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So here's the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word processing software (very old, but unsurpassed). I have my website, which someone else runs for me, and I have this LJ account, the blog that I vainly called my Not A Blog in hopes that might prevent me from blogging.

But that's it.

I am not on Facebook.

I am not on Twitter.

I will not be on the next new thing to come along, the one that makes Facebook and Twitter as obsolete as GEnie and CompuServe and The Source, those halcyon communities of yore.

Now some of you may think you've seen my page on Facebook. Others may swear they've read my tweets. Wrong and wrong. 'twas not me. Friends of mine who do these things inform me that there are several Facebook pages with my name on 'em. Some seem to be the work of well intentioned fans, and do nothing but copy my posts from here. Others are the work of trolls, established for purposes of abuse, since Ty keeps a lid of that kind of crap on LJ. A few are rank imposture, I hear, featuring nasty comments by assholes pretending to be me. The same sort of stuff is going on with Twitter, I'm told.

I have neither the time, the energy, or the inclination to get on any of these social media myself. There's WAY too much on my plate, and keeping up with the Not A Blog and my website are taxing enough. So here's what I've done. I've given my friend Elio... better known to the denizens of Westeros as Ran... permission to syndicate my posts and comments on both Facebook and Twitter.

Here's the URLs:



These Westeros sites will post my own stuff, yes... but also a lot of other material about the novels and TV shows. "Our social media sites are, we think, a pretty good place to keep on top of the latest news related to you and your projects," Elio writes. Just so.

And these are the ONLY social media feeds I've authorized. If you want to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, accept no substitutes.

(Well, in English. Let me modify that statement. I have given some of my foreign fan sites permission to translate my posts into other languages, so if you are reading this in Klingon or Dothraki, you're just fine).

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming, and me to Skull Island, where Kong is staggering a little.


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Feb. 25th, 2011 07:17 am (UTC)
Livejournal is far superior to all other social networking outlets anyway.
Feb. 25th, 2011 07:51 am (UTC)
I guess your blog is enough source of information for most people that likes your work. (I read it while having breakfast.)

I'm a dinosaur too. Many of my friends or people I like are facebook addicts, but I can't get used to it. Maybe I like my privacy too much.

Feb. 25th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for the heads up, George. I appreciate it and I've chosen to keep up with both APPROVED social media sources.
Feb. 25th, 2011 08:06 am (UTC)
Now there's a solution I haven't seen before.
Anyway, I don't blame you for not wanting to use the amount of time some of us use on social media. After all, you have lots and lots to do. :)
Feb. 25th, 2011 09:34 am (UTC)
You know, I have to say. I really enjoy reading your posts as it is, but I don't know if my brain could really handle how much more awesome they would be if they were in Dothraki.
Feb. 25th, 2011 11:15 am (UTC)
Someone is still using DOS? Cool. :)
Can we haz pictures of this ancient word processing unit (preferably with some interesting content in it *winks*).

And no worries about not invading each and every new social media platform - I'm more than happy to read your Not A Blog :)

Good luck on Skull Island!
Feb. 25th, 2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
Call in the biplanes!
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
No, no, remember, it was Beauty killed the beast -- call in Brienne!
(no subject) - werthead - Feb. 25th, 2011 07:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
I Love Youse Guys - parrismcb - Feb. 26th, 2011 01:07 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Tanto Ten - Feb. 26th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 25th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
Staggering? I like the sounds of that. I think we are were a little sad seeing Kong fall on the big screen, but I would be overjoyed to see this monkey go down.
Feb. 25th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
we all need reminding sometimes that tools are just tools, whatever their shine
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:08 pm (UTC)
GRRM - Floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
so if you are reading this in Klingon...

Tempting, George, so very tempting....
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
the only thing cooler than translating
George's blogs or stories into Klingon would be if there were Irish Gaelic editions as well.
Re: the only thing cooler than translating - klingonguy - Feb. 27th, 2011 11:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
I've visited the facebook page and wondered if it was authentic or not. Also, this is my first comment so I wanted to say keep up the good work. Looking forward to the next installment. I live in Newfoundland, Canada and right now we've got about 100 feet of snow. Only thing we are missing is the Wall.
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Cool on WordStar 4.0. I still use Word '97 'cause even though I got the updates, I don't like 'em. Keep it simple, I say.

Best with Kong. No mercy.
Jason Kenney
Feb. 27th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
Wordstar Does it have M-x-butterfly?
C'mon. Its Vi and TeX is the way.

(Seriosuly I write most of my stuff in vi, and have a tex file that puts it all together, and handles all the formatting for me.)

So its ironic that I am younger than you, but use software older than your Dos box with wordstar.

(vi - 1976, upgraded to vim in 1991). (TeX 1978) (UNIX 1969, I use a variant of BSD so it's more like 1994. But sh hasn't changed much since 1977).

And you should get your friend to crosspost to USENET.

(Yes I'm being humorous but I'm also serious, If I could get your blog news in a terminal rather than having to run a windowed program... that would make me happy.)
Ignacio Llerena
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:39 pm (UTC)
Is he? Is he? Really? I know what the word means, and still, I went ahead and looked it up in a dictionary (well, actually, I googled it) just to be sure.

Those are great great news Ser. Don't give that monkey a breather and he will soon sucumb under your relentless pen!

Go George, go!!
Feb. 25th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Staggering
he could just be a drunk giant monkey... dont get excited prematurely
Feb. 25th, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC)
I second that about WordStar, I used to use that back in the early 80's on my Microbee, I used to edit the config files of the BBS I used to run on the MicroBee (called Eric btw) using WordStar.

I have spent all my life trying to find a WP that is as good as WS, a couple came close on the Amiga, but nothing as good has been found for windows.
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Wait, you're not on Four-Square? '->
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:35 pm (UTC)
Kong is staggering a little!!!
« ... Kong is staggering a little. »

Woopie doo!!!

(Even the slightest hint of some kind of progress makes my day :¬)
Feb. 25th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Kong is staggering a little!!!
I agree, I just love getting updates like this on the progress of finishing off that dreaded beast. thanks for giving us this "progress report" so we know where you stand!!
Good luck, good Ser, in your fight against the ape - keep on plugging away every day like you do, and eventually you will slay this giant.
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to mention that I've found the best way to keep up with your posts is to use the RSS feed provided directly from Not a Blog via the automatic feed that gets generated by Live Journal. This way I view your updates, in your own words, right when you post.

As you've mentioned sometimes the tried and true methods are actually better then jumping on the latest technology trends.

To subscribe, you can supply the following link in your favorite RSS reader (like Google Reader) -
Feb. 25th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Dothraki: any chance someone will produce a book on Dothraki, along the lines of The Klingon Dictionary?
Feb. 25th, 2011 05:34 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it would be like in the Inuit language where they have a dozen or so words for one thing, in this case snow.

I could imagine there being at least that many for the word horse, or even rape, battle, and grass.
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
authors on the 'net
I take note that Robin Hobb has lately stated she will no longer maintain more than a rare/occasional blog post. Blogs and websites are insidious, gobbling ever increasing amounts of time authors are better put to producing paying copy...

Oh, and John Varley's problems with Google at HIS site - Oy vey!
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
WordStar ROCKS!
I now have even more respect for you, George! I never understood the appeal of WordPerfect back in the day. It SUCKED compared to WordStar, but somehow captured the business market. Of course WordPerfect was such a pain in the ass to learn, that people were afraid to try something else because they didn't want to have to relearn all of those commands. It took forever to pry WP out of their panic strengthened grip.
That having been said, George, get yourself an upgrade to some modern equipment. It's really not that hard to change.
Feb. 25th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
No worries, Live Journal is far superior to what kids use nowadays. ^-^
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Twitter/facebook pages are good news Mr. Martin! Is very nice of Ran using her time in helping ICE AND FIRE SONGS updates.

Is very interesting mood too, "quixotic." Reminds me of time I come to United States to see ballet of DON QUIXOTE. Great Russian master Mikhail Baryshnikov performs play and it was very exciting! Sister Mila came with me to see ballet and I think she falls in love with Mikhail! After play she runs up to him and tries to grab onto piece of costume. I think she has something to drink beforehand, yes? Ha ha ha!

She was also enjoying capitalist luxuries of the New York while we were visiting. She buys many pairs of shoe, and I ask her why she needs more than one pair! Great craftsmanship of Petersburg shoes should be enough! :)

I am sorry for long story. I remember hearing you are of New York and it brings back memory of trip. I am wondering if you, too, have ever seen the great master Baryshnikov at work?

On a similar notion, perhaps WILD CARDS comes to ballet sometime? Would it not be grand and funny? Would be interesting to be seeing Dr. Tachyon and The Great and Powerful Turtle on stage!
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Jet Boy: The Musical?
JB could have a farewell Soliloquy that could rival Billy's in Carnival.

couldn't be any worse than the 'jukebox' shows that seem to have a large niche in live theatre in NYC and London. (Those are cities I have any knowledge of live theatre, let alone musicals).

Hey kids! Anybody got an old barn and a beat-up piano?
(no subject) - tikehau - Feb. 26th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Give 'im one for me!
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Wait... you're saying that CompuServe is gone?
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