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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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Jun. 26th, 2012 10:28 am (UTC)
Hi George.

We haven´t heard you (read you) talking about the series. I enjoyed the second season so much! And of course i would really like to hear your thoughts about it. I´m not sure, although, that you want to talk about it right now, but it´s been a while, and i just was wondering.

Anyway, thanks for the greatest story; nineth episode was awesome.

Thanks for all!

Jun. 26th, 2012 10:32 am (UTC)
"If I had a million dollars...
...well I'd buy you a monkey (haven't you always wanted a monkey?)"
Jun. 26th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you take your time with your projects. It gives me a certain sense of security that the books I love are in the hands of a perfectionist who won't let deadlines compromise his work. There are too many authors out there who succumb to the bureaucratic pressure publishers impose thus hindering their own work.
So let me be one of the few to say that you should take your time. Take your time and wow us again. No pressure :).

Edited at 2012-06-26 05:30 pm (UTC)
Jun. 26th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
Still a Ravens fan
Simplify, simplify, simplify and enrich. It is interesting that you can keep this many projects going. I could not. Very cool that you shared this. Thank you.

We are getting closer to kickoff. Since the HBO series took off, you are bat-shit famous now. Are you going to take advantage of that and make any official appearances at a football game of your choice as an official guest? Why the hell not?

Has Kevin Smith asked you to make a cameo in his next movie yet? :<)
Jose Sarmento
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Corn! Corn!
You need to open your Third Eye and see the monkeys overlapping in space (your desk) but not in time... as you gaze into A Dream of Spring and beyond.

Also had a "Wtf?" moment on having the World of Ice and Fire before the last two books, but that can always be solved with a Vol. #2 (aw, look at that cute little monkey...)
Jun. 26th, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks god I...
Got my copy of Feast signed with a personal incsciption when GRRM came to Toronto just after Feast was released.

GRRM, you might want to know that the bookstore where you did that signing, The World's Largest Bookstore, is almost 100% shuttering it's doors in 18 months.

It's not a mom and pop bookstore, and is part of the larger chain of Chapters/Indigo so its a little hard to feel bad about... but still.

George, you should try some kind of invitational book signing. The first 100 people to donate 25$ to the wolf sanctuary gets VIP treatment at your next book signing, or something, and get to skip to the head of the line.

Jun. 26th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Oh wow
I didn't realize how many projects you're a part of! I am an excited fan and can't wait for the next book like anyone else, but how do you make time for sleep?? Thank you for the little tid bits you give us though. I will wait as long as needed for the next one :)
Jun. 26th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
NO; no thank you, can be *good*
Wow George!

I though I had a lot on my plate (f-t job, the never-ending dissertation, the GRRM compleat biblio currently on the back-burner simmering, etc.). Learned the painful way (anxiety attacks, sciatica) that I couldn't do it All . . . priorities, first one then the other, the usual recommendations interspersed with exercise (ugh! but good for me) and snuggles (ummmmmmmmmmmm! very, Very, VERY good for us!)

Take care,
Leslie Kay
Jun. 26th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hi George
Not that I have any life experience, especially with writing wildly popular books. I just noticed that you're calling Winds of Winter "son of Kong" and you called aDwD Kong which had a Meerenese knot.

I just wanted to say be careful about building things up in your mind, you'll act accordingly. If you call something a monster, you'll treat it like a monster. If you call something an untieable knot, you'll treat it like it is.

Just be careful about making things harder than they have to be, and putting stress on yourself.
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
Old Mars!
You've have at least one presold fan of OLD MARS just based on the name. May I send you the payment now? I will wait patiently for the book.

John C. Wright
Jun. 26th, 2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
Wishing you good health, good writing, and lots of friends, cohorts and business associates who take "No" gracefully. "Dangerous Women" sounds like a good time, I look forward to it.
VegaNya Lozano Martín
Jun. 26th, 2012 10:25 pm (UTC)
Many people do not understand the complete and expensive (on a creative level) that is to continue with the books of "A Song of Ice and Fire"
I'm happy for you to have multiple projects can get out of a universe to enter an entirely different one. That must be very rewarding.
But do not forget to rest! In life you have to also enjoy the time off and relax.
Greetings from Spain!
Jun. 27th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Hmm, speaking of Dunk & Egg...
I'm sure others have asked this before, but I'll ask anyway. Is there a chance in the future that all the Dunk & Egg stories could be collected into one volume? A sort of "bonus" book to your Song of Ice & Fire series? :) I'm telling you, there's a market for it!
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Re: Hmm, speaking of Dunk & Egg...
The Dunk & Egg stories will be collected, yes, but given the length of them, and the number I am planning, it will require more than one volume. Probably more like three.
Re: Hmm, speaking of Dunk & Egg... - ser_gabriel - Jun. 27th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Hmm, speaking of Dunk & Egg... - freebeatfly - Jun. 28th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Cameron Paterson
Jun. 27th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow...
Funnily enough, I am rapidly approaching the end of ADWD and was wondering exactly the same thing yesterday - in the shower of all places!
Jun. 27th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks so much for the update! Glad to hear that Winds of Winter is coming along. I know it (and the book after will be large, and hence take a while to write) but i hope it's coming along easier than Feast For Crows or Dance With Dragons.

Looking forward to reading some Dunk and Egg....can we put money down on the anthology being released before Winds of Winter? Will def help with the wait, and I've been hearing great things.

Like I say, I know, understand, and respect that you are a busy man - but I hope things are going well and you take it easy ever so often.
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