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Lots of things to blog about, if I kept a blog. (This little thing doesn't count, no sir, not no way, not no how). Alas, there's no time. Too damned much to do. So, instead, just a few quick hits.

This morning I was crosstown walking the picket lines at the College of Santa Fe, doing my little bit for the WGA and the writer's strike. Support your local writers! This is the most crucial strike of my era, and will determine whether writers (and actors and directors, eventually) get a fair share of revenues for internet videos, webisodes, and all the other new delivery platforms for the net, or whether they continue to get ripped off.

Finished a Tyrion chapter yesterday, one I've been struggling with for months. Made a major change to the end of the chapter, one I think works much better than what I had before.

Also tackled another Tyrion chapter that had been giving me trouble, mainly by ripping Tyrion out of the scene entirely and rewriting the whole damn thing from another point of view. Not quite done with that one yet, but I think it will work better as well. However, I am keeping the old Tyrion POV version of the same events on my computer, just in case I change my mind later and decide to go back.

Dark Sword Miniatures has been shipping the first ten of their ICE & FIRE minis. I just got my box. Okay, okay, I'm prejudiced, but I think they look wonderful. Hey, they're by Tom Meier, how could you go wrong? Purchase the complete set by December 15 and you'll still be eligible for the drawing for the autographed books and other prizes. Contest details below, in my earlier blog post. Order via Dark Sword's website. The link is below as well. And hey, pewter miniatures make wonderful stocking stuffers for that collector in the family (NOT for small kids, though, these are not toys).

SFWA has replaced Andrew Burt as chairman of its controversial Copyright Committee. I hope that pleases all those who were yelling and screaming about SFWA being unresponsive, paleolithic, etc. Hey, you guys won, Burt has stepped aside, you can take off the hob-nailed boots now. Can we all join ranks again and try to make things better for writers?

Some very nice reviews coming in on the two new books I have coming out next month, and from some unexpected places. HUNTER'S RUN got a four-star review from... wait for it... ROMANTIC TIMES. That's very cool. I always knew I was a romantic. And the new Wild Cards book, INSIDE STRAIGHT, has been getting great reviews all over the place. Here's two:



I have to say, I am very gratified by all the raves that we've been getting for INSIDE STRAIGHT. My hat is off to my contributors. They did a terrific job. Check this one out, boys and girls. I think you're going to enjoy meeting Jonathan Hive, Lohengrin, Earth Witch, Bubbles, Drummer Boy, and all the rest of our aces and jokers.

Football... ah, what can I say? The Giants won a squeaker over the Iggles to go to 9-4, but it wasn't what I'd call a convincing win. A truefan never gives up hope, but unless they can really get on a tear these last few games, I'm not convinced that Eli can take them far in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Jets lost to the Browns, and now face the hated Patriots and Evil Little Bill. This could be ugly. Oddly enough, I won't sweat the Jets-Patriots game nearly as much as I will the Giants and the Redskins. The Giants need to beat the Skins to lock up their playoff berth, but the Jets season is already over and everyone expects them to get crushed this weekend, so there's no real pressure. Did any of you catch HBO's INSIDE THE NFL tonight? Have to say, I loved Chris Collingsworth's version of Eric Mangini's pregame speech. I hope Mangenius was watching.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the big news is Bobby Petrino. What a scumbag. His players said it better than I could. No integrity, no courage, no honor. Maybe it's fitting that he's run off to a team whose mascot is a pig.

Some readers have been asking me to update my WHAT I'M READING and WHAT I'M WATCHING pages. I mean to, honest, I just haven't had the time. On the "watching" front, I did catch THE MIST, and would strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good old fashioned monster movie. This isn't torture-porn like the SAW films, it's Stephen King and Frank Darabont, well written, well acted, well directed. TV... well, I miss ROME and DEADWOOD more than I can say, and can't wait for THE WIRE. The new network shows have been a mixed bag. The second season of HEROES has been much weaker than the first, and anyway, the show has never been more than Wild Cards Lite (though I do like Hiro). PUSHING DAISIES has a certain wacky charm, though it's very stylized, and may not be for everyone. JOURNEYMAN is redeemed mostly by the presence of Kevin McKidd, though I bet he wishes he was still playing Lucius Vorenus. I know I do. As for books, since I last updated WHAT I'M READING, I've enjoyed new novels from Bernard Cornwell, S.L. Farrell, Melinda M. Snodgrass, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Michael Chabon, and some old ones by Jack Vance (I reread the entire DEMON PRINCES series, and I'm doing the same with the four DYING EARTH books now). The Vance books were even better than I remembered them.


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Dec. 13th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Sorry...you're a blogger
Whether you like it or not! ;-)
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
TV shows
Glad to see you have a great taste for TV shows, it's nothing less than I would have expected. Try DEXTER, it's amazing. Anxiously waiting for THE WIRE too.
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
you need to watch House.

I still can't believe my 1st-week-of-season prediction regarding the Jets is holding true...
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
I appreciate that you use the term torture-porn in reference to Saw; I've always found your writing very tasteful concerning violence, the large quantities of it and the dramatic satisfaction supplied by, say, the end of A Storm of Swords notwithstanding (I love that ending, and must salute you for it), but this little tidbit cements my respect more.
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
>mainly by ripping Tyrion out of the scene entirely and rewriting the whole damn thing from another point of view.

A.k.a. the "Book Four Technique".

p.s. That said, I'm not entirely displeased to read this entry. :)

Dec. 13th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update on the writing and the strike. They should certainly get revenues for their work.

I totally miss ROME as well. What a gripping series.
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:24 am (UTC)
I hope...
They dont do to HBO Song of Ice and Fire with what they did to rome. Which is... End it prematurely.
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
Thanks for the "Dance with Dragons" update! I just started "A Feast for Crows" yesterday, and I'm already 300 pages into it - can't put it down. I'm really looking forward to Tyrion coming back. He's the greatest.

Also, I'm with you on the WGA strike. Give them their money! :D
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Snape kills Dumbledore.
Re: SPOILER: - samtaro82 - Dec. 14th, 2007 08:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:52 am (UTC)
Don't worry. It's that time of year where no one has time to do ANYTHING.

You're not the only one. Just hang in there and get as much done as you can without stressing yourself.

Dec. 13th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)
Valyrian Steel
That's all well and good and all, but what about an update about Valyrian Steel? I want my Bastard Sword!
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
I'm curious as to your thoughts of Brandon Sanderson being chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series. I haven't read his work before (I'll have to pick up a couple), so I don't yet know what his writing style is like.
Dec. 13th, 2007 07:21 am (UTC)
I know that I am not the solicited opinion, but my reply button still functions!

I have my doubts about asking a worshiper to finish that amaranthine juggernaut, rather than a true colleague. One might expect better performance from someone with less reverence (and thus paralyzing doubt) about his subject matter. On the other hand, if Rigney has confidence then I suppose that under the weight of Jordan's copious preparation he may prove full capable.

Be it noted that I am not a particular fan of the Wheel of Time series, having lost my enthusiasm somewhere between the fourth and fifth installments... but it definitely has made its mark on our times.
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Dec. 13th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC)
What about the HBO series?
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Dec. 13th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Made a major change to the end of the chapter, one I think works much better than what I had before.

You'll tell us what after the book comes out, right? ;) '

(though I do like Hiro).

And suddenly I love you even more.
Dec. 13th, 2007 08:06 am (UTC)
I know you don't care for the Cowboys, but last week their game against Detroit was one of the most dramatic, amazing games of the season.
Dec. 13th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Don't know if you have Showtime, George, but DEXTER is terrific fun. Maybe a bit gruesome at times (since its protagonist is a serial killer), but it's a pretty off-beat crime show. I believe the second season is now wrapping up in the U.S., but maybe the first can be seen through one of those OnDemand things. Or DVD.

I've been pondering the HEROES = WILD CARDS-lite idea, and I'm not sure about it. There's a great deal of difference in the premises. The heroes of HEROES are a secret, whereas the Wild Card virus was all too public. A conspiracy is a major part of the HEROES concept (just as it was in other popular shows this last couple of decades -- X-FILES, ALIAS, 24, LOST, etc.), whereas it wasn't (not initially, anyways) in WILD CARDS.

Still, they do both have the similar concept of "real people get superpowers", and I agree that WILD CARDS took that in a much more interesting direction.

Oh, and I've been meaning to ask, and might as well do that here. Komarck's cover for INSIDE STRAIGHT is wonderful. (So, too, are his recent prints of Ned and Sansa that the Dabels have released).

But I wonder ... Long fair hair, pale armor and sword, big looking guy... Would his take on Lohengrin be in the ballpark for Ser Arthur Dayne, the Sword of the Morning? Just one of those things that popped into my head the first time I saw the cover.
Dec. 13th, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
I second Showtimes series of Dexter. Its really quite good. Their other shows Weeds and Brotherhood are decent enough as well.

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Dec. 13th, 2007 10:20 am (UTC)
All you have to do is mention Tyrion and I instantly cared about football. That's quite a feat ^_^
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