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Moving On

The Scottish filming is done, and cast and crew are packing up today for the big move to Belfast and its Paint Hall, where the shoot will resume. So far, so good.

Parris and I are moving on as well. She'll be headed over to Ireland tomorrow to spend Samhaim with friends, while I linger here in Scotland a few more days to visit with Lisa Tuttle. We converge again in Belfast in November. Today we swung by the HarperCollins warehouse outside Glasgow, where I signed five hundred hardcovers of SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH. Ask for one at your favorite UK bookstore, they will be going all over the country.

Things are shaping up for the signing at Eason's in Belfast. Last night after the filming wrapped we stayed up late drinking with the cast, and I think we convinced a number of them to join us at Eason's. Should be a hoot and a half, assuming they don't come to their senses in the cold grey light of morning. I told them my readers were essentially harmless. Hah.

The cast is sensational, by the way.


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Oct. 28th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Funny you mention Lisa Tuttle as I just finished reading my copy of Windhaven finally. A very enjoyable read.
Oct. 28th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
"So far, so good."

Those words are music to our ears. Have a good time in Scotland and Ireland. :)
Oct. 28th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Damn, I just left Scotland yesterday to return to Canada. Wish I'd known you were shooting in the area, I would have tried to hunt you down to buy you a dram :D
Oct. 28th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I told them my readers were essentially harmless. Hah.
Should you begin this relationship by lying to them like that? ;)
Oct. 28th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
ALL relationships should start with the lie that we are mostly harmless :) Even Ford Prefect knew that!
Oct. 28th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
500 copies, God help you! I'm looking forward to getting one personalised in Dublin :-)
Oct. 28th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely gutted that I can't make the Belfast meet - any other the day of the year and I'd be there, but the fact is its my son Bran's 9th nameday on the 3rd November - the irony is killing me George!!
Oct. 28th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Ooh which actors did you convince to come to the signing?
Oct. 28th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I'm looking so forward to seeing it, that my wife and I may actually get cable!
Oct. 28th, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
Personally I am hoping that by the time the pilot is done, HBO will have an online option :)
Oct. 28th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
We're harmless alright. Kind and loving and a bit hysterical. Give them all our warmest hugs etc, I'm dying to get a glimpse of what this looks like!
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
I so wanted to fly over for this!
Was sad when the Pizza crawl in New Haven was cancelled a few years ago.
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
"The Scottish filming is done". I love reading this. To hear that shots have been completed just cements the fact that I'm not dreaming and the project is actually going to go through. So very excited and happy for you and everyone involved.
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:42 am (UTC)
i know, i can't wait to see some production stills
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Wish that I lived in the UK!
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I managed to find a second hand copy of Dreamsongs... So happy!

Also, rather excited as to how well it's all going! :D
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Things are shaping up for the signing at Eason's in Belfast. Last night after the filming wrapped we stayed up late drinking with the cast, and I think we convinced a number of them to join us at Eason's. Should be a hoot and a half, assuming they don't come to their senses in the cold grey light of morning. I told them my readers were essentially harmless. Hah.

McHughs too? Or is that our job to persuade them that we're actually semi-normal?

We'll be good, I promise!!

SO looking forward to it!
Oct. 28th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Can't wait to join you all Eason's Belfast Tuesday 3rd Nov.
Oct. 28th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
I can only imagine what it must feel like to watch your words and characters literally come alive.
Oct. 28th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
So what kind of drinks do fantasy writers share with hollywood actors, anyway?
Oct. 28th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
*Squee* Im so excited about meeting you all on Tuesday! Will be on my v best behaviour and will try not to frighten the delicate cast members.After a few drinks however..well..ummm!!
Oct. 28th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Moving On
Very cool.
We are looking forward to the signing & the moot. Enjoy Samhaim with the Scots - I'm sure you will have a blast!!
Oct. 28th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Very glad to hear. I would love to see some production photos...... Dreaming?
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
Oct. 28th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
If I didn't have college on Tuesday I would soo be in Belfast:(
Oct. 28th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
Samhain? In Ireland? the jealousy is radiating off of me ~~envy~~
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
Ah, I wish I were somewhere near the shooting.
If you ever come to the Netherlands for signing or stuff, please be sure to post it on your blog.

"The cast is sensational by the way"

I gladly believe that!
Oct. 29th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
So excited about the filming!
Oct. 29th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
Will you be dropping by Aberdeen at any point? ;)
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you found out if some people of the cast did already read the books before having been cast for the pilot. Are they reading them now?
Oct. 29th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Any chance of a behind the scene look? Nothing too big but i'm sure we would all love to see something like this... even if it isn't until after the pilot airs.
Oct. 29th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
So, is there an exact release date for when this pilot is going to air? or is that a TBA thing? Me and my boyfriend want to set aside time specifically for when it airs as soon as possible so nothing can suddenly come up and ruin plans.

Glad to hear you guys are doing well and having so much fun! Please, when this launches into a real live TV series(cause let's face it, there's no way HBO can turn this down with how wonderful it's shaping up to be), perhaps come to do signings in San Fransisco? :D
Oct. 30th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I may be wrong
I may be wrong but I don't think pilots air to the public, I think they are for the execs who will decide if it becomes a series, if they like it they give it the go-ahead , then we get to see the series when it comes out (of course I may be wrong)
Oct. 29th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I am SO stoked! Wow! Everything must be flowing well: cast, crew, etc must work well together- good sign.

A little bit closer to being able to finally see it on HBO, hopefully- they'll pick it up if they know what's good for 'em ;)

Have a Happy Samhain and Halloween!
Oct. 30th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
oh please tell parris happy samhain for me - i'll be celebrating at the spiral dance in san francisco but... in ireland!!! fantastic...

so glad to hear the filming is going so well. thanks for all the updates george :)
Oct. 30th, 2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hope someone has told Easons that George is coming. I was in the shop today and the only mention of any book signings is for Michael (Monty Python) Palin on the 6th. Unfortunately I am on course on Tuesday and will unable to come myself.
Oct. 30th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
beginning middle and end
you promised!
Oct. 30th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
... Maybe this has been addressed before and I simply missed it, but given your experience with Beauty and the Beast, was it ever a thought that you would direct the Game of Thrones series yourself?
Nov. 1st, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: George...
I don't direct. Even if I did, I have books to write.
Oct. 31st, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
A question about a question
One of the things that drew me into A Song of Ice and Fire was that the seasons occur over many years. I figured that it not only would be explained, but be even more integral to the plot than it already is. I am just wondering if it will ever be explained or if it will just be left at "Since the Doom came to Valyria."
Oct. 31st, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)

I haven't posted on your blog before, but I've been a great fan of yours for years. I won't be able to make the signing, but hopefully I'll be able to come to the moot. Even if I can't, I'm very excited about seeing ASoIaF on screen =D The cast sound great so far!

Anyway, I was just wondering if minors (meaning a few days shy of 16) are welcome at the moot? McHugh's seems to be okay for it, which gives me hope, but if not, well... I guess I'll get over it eventually!

If so, I look forwards to maybe seeing you & the cast there.

Best wishes & hoping you enjoy your stay in sunny ol' NI
Nov. 1st, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Everyone is welcome as far as I'm concerned, but I don't know the pub's policies, or the applicable laws.
Nov. 4th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Gosh, I'm soooo excited for this pilot. I can't even explain!
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