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Welcome to the next level of the Tower

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7/23/2014 1:36:47 PM ET

In case you haven't noticed, we've done some sprucing up around the Tower of the Hand these past few months in an attempt to make your time here as pleasurable - and time-sucking! - as possible.

Of course, we won't blame you if you've failed to take note - it's not like we've brushed up the site's design or altered its basic structure (though these are certainly on our [more long-term] list of items to take care of). The furious bit of spring cleaning we did is actually organizational in nature rather than visual, revolving around the flow of content and the bullpen of the staff essayists.

What exactly does that entail? First and foremost, we've now set up our quintessential essays to release on the most consistent basis we've ever managed across our nine years of existence. A new article will be made available at the very beginning of each month (typically around the first) and towards the middle (around the 15th) - meaning you can expect one new piece of insightful analysis into George R.R. Martin's wonderfully dense world once every two weeks. Then, of course, on the last day of the month, you'll still be able to enjoy our ever-more-contentious solar roundtables.

In order to accommodate our new, more rigorous schedule, we've expanded our stable of in-house writers, bringing on five new individuals with varying levels of nerd credentials but an uniformly keen understanding of what makes the Song of Ice and Fire mythos tick. You may have already read one or more of their articles, but we'd like to formally introduce them here now in grand fashion: Remy Verhoeve, Jim McGeehin, Daniel Hemsath, Duncan Hubber, and Chris Kesner. When combined with the grizzled site veterans - Stefan Sasse, Miles Schneiderman, and myself - that makes for a full house of eight crazy and wild guys.

Without exaggeration - albeit with just a tinge of jealousy - I can honestly say that some of the best essays we've ever published here at the Tower have come from the very first efforts of these new recruits. Beyond forcing me to up my own analytical game, I'm genuinely excited to see what they have to offer us next.

There are certainly more changes coming, including a slightly expanded literary focus, over the course of the next several months, but it's best to take everything one step at a time. We've already been operating on the new essay schedule since April, with the resurrected solars having started back up in January. You can expect to see our next major step be taken in October - and we can guarantee it'll be a surprising one (though also a pleasant one, which automatically makes it the antithesis of most unforeseen developments in ASOIAF).

In the meantime, please take a moment to welcome the new initiates aboard and get settled in for the long haul. Even though we're now a multi-dimensional presence, what with our ebook releases and all, our primary focus is still on providing exhaustive, authoritative, and superlative content here on the main site, completely for free and, now, completely on schedule.

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