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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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oracle1986
May. 12th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
TWoW
Good luck with your writing, Mr. Martin! :)
lydzi
May. 12th, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
Ah ah dothrakies! The plot thickens! Fighting for all the work :).
Bartosz Hrehoruk
May. 12th, 2012 12:32 pm (UTC)
greetings from Poland
Hi,
I'm a huge fan of your work, have been since the TV series of GoT to be honest, but I fell in love with the Ice and Fire saga and for almost a year now it's been a huge part of my life - simply thinking/talking/reading. Just missed your last visit to Poland last year and I hope to see you soon.
Currently I'm reading Fevre Dream, Capt'n Martin ;)
Best whishes from Warsaw.
Bartek
Glenn Isaacson
May. 12th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Froggy?
Would that be Jojen Reed? One of my disappointments in this season's GoT has been the absence of Jojen and Meera Reed. I can't seem to fathom how they will do season five without them.
ti_ana
May. 13th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Froggy?
I thought the same thing. I hope they cast the Reeds for the next season!
Re: Froggy? - olga_stark - May. 30th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
cyberalien
May. 12th, 2012 12:53 pm (UTC)
Do you ever sleep?

Thanks for all the updates. ALWAYS interesting.
hoplites
May. 12th, 2012 01:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update!
Much appreciated update on a lot of stuff, mr. Martin.
I've been wondering for quite some time how things were rolling along.

Regarding Dangerous Women, that anthology includes the next Dunk & Egg installment, doesn't it? Could you comment on when it's due to hit the shelves/internet retailers?
odennsonn
May. 12th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Autumn Storms
Must say, a little odd name for 307 since we've already saw white raven at the premiere of season two :)
Thiago Slash
May. 12th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
nice news
DOTHRAKI! *_* it's been too long, it will be nice to read about them again /o/
olga_stark
May. 30th, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: nice news
i myself wasn't excited much about Dothraki!! hmm suppose it'll eventually be about Daenerys... anywaysssss, i would love to read more about Arya and know what happened with baby Rickon!!
torome86
May. 12th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
Good to have you back
George, just keep doing what you do and everything will work out great. I couldn't imagine the workload you have and I admire how you tackle it. As long as you are happy and writing, the writing will be good; and that is the most important thing!
bronn_stone
May. 12th, 2012 01:49 pm (UTC)
Love the news about Rogues
My biggest hope is that you and Gardner can persuade Walter Jon Williams to contribute a Drake Maijstral story.
grrm
May. 12th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Love the news about Rogues
Walter Jon will have a story in ROGUES, and we specifically asked him for a new Drake Majistral... but he tells us he's done with the character and his world, and would prefer to write something else.
luna_plath
May. 12th, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, sounds you've been super busy! Congratulations on the Hugo nomination.
Jen James
May. 12th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Draft
ANd yet another reason to adore GRRM - I watch the draft too lol
Leo Glantzman
May. 12th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Jets
Quinton Coples is a bad, bad dude.. You will be pleased!!
Kevin Depuy
May. 12th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Awesome
YES YES YES!!!

First. I wanted them to show Dorne a lot more, so they can flesh out Oberyn, Quentyn,and Arieanne's storyline's before were thrown into them seasons 4/5 whatever. Show them at Dorne setting things up for their journeys, awesome. It will make Oberyn and Quentyns stories that much greater atleast heh :)

I want that Land and World of Ice and Fire book lol heard they should both be out this year heh

Also WOW NICE. I need that book like u need the next dagger and coin book XD
SabaneroX
May. 12th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Waiting for TWoW
It's great you're working already on TWoW, hope you can finish it soon, thanks for "The King's Blood" note, definitely it's on my reading list now
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