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Jetlagged in Scotland

We're here in Edinburgh, safe and sound but jetlagged. A grueling trip, three flights, Albuquerque to Houston, Houston to Newark, Newark to Edinburgh. I can't sleep on airplanes, so as usual I arrived exhausted, and collapsed as soon as we hit the hotel. Sleep until midnight, then woke, ate a room service meal, and will soon go back to sleep in hopes to waking tomorrow and getting into sync with the time here.

Glad to see so much enthusiasm about the cast.

Gnight again.


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Oct. 24th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Sleep well!
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Have a great trip!
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
Ooof, long flight(s). I once flew L.A. to Venice, via Amsterdam for a friend's wedding...not fun, not fun at all. At least I had "Clash of Kings" to read on the way and back (it was the first time I read it, actually).
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
thanks for dropping a note and letting us know you are safe and sound :)
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:34 am (UTC)
Dream well.
Oct. 24th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
Now if they only can get Peter O'Toole to play Lord Walder Frey, heh!

If your busy schedule permits, visit the British Museum, that is if you haven't before. Or as I like to call it the big building of British war trophies. You won't regret it. As an American archaeologist I found it very humbling.

Oct. 24th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Now if they only can get Peter O'Toole to play Lord Walder Frey, heh!

What a fantastic idea!
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
The British Museum is 400 miles away, in another country ...
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the geography lesson. Except I was referring to when Mr. Martin will be in London on Nov. 11th
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
George'll be in London on the 11th, though. He's doing a lot of travelling in the U.K. this next couple of weeks. :)
Oct. 25th, 2009 03:21 am (UTC)
I still say John Hurt.
Oct. 27th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
but John Hurt is the voice of the Dragon in Merlin...
Oct. 26th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
The man is in Scotland, not England. :)

I do strongly urge a visit to... oh, there are too many to choose from but if I could choose only one it would be St. Giles' Cathedral where the great Montrose's mutilated body was interred and he has a magnificent monument.
Oct. 24th, 2009 05:14 am (UTC)
Scotland is so beautiful at this time of year. Give it my love.
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
Enthusiasm about the cast? Done. Enjoy your time elsewhere, sir. No pressure, but we love your characters more than movie characters. Been with ya since the late 80s with Beauty an th' B. I was 5 at the time... but I was there.
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Oooh, I HATE that Newark-Edinburgh flight. Been there, done that. Hope you feel well and rested soon and have fun!
Oct. 24th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Well, I've been reading your not-a-blog for longer than I can remember, and decided upon reading this post to finally sign up to livejournal so I could reply to it:
Thanks George.
Thanks for your life consuming literature...My baby steps into fantasy I owe to Lloyd Alexander, but my passion and addiction to the genre, I blame utterly on opening A Game of Thrones at 15.
Now I'd rather refresh the comments page over on Winter-is-Coming to discuss name pronunciations with my fellow addicts than touch my grad school research.

Enjoy the set, watching your mind come to life in front of you, and please pass on to those actors that we are over the wall excited to see them bring A Song of Ice and Fire to HBO's unsuspecting viewers.

ps. Will you give Richard Madden my number? ;)
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
I can't sleep on flights either. So imagine my flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco to Seoul, South Korea. 17 hours of flying, plus probably about 7 hours of waiting other travel time before I could sleep. 24 hours of being awake! ahhh!!! I feel your pain. And the jet lag just makes it weird for a long time too. Everyone is enthusiastic about the cast and the pilot. How couldn't we be?!
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:07 am (UTC)
Stay warm and dry!
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:25 am (UTC)
Welcome to Europe
It's a real pity I cannot come there and you've not planned to come back here in Lucca. Anyway, enjoy and drink a pint for your Italian fans.
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:46 am (UTC)
Good to hear you're over here safely. Enjoy the stay.
Oct. 24th, 2009 09:05 am (UTC)
It's drizzly down in London today but we are forecast some sun in the next few days, hopefully you'll see some of that in Scotland/Ireland too.
Oct. 24th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
I have never been jetlagged and always put it down to not sleeping on planes and going to bed at a normal time for the timezone regardless of how much I have been awake.
Oct. 24th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
You're in Edinburgh?

I've been away from home for a bit, but I'll be back there this evening. Prod me via email if you want a local guide.

-- Charlie Stross
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
Well, not exactly in Edinburgh, more like at the airport, and only to sleep.

Just now, we're up near Falkirk in a much nicer hotel.
Oct. 24th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Wonder if the battlefield at Falkirk can still be easily seen, or if it's all been developed.
Oct. 25th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the Falkirk Wheel yet?
Oct. 24th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Yes, take care of yourself so you stay healthy! I hope you adjust quickly to the time change. Always seems to go well one way but not the other for me. Hope everything goes smoothly! Best of luck!!!!
Oct. 24th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Relax and enjoy your stay George!
Oct. 24th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, Edinburgh is a most wondrous city! I hope you have good fun and that the filming will go well!
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
any castings to be realized in Scotland__
What is your Edinbugrh Schedule? Are there gonna be any castings here for non speaking roles or extras?? I thought everything was gonna be round Ireland and unfortunately i cannot go there for the auditions right now, but hey, i live in Edinburgh! . God damn it !! :P i know you hear it a lot mr. Martin, but thanks a lot for your wonderfull books
Oct. 26th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: any castings to be realized in Scotland__
All roles are cast.
Oct. 26th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: any castings to be realized in Scotland__
pitty. still we all wish the series gets green light after the pilot :) there will be more chances for westerosi wannabes ñ_ñ good luck mr.Martin! and "Salud y Victoria" (that´s my family motto)
Oct. 24th, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous city. I'm so jealous! I loved Edinburgh when I was there.
Oct. 24th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
Have tons of fun, Mr. Martin! Edinbra is quite the city.
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
feel your pain my friend. Flew from Melbourne Australia to Belfast. 23hrs in a plane in all. still here now, sleep until monday....

just saw that the some filming is being done in Edingburgh... damn it! i'm in the wrong city... any idea how long the filming is likely to take? trying to work out if it's worth going there and checking it all out...
Oct. 24th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
scotland... oh scotland...
Last august I had to go to Scotland... but I can't (for influence problems).. Next year, I know that I will have to visit more locations in Scotland!!
Oct. 24th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Welcome! Sorry about all the rain here!
Oct. 24th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
feeling jet-lagged as well
well, just tired. stayed up thru most of last night reading the conclusion to Feast for Crows. Now have re-read the four books twice since FfC came out in hardcover. Hoping I don't have time to read thru the four again before the 5th book shows up.....but again, waiting patiently. I did get a chuckle out of reading GRRM's optimistic "Meanwhile, Back on the Wall" comments at the end of book 4... :-)
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
I'm excited since today is the first day of filming for GoT. I look forward to the many nights of hanging out waiting for the show to start, last time I did that was with BSG and to think GoT is going to be about 4 times as good :). Keep them squared away with your IP George! I'm looking forward to this series more then anything that I can remember.
Oct. 25th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Sorry about the weather. It's pretty grim today.
Oct. 25th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Welcome. Hope it doesn't rain too much. I've never actually been on a plane before so I can't possibly know what it's like to be jetlagged but I can imagine it'd be tough - especially on a long flight.

I think that Scotland is one of the perfect locations for Winterfell and some of the castles up North might be ideal for the Eyrie. If you are near Falkirk, make sure to see Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. I see both almost everyday on my way to university.

Oct. 25th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Dont forget to visit Doune castle, and get the Monty Python tour.
Oct. 25th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
You're HERE? In MY CITY and I only read this today?
No one cleared this with me... ;)

Are you doing any events? I mean you know while you're in the Capital city of Scotland, you want to maybe sign a few books for the loyal fanbase before you bugger off to Ireland?
Oct. 26th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Great cast - have fun in Dublin
As a brit I recognise lots of the cast and you've got some really good actors in on this - can't wait to see it. Having watched lots of the Stargate Atlantis episodes Jason Momoa is a brilliant choice for Khal Drogo.

I'm sad I can't make it to either the signings in Dublin or London but being based up in the north its too expensive as I'm not working right now - thinking about planning to go the con in Ireland in 2010

I can see why they chose to film in Ireland - hope you have a relaxing time while you're there
Oct. 26th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
If you have a layover in Houston on your way back could you think about doing a meet and greet at one of the local bookstores? All of your appearances seem to be overseas or at Convention well away from Texas. I know you didn't like the last President we sent, but hey we love to read too! Besides we have great sports stadiums and you owe Houston Fans one for that humiliating loss the Texans took in Week 1.
Oct. 26th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
University of Edingurgh
Founded in 1582-a chief center of intellectual the Age Of Enlightenment-among many famous luminaries including Charles darwin and Winston Churchill.

Cumon-you have to admit it's totally cool.
Oct. 26th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
That's entertainment
It's good to see you safe and well. Flying is a pain (I can never sleep on planes).
Whilst you are in Edinburgh a trip to the castle and up Arthur's Seat I think will provide a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Mind you, Edinburgh is such a beautiful city walking around and looking at the Georgian architecture is enough to satisfy I've found.
Hope the trip is a good one! Keep up the excellent work. Looking forward to the series!
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
With all those connections, sounds like he flew Continental.
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