Wednesday, May 13, 2009

George R.R. Martin is Not Your Bitch

Neil Gaiman posted a clear-headed and lengthy response to a reader's question about George R.R. Martin's next book in A Song of Ice and Fire. Neil might be a little biased since, you know, is in the same line of work as GRRM. Either way, it is an interesting piece. I'm sure this will ressurrect some of the just-gone dormant posts and discussions about writers and their delays.

People are not machines. Writers and artists aren't machines.

You're complaining about George doing other things than writing the books you want to read as if your buying the first book in the series was a contract with him: that you would pay over your ten dollars, and George for his part would spend every waking hour until the series was done, writing the rest of the books for you.

In other author-delay news, Patrick Rothfuss completed (the first draft) of A Wise Man's Fear, the second book in the series which began with The Name of the Wind. I love the dry tone he uses:
Lastly, for those of you that care about this sort of thing, I got the first draft of book two finished Manuscript printed and mailed to my editor two hours before I got on my plane.

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