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This, That, and t'Other Thing

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:

http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2007/12/inside-straight-george-rr-martin-tor.html

http://drewsday01.blogspot.com/2007/11/inside-straight-next-generation-of-wild.html

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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stevewood
Dec. 14th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Although it's sad that you have to throw away your emotional commitment to that chapter being a Tyrion chapter, I see it as Tyrion doing his job of getting you excited about the chapter so much that you find some stronger emotions to make the chapter more important. From what I know of Tyrion he's just one of the little characters. I think it's great that you feel closure about the Tyrion chapter that you did finish. We have not had a complete update on how many chapters you have left...I think it was Juneish that you indicated you were down to a couple of handsfull (about 10)...mid-October you mentioned working on 3 Tyrion chapters...does this mean there is just one more chapter before the book is finished? I mean aside from another reread and tweaking.

I'm very glad you like the new prolog...I know how important it is to get us started in the right direction when we start reading Dance...I want it to be stimulating as well.

Sorry to hear about Parris having a hard time with her knee. My mother just went in for a ligament repair and the doctor was concerned about the amount of arthritis he found as well as an indication of miniscus damage. Thankfully there wasn't any need for any repairs to the miniscus other than relieve the problems causing the damage. She is doing well handling the pain, but she is in a depressed mood. They wanted me to pick her up from the hospital just an hour after surgery, but she was dizzy when she stood up, so I waited for 45 minutes parked in front of the hospital so that they knew she had a ride home.

I wish I had the extra cash for the miniatures...I think getting a job is my first priority.
sugaman
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Three things

God bless the WGA-www.unitedhollywood.com

The Patriots must be demolished.

Thanks for the update on Dance. Good luck with your writing and be sure not to burn yourself out on it.
marcusl99
Dec. 14th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the update
A little bit of information is always great fuel for the imagination: A Tyrion chapter from another POV? Hmmmm...that means he's with another POV character, or at least close to one? Which one, which one...

It's wonderful to contemplate while waiting...
trutwijd
Dec. 15th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you for the update
Or a completely new POV character as each book introduces a few more.

That said, my hope is it's a Cersai POV... ;)
lunsfordqp
Dec. 14th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Petrino
I find it interesting that the media is completely blasting Petrino. A coach leaves a team and he's called a "coward." Yet this is the same Atlanta team that fired a future hall of fame coach (Dan Reeves) with three games left in the season. Also, we're only getting half of the story here. I'm curious as to why a coach would want to take such a drastic pay cut, knowing full well that he would be destroyed by the media. This is the same organization that had no idea that Michael Vick was a torturer and murderer. Maybe someone should take a little closer look into how this organization is being run. If you want the other side to the story then you should check out this article: ww.al.com/sports/birminghamnews/kscarbinsky.ssf?/base/sports/119762425954590.xml&coll=2&thispage=2
polijn
Dec. 15th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
Don't think I've ever posted before, but...
The Razorbacks are the only football team I give a damn about; my feelings are kinda hurt. :( We'll see how this guy works out. If he doesn't, we'll run him off too.
redushab
Dec. 15th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
...Wait...there was a picket at the College of Santa Fe on the 12th? How did I manage to miss this. I assume the picket was at the Garson Studios? Which is funny, since I live in the dorm across the parking lot from there. I usually notice these things. Like the day there were horses over in the Garson Studios lot.
I guess I just slept late on Wednesday. Huh.

That said, I'm totally in support of the writers on this one. You're awesome for doing that.
ghostkc
Dec. 15th, 2007 12:42 pm (UTC)
Dexter
Mr Martin, try catch Dexter - nothing on TV even nearly as good these days.
sweetmartin
Dec. 15th, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Please Give us your waste!!!
Hi Mr.Martin,
I hope you still read this answers.
Please dont drop the changed Chapters from anyone of your POV(ADWD)cars in the garbage can.
After released ADWD you can bound them and release them for JUST FOR FUN.Please!

i think we can read them too untill TWOW is released

ty endless
peloquyn
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
I just had to pop in and say thank you for being you. I was reading through Dreamsongs at my favorite book-haunt today, and I just had to *say* something - I admire your work and I wanted you to know that I appreciate that you have chosen to share it with the rest of us. Your books and stories bring me joy, and I am grateful to you for it. *tips imaginary hat in your direction*
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