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Goodbye, 2007

Another year about to end. They seem to go past very fast of late.

I had hoped to be able to finish A DANCE WITH DRAGONS during 2007. Way back around this time last year, I had even hoped that the book might be published during 2007. Neither of those happened, and to that extent the year was a disappointment... for me, as well as for my fans.

Other projects fared better. THE ICE DRAGON, HUNTER'S RUN, DREAMSONGS, the SWORN SWORD comic book, the incredibly cool miniatures from Dark Sword, and soon to come the minibusts from Valyrian Resin and the replica of Longclaw from Valyrian Steel. The rebirth of Wild Cards has been especially exciting. INSIDE STRAIGHT will be out in less than a month, BUSTED FLUSH has been delivered, our new Wild Cards website is up and running, and the Wild Cards comic series and RPG are on the way (from DBPro and Green Ronin, respectively). And then there are the two new anthology projects that I'm co-editing with Gardner Dozois, WARRIORS and SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH, both now well underway. So it's certainly been a productive year. In some ways an exhausting one.

Still, the new year looms. I am not a big believer in New Year resolutions, but I do have some goals for 2008, both personal and professional, and the most urgent of those remains A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. For more about DANCE, see the Update page of my website, which I intend to update in the next day or so. See also the Samples page. I've been alternating the first Tyrion chapter and the first Dany chapter there for the past year, but as a holiday gift to my readers, and a thanks for all their patience, I'm going to put up a new sample soon.

(It may take a few days to get the update and the sample up, be warned).

Here's hoping that 2008 is a year of triumph and wonderment for all of us.

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dolorousviking
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks
Thanks for the update. A blessed new year to you. Your loyal readers eagerly await news of Jon, Bran, Dany, Davos, and the rest. We really appreciate the work you to do keep us posted.
werthead
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Cryptic and intriguing. Looking forward to seeing what the update says!
deeplyunhip
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Best of luck with the book and all of your other goals for the new year. :)
kativy
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
happy new year, george. good luck with everything.
0rko
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
Take your time Mr. Martin. Would much rather have a kick-ass ADWD that took awhile than something rushed out. The Dany and Tyrion chapters you've posted so far are pretty damn kick-ass though.
estaliayellow
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
I wish you a wonderful New Year filled with every blessing.

:D
theswornsword
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Hmmmmm
Ok Ok OK hmmmmmm he doesn't say it in this post just says: "For more about DANCE, see the Update page of my website, which I intend to update in the next day or so.", but the last sentence of the current update says:
"The next update will be the one that announces that the DANCE is done."
werthead
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Re: Hmmmmm
I suspect that a lot of people are excitedly reaching the same conclusion across the Internet :-)

I'd say be cautious. George may have decided to throw that out the window and instead give us a proper update on the book without it being finished yet.
thestarkgirl
Jan. 1st, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Happy New Year! I look forward to reading the new sample - and all of DANCE, whenever it's done. I know it will be worth the wait. :)
gerrywolf
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Happy New Year George (and indeed all GRRM fans). May you have a healthy and prosperous year in 2008.

Looking forward to the updates and offcourse ADWD! Now its off to start reading Dreamsongs!
anowyn
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
YOU CAN DO EET! YOU CAN DO IT ALLLL NIIIIGHT LONG!

I believe in you ;D Happy New Years George!
orcaarrow
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:10 am (UTC)
Don't stress over A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. I have always believed I would rather have a GOOD book than a fast book.

Keep up the good work.
skylarkthered
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
A very Happy New Year to you and Parris!
theswornsword
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
Goodbye & Good Ridence
Here's to wishing 2008 is a much better year. 2007 was a horrible year, for my family personally, although it was a slight improvement over 2006, in some ways anyway. For all of you that actually had a good year, well lets hope 2008 is an even better year.

Cheers,
Bill
novanick47
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
You are an amazing writer and your work is worth waiting for!
xanath
Jan. 1st, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Happy New Year to you, Mr. Martin. I hope 2008 is a much better year than 2007. And as for Dance, I'll wait as long as it takes. It's worth it. So are you.
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