if this hasn't been deleted already).
jcbanner
Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
Re: I'm totally demoralized
Flaming? nah, I'm not going to do that, I WILL hoever dissagree with you abit.'

that post he made about feeling like a 12 year old, that was about him not liking to have to log on and tell people that he's still not done. re-read that letter, he is VERY forthcoming about why he doesn't want to give regular updates. does that mean that he's not working? it quite possibly can. but it could also mean he is just not telling us, thats what he said in the letter, he's just not telling.

even if it never gets finnished, hells yes I'll be disapointed, but I'll get over it because no matter how fantastic a story it is, it is still just a story.

what is it now, 4 books in 16 years? if your still hooked after that much time, its worth the wait to let him finnish it because he's also got about ten thousand other things going on at the same time, same as anyone else
Re: I'm totally demoralized - sturmia - Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - hfullerton - Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - arighim - Oct. 24th, 2007 12:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - sturmia - Oct. 24th, 2007 08:11 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - grrm - Oct. 23rd, 2007 06:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - b_mcq - Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Wow. - inadequate_one - Oct. 23rd, 2007 09:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Wow. - jonsnowthewall - Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - furry_porcupine - Oct. 23rd, 2007 11:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - ericreiss - Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Thank You - yagkosha - Oct. 24th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: I'm totally demoralized - chirop1 - Oct. 23rd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Re: keep guessing idiot - greyglass - Oct. 23rd, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Candor and happiness - elfich47 - Oct. 24th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC) - Expand
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FEAST hate - grrm - Oct. 24th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC) - Expand
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cwhitehead
Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
Dunk & Egg
"...the THIRD Dunk & Egg story"?????

Has the second one been published somewhere and I missed it?
(The Hedge Knight was what pulled me into the Fire and Ice universe to begin with.)

A good day is finding out one of your favorit authors has put out a new story with some favorite characters. A really frustrating day is not knowing where to find it...
grrm
Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
Re: Dunk & Egg
The novella "The Sworn Sword" was published in LEGENDS II, edited by Robert Silverberg.

(Not to be confused with LEGENDS 2).

Three issues of the comic book based on the novella were published this summer by DBPro and Marvel.
Re: Dunk & Egg - fuentez1138 - Oct. 23rd, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
alice_the_raven
Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
Yay for the Giants. And for what it's worth, the miniatures were fantastic.
escarboucle
Oct. 23rd, 2007 07:22 am (UTC)
I don't hate American football, I just don't understand it XD here in Europe, we have football soccer and rugby (rugby being, for what I have seen, much more physical than American football).
But my bf watches American football, so I knew that the Giants won and the Jets lost. We had a thought for you ;)

I should get my hands on the other Dunk and Egg story I don't own...
And more Tyrion? I say it's good XD

The miniatures look fantastic.

~Syn

Comment deleted and pasted because I messed up the LJ code >__>
lord_o_bones
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Why isn't that enough?
It is very much enough. People are people. Some are impatient, some overly exhuberant, some foolish, and some merely assholes. Many are wonderfully supportive. All of these types of people come here because we're all excited about your art.

jonsnowthewall
Oct. 23rd, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Why isn't that enough?
apparently not enough to use the "REPLY" button.
lostrealist_05
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:52 pm (UTC)
I should of posted this before, but I didn't because I didn't think of it.

Dear Mr. Martin, is there anyway possible you can post a new sample on your website?
I would be ever so grateful.

lol. I'm begging. Your series is like a drug for me. I must need my fix!
BBBRRRAAAIIINNNSS! =)
zippyjake
Oct. 23rd, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you Been Busy! Those of us in the Tyrion fan club can't are glad to hear he's out and about again!
somerandomgeek
Oct. 23rd, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm totally demoralized (plus a bit)
It's enough. Your work is one of the reasons I'm an aspiring writer myself. I am eager for the next book, sure, but it takes as long as it takes.

While I would love to have people waiting with bated breath for my own work, I can certainly understand not enjoying the thought of hundreds of thousands of virtual people breathing down your neck asking 'are you done yet?' every few seconds. I see no sense in rushing you, especially since your method of writing has produced such excellent and amazing stories thus far. If it takes a while, it takes a while.

I'll echo the others here and say that Tyrion is one of my favorites, too. Him and Arya. Arya is amazing. A dark-hearted murderous child, but an amazing character whose story is so tragic and sad. I truly admire your ability to create such a vibrant and amazing world and such fantastic characters to populate it. If I could develop even a quarter of your skill, I would feel very proud and accomplished indeed. There are a great number of writers with solid careers who cannot claim that kind of skill and talent. Perhaps it's the big bushy beard. So many of the best writers have big bushy beards. (Yourself, Jordan, and now Pat Rothfuss. Gotta be something to it!)

I plan to head over to Technicon in March to see your panels and speeches. Hopefully, I'll get a chance to say hi and get a book or two signed. Will you be sharing any of your wisdom on the art and craft of writing?

Don't let the snarks and grumkins get you down.

Cheers!
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