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Make Mine Malta

I've left the winds and rain and mud of Belfast behind, and I'm now on sunny Malta in the middle of the Med. Sorta. Actually, yesterday I was on the streets of King's Landing watching Yoren school Arya in being a boy, and today I was way out east on the edge of the Dothraki sea, as Dany tended her stricken sun and stars.

I'm seeing some great stuff. Really truly. We have an AMAZING cast, and it's a privilege to see them in action.

Okay, okay, not everything is idyllic. There were torrential rains on Malta last week that washed away a whole Dothraki camp (missed that), and back in Belfast two of our actors have taken a dislike to each other and got in a fight that left one of them bloodied... but other than that...

More when I get home... if I can find the energy...


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Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
this is so fantastic to hear - truly can't wait for the show...!

hope that the actors who were fighting, were supposed to be fighting...?
Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
The HBO adaptation will certainly be great, according to what you wrote. Since finishing The Song of I&F I have been looking for a book which could meet the literaly level of The Song and I still haven't found anything. Reminds me the situation after reading Tolkien's novels. Somebody recommended The Pillars of the Earth to me, but it was terribly boring and the movie adaptation of The Pillars is a total washout. I think I need to get hold of HBO ...
Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Have you read "Name of the Wind"?
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Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
yes yes, all great... but ummm, this fan of pugilistic activities wants more juice on the bruises! Who fought who and who left with their tail between their legs!?!?

Obviously I know the chances of more on this subject are slim to none... but Im willing to toss the dice.

Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
What I wouldn't do to have been there with you today! It poured with rain all day in Dublin. We had a nice lunch in Gallagher's Boxty house, and some of us went on to visit archeological National Museum. Glad you having nice time, despite elements of jealousy rising at thoughts of getting to see Yoren and Arya together.

Nov. 2nd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I've always wanted to visit Malta - take pictures!! :)
Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
cool stuff
Sounds amazing. I can only imagine what it must be like to see your creation brought to life. Congratulations and can't wait to see the series next year!!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
"back in Belfast two of our actors have taken a dislike to each other and got in a fight that left one of them bloodied..." Hope everyone is okay, but I laughed when I read that, only because it seemed like two characters strait out of George's stories---random acts of violence and all that.
Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:10 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the two cast members who got into a fight were the animal actors (i.e. Direwolves)~ :)
Nov. 5th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
This is the answer.
Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:13 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Did they internalise their roles a bit too well? ;)
Nov. 2nd, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
World Fantasy Con was less badass without you.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm still considering re-reading the whole Ice & Fire series... but this being national novel writing month, I'd be crippled by my inability to stop reading.

50,000 words in one month must come first! Can't wait to see the show! AH!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
A fight? Was it between Gregor and the Dog? If so...then the cameras should have rolled!
Nov. 3rd, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
DVD extras
I hope the fist fight (between the actors, not to be confused with the fight at the fist of the First Men) is included in the extras when the DVDs finally roll around.

Alex Julian
Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
That post was like the end to all of your chapters in Storm of Swords! One thing you and HBO have in common: the ability to plunge us into a state of anticipation.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
What To Read After The Ice and the Fire
Read Steven Erikson's "THE MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN" series, which begins with GARDENS OF THE MOON. You're in luck, there's 8 or 9 books already published, and the series is about to end in a year or so...
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: What To Read After The Ice and the Fire
I've tried to start Gardens of the Moon twice and haven't yet reached the point where it grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. I've got so much stacked up right now but I'll probably get back to it eventually.

It probably has a lot to do with where I was as a "reader" when I tried to start it. I had been strictly an audiobook reader for several years when I first picked up Gardens of the Moon. I don't think I had the patience for it at the time. Now that I'm back to actually turning pages perhaps I'll feel differently about it.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:58 am (UTC)
When are we going to get a Wild Cards novel that deals with interstellar craziness again? I want to see a new invasion, or something...
Nov. 3rd, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)
I'm going to guess that the actors were... the dogs? It would be sad if the pups got hurt, but I feel like that would be more likely than say, Lena Headey and Rory McCann getting into a fist fight. ;)
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
We're so happy to have you with us
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
Hissy Children
The more I find out about actors the more I realise what hissy children they are. I hope you sent them both to bed without their supper!

"Please don't tell me how to do the line...it sickens me."
Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:44 am (UTC)
Chile miners
Speaking of mine, any comment on that whole 33 people down in a mine in chile thing?
Nov. 3rd, 2010 11:21 am (UTC)
Hopefully Mr. Stevens(Ser Gregor) was not one of the involved. I'd hate to try and break a fight he's involved in.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
I think that only two people fighting in a cast and crew of so many is not that bad, really. It's still a fairly low ratio of ass-kicking.

Your jet lag must be something to behold.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
Comparable Books
While I have yet to find anything quite up to GRRM's level, I can recommend several series and authors.

"The Name of the Wind" was great and the second book comes out in March. \

I personally love "The Wheel of Time" if you have not heard of it, but it is not for everyone, and it is 13, 700 page long, books with one more on the way.

Anything by Brandon Sanderson, "Mistborn" is a great start. He just started his own epic fantasy series with "The Way of Kings" also.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Malta is awesome. I was there a year ago and fell in love with the place. Fortunately it appears in a lot of movies and TV, so I get to see it that way, too.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
The rains last week washed away EVERYTHING. Some friends of mine are extras, they've been very excited by all the things they've seen.
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