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I meant to write an account of my recent trip to Boskone and New York, really I did, but somehow I haven't found the time. Sigh. Sorry about that. Now you know why I call this "Not a Blog." I will never understand how some folks find the time and energy to update their blogs daily. For what it's worth, I was never very good at keeping a journal either.

With no more travel on my immediate horizons (there's Marcon in Ohio over Memorial Day, and then nothing until the summer), I have finally been able to settle down and get back into A DANCE WITH DRAGONS. That's where most of my time and energy has gone of late. For the last week or so I have been back at the Wall with Jon Snow and the men of the Night's Watch. Jon, I think, will be one of the main beneficiaries of my splitting A FEAST FOR CROWS in two. I will have more room to deal with Jon and Stannis and the wildlings and the rest, which will allow me to flesh out their storylines more and bring them to a better resolution... but it's more than that. Although I had "completed" something on the order of five Jon chapters before deciding to divide the book, I was never really happy with them, and rereading them now has reinforced my feelings. They need to be much stronger, and I believe I see how to do that now. Sometimes putting things on the back burner can work wonders. That where the muse lives (or the moose, as Parris sometimes calls her).

Oh, and I've also come up with a new title for the seventh (and final, I hope, I hope, I hope) volume of the series -- A DREAM OF SPRING. I like the sound of that a lot better than A TIME FOR WOLVES, which has been my working title for book seven up to now, and I also think it gives a better sense of the book that I want to write. So -- A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, then THE WINDS OF WINTER, then A DREAM OF SPRING. Shouldn't take me long (hah).

Other than that, well... I'm glad THE SOPRANOS is back, I haven't made up my mind about BIG LOVE yet, and I miss ROME and wish the second season was starting next month. Saw V FOR VENDETTA last night with Parris and Melinda and Carl, and enjoyed it. Parris is still packing up our stuff so that our home renovations can begin. It has taken much longer than anticipated. We have WAY too much stuff. Comes of being packrats and living in the same house since 1983, I suppose.


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Jul. 20th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
Greetings from Sweden
I'd like to think of Sweden as part of the North, although you probably did not have us in mind when creating that part of the world.

Just wanted to say that you should not feel bad about not posting so often - when you do, your posts are longer than in any blog I have ever read. Most people post a line or two every day, and if one should spread out every line in your posts, they should be seen as more than frequent.

I love the title a Dream of spring. Living in cold and darkness for 7 months of the year I know the feeling, so to speak ;)

As to posting news about A Song of Ice and Fire on the Update page as well as here and on the news page, I believe that it is good for us readers to go and hunt for the information istead of being more or less spoonfed with it.

Keep up the good work.

All the best,


p.s. I though I was clever finding a post where no one had commented before, but then again there might be a reason for that which I have failed to see. In that case I apologise.
Jul. 23rd, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)
A Dream Of Spring
I'm crushed by the new title. A Time For Wolves gave me hope. I had a sense that the Starks would return in full strength. Spring is not a time for the Starks!
Aug. 16th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
i dont like all the secondary character viewpoints in a feast for crows, or some of their gay names (e.g. the soiled knight, wat did he wet his bed?) or how shortlived their chapters are.

i hope my critisism was constructive and you are forever my idol,

Timothy Weynerowski
Aug. 29th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
So...I've just happened upon this blog, which is why I'm replying to a very old entry (that and it does not have comments numbering in the hundreds like the more recent ones). It's late, I'm tired, and so I'll just say a few things. Mr. Martin, you rock. Simple as that. I discovered Ice & Fire just this summer (yes, I know, how did I NOT discover it earlier?) and was blown away. I never put those books down. If every page was laminated I probably would have taken the books into the shower. I do hope that came off as a compliment and not just someone who is being rather creepy...

Anyway. Awesome. Your characters are so amazingly three dimensional and deep that they feel more real then some of the people I know. I could rave about each of them but I wont just yet. I just want to say that you get the award for most unexpected favorite character with Jaime Lannister. Usually I will lock onto a character from the very begining and stick with them for the entire thing. But no, I hated Jaime in the first couple of books...and now he's my favorite character, hands down. I totally didn't see that one coming. Don't know exactly how honored you'll feel seeing as I just made up this award...but congradulations anyway!

And in response to Anonymous...I found myself skimming through some of the secondary character chapters, then hit myself and went back and read them fully because damn it, I KNOW you must have a good reason for putting them there and so I put my suspense and the ADD child in me on the backburner and read them. And was not disappointed.

Anyway, will be sure to read everything else you've cooked up.

Ta ta!
Oct. 7th, 2006 04:42 pm (UTC)
Finally, somebody else mentions Rome. Love that show.
Jun. 23rd, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
"A Song of Ice and Fire" series
I can't find a copy of "A Feast for Crows" anywhere in the Philippines, and I'm going crazy. I made reservations in different bookstores but they keep on telling me that no more stocks of the book was sent to them. God, I'm DESPERATE. "A Clash of Kings" was given to me as a Christmas gift. I fell terribly in love with the book (even if i can't relate often times since it's the SECOND book) so I bought the first and luckily at the bookstore, I saw a third sequel, the "A Storm of Swords". I keep on searching about AFFC, and I'm reading the series again and again. I feel really bad about Ned Stark being executed, but then I admired Mr. Martin for the plot (altough I felt really DEVASTATED about the Red Wedding. I hope the ending that i eagerly anticipate will somehow favour the Starks. Please). It's really realistic. I am truly a very huge fan of yours. I am also an aspiring writer, and you are my insparation. I won't lose hope in finding the "A Feast For Crows". Right now, I'm asking friends and relatives from different countries. I also hope that the fifth book will finish soon.
Jul. 1st, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
A Dream of Spring
I agree with you, this is MUCH better title!
A Time for Wolves would be a great name if the theme of the book wasn't the war against the Others. A Dream of Spring shows that Winter finally came just... how will you put all those years of winter into just one book?

Be it as it may, I wish you luck :)
Jul. 2nd, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
I know I'm a bit late , but I like the sound of 'A Time for Wolves' a LOT better! Maybe it's the message that it implies... heheh
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