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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. 24th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)

Since you mention "The Mystery Knight", and IIRC you've a story in INSIDE STRAIGHT, I was wondering if you might consider a journal entry some time down the road remarking on the discussion sparked by this Warren Ellis post discussing the sales figures of the "Big Three" SF/F magazines?

This has led to responses from Cory Doctorow concerning steps the magazines might take to boost their numbers and save themselves, John Scalzi on whether the magazines actually want to save themselves, Saram Monette (<lj user="truepenny>") on why one does and does not write short fiction these days, and a number of others (PNH has some remarks in Scalzi's comments, for example). As someone who cut your teeth writing for the magazines, and has since gone on to recommend short fiction as a good way for would-be writers to make a name for themselves and improve their skills at the same time, I know I'd be interested in your views on it.
Oct. 24th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
Erk. That should be Sarah Monette (truepenny). :P
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Just wondering if this book is set in Westeros?
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
The children's book is basically a slightly edited version of an award-winning novelette George published years ago, well before Westeros came to fruition. I'm pretty sure GRRM has indicated that it's not intended to be set in Westeros, although I think someone in the publisher's marketing department may have thought otherwise given a blurb I saw claiming just the opposite.
Oct. 24th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Just need to weigh in on the Jets...Unfortunately, I have them on the list of 5 NFL teams that are on the way down. Those five teams are one that I feel are going to be out of contention for a long time (at least 5 years). I just don't see any easy way to fix the problems they have.
Oct. 24th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Respect the Author as a Man not a machine...
Although I check the site primarily for updates in regard to "Dance", like many of the other faithful "Ice and Fire" fans- I assume that Mr. Martin's life-goal is not based solely upon satiating the endless appetite of an un-apathetic fan base.
I would however (if I could be so bold) venture to assume that at least part of his life goal is to leave an endless legacy of timeless literature.
That being the case, I would urge everyone to please practice patience, in that if Mr. Martin releases a handful of epic masterpieces over his lifetime it is a far superior alternative to pumping out soulless novel after soulless novel in rapid succession in an attempt to appease you (the fan) and countless others (agents, editors, etc.) who find it semi-thrilling to push a genius into rushing his art... would anyone ever have been so abrasive as to rush Michelangelo in his making of "David"...NEVER...

Respect Mr. Martin's art, as well as his place on earth as an air- breathing human just like the rest of us.

Long live chivalry...R.I.P. Ned Stark
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Good D players
Chris Long is an excellent DE out of Virginia, he is Howie Long's son.

Glenn Dorsey out of Michigan is a damn fine DT.

Sedrick Ellis out of USC, also a DT.

Those are easily the three best senior defensive players this year. So, if you want some run stuffers or pass rushers you're going to have some good choices early.
Oct. 24th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Wow, when I started reading this a few months ago I remember thinking, "Geez, GRRM doesn't have anything coming out for a while..." and now the release dates for, pretty much, all of it has come quickly. It's going to be like a Blitzkrieg of your work, haha. I'm really looking forward to Hunter's Run and am going to be starting Fevre Dream soon (though, I'm heavily considering waiting for the deluxe edition, it looks beautiful) After I finished ASoIaF a few months back, Robin Hobb and Scott Lynch have occupied much of my reading time, but I have intended to check out your non-Westeros work since I finished Game of Thrones...as soon as I finish Tawny Man, my attention is yours, in full, once again (would be sooner, but Fitz is still fresh in my head and I'm itching to get back to his story; I'm sure you understand :P )

...oh, and good luck with that wager you have with Pat from the hotlist! I may be in San Diego now, but I grew up deep in Buffalo Bills territory with a family of die-hard Giants fans; I have little worry that they will crush the Cowboys. Even though...the appeal of seeing how Pat would be disposed of in Westeros is mighty tempting. :D
Oct. 24th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
I've recently started "re-reading" ASoIaF in the form of the excellent audiobooks, and just gave my boyfriend's 12-year-old A Game of Thrones (we decided we'd trust that he'd let us know if it was over his head, or too much for him). He loves it, and it's rejuvenated my love for the series. I'm so excited to see his perspective on the books, and which characters he identifies with (so far, he's a Jon Snow fan, just like me, though I wonder if he'll love Tyrion as much as I will - at his age, things are often more black and white).

The news about Tyrion is really exciting, and it seems I'm not alone. You made me realize how much more complicated writing a tale like this must be, with shifting POV's and threads weaving in and out. You make it seem very effortless in your novels, and so I think most of us don't appreciate how much hard work it must be.

So, at this cusp, as I'm finding myself once again enthralled with Westeros, I wanted to thank you for the hard work, and for dangling little carrots of glee in front of us now and then, when I know it's hard to deal with the negative folks. You've got a very dynamic career, and a lot going on, and I'm perfectly happy to re-read, discover new reads (like Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's series, which I'm finding to be really delicious, and a great historical fantasy with lots of intrigue), and stalk the IMDB website for news of HBO's project.

And thanks for reminding me that I need to check out Fevre Dream, which I'd been saving for the Halloween season!

PS I hope Parris is recovering well and speedily!
Oct. 24th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
I was curious, when I read this: how do you choose a title? It always was one of the hardest things I've had, when I write, because it seems pretty subjective and all. I had trouble with it doing papers in grad school, as well as stories.
Oct. 25th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
I have to agree with the other posters who say that Tyrion and more Tyrion cannot be a bad thing.

Hell, I'd read a whole 800 page novel just from his POV, even, though that isn't to say I don't love reading most of the other POVs as well. Like another poster said, you write alternating POVs better than just about any other writer out there these days.
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Thank you for the updates. I always have thought that the little folk: Tyrion, Bran, and sometimes Arya, and sometimes Sam, get ahead of the other characters. (Of course, if they're all killed off, then you can write "call me Ishmael...;" at that point, the POVs would be very few, though.)
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Oct. 25th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Re: The Maestro
If you don't like George's books, stop reading them. It's easy, isn't it?
As far as I'm concerned, I will never stop reading his stunning, marvellous books. George's one of the best, if not THE best fantasy author out there. There's no need to make comparisons with Tolkien. I worte my thesis on Tolkien's Silmarillion, so I can say I know something on the subject, and I find it an absurd waste of time to compare any modern author with Tolkien.
And among modern authors George R R Marting is simply outstanding.
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Oct. 25th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Bored
I'm not bored. I've noticed the Patsy bashing has died down a bit, perhaps every one sees the sign's as I do an are too scared to talk about it?
Pats 7-0, Red Sox in the Series, Bruins playing well, Celtics looking like they should compete this season and BC ranked #2 in the Nation? Have there ever been clearer signs of the Apocalypse

Oh yeah, and the honey thing.....

BTW, loved AFFC, Fevre Dream,Tuff Voyaging etc., looking forward to A retrospective, and am patiently awaiting DWD. Keep up the fine work. Plenty of other stuff to read in the meantime, like the whole series again.....
Oct. 26th, 2007 08:41 am (UTC)
*grins* Tyrion's yummy. But of course he mustn't be allowed to take over the series...or the writing of it, anyway. *grin* 'Tis good to hear tales of progress, milord.
Oct. 26th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting that, very interesting. I am very glad to see them try to make Thomas Covenant, I read those stories when I was in 8th grade, at least I started them at that age.

ALthough I think Shannara is a mistake, Ive never read it because my brother told me it was LOTR with different names.

And I would love to see someone do Earthsea correctly the miniseries they did on Scifi was awful.
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Oct. 26th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Westeros and Europe
Hi George,
I was curious. Now I know all of them are reflections of existing cultures, and you base Westeros on reality (actual fuedal sytem, Yorks, Lancasters, etc). And you don't have to squint too hard to see it. But are the regions in Westeros, and the free cities, specifically based on any ethnicities? For example are the Northerners similar to Germans, Norweigans, or the Swiss? Or the iron men scots? Or the Reach is France? Asshai the middle East or India?
I find it very interesting and I think it could add some great color if I knew for sure.
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