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Monkeys on My Back

This is for those who complain I never blog about my work. (I do, but not often. I prefer to announce when something is finally done, rather just endless reiterations of "I am working on X, I am working on Z," and I am never going to be one of those "I wrote three pages today" writers. Sorry, that's not how I roll).

One little monkey off my back:

THE LANDS OF ICE AND FIRE -- also known as "the map book" -- is now DONE AND DELIVERED, and scheduled for publication at year's end.

Monkeys remaining on my back? Lots o' them:

THE WINDS OF WINTER. Also known as "Son of Kong." Working on it. Lots to do.

THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE. The concordance. Elio and Linda are my partners on this one, a compendium of the history and legends of the world of Westeros. A coffee table book, lots of gorgeous art from such talents as Ted Nasmith, Justin Sweet, and others. Making good progress on this one of late, lots of great historical stuff that I think my readers will enjoy. Never before revealed details of Aegon's Conquest, the War With the Faith, The Dance of the Dragons, the Paramours of Aegon the Unworthy, etc.

Poul Anderson story. An original short story for the Poul Anderson tribute anthology. Way, way overdue, but I am getting to it.

Dunk & Egg #4, An original novella of Dunk & Egg. Working on it. Hope to have it done by worldcon. It's scheduled to be published in

DANGEROUS WOMEN. A huge crossgenre anthology that Gardner Dozois and I are doing for Tor. Largely complete, except for Dunk & Egg. Well, we're waiting for three rewrites, but my own story will likely be the last one in, then we can move this one to "done and delivered."

LOWBALL. Volume twenty-two in the Wild Cards series. Working on that one with Melinda Snodgrass, my co-editor. Late, but almost done, a few last sections remain to be completed.

OLD MARS. Original anthology for Bantam, coedited with Gardner Dozois. Three-quarters done, a few stories still due in, three or four rewrites in progress. Not due quite yet.

OLD VENUS. The sequel to Old Mars. Well back in the pipeline, not due for a year.

ROGUES. Big crossgenre anthology I am doing with Gardner Dozois. One story already in, several in progress, but there's lots of time on this one too.

So there we are...

No more monkeys, please. Don't write to me with any tempting offers or cool new projects. I am practicing saying No.

No, no, no, no, no. Sorry, can't, pass, no way, count me out, too busy, no, no, no, thanks but no thanks, no thanks, no thanks.

I love my monkeys, but I have enough.


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Rose Marie Holt
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
You are loved
Loved you since Sandkings.

ASOIAF is just an incredible piece of writing.

Love that you wrote it while celebrating freedom of TV restrictions and now it is a great TV show.

My "Needle" is due tomorrow - cant wait

Also looking forward to the above projects, but no pressure, I am still working on rereads of what I already have xx oo.
Kevin Adkins
Jun. 25th, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
Busy man. Go get'em
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
"THE WINDS OF WINTER. Also known as "Son of Kong." Working on it. Lots to do."

For what it's worth, I'm pretty sure you make legions of people giddy and excited every time you mention that you're "working on it." It's like coming home and smelling cookies baking or something. Gratifying.

Edited at 2012-06-26 12:28 am (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Wow, hopefully you also have a vacation scheduled in there as well!
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
Very excited for the new Dunk & Egg!
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:04 am (UTC)
Just say "No."
People should be saying "yes" to you, not the other way around. It gets easier, the more you say it! BTW, I am looking forward to the concordance. Justin Sweet you say, nice!
Vienna Gmd
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
We appreciate all that you do. Your work is brilliant.
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Enough? That's an insane amount of projects at the same time!
I honestly salute you, Ser, for managing to keep sanity and don't start to mix up everything.
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:02 am (UTC)
Something I've been wondering about for a while...

Pretend you DIDN'T have the little monkeys hanging around. Pretend the only iron in the fire was The Series That Ate Manhattan. Would that be better or worse?

On one hand, more time and possibly less stress. Maybe that would be good.

On the other, you could very well begin feeling like the series had eaten your whole life, resent it bitterly, say to hell with it, scrap it, and spend the rest of your life drinking heavily on a beach somewhere.

Which do you think it would be? Would having fewer projects help or hurt ASOIAF?
Jun. 26th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I like having several irons in the fire. When you get stuck on project A, it is nice to have project B to work on.

On the other hand, I will be the first to admit that just now I have way too many things to do.

Several projects, great. This many, no.

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Jun. 26th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
This metaphor reminds me of your story of the monkey diet. Please dont end up like the little guy in the crotch of the monkey ha ha
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Well, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak at the ALA Annual Conference! Your program with Blake Charlton and Lois McMaster Bujold was the most packed one I attended there, and it was very enjoyable.

Looking forward to reading your upcoming projects. I certainly don't envy you your juggling act, though!

Edited at 2012-06-26 09:13 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
You can get more done if you don't write everything yourself. Why not hire someone to do the writing based on the plot you want, and you also do the editing at the end? That way, at least you can get a product out, very close to what you want, rather than maybe never getting around to it?

Avalon seems to be on the bottom of your un-ending list. Actually, it's not on the list anymore! Same with Tuf. Better something than nothing?

There will always be something higher priority on the list, you're not getting any less busy.
Pedro Daniel
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC)
Great to see those monkeys healthy and kicking! Keep 'em well fed and happy :D
Just finished the collection of short stories that you presented on your trip to Portugal and I must say it is a blast. I couldn't point a story that somehow could not be adapted to the screen or TV. "SandKings" is amazing (saw the Outer Limits version after and even that worked really well), and the "Pear Shaped Man" is superbly creepy and bizarre and AWESOME. "Skin Trade" is brilliant and WHY ISN'T THERE A TV SHOW ABOUT IT YET? etc etc etc
Would love to offer you my services for a new website, but I know you hate those things so... I'll manage.
All the best & cheers from sunny Portugal!
Jun. 26th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
I'm so excited for Dangerous Women! Like.. unbelievably so!
Jun. 26th, 2012 09:56 am (UTC)
Obviously, you'd rather wear out than rust out!

My daughter-in-law has been cooking out of A Feast of Ice and Fire, and we've enjoyed several recipes. I flipped through the book, and I have to say that I have rarely enjoyed a foreword as I did this one. It was a lovely bit of writing.
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