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The Only Living Boy in New York

... or Santa Fe, as the case may be.

Half the editors I know have spent the weekend at comicon in San Diego, hobnobbing with many writers I know, attending fabuloous parties, enjoying great meals, and drinking in bizarre but fascinating human tapestry that is SDCC.

Tomorrow, off in Belfast, the cameras begin to roll on the HBO series. Northern Ireland is way ahead of us, so it's tomorrow there already. Only a few hours now.

And here I sit at my computer, still shoveling Snow. And snow. The snow won't stop. The squids don't like it much.

sigh

I'm missing all the fun, just to make more fun for you guys.

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lordnedshead
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Frozen calimari on a stick? Yum!
bogwitch64
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
And oh, how we appreciate your sacrifice! :)
cailin_t
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
YAY I LIKE FUN!!! ;)
corvuskeeper
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
And it is much appreciated.
Moreover, it is the potential of greater things to come at future conventions, filming locations and, of course, readers' libraries. ;)
dybbuk67
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Thank you, George!
danithesquirrel
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
Just now that your effort and suffering is appreciated.
lossoth
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
bless you sir.
firerosearien
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Snow? You're kidding, right?

After backing with heat indexes entering uncharterd territories in New York (seriously, in place we've pushed 105-110), I would kill for some February snow...
mercury_glitch
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I think he means Snow of the Jon variety.
(no subject) - firerosearien - Jul. 26th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC) - Expand
sommac
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
Please - have fun. Whats another couple of days?
jott47
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
more fun
Bear with me here, there is a point to this post...
I just returned from a week's vacation at the beach. It was a much needed vacation; I'd become overworked, overstressed - close to a breaking point. The stress and misery was affecting how I treated my family, my work...the impact I was having on the world at large was becoming largely negative.

While on vacation I finished a novel for the first time in several years. It had a profound impact on me. Being part of that narrative, seeing the world through the characters eyes, expanding my horizons again...it gave me perspective on my own life. Let me re-cast my life as a narrative, rather than a miserable grind. Changed my world, and therefore the impact I have on the world at large.

The work you do, we enjoy the fruits of, no doubt. But it's more than that. Stories - especially the really, really good ones - change how we see our own narratives. How we see and relate to and understand the world. The grand battle of light versus dark, good versus evil, is played out in a billion small choices made by six billion people, every second of every day. The choices we make are driven largely by how we see and relate to the world around us and inside us, which is often strongly influenced by the narratives we partake in.

You're fighting the good fight, whether you know it or not - you and all the other storytellers, spinning light against the darkness, against the grind, against the meaningless and mundane. Thank You.
polyintrinsic
Jul. 26th, 2010 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: more fun
Authors are so garrulous sometimes.
Re: more fun - dougsbum - Jul. 26th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
cmpriest
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
I've been feeling terribly left out, myself.
(One day, I'll make it to SDCC. One day.)
wolfwidow
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
May the snow cover every last squid! Winterfell!
yagathai
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
The Only Living Boy in New York
I love that song. I love the whole damn album. When I was a kid my folks had the single, too. I think it was the B-side of Cecilia.
cedunkley
Jul. 26th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Re: The Only Living Boy in New York
Same here. Love that song and that whole album. I've got the original LP from my father in my collection. It's one of my earliest music memories.
tully01
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
We really really appreciate it, George.
alwaysoptimistc
Jul. 26th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
How about...
My condolences, but we do appreciate it (at least I do).

In the meantime, here's my suggestion:

Kill the Snow.
Then the Squids will throw a party, calamari for everyone!
Better yet, make it a wedding.
At the wedding, The Lady in Red will receive a mysterious psychic message from "R".
The force of that message will initiate a psychic blast that will incinerate everyone else there, making this into The Red Wedding II (one was good, two will be better! [you are working with Hollywood now, and I hear that they do appreciate sequels]).
The psychic message will let the Lady in Red know that the timeline has been altered by the death of the Snow, and she will have to enlist aid to right it.
After much searching, and on her deathbed, she will come across a young thief-type girl whose name is "Just So".
"Just So"s fans will rejoice and she can have many adventures (especially 'sewing' related ones), but they will all be only in her POV, so this should be much easier to write.
At the end of "Just so"s adventures, she will meet a silvery-haired Queen of the East (South East?) who will access to 2 special, um, assistants. (Three would be better, but I sadly believe that there would only be 2 at this point in the story). These assistants will somehow allow her to return the timeline to what it was before.

And voila! With this strategy you will be back to where you are now, but my idea will allow for an easy way to finish this book, and to set up the next one as mostly one POV focusing on a popular character. I hope that this helps (or at least provides a smile or two) :)
m3s0crazy
Jul. 26th, 2010 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: How about...
No wonder why some writers hate fan fiction. Dude no offense, but i'm sooooooooooo glad you are not writing/involved with this. Praise R'hllor :)
Re: How about... - barristans_sqir - Jul. 26th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: How about... - alwaysoptimistc - Jul. 27th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: How about... - 2manymembers - Jul. 28th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
upsilon_prime
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
We appreciate it! And Australia is just a month away.
misunderstruck
Jul. 26th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC)
Are you going to Australia?
barristans_sqir
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:09 am (UTC)
hopes
I hope that you still write the books for yourself too George. Seems like that would be hard after all the fans and all the flack given by them. Would you say that you do? Still Write Ice and fire for yourself that is?
joeymet
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:18 am (UTC)
We love you for it, GRRM!
neurona_muerta
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
Just go and have fun, we can wait a little more! :D
forbiddenkisss
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm missing all the fun, just to make more fun for you guys

And we can't tell you how much we love you for it.
bestofseven
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
We appreciate it!!! You don't want to be in San Diego anyway, it's a complete ZOO. It took me half an hour to maneuver out of downtown yesterday, and I'm not even attending the Comic Con this year. It's a mess.
muchamuse
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
I love you!
That is all : )
sephen
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Mr. Martin you are too judging of yourself! Personally I am thinking you should have gone to Comicon to unwind and help focus on projects. You should not have to work like normal person because what you do is different. It relies on creativity. A step back sometimes is needed to go forward! :)
binman68
Jul. 26th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Thank you George! :)
haeddre
Jul. 26th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Thank you. :)

And next year, you and the cast of the HBO series ought to put in an appearance at ComiCon. It's only good business. Work. No fun at all. That's why you'll go, to work. ;)
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