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No Foolin'

Another tradition bites the dust. (In fandom, anything you do twice is a tradition).

I know, I know, it's April 1st. For the past two years I've made a bogus April Fool's post on this day, but not this year. The day came rushing up on me too fast, I fear. I had a vague notion of announcing that HBO had recast the part of Tyrion, replacing Peter Dinklage with Gary Coleman, but somehow I don't think that would have fooled anyone. Then I thought maybe I could post that William Shatner had been added to the cast as Barristan Selmy... but that would not have flown either.

So I'll have to take a pass. Next year, maybe.


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Apr. 1st, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Of course, this being April Fool's day, this means that these things have actually happened, doesn't it?
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Being as it's April Fool's, this can all be part of some elaborate ploy on your part to get us to let our guard down, so that you spring your prank upon us later in the day. So be warned that if I see any other posts from you today, I shall remain wary. ;)
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Great Minds thing alike. I do worry about what grrm is going to spring on us later!
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Don't feel disappointed! Look at it as an opportunity to spend a whole year planning the best thing ever for next time. :D
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
i think an excellent april fools would have been if you announced dance with dragons was finished!! but god help you when you admitted it was a joke!! :)
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Or better yet: I can imagine George claiming ongoing unhappiness with the direction Dance is taking, and announcing he decided to scrap most of it and start over.

Then again, given how, erm, intense the discussion tends to become whenever the word 'dance' comes up in George's posts already, maybe we're better off with the Gary Coleman idea, right.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
This is what I was thinking. I think we're all smart enough to catch on, but news might get out erroneously to other sources if he posted something here and people might end up being disappointed.

I, for one, would have laughed. I know if I were in his shoes I would have announced finishing ADWD, but I'm an utter bastard.
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
oooh then I could have a Tshirt made that said, "Tyrion is what Willis was talking about."
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you for the biggest laugh I've had all day.

(can I preemptively order ten?)
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh oh oh...I know I know I know!
Mr. Shatner as Biter!
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I think Alan Moore's 1980's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen prank would have one-upped anything you came up with, so no harm, no foul.
Apr. 1st, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Me too, man.
Last year I had a great prank that worked well. (Told a bunch of friends I was being transferred to London.) This year, I didn't even think about it. It made me sad! It must be an off year for pranking.
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Shatner, have you seen GQ's amazing interview/profile of Shatner?

A true original, and an American national treasure (no, Canada, you cannot have him back), much as the article indicates.
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
But Bill Shatner would be a much better Ser Jorah Mormont.
I can just... see him... giving his well-meaning advice *and*... somewhat feeble amorous advances *to*... Princess... Daenerys.
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Kvothe is currently beating Jaime on Suvudu and I'm still hoping that you'll have a chance to write a story of their cage match. It would certainly make me forget all about the lack of an April Fool's joke. (I admit voting for Kvothe and Jaime primarily in hopes I'd get to read dueling battle accounts)
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Same Here
I also meant to set the clocks back or something but never got around to it.

I've shared A Game of Thrones with my cousin, grandfather, and a few friends. I really love the series and thanks for your work.
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
This year is going by way too fast... I forgot all about April Fools, as a matter of fact I forgot about March itself...
GRRM... I am new to the post. About to finish AFFC and lovin' it.
Patiently awaiting the next, and enjoying your blog!!!!!!
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Here's one
You can post that Jaime is winning his cage match...

We need more votes!
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
Off Topic I know, but Patrick Rothfuss wrote a story about the fight against Jaime and now it seems that Kvothe is winning.
We cant let that happen. You need to write something for Suvudu George.

Hurry or it will be the end of the Valonquar....
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
All is well!
You gave me a chuckle even without playing a prank. William Shatner would make a great Selmy! Hah! Great image that. Thanks much!
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
You should have said that the roles of Sansa and Dany were now going to be aged and played by Britney Spears and Mandy Moore helping both musicians grow as actresses and that the role of Arya would be played by Miley Cyris because the pop star/nickid was trying to break her sweet and innocent typecast :)
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Whatchu talkin bout, Jaime?!
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:14 pm (UTC)
See, what you need to do is do whatever prank a week early, or more, so people aren't expecting it.
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, practical jokes take a long time to come to fruition.
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Gary Coleman as Tyrion? Too predictable. Gary Coleman as Varys, on the other hand...
Apr. 1st, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Suvudu Cage Match Semifinals
Hey George.
Jaime is losing right now, and the vote ends tomorrow. He might benefit from another livejournal link post by you

Apr. 1st, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Help the Kingslayer Slay!

Totally off-topic, as this is no joke: Jaime needs your help! (And someone needs to tell Rothfuss no Westerosi would never bark the expletive, "Good lord!")

Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
I think most of us would have believed Ned Stark had gone to Gilbert Gottfried...
Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Of course, that would be cool if Shatner took the role.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
You know, as a person who often falls for these (considering I don't keep track of this day), I'm rather thankful. :) Of course, I'm not letting my guard down. ;)
Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
suvudu cage match
People need start voting tonight because Jaime is loosing to Kvothe, need about 700 votes to swing the vote back to Jaime Lannister.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
On an unrelated note, it would be awesome to see a post about the recently settled Google Book Settlement. That is if you have any strong feelings on it. I'm kind of ambivalent, personally.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
Re: Inquiry
Me too. Afraid I have no insights to offer.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: Inquiry
Oh. Is that because you haven't heard much about it, or you just don't want to get into it? I think it's one of those things any writer, unpublished or ridiculously famous, should form an opinion on, even if it bores the dickens out of 'em.

Just in case, here are some articles (granted, they are slanted):

1. Ursula Le Guin petitions against Google Settlement

2. Justice says Google Book Settlement isn't good enough

I would really enjoy hearing what you think about it, should you decide to comment. Okay, I'll shut up now since this is very OT.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: Inquiry
You might find this of interest. See comments as well.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Inquiry
Thanks, hippoiathanatoi. Is there a place where we can see all the signatures?
Apr. 3rd, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Re: Inquiry
Not the signatures themselves, but the article I linked should link on to a PDF where you can find the names of all the signatories to Le Guin's petition.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Gary Coleman as Tyrion
Haha..I think that's hilarious!! I can totally picture Gary Coleman as Tyrion. "Whatchu talkin bout, Jaime?"
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Gary Coleman as Tyrion
Now if he had told us Todd Bridges was going to be playing the Kingslayer as well?
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
I still laughed at the Gary Coleman as Tyrian joke, and mildly chuckled at the thought of Shatner as Barristan Selmy. Thanks George!
And thanks again for the Jaime vs Cthlulu write-up! Great stuff! I'll be getting to "Warriors" shortly (and preordering your newest anthology).
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Shatner...as....Barriston the bold...would...have been...a...wonderful...choice.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Steven Seagal as Robb Stark?
Apr. 2nd, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
April Fool's
You should have had one of your helpers post that you were hospitalized after an unsold stack of last year's calendars fell on you. It would have played nicely on people's fear you will die before finishing the series and advances the misfortunes surrounding the calendars.

I am not sure anyone would have believed it, but I don't think anyone would have been confident enough to entirely disbelieve it either.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:00 am (UTC)
If there's one thing I've learned from the internet it's that no matter how OBVIOUS you make the joke on April 1st, there will always be people that believe it.
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
April Fools
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)
It's so weird -- so many people seem to have slacked off this April Fools'. Is everyone just tired?

Not that I mind. I hate April Fools' day; I'm way too gullible. But still! Tradition! It's worrisome! (Ok, not really. :-D)
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