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A Few Odds, Some Ends

Nightmarish day yesterday. The computer virus that we've been battling for weeks... often hammering it down, but never entirely eradicating it... upsurged again, and totally messed my Windows machine, so Ty had to spend the whole day dealing with it, and I could never get on line to read my emails.

He was finally successful, so I'm back in business. In fact, the computer is running better than it has for weeks. Maybe Ty has finally slain the beast. But I won't celebrate too soon.

Of course, just one single day away from my email meant that I had more than a hundred letters in my inbox when I did get back on this morning. ONE DAY! Aieeee....

On other fronts, I see that Mo Ryan broke the Charles Dance casting while I was in computer hell. Yay, Mo. I'm very pleased by this one, and will post more about it later. Got a couple other castings I should talk about as well... but it has dawned on me that there's no way I can talk about them ALL. Not if I want to do anything else. There are just so many.

The first week of shooting in Belfast went well, I hear, although the weather screwed with them a bit and pretty much confined them to the Paint Hall. Wish I could have been there.

I missed the San Diego Comicon as well, as previously posted. But I did have a presence. IDW announced the DOORWAYS comic, as below... and Bantam Specta debuted the gorgeous new 2011 Ice & Fire calendar, with its stunning Ted Nasmith art.

The calendar is now officially on sale and available, at all good bookstores that sell calendars. Also on Amazon. And they are shipping now. People are already receiving their calendars. Yes, we thought we would try something new this time, like actually sending people the calendars that they order. I hope you like this innovation. (This is not an invitation to rehash the mess we had with the 2009 calendar. That horse is dead. We know, we know. Believe me, we know).

Oh, and I also wanted to mention LIGHTSPEED, a new on-line SF magazine edited by the talented John Joseph Adams. Their current issue reprints a story by some Martin guy from the dawn of time, called "... for a single yesterday." You can read it here:


The way LIGHTSPEED works, JJA informs me, "you can read all of our content for free, but it's serialized on the website throughout the month, one story and one article per week. If you want to read the week 4 story now--or if you just want it in convenient downloadable formats--you can just buy the ebook version."

So: electronic magazines. Wave of the future.

Finally, might mention that I finished a chapter of the DANCE today. I had one last chapter about this particular character -- I will call him Fred -- to finish, and then I am done with him for the book. Of course, in the writing, it turned into three chapters. So I finished a Fred chapter a week ago, and a Fred chapter an hour ago, and yet I STILL have one Fred chapter to finish. Sigh. The horizon recedes continuously before me.

Time to go eat supper. Bye.


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Jul. 31st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Oh my God.
George, I'm both ecstatic and writhing in anxiety for this book! Fred! That's priceless. Fred....I can only guess who Fred is....but keep writing, man!

Hahahaha- it's getting so hard to take! You told us like a year ago you thought you could finish by fall, then March, then June!

But with all the pain of waiting, it is awesome that you keep getting ideas to throw in. I would much, much, much rather you had that than you have you sitting there wondering that to write about.

Seriously, no disrespect meant in this post- you are the king, man. But we are dying for this book. Keep up the good work, GRRM.

Ok...off to watch Saw with the lady.
Jul. 31st, 2010 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: Oh my God.
Saw? Really? Go watch Se7en to see how it's done.

Anyway, that online magazine sounds like a pretty sound business model. The newspapers could learn a few things.
Jul. 31st, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh my God.
Meh. Seen Seven- that one's ok. Seen Saw, too. The lady had not. Next horrow flick for her is Fright Night.

George- how's Fred coming along today? Is it Fred Flyntstone?

I can only hope Fred is Tyrion and that that means we're getting that many more chapters for him.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Battling a computer virus for weeks? Man. You've got WAY more patience than I do. If something questionable and sneaky gets into my system and I can't get rid of it within a day, I just get cranky and reformat.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
Just ordered my calendar from Amazon. Can't wait for the next artbook too. :)
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Dance is GENIUS for this role. I was super impressed by his Vetinari earlier this year. I am stoked that he'll be Tywin.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
Wonderful! One "Fred" chapter closer to completion. I can't wait for the book. :D Thanks for all of your wonderful stories.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Ah, "...for a single yesterday" is one of my favourites of your early stories, Mr. Martin; I actually just recently passed it on to a young woman, along with Windhaven (I had an extra copy!); she's yet to visit Westeros, but I think it won't be long now.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
My only question is will we need a wagon to haul this book in? Not that I would complain, but preparation is necessary, if "Dance" comes in at say...1000 pages(Just kidding, George).
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
computer issues?
If you're losing this much time and having that much headache on computer issues, you're doing something wrong.

Step 1: Get off Windows XP (or Vista if that's what you're using).

Step 2: Install Windows 7, or to be even safer, try Linux Mint

Step 3: ?????

Step 4: profit
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I received my Calendar at the start of the week and am quite happy with it. Thank you very much!
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:24 am (UTC)
Charles Dance as Tywin?
Yeah, I can see that. He certainly has the cold eyes for it, as well as the presence. I wonder how he'll feel shaving his head?
Jul. 31st, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Well done on the virus slaying
Good to see things keeping busy, George - got my calendars last week and they look great. Wish it was 2011. A week until pre-season kick-off!
Jul. 31st, 2010 05:27 am (UTC)
Lightspeed sounds interesting, I will give it a look.

Thank you for giving Fred the attention that they deserve. The book will be done when it is done, and we will appreciate it all the more for the care and effort you put into it.
Jul. 31st, 2010 05:40 am (UTC)
Let's just hope that next Fred chapter doesn't split itself into three again!

I can't help but wonder just how close you are to that horizon.
Jul. 31st, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear you have a virus. I've been just about consumed by one, too. Hate to think what all I've lost.

Oh, please,please, Fred, let him go!
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
I was in a similar situation where I ran various anti-virus programs (Eset, Norton, and McAfee) with no success. Finally a co-worker clued me into Malwarebytes. They have a version that you can download and run for free, and I've never seen a virus it couldn't handle. It finds everything from suspicious cookies in your web browser's cache to malicious processes that are practically impossible to track by virtue of existing exclusively in memory. In the worst case Ty will have wasted 45 minutes or so downloading the product and running a full scan. The more likely scenario, I think, is that you finally get rid of the beast and eliminate the distraction.

Ty might even consider upgrading to the full-featured version that actually helps prevent infection, as opposed to cleaning up after the fact. It's my favorite anti-virus program to date because it's very conservative with computer resources unlike most modern resource-hungry anti-virus programs that behave as badly as viruses. The licensed version of Malwarebytes only requires a one-time fee, whereas most anti-virus programs use subscription based pricing models.

First you need to get rid of the virus, and I haven't seen Malwarebytes fail in the past year that I've had it. Their web site is at www.malwarebytes.org. I promise I don't work for them or know anyone who does :) In any case I hope you're able to keep your computer happy. The last thing you need right now is a distraction of this sort. Good luck!
Jul. 31st, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
Re: Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
I registered on livejournal to recommend Malwarebytes only to find that someone beat me to it. It really is a great tool though. Where other tools only partially remove viruses, trojans and worms, Malwarebytes is able to remove them completely and cleanly.

It doesn't just quarantine the malicious executable and forget about registry values and hidden processes like some other tools. It cleans your system completely.

If you're looking for another free alternativ to block malware, Microsoft Security Essentials is also quite good. It uses very few resources and so far has a good track record in detecting, blocking and removing threats.
Jul. 31st, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
I'd like to second trying malwarebytes. I currently work as an IT technician and while my company uses a symantec product on all of our PCs things still slip by. When they do I invariably use malwarebytes to track down the problem.

Jul. 31st, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
Seconded. Malwarebytes makes life better.
Jul. 31st, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
The virus ate Malwarebytes, which is still on my desktop, but no longer functions.

I have multiple lines of defense. Trend Micro and Spybot are still working. So, allegedly, is AOL SpyZapper, but that one has yet to ever find anything.

Malwarebytes was indeed a heavyweight, until this virus took it out.
Aug. 1st, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Re: Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
It really sounds like you need a complete hard drive wipe, and everything reinstalled. If your machine has been compromised that badly, even if it seems to be okay now, you're better off just starting from scratch.
Aug. 6th, 2010 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: Did Ty try Malwarebytes?
I use Kaspersky's and it seems to do a much better job than Norton 2010 or McAfee. You might try that one.
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
"...for a single yesterday"
I just made an account to tell you that the short story you linked to and wrote was absolutely brilliant. It really struck my emotional chords. Thank you.
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Good job killing the virus, and the calendar 2011 looks great. I'll check amazon right now.
Jul. 31st, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
I have a calendar
The calendar was my one and only purchase at the San Diego Comic-Con and I love it. I have been fortunate enough to run into Naismith a time or two and he is excellent so this is a great marriage of two artists.

Macs don't get bogged down with virus Mr. Martin. I recommend a lap top with a plug in keyboard and a massive monitor also plugged in. It makes life easier!
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
The horizon recedes continuously before me.

Me too. You know how there's always those two blank pages at the end of a word document? One day I'll fill them up.... ;)

Are the calendars available in the uk?

Aug. 1st, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
Great, thanks very much for the link! I will bagsie me one of those :)
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Is "Fred" somehow involved in the "Meereenese Knot"?
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
Winters is coming
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
I always really enjoyed Fred chapters. Not quite as much as the Barney chapters, but certainly more than the Wilma chapters.

It's always exciting to hear about chapters being finished, and I hope you're feeling some of that energy too. Hang in there!
Jul. 31st, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
Lots of exciting news but...
...the only thing I can think about is CALENDAR CALENDAR CALENDAR!

I've been in love with Ted Nasmith's illustrations ever since I saw them ages ago on his webpage, and the Eyrie is one of my favourites. To be honest, it's so gorgeous I'd still order it even at the risk of not getting it until next April.
Jul. 31st, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
I have always loved "...for a single yesterday".
Jul. 31st, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
The receding horizon...
Well, if I may, being able to see the horizon recede, even continuously, is eminently preferable to not being able to see the horizon at all.
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Way of the Dragon and the Cross
Loved reading a single yesterday! Quick question for George/Ty, I've been trying to get a friend a mind a copy of "The Way of the Dragon and the Cross". Besides buying a second copy of Dreamsongs or finding the original issue of Omni, is it available in any other format/publication? Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

PS-I'm quite jazzed for the release of Doorways, loved the pilot in Dreamsongs.
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
You rock
Thanks for the heads-up on the calendars. I want one for myself but will be getting one as a gift. But also, thank you SO much for the Lightspeed info. Maybe now that I am gainfully unemployed I'll submit some of my stories.
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
We, your devoted readers, will buy you a Mac if you promise to use it. You would have to go to great lengths to actually get a virus.

Jul. 31st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
And for the first time the calendar is available on Amazon in Germany. Couldn´t believe it, so I ordered one ........ and now I call myself owner of this work of art. And yes ..... I can use it as a calendar next year :o))
Jul. 31st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)

Good to hear that "Dance" is near completion. This is will make many fans ecstatic. I want to see want happens with Danys myself. And tyrion. That's driving me nuts!

As for compuer virii, I think the programmers who make them need the Ned Stark treatment...but that must be my Lannister side showing!!!
Jul. 31st, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
I call that the Novelist's Event Horizon, yeah. :) Generally I find myself with five chapters left to write in the book, and there continue to be five chapters to write until suddenly and unexpectedly I'm done. :)
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
computer viruses are bit**es...
my pc-addicted friend once told me that you can get a virus with a 100% probability visiting porn sites...come on george tell the truth:where did you get yours?eh eh, just kidding...It's great to hear the Dance goes on and on,can't wait to join in.For myself,I'm quite a clumsy dancer,but I'm taking lessons...Cheers George,greetings from Italy.
Aug. 2nd, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
Dude. You need to get rid of Windows and get Ubuntu. It's free, super easy to use, and SAFE. I was always getting viruses until my hubby (who is in IT) decided to put Ubuntu on. I love it (and I'm not techy at ALL. so you KNOW it's easy to use)

Whatever you do, hopefully you will escape the virus one way or another.
Aug. 8th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Lightspeed story ripped my heart out
Need to go hold my husband now
Aug. 14th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
...I want this...
Such a fan of ASOIAF...no other series has captivated me so.
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