I have been thinking about what to ask, if and when I get to see him face to face. No, I'm not planning on ripping him a new one. George Martin is a damn fine writer and I can't control what he chooses to write about. But I can ask him why. I think I'll do that. Not trying for a 'gotcha' moment, I just want to know why he makes the choices he did in A Dance with Dragons. I wish I could do this over dinner but I'll settle for a public forum.
I am going to be starting something new on the front page. I'll be creating a tab to track how many words I've written each day and for what story. If I edited, I'll toss that in as well but I want to track how much I'm writing. There's a theory that what you track, you pay attention to. That efficiency inevitably follows once you start recording what you do. We'll see. One of the purposes of this blog was accountability. I want to write professionally and not just for the amusement of myself and my friends. So putting all this out on the internet for literally dozens of people to read seemed like the best way.
Finally, I got a very nice rejection letter from Asimov's for "Wake Up Call". The editor didn't get the point of the story but she said she had fun reading it and is looking forward to what I send her next. Just two sentences but it means a heck of a lot more than just a form letter. So you know what that means, time to whip up another story in that vein with a clearer plot and send it out.