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I've sent a new sample chapter from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and an update on the current status of the book to my webmaster. Expect them to go up soon, on their respective pages.

It may take a few days. It is the holidays, after all, and my webmaster has a life and other things to do besides taking care of my site. (This is the only part of my site that I can actually change myself). So please be patient. It won't be long.

Happy New Year, everyone.

(And no, the book's not done. Didn't I just say that in yesterday's post?)


Jan. 2nd, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
I work in a book store and i have decided that I am not reading anything else by this man until we get our book. I feel that if we do read the "other stuff" then we as fans are just encouraging him to slack on Dance. Mind you I am tempted like a heroin addict every time i pass the fantasy section to just break down and read what this wordsmith has written as a temporary "fix" of actual good writing. I will admit that i have peeked a glance or 2 at some of the wildcard stuff..BUT I WILL REMAIN STRONG
Jan. 2nd, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
Well, two separate responses here:

1. As a writer myself, I don't think it's fair to assume that Martin is "slacking" when a book takes time to arrive. I think that, alas, he's experiencing the same angst and headaches I get when I'm trying to get a sentence right. Sometimes, fiction comes easily. Sometimes, it's like hammering nails into your head. I'm actually kinda comforted to know that a New York Times bestselling author has the same problems that humble little me does.

2. I haven't read the second volume yet, but Dreamsongs I contained stories that grrm wrote well, well before ever starting to write A Song of Ice and Fire, so I'm not sure that republishing these counts as "slacking." I'd say go ahead and try out the first volume, at least.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
I'm totally with you. A book takes time to arrive (and that darn trilogy I'm working on even more so *sigh*), and the problems don't go away even with a succesful career - George isn't the only example, Tess Gerritsen mentions her troubles on her blog sometimes, and so do others.

I think that every writer has his/her personal speed and that can vary a lot. I know writers who happily knock out two books every year, but I'm not one of those, that's for sure. :) After several years, most writers develop a personal routine and any attempt to work outside that routine will lead to stress and feelings of not delivering the best.

Some writers can only concentrate on one project at a time, others need several different things to work on in order to be creative. Looks like George is in that camp. I can relate, I'm totally a multitasker.

We should be glad George is taking HIS time to write the books, and thankful to the publisher for not rushing him.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
You keep talking about you trilogy, please post a sample, I am sure it is great.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)
"Our book?" "Other stuff"?
What book store do you work in that encourages such thinking? I visualize a little kid plopped down in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi aisle declaring "I want my book!" in tones quite shrill. "Actual good writing"? You brag about never having picked up this "other stuff", but already casually dismiss it? How can you not want to pick apart the brain that can produce a world like Westeros?
Jan. 2nd, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
George's career spans decades
he didn't just spring full blown onto the bestseller lists with the ASoI&F series.
Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: George's career spans decades
George = Athena, though hopefully without the bustier.
Jan. 3rd, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm the only bustier wearer in the family, unless he's got a secret life he's kept from me for more than 30 years, and I'm not a Mrs Larry Craig type, if you know what I mean :-)


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