At last, at long last…manuscript revisions are done and turned in to the publisher. Words cannot describe how relieved I feel. It has been three years of trying to turn my dissertation into a proper book; ten years since I started writing it; and many sleepless nights wondering whether anyone would ever read this thing which I’ve devoted a third of my life to.
Among the many things this means is that I can once again write for fun, the mere prospect of which has improved my mood immensely. I’m already working on the Politics of the Riverlands essay, which I think is going to be one of the best of the series, and Jon I, which is already up to 3700 words.
But in the mean time, I have to catch up on my Tumblrs. Buckle in, this is going to be a loooong one:
- Are the Manderlys richer than the Starks?
- How to incorporate the wildlings into the North.
- Gold mine yields in the Westerlands.
- Calculating how many knights each Kingdom has.
- Jedimaesteryoda Asks: Melisandre’s thoughts on the wildlings.
- Merchant/noble marriages.
- The annual income of smallfolk in comparison to the cost of horses.
- On Magisters:
- Medieval cattle-raising: milk or meat?
- Kingsguard celibacy.
- Fictional slave societies and “false enslavement.”
- Why cities in some places and not others?
- Regional export commodities.
- Can you spend dragons in the free cities?
- Dorne’s fifty thousand spears?
- Why the Ironborn don’t have cavalry.
- Bittersteel, Bloodraven, Conan the Cimmerian, and Elric of Melniboné.
- How cities recover from sackings.
- Who had the better claim in the Wars of the Roses? Not the Tudors.
- Jedimaesteryoda Asks: Bronn and the Stokeworths.
- Why Varys didn’t back Rhaegar.
- The Starks and the Royces:
- Jorah the “Andal”?