Brendan Moody

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  1. The books coming out in 2017

    Hachette's website shows eight more parts (which would be about right for the third volume) releasing two a month from June to September. Of course, there have been other release dates for them that have slid by. But that schedule would end just in time for the paperbacks to begin, so they may be rushing them out finally. They should all be written by then for a December print release, anyway.
  2. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    I think fans tend to have some interesting ideas about what the editor/writer relationship is typically or optimally like. Quite aside from the fact that Groell is obviously using exaggerated PR-speak in that interview, enjoying the work one edits is not really a professional failing. I think ADWD is a flawed end product and that Groell gave GRRM some bad advice that made the book worse, but not because she's fundamentally wrong for the job.
  3. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Yeah, you can't make tax cuts permanent under reconciliation unless you can claim they won't add to the deficit. That's why the Bush tax cuts were set to expire after ten years and Obama was able to let some of them die (after a two-year extension). The AHCA reductions in government spending were part of the shell game to make new cuts seem revenue-neutral. So that's an add-on benefit to this, although they'll probably still find some way to fudge the numbers.
  4. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Yeah, he plainly didn't care about the policy of it-- he wanted to do tax reform first, which would be the one that would affect him personally, and had to have it explained to him that starting with health care would make his tax cuts much easier to pass. But the optics of winning and losing, on his first major legislation? I'm sure he cares about that. He'll find some psychological mechanism to make it not his fault, of course. Blaming the Democrats seems to be working for now, but eventually he'll remember that (in his business-driven conception of how politics works) he should have had enough votes to win with his own employees, the Republicans.
  5. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    It's really striking how many Republicans are candidly offering up variations on "We don't know how to govern." I mean, it's obviously true, but that they're saying it is, well, probably more proof that it's true.
  6. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    7 is pretty much CNN's minimum for big stories. They had at least that many during each of the presidential debates. Nice to see Paul Ryan being honest for once.
  7. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Trump said in the phone call where he announced it was over that he doesn't blame Ryan. But I doubt he'll stick to that message. (Let's see what he tweets tomorrow morning.) He was getting ready to blame Ryan on election night when he still thought he'd lose, and the White House has been laying the groundwork to blame him for the bill's defeat since last night. Or longer, if you believe Bannon was behind Breitbart's attacks on the bill. I wouldn't be surprised if the goal was to put a less equivocal Trump supporter in as speaker. But the irony there is that this thing they'd try to use as a pretext also demonstrates that Trump doesn't have the leverage with House Republicans he'd need to achieve that.
  8. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    The numbers for the Freedom Caucus, whose opposition to the bill is what gave moderates the cover to oppose it and started the cascade that seems to have killed, it are even worse: I believe only three or four of 30-odd members were in Congress pre-2006. Their experience is in grandstanding obstructionism, not compromise-based governance. Ryan and Trump gave them big concessions on EHB; instead of agreeing they demanded the rest of what they wanted.
  9. US Politics: Kill (the) Bill

    Administration sources are telling reporters they will indeed try to force the vote. I doubt Ryan has the guts to defy Trump, but we'll see.
  10. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    Yeah, I think he demands a vote too, to build his enemies list if nothing else. Ryan might suggest withdrawing the bill altogether, so they can move on to something else for the moment without the humiliation of a defeat, but I don't think that's Trump's style.
  11. US Politics: Ask Fox News

    The latest news from multiple political reporters is that Paul Ryan is going to the White House in person to tell Trump that they absolutely do not have the votes to pass it and ask what Trump wants to do. It's possible that they're actually losing rather than gaining votes at this point, as moderates realize the confirmed nays will block it and they can use the stripping of EHBs as political cover for their own nay votes. A Freedom Caucus member just suggested on Twitter that there may be more unannounced moderate nays than Freedom Caucus nays. I really didn't think this was going to get blocked, but maybe, just maybe...
  12. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    He mentioned in one of the blog posts linked upthread that he had a complete draft of the entire trilogy in 2000, so he's certainly been working on the project as a whole for a very long time.
  13. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch And for contrast, a later post that covers similar ground: In hindsight the 2008 version seems carefully worded to imply that books two and three were publishable but unpolished, while the 2012 version admits there were whole chapters that were just a vague five word outline.
  14. Rothfuss XII: The Doors of Twitch

    I don't think there was an intent to lie; I think he was telling the truth when he said afterward that he hadn't looked at his manuscripts for the later books in a long time and had forgotten how rough they were. But it was so stupid to go around shouting "It's done! It's done! One a year! One a year!" without, um, checking those manuscripts first. To say nothing of the stupidity of assuming that even a genuinely complete manuscript wouldn't need alterations that would throw off the schedule.