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Guarded Optimism

I almost hate to say anything here, for fear of jinxing it... but for what it's worth, the last six weeks or so have been the most productive period I've had on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS in... well... a year at least, maybe several. In the last three days I've completed three new chapters. Not from scratch, mind you, these were all chapters that had been partially written, and in some cases rewritten, for months if not years. But they're finally done, and I've just reread them, and I'm almost convinced that they're Not Crap.

We'll see how I feel tomorrow.

Anyway, I know I don't talk about DANCE frequently here, and that's not going to change. Sorry, but I'm never going to be one of these writers who blogs daily about how many words they produced today. I don't like to talk about the good days for fear of jinxing myself (all writers are superstitious at heart, just like baseball players), and I don't like to talk about the bad days... well, just because. Writing is like sausage making in my view; you'll all be happier in the end if you just eat the final product without knowing what's gone into it.

But I am making a small exception now because... well, I'm feeling rather jazzed right now, and for the first time in a very long while, I think I can see a glimmering that might just be a light at the end of the tunnel.

Now if I can only slash through the Meereenese knot that I've been worrying at since 2005, I may actually start to get excited.


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
I like sausages.....glad its flowing for you, can't imagine the pressure. Loving your work!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Great news
Hi George, I just make a live journal account specially so I could say congratulations!

It's really nice for us fans to hear that you are making progress (and seem to be enjoying it too!)

Best of luck finishing the book, I hope you take a long and well deserved holiday when it's all over ;-)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
I love that feeling -- the renewal after a particularly hard slog. Here's to many more days of this! :)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Caloo Callay!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:50 am (UTC)
Hmm. I'll have to go find an old Boy Scout Handbook and figure out how to untie a Meereenese knot. ;)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
A sword might work. :)
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Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Take your time and do it your way, it'll be so worth it either way!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
Somehow I find the sausage comparision very amusing :D
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
I liked the simile with the sausage, I think I agree. Congratulations!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
great news!
Finish it now or finish later, I'll still be reading it but this is great news!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
thanks for the update
good for you!
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
Wooo! Awesome! Hope you stay on a roll :D

(and I think you talk about Dance at just the right frequency)
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)
My Wife
Mazal tov. My wife will be thrilled to hear this.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Well first and foremost: SQUEEE!
Also, George, if you're enjoying writing it I'll enjoy reading it. Anxious as I am to read DWD, good things come to those who wait :).
Here's hoping your next month is as fruitful as your last.
Jun. 23rd, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Great to hear it. I know firsthand how good it feels to finally get past a tricky block and start creating again!

I know it's been said before, but please just ignore the nay-sayers and work at your own pace. We'll wait for you... we know you're giving us the best you've got!
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    Still working on that. When we have a final, I will share it.
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    All the Wild Cards books under Tor have had absolutely stellar covers. I'd frame them and hang them on my wall if I could.
  • 4 Mar 2018, 03:28
    Are all these examples digital artwork? It doesn't look like traditional oil on canvas. I miss the fantasy/sci-fi covers of the '70s and '80s. Even the paperbacks had amazing covers.
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    Whatever anyone can get their hands on is, I suspect, the right answer.

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    Any chance you could tell us who’s doing the cover art for Fire and Blood? And maybe when we can expect a glimpse of it. Thank you!
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