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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 03:17 pm (UTC)
I have missed Rome a lot as well. I still think about the last episode sometimes. I plan to rewatch the entire series in the new year.

I was disappointed in the new shows this season. Chuck and Dirty Sexy Money are probably my favorites. Journeyman has gotten better. Too bad it probably won’t be coming back after the strike.
Dec. 13th, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
SciFiWire said that the network did not buy another season (or whatever) of Journeyman by the time the deadline passed, so it's thought to be cancelled.
Dec. 13th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
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.

I saw it last night, and thought it was absolutely brilliant, dead on, and the best attitude toward the whole thing. I, too, hope Mangini was listening.
Dec. 13th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
There's a website I only discovered a few months ago that lets you show exactly what you're reading. It's quick and easy-to-use. You can set up categories for what you're reading, what you've read, what you want to read... or categorize books by different genres. If you like, you can also rate the book on a 5 star system, write a brief review, and list the month and year when you finished reading the book. Another perk is that others can view what you're reading by adding you to their friend's list-- and they can receive emails any time you update. =)


Check it out! =)

I do appreciate the update on Dances! I do heartily enjoy reading your Not-A-Blog entries and getting updates on your up coming projects. Keep up the good work!
Dec. 13th, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
This isn't torture-porn like the SAW films

As a film major and someone who despises those films this made my day. Thanks.
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
"though I bet he wishes he was still playing Lucius Vorenus. I know I do."

Amen to that, I wasn't able to get into Journeyman, but I really wanted to.
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Definitely. Vorenus was cute. :)
Dec. 13th, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the update on Dance.

Having just ripped 10K words out of an MS that I slaved over a week on a month ago, I understand the urge.

My girlfriend refers to the last four days as "Oh, yeah. Ken got abducted by the good idea fairy. We put a little food dish by the door to let him know he's still welcome when he gets back."
Dec. 13th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
In other football news, the University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens are playing Appalachian State University in the NCAA Division I Football Championship this Friday night. This is the same Appalachian State University who beat Michigan State (34-32). It should be a really great game. Delaware is certainly a team to keep it a nail biter until the end.

Sometimes, it is the smaller college games that really put on a good show and not just the money-making professionals.
Dec. 14th, 2007 04:12 am (UTC)
They beat Michigan!!! Not Michigan State. As much as I hate tarnishing the august University of Michigan by remembering that sad day in Ann Arbor, I would prefer that to being confused with the lowly Spartans.

Re: Pathetic - evilest_kitten - Dec. 14th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 13th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks for turning me on to Rome, Deadwood, and Battlestar Galactica (which, from its absence in your blog, I surmise you've stopped watching). Regardless, your recommendation spurred me to watch it, and it's become my favorite show ever. Rome takes a very close second. Deadwood... needed to not end where it did. :-*(
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Thanks for the updates. (Unless of course the major chamge to the end of your chapter is Tyrion leaving it dead rather than alive, in which case...)

I'm very sorry about the Jets, but, on the bright side, if the giants ever want to get rid of Eli, he'd fit in the Raven's system perfectly.
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:30 am (UTC)
It's wonderful to hear about your methods of the writing process. I can't wait to see how Tyrion develops in the new book; he's one of my favorite characters, besides Daenaerys.
Dec. 14th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Hooray, Tyrion chapters! I happen to think that Tyrion is one of the best characters in all of literature.

PLEASE DON'T KILL HIM. :( Or if you do, make it especially spectacular.

Wow, Romantic Times. That's unexpected.
Dec. 14th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
George, I just saw a movie called, "No Country for Old Men", based on a novel by Cormac McCarthy. I've never seen too many films follow a book so closely. This one did. Tommy Lee Jones was great as the Sheriff. The story was engrossing from start to finish, and has it's share of unexpected plot twists.

I thought Stephen King's The Mist was another well done adaptation. I'm not sure what the SPOILER rules are on this blog, so I won't talk too much about what happens in the film. But I will say 95% of the movie was awesome, the other 5%...ahhh, I don't know. I'm still iffy on a scene or two.

I've always been mostly a basketball (college and NBA) and baseball fan (yep, I'm sorry I am a Yankee fan...haha), but I do like my share of football as well. I've always been a Giants fan, though. I hope the G-Men pull off a big win at home against the Pats, and spoil their chance at going 16-0...then do it again in the Super Bowl.

Oh, congrats on Tyrion. Those chapters must have been tough. Afer his absense from AFFC, it'll be great to see him back again because he brings so much to the table in A Song of Ice and Fire: comic relief, likeability, good backstory, and great potential for the remainder of the series.

Dec. 14th, 2007 03:52 am (UTC)
I recommend checking out the best show on television: Showtime's Original Series: Dexter. I think you'd like it.
Dec. 14th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, in case you ever read the comments here (which I doubt you have the time to do) you might be amused by a recent conversation I had with my husband about the relative strength of various fictional badasses: http://monocleostrich.livejournal.com/310503.html?mode=reply
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