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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.


Feb. 27th, 2011 03:10 pm (UTC)

Oh, and parenthetically, George: do you have an adequate data-backup solution for that, er, time-honored computing platform? Something better than, say, spitting out a floppy disk at end-of-day?

One wouldn't wish to follow in the footsteps of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who lost his entire score to the Phantom sequel (necessitating square-one restart) when THE CAT WALKED OVER HIS RECORDING CONSOLE.

-- Sven
Feb. 27th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
IIRC, George has said he has floppy back-ups and also regularly prints out hard copies, a lot of which have already been shipped to the publisher (I've heard that Bantam already has done some work on prepping the - obviously still incomplete - MS for publication).

There was also the incident when the old computer nearly suffered a major failure and an expert had to be called in to save the machine (AFFC is dedicated to that guy, I believe), though the work and manuscript wouldn't have been lost.

Really harsh story: Steven Erikson was halfway through writing his then-second MALAZAN novel, MEMORIES OF ICE, when a catastrophic computer failure destroyed the entire MS. Erikson was so distraught he started again from scratch with a new novel, DEADHOUSE GATES, which he wrote in its entirety before returning to MEMORIES later on. That's why the MALAZAN books have that alternating storyline/continent structure which people seem to admire as a grand artistic statement when it was actually the by-product of mechanical failure :-)


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