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I have been buried in work since getting back from England and Portugal. So much stuff piles up when I am away for any length of time, and there are only so many hours in the day. There were a number of subjects I wanted to make long Not A Blog posts about... but the time just wasn't there, and I needed my energy for other things.

Anyway, it's too late to do the posts now, but let me at least touch on a number of the things I would have talked about at length, if I had found the time.

The Hugos. A DANCE WITH DRAGONS made the Hugo shortlist for Best Novel. I am very pleased by that. DANCE has received a number of awards and honors since it was published, not to mention the best reviews of my career (and I have always been pretty well reviewed), but I'm an old fanboy, and the Hugo is special to me. It's the Big One: the oldest award in the field, and the most meaningful, since it's voted by the fans. So I am thrilled to be on the ballot. And I'm just as thrilled... well, no, not really, ALMOST just as thrilled... that one of the books DANCE will be contending against is LEVIATHAN WAKES, by James S.A. Corey, who is really my friends Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. LEVIATHAN's a terrific read as well. So congrats to Corey, and to the other books on the ballot. And to Anne Groell and Michael Komarck, nominated for the first time for Best Editor (Long Form) and Best Professional Artist, respectively. Long deserved. Finally, there's Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, where HBO's GAME OF THRONES is a finalist. I'm pleased by that as well. Congrats to David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and their terrific team at HBO. Now all we have to do is beat four major motion pictures with budgets that dwarf ours... though that's probably an easier go than winning in Short Form, where I think the double juggernaut of the Neil Gaiman episode of DR. WHO will steamroller all opposition. Anyway... win, lose, or draw, it IS fun to have a horse in the race. Thanks to everyone who nominated.

The NFL. Yes, I did watch the rest of the draft. Every bloody round. Of course, since I do not follow college football, the deeper we get into the draft, the more the names are just names to me. Overall, I came away with the feeling that the Giants had a better draft than the Jets, but only time will tell. I was interested to see how many second generation players came out this year... the sons of players I once cheered on. Dave Meggett's son. Al Toon's son. And I see the younger son of Phil Simms has just been signed by the Jets as a free agent. Talk about making me feel old. I remember when their fathers were rookies. sigh

The TV show. I finished and delivered my script for season three of GAME OF THRONES. It's episode 307, with the working title "Autumn Storms." David and Dan seem to like it. Casting is in full swing for the new season, so I'm watching auditions every night. Froggy may be turning up soon, but don't hold your breath. I'm too busy to devote much time to whipping up obscure clues.

New deals. Gardner Dozois and I have sold three new original anthologies: a big crossgenre anthology called ROGUES, in the tradition of our old WARRIORS anthology, and a set of paired Retro-SF anthologies called OLD MARS and OLD VENUS. Or did I mention that already? Sorry, all you aspiring writers out there, they are by invitation only. I wish I had time to read unsolicited submissions, but I don't.

Old deals. Our DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology is edging toward completion. Waiting on some rewrites and one last major story. We'll likely be late delivering that one.

WILD CARDS. Close to a deal for a new original and four more reprints. Meanwhile, Melinda Snodgrass and I are working on volume twenty-two, LOWBALL, a sequel to FORT FREAK. And speaking of FORT FREAK, that one is out in paperback. Melinda is also scripting the Wild Cards movie for SyFy films. And a new Wild Cards comic miniseries is in the works.

Next trip. Seems like I just got home, and I don't believe all my suitcases are unpacked yet, but Miscon in Missoula, Montana is coming up soon, so I'll be hopping on a plane again in a couple of weeks. I hope to see some old friends there, and make some new ones.

Reading. I just finished THE KING'S BLOOD, the second volume of Daniel Abraham's "Dagger and Coin" series. Books like this remind me why I love epic fantasy. Yes, I'm prejudiced, Daniel is a friend and sometime collaborator... but damn, that was a good book. Great world, great characters, thoroughly engrossing story. The only problem was, it ended too soon. I want more. I want to know what happens to Cithrin, and Marcus, and Geder, and Clara. And I want to know NOW. God damn you, Daniel Abraham. I know for a fact that you are writing more Expanse books with Ty, and more urban fantasies as M.L.N. Hanover, and doing short stories for some hack anthologist, and scripting some goddamn COMIC BOOK, and even sleeping with your wife and playing with your daughter. STOP ALL THAT AT ONCE, and get to writing on the next Dagger and Coin. I refuse to wait.

(Yes, for the irony impaired, the paragraph above is me being snarky. I WAS disappointed when Daniel's book was over, though... and the moment the next volume is available, I intend to snatch it up at once. Meanwhile, there are other good books to read).

Calendar. Just got advance copies of the 2013 Ice & Fire calendar, illustrated by Marc Simonetti. My, but it's gorgeous. The rest of you will be able to buy calendars in July. As in previous years, the calendar will debut at the San Diego Comicon. And yes, I will be at the San Diego Comicon again. Not for the whole thing, no. San Diego was not on my schedule this year, but HBO wants me there for the GAME OF THRONES panel, so I'm going to squeeze in a quick visit on my way to Spain.

More calendar. I've been seeing some preliminary sketches from Gary Gianni for the 2014 calendar, and that one is going to be a knockout as well.

THE LANDS OF ICE & FIRE. Map book. In the pipeline. My part is done, now the mapmakers and artists are doing theirs.

THE WORLD OF ICE & FIRE. Concordance. Working on it. Just sent a big chunk to Bantam.

WINDS OF WINTER. Yes, I'm working on that too. At the moment, I am writing about the Dothraki. More than that, I sayeth not, you know I don't like to talk about this stuff.

Other stuff? Yes, lots of other stuff... but it's late and I'm tired, so this will have to hold you for now. More odds and more ends another day. Talk amongst yourselves.


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May. 12th, 2012 07:51 am (UTC)
Wild Cards
I noticed that the books have been re-released. Some are in Kindle format, some not. Do you plan to release the rest in Kindle format? I love the books, but Kindle lets me make the type size big enough to read, which is getting harder to do with hardbound and paperbacks.
Linda Storey
May. 17th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Wild Cards
I read all 5 books on my B&N Nook
Re: Wild Cards - jespy526 - May. 26th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 12th, 2012 07:56 am (UTC)
Just passed by to say that I'm still up at 5AM down here in Brazil and this is entirely your fault. Can't stop reading the DANCE, hope it gets the Hugo. As I still hope you will expand your plan for the series to include, say, 20 books?

Above all people, your day should definitely have more than 24 hours (among other things you could find some time to make a visit to the tropics and the Land of Always Summer).
May. 12th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
Odds and Ends
Exhausted just reading this! Take it easy, Mr M, you are precious cargo. Bought the amazing graphic novel, A Game of Thrones. The book, under the dustcover, is 'ghost' white.. apropos Selmy & Jaime's 'white book'? Subtle. Loved that actual, physical echo. Spooky.
May. 12th, 2012 08:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for the updates, George. It's always nice to hear whats going on in your life. I can't comprehend how you are able to maintain your energy levels, much less your sanity, with the busy life you live, but I'm glad that you do :)
May. 12th, 2012 08:42 am (UTC)
The map book sounds very exciting!
Tim Doyle
May. 12th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
In regards to the Daniel Abraham's book I name you pot. And you are just as black as the kettle.

Good Day Sir!
Kevin Ball
May. 13th, 2012 05:38 am (UTC)
Re: Pot
Osmund, Osfryd, or Osney?
May. 12th, 2012 09:06 am (UTC)
Thank you
It's really great to hear what's going on! Especially since you sound like you're on a 25/7 work schedule right now... keep up the good work!
Heidi Hannibal
May. 12th, 2012 09:13 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're going to be in San Diego for at least a little bit. :D Maybe I'll run into you while I'm there.
Jezabel Nightroad
May. 12th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
Hello Mr Martin
Hope you have time to rest Mr Martin, and that we hear more news on Winds Of Winter and it's estimated release date, but no pressure take your time. And Thanks for the wonderful book recommendations. Have a goodnight Mr Martin.
May. 12th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC)
You sure do keep busy!!! Make sure you take some time for yourself in there.

We watched the NFL draft a little this year. A former student of my mom was up as a contender... But I don't think he made it.
Boštjan Gorenc
May. 12th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations on HUGO nomination. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. In Slovenia, we'll have aDwD out in a month, it was a wild winter ride.
And thank you for the Targaryen stag you gave to the Mladinska knjiga people in London for me. It got its place of honour amongst other aSoIaF memorabilia.

Jacinto Gmez Violo
May. 12th, 2012 09:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for so many reading hours, George. Take your time for the next book and enjoy; the more you enjoy, the more we do too.
May. 12th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
Busy, busy, busy
Busy is definitely a good word to describe you at the moment. I couldn't cope with all that stuff to do and have people pressuring me about the next Ice and Fire book at the same time.
Fortunately we have the map and world books coming out soon, that's more than enough to keep us quiet for a while. I just pre-ordered Lands from Amazon after reading this post, it should be a useful and interesting book. I can't wait!
May. 12th, 2012 10:58 am (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin, I think Mr. Abraham as a friend of yours is doing just a same thing as you are!!! Increasing his fans interest in subsequent books by not mentioning a word about them!
Juan Antonio Lucas
May. 12th, 2012 11:04 am (UTC)
The most amazing is that...you have time to Read!!! How many hours have your day?? Take a break for something, im tired only by reading all the things you are doing at the same time.
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