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RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Well, with the big Westerlands essay done, the next writing project is Jaime II of ASOS. That’s going to be a while coming, so in the mean-time, let’s see what we have on the Tumblrs:

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: The Westerlands, Part III

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At long, long last, the final part of Politics of the Westerlands!

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RTFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup!

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Hello folks! Unfortunately, due to a health setback, writing on Westerlands Part III (currently up to 7590 words) and Jaime II stalled out. But now that I’m feeling up to doing a bit of writing, that should be solved in good order. In the mean time, I’ve got some excellent Tumblr stuff to tide you over:

And as always, Race for the Iron Throne Volume II is up on Amazon. Please buy it and/or review it!

RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Happy holidays everyone! I’m running a bit behind on work due to FedEx delays, but I’ve finished grading so I’m full steam ahead on Westerlands Part III (currently up to 2700 words) and Jaime II (1 page handwritten). So in the mean-time, I have a few bits and pieces I’ve written since my enforced silence was over.

And as always, Race for the Iron Throne Volume II is up on Amazon. Please buy it and/or review it!

Race for the Iron Throne Volume 2 is Here!

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Apologies for my recent silence – I took a plane to California and my laptop didn’t make it and I’ve spent the last six days trapped in a Kafkaesque situation where FedEx’s delivery times slipping and inflexible IT systems meant that I flew from San Francisco to Santa Barbara and couldn’t re-route the package so had to resend it from SF to SB – but now that I have my laptop back I can once again communicate!

And the first thing that I have to communicate is that, after a long and arduous journey, Race for the Iron Throne: Volume 2 is done! Kickstarter backers should have already received their copies (let Marc know if you haven’t), but for anyone who’s looking for a belated holiday present or wasn’t able to contribute to the Kickstarter, the e-book will be submitted to Amazon tonight and should be available for purchase shortly.

EDIT: It’s now available on Amazon! So if you didn’t get a copy before, you can now. And either way, if you could leave a review, that would be greatly appreciated.

RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Hey folks! Just to let you know that, while work on Politics of the Westerlands and Jaime II continues, updates might be a bit slower for the next few weeks because A. final papers have arrived and need to be graded and B. I’m going on vacation for a couple weeks, and while writing is inherently enjoyable to me, I will have social obligations to family and friends so my time will be a bit more limited.

In the meantime, what do we have on the Tumblrs?

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: The Westerlands, Part II

credit to J.E Fullerton/Ser Other-in-Law

So in an unprecedented development, I’ve had to split one of these essays into three parts, because this one was getting ridiculously long before I even got to Tywin, and I’m going to need some serious space to talk about the Rains of Castamere.

So enjoy!

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RFTIT Tumblr Weekly Roundup

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Hey folks! Work on Politics of the Westerlands Part II is continuing (currently up to 6800 words!) and should be done by Monday. In the meantime, what do we have on the Tumblrs?

Politics of the Seven Kingdoms: The Westerlands, Part I

credit to J.E Fullerton/Ser Other-in-Law

credit to J.E Fullerton/Ser Other-in-Law

Introduction:

If Part IV of this series was about trying to figure out why the Riverlands, with all its natural advantages, nonetheless became a failed state, and thus come to a better understanding of the dynamics of successful state-building, this essay (and Part VII on the Reach) will be an exploration of what we can learn about the pre-Aegon balance of power in the Seven Kingdoms through the lens of the Westerlands.

Because next to only the Reach, the Westerlands had all of the starting advantages (from a Civilization-style perspective) one would think would be necessary to build a continental hegemon: a legendary abundance of natural resources, significant geostrategic defenses, political unity and able governance.

And yet, the Westerlands never achieved even the partial empires that their peers in the Great Game – the Stormlands, the Reach, and even the Iron Islands – did. Why is this?

(Note: quotes in bold font are from the extended Westerlands section that was read at ConCarolina and temporarily put up on GRRM’s blog. Quotes in regular text are from published texts.)
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