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Telling yourself, AGOT

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Kingsguard in the concentration camps

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External Link TWOW inches closer, but not done yet. George R. R. Martin has offered another status report on The Winds of Winter. In short, TWOW is turning out to be a "big big book," but it isn't done yet. GRRM continues to make progress in fits and starts. In his own words:

No, sorry, still not done, but I do inch closer. It is a big big book. I try not to dwell on that too much. I write a chapter at a time, a page at a time, a sentence at a time, a word at a time. It is the only way. And sometimes I rewrite.

Of late I have been spending a lot of time with the Lannisters. Cersei and Tyrion in particular. I've also paid a visit to Dorne, and dropped in to Oldtown a time or three. In addition to turning out new chapters, I've been revising some old ones (some very old)... including, yes, some stuff I read at cons ages ago, or even posted online as samples. I tweak stuff constantly, and sometimes go beyond tweaking, moving things around, combining chapters, breaking chapters in two, reordering stuff.

None of this is even remotely new. It is how the first five books were written.

I was really on a roll back in June and July. Progress has continued since then, but more slowly... I suffered a gut punch in early August that really had me down for a time, and another, for different reasons, in early September. But I slogged on, and of late I am picking up steam again.

GRRM also briefly discusses his excitement for HBO's House of the Dragon, but opines that his other television and film projects are stuck in "development hell." You can read the whole Not a Blog entry here.


Facing our fears of the Other. Warning! This post may discuss events from beyond your current scope. If you're fully caught up, you can remove this spoiler warning from all similar blog entries, or view this post without bypassing the warnings of other entries.

The Mandalorian Season 2 Open Thread. The first season of The Mandalorian proved that it's still possible to go back to a galaxy far, far away, and somehow avoid polarizing the fanbase. Perhaps that's too low a bar for the first live-action Star Wars TV show, but as it turns out, Baby Yoda would have been enough to clear most thresholds for success, no matter how high. Plus it stars Oberyn Martell! (Some unsolicited advice for the show: please stop hiding your most charismatic actor behind a helmet.)

The second season of The Mandalorian debuts on Disney+ tomorrow, October 30. Feel free to let us know what you think of the new episodes, your hopes for the future, and whether or not we should be worried about another Star Wars Holiday Special.


Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies, George

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Confirming their suspicions

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External Link King Viserys I cast for HBO prequel. English actor Paddy Considine has been cast as King Viserys I Targaryen in House of the Dragon, the first casting announcement made for the Game of Thrones prequel. Considine has a long and accomplished resume, appearing in movies like Hot Fuzz (alongside several Game of Thrones alums), In America, and The Bourne Ultimatum, and received a Tony nomination just last year for his work on Broadway in The Ferryman. You may have recently seen Considine on HBO, as he was one of the leads in the Stephen King's The Outsider miniseries.

After Dark, What a Chore. Tower of the Hand "After Dark" invites you to mingle with other members and chat about all things off topic. Suppose you could forever remove one chore from your life, whether it be time-consuming, exhausting, or simply mundane. The chore would still be accomplished as it always has it been, except without any effort from you and without any consequence. What chore would you choose to banish from your life?

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