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My Second Life

I can barely keep up with my first life, if truth be told... but all the same, I'll be having a second life come Thursday.

Yes, I'm making a virtual appearance in Bantam's virtual bookstore on Second Life. For those of you who don't know it, Second Life is... well, sort of like World of Warcraft without the axes, swords, and monsters. Our world, kinda sorta, virtually. Anyway, I'll be there this Thursday evening, in avatar form, doing a reading from A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and doing a Q&A afterwards. Proceedings will start at 9:00pm eastern and run about an hour. This will be a first for me, so it will be fun to see how it goes. Ah, 'tis a brave new world, surely.

If you'd like to be part of the festivities, get thee to www.secondlife.com. You can sign up there, download the software, and design your own avatar. (I've never done a reading with monsters in the audience before, at least not the sort you could tell my looking at 'em).

The virtual bookstore can only hold about sixty avatars, but the overflow will be able to see and hear the reading from satellite sites, and send questions via IM.

I've never done this before either, so that's about all I can tell you about how things will work... but if you live out in the bookdocks where I'm never likely to visit on a book tour, this virtual appearance could be the next best thing. See you there!


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May. 29th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
hahahaha the world is insane

Maybe some people will burn virtual books >-)
May. 29th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
oh wow! this sounds like major fun... and major stress, too. =P

I hope everything goes well and that you'll enjoy yourself there!
happy living!
May. 29th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
I trust you've been warned about the flying virtual, uh, body parts that sometimes are unleashed upon such occasions?
May. 30th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
ha. one of our in-world stunts crashed the servers, and half the avs came back naked, wearing odd hats. LOL (I was spared that indignity, but I got stuck in the crotch of my editor-in-chief's avatar. And lo, a new term was born: boss-crotching.)
May. 29th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Such appendages as you've never seen, sir. Or so I'm told. Good luck, though! Hope it goes off with out much disruption.
May. 29th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
I've known about this for a while, and I've been looking forward to it. I didn't realize you'd be reading from Dance, though! This should be quite a treat, especially since I do in fact live off in the middle of nowhere, where you're unlikely to visit.

Anyway, SL does have some minor issues that can bog down a live event like this, but am hoping it'll go smoothly! Now I just need to be sure to get in early to get a seat.
May. 30th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
woo hoo, i'm in second life, in fact it's my secret addiction. I'll be there!
May. 30th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
World of Warcraft? I'm curious and I know you won't respond to this, but do you play?

Come close to WV someday. =)
May. 30th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Can hear the time for writing sucking away into a great abyss. lmao
May. 30th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
Re: whoa
Yea. I forgot. George here has a real life. Hehe.
But that would explain why Dance isn't done yet. lmao!
May. 30th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: whoa
He's far too busy playing his Human Pally, he's been stuck in Outlands for months! :)

What server is everyone on?
May. 30th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
May. 30th, 2007 04:03 pm (UTC)
Re: whoa
Moonrunner :D
May. 31st, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Re: whoa
May. 30th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)


Have to check timezone to know what time that is going to be here.
May. 30th, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)
Speaking of boondocks, (not really, but an effective segway all the same) you should come to Ann Arbor again! I missed you then, but allegedly you recognized a picture of me dressed up as Jon Snow.

A virtual reading though... You should hold a virtual reading/re-enactment in World of Warcraft, because seeing a 'A Song of Ice and Fire' battle re-enacted would be pretty awesome.
May. 30th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
By the way, if while you're there the virtual Bantam's sound system starts playing "The Rains of Catamere"... GET OUT.
May. 30th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Good luck with the reading (and dealing with your avatar), George. Make sure you can IM with an organizer in-world for the inevitable server dump (they can teleport you back instead of you mistakenly flying off to Fursuit Isle). I'll give it a go to join -- got work obligations and I'm unsure how late that will run. In any case, have fun!! :)
May. 30th, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
you know... i've realised when you come to canada you rarely go to montreal..

you'd love it here... and there is a large english speaking crowd despite it being a french province...
May. 30th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Just plain awesome.
May. 30th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
BLAST! The names Ilyn, and Podrick are already taken!
May. 30th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Just went to the virtual bookstore. It says you will be reading from Dreamsongs, not ADWD.

This had better not be some mummer's farce!
May. 30th, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
I'm too middle class to understand this technical mumbo-jumbo.
Second Life scares and confuses me almost as much as tax returns.
May. 30th, 2007 09:38 am (UTC)
By the way, if while you're there the virtual Bantam's sound system starts playing "The Rains of Catamere"... GET OUT.

Aahahaha! I actually just roared with laughter reading that!

Does anyone know if there will be a recording? It's a good time for we Australians, but I have to work! Damn!

May. 30th, 2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Appearing in Second Life to read from a book written in Wordstar?

Consider my mind boggled :)
May. 30th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, excellent, especially for those of us who don't have a lot of chances to see you at an appearance like this!
May. 30th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
please,read only the APPENDIX from the book.because i cant be there at the time.
and i hope robert baratheon,eddard stark,lord tywin and maybe king aerys are living too.
maybe only for SL.
May. 30th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds entirely too much like the metaverse in Snow Crash, which someone mentioned to me was the basis for Second Life. Don't know if that is true or not thought.
May. 30th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's a heck of a lot like the metaverse, although there are probably more furries in SL than Stephenson planned for.

Nice avatar, by the way.
May. 30th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

I love Firefly.
May. 30th, 2007 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hopefully it will be a fun and painless journey. If you have time, let us know how it goes!
May. 30th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Curses! I think such an event could be the only thing that could drag me back to SL... Good thing it runs on Macs as well.
May. 30th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
This will probably be the only thing that can get me back on Second Life.

Sigh. I keep trying to get out and it keeps dragging me back in.
May. 30th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Got a landmark to the book launch area please? Is this event listed under the search engine in-world? Thanks in advance and hope to see you there.
May. 30th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
That sounds just too awesome.

Having had the pleasure of hearing you on the Feast of Crows tour, I know that will be a good time. :)

May. 30th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
I now greatly worry their bookstore will be blown out of the water with avatars . . . but hopefully see you there!
May. 31st, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
Hello, my comment has nothin to do with fiction movies but rather just a revelation of the way i feel after reading one of the chapters of the third volume of "A Song of Ice and Fire". I know i know, am still in third volume but i was late in acknowledging the talent of GRRM. I must say that am very very depressed. :( after reading the sad chapter in the third volume as u all well know, the incident with the Frey, am not gonna reveal more but DAMN GRRM why did you have to take that decision. You totally took my illusion of coming back home eveyrday from work to read for a couple of hours. Heck, everybody at work knows what am goin through, they laugh at me. I´ve been down the whole day...... Why did you do that????? :( waaaaa. WANT THEM BACK...
May. 31st, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
please try other authors they write love stories,but if u like the way of GRRM than wait
to Georgia R.R.Martina.
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Jun. 1st, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Don do this to me :( am already feeling depressed and all, just please say that am not gonna be more depressed than i am, that at least something good will come out from all of this... please have mercy on me :(
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Jun. 1st, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
you´re mean to me :( .... ok ok i will finish first "A storm of Swords" and then read "Feast for Crows" and we´ll see, this might as well finish me up.... Mother!! i can´t keep up with the intrigue.... it´s drivin me crazy...
Jun. 2nd, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
sorry after all.i can only recommmend you,dont make you great hopes and dreams of things that is not writting from you.your dreams and hopes get broken abruptly.
i feel you are like Sansa Stark,only stories about white horsed knights in your head.and
i am sure like Joffrey.
Re: DEPRESSED... - olga_stark - Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 31st, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
Getting there
Hey. Anyone who is a pro at this game, know how to get to the bantam location?

May. 31st, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Getting there
Hmm nevermind found. Use the search option at the bottom to find bantam
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Getting there
Well, that was fun until I got booted for "getting in the way of the camera"...
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
this is so cool! It's probably the only book reading I'll ever hear unless you decide to come to Boston. :X me and my friends are making second life accounts just to hear! You should do a world of warcraft one next! kidding. I'm sure you're much too busy for that life sucking game.
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Unless I decide to come to Boston?

I've been coming to Boston every year for the past six or seven years. Check my Appearances page. Boskone has been one of my favorite cons... at least until they changed hotels.
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Boston?
Have you ever thought of paying your fans in Spain a visit :D......
Please consider this and i will be the happiest fan ever hehe, though i would have to comment a couple of things about details from "A song of Ice and Fire". You keep shocking me with new incidents and making me more depresed. Take Care O Great GRRM.... hehe
Jun. 8th, 2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Boston?
whoa really? Sorry I'm new to all this con stuff! I'll be checking your appearences page regularly from now on :) Let's make an evil plot to force them to give back the good hotels!
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