Hey folks, now that I’ve finished A Game of Thrones, I thought I’d fill you all in on what my upcoming plans are:
- “Hollow Crowns and Deadly Thrones,” Part V – after a nine-month wait, I’m finally working on Hollow Crowns again. The final segment in this series – focusing on Joffrey “Baratheon” and Aegon VI “Targaryen”(?) – is my current project and should be finished within the week. I know some of you have been waiting for this a long time, and I think you’ll like it.
- “March of Madness” on Esquire.com – if you enjoyed my more topical piece on Obama and Game of Thrones over on Esquire.com, you might like this forthcoming series where I set up an NCAA-style tournament of the major players in Game of Thrones and their historical counterparts and set them against each other.
- Clash of Kings Chapter-by-Chapter Analysis, Starting Late March – don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my bread-and-butter. I have all of A Clash of Kings already highlighted, and I’m starting to write up outlines for the epic Prologue and the first few chapters as I prepare for this most political volume of ASOIAF.
- Race for the Iron Throne E-Book, Launching April 6th – as I announced earlier, I’m publishing an e-book that collects all of my essays on A Game of Thrones into a handy package that’ll be launching on Amazon.com’s Kindle marketplace on the 6th. This is a huge deal for this blog; if the e-book sales go well, it’ll help in terms of freeing up time for me to do nothing but write about this stuff, and hopefully pave the way for future e-books on the rest of the books.
- Game of Thrones Season 4, Premiering April 6th – as everyone is no doubt aware, we’re heading into a new season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, which may well be the high point of the series. SEK and I will absolutely be podcasting about the 4th Season, and this time in a much more punctual fashion – so once you’ve finished watching the show, drop by the blog that same evening for our reaction.
- Season 1 Podcasting, Catching Up Between Now and April 6th – while it might not look like it at the moment, SEK and I have actually finished our podcasts for all of Season 1, which should be airing in quick succession in the next three weeks.
- Race for the Iron Throne AMA on r/asoiaf Week of April 13th – also previewed earlier, I’ll be doing an “Ask Me Anything Thread” on r/asoiaf where I’ll be fielding questions for a whole day. I hope you drop by to join the discussion!
- “Essos: A Laboratory of States,” Starting Late April – next up is a brand-new multi-part essay series on Tower of the Hand, taking a comparative look at the economics, society, and above all the politics of each of the various city-states of Essos, how they developed out of the wreckage of the Valyrian Freehold and why a political vacuum has persisted for 400 years, why there is such diversity between the anti-slavery cosmopolitan metropolis of Braavos and the slave cities of Old Ghis, and Daenerys’ role as a revolutionary leader challenging the economic underpinnings of much of the continent.
- Tower of the Hand: A Hymn of Spring, Launching June 19th – Tower of the Hand is *the* site for Game of Thrones essays, and its first edited volume of essays, “A Flight of Sorrows,” contains some must-have essays from authors like Stefan Sasse, Amin and Mimi from Podcast of Ice and Fire, and many more. This summer, the second volume, “A Hymn of Spring,” will be launching, including no less than two essays from yours truly.
- Season 2 Podcasting, Starting Late June – once Season 4 of Game of Thrones is in the can, SEK and I will be returning to Season 2, the difficult middle child of the show, and try to figure out what worked and what didn’t.
As you can see, there’s a lot of exciting stuff coming over the next quarter. Come along for the ride…