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Parris Is Coming...

... to London.

She left a few moments ago for the airport, to spend a week in Old Blighty visiting with friends, spoiling the godchildren, and seeing the Pre-Rafaelite exhibition at the Tate, which is supposed to be amazing.

I'm staying here, to hold down the fort and write. And write, and write, and edit, and write some more. Too much damn work to do, and I am way behind on everything.

But I'm bummed. Especially about missing that Tate exhibition, which closes in a week or so. All work and no play...

((I really do need to learn to say no. I swear, I'm trying. No, NO, NOOOOOOOOO)).

Miss the Phipps already. Take good care of her over there, you Barmy Brits.

I shall labor on, writing fake history, feeding the many monkeys on my back.


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Jan. 8th, 2013 04:28 am (UTC)
You're awesome
You are truly awesome and an inspiration to millions. Write as much as you like, or don't. You will forever be remembered as one of my favorite authors. :)
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:32 am (UTC)
In the long run, more breaks lead to less burnout and increased overall productivity. So, really, it's your duty as a writer to take lots of nice, long, relaxing breaks. And don't let anyone tell you different!
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:34 am (UTC)
But your fake history is so, so appealing to the fans!

Recent convert to the ASoIaF series here and the novels have consumed my life. So good to see a direct connection with you here, George!

Thank you for all you do for us, and sorry about the NFL season..
Arkan Arivan
Jan. 8th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
Stand strong!
Be vigilant, but don't overwork.

Have some ale and watch a game or two of football when you need to relax
Jan. 8th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you for doing what you do, sir!

Love the books and found it funny you're also a Pre-Raphaelite nerd, been a fan for a while myself and I think the influence comes through in your imagery!
Jacob Nance
Jan. 8th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
You did this
The Iron Throne is sharp, but on the plus side you are the only one capable of sitting on it.
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
Please please please mr Martin, please shine a little light on how it is going with ... you know..

Just because it is new year
Jan. 8th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
At least
you get to write about something you enjoy (I guess?).

Stuck writing an exam paper about the magical rituals of the Kwakuitl people (Kwakwaka'wakw in their own tongue, because fuck everything) of northern Canada. There's about five hundred of them left, so having trouble figuring out the relevance.

Also, they worship a giant benevolent seagull, which sort of explains why their religion never prospered.
Jan. 8th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
I take this occasion to post my first comment
Writing to you is thrilling, dear Master.
So you are currently writing, writing and writing? This is good news for us!
Sad you have to deprive yourself of holidays to write...
Hold on, good cheer (and, of course, thank you for all your amazing novels)
Jan. 8th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
man oh man, you ser are a greater man than me, and a gentleman and scholar to boot. since i retired last year, the missus waits on me hand and foot. i dont know what i'd do without the little lady.

buckle down, george, and ride it out... though next time blow off a little work and enjoy the finer things! museum exhibits like that are a one of a kind kinda thing. you deserve it.

could always hop a plane and surprise her over there.... ;)
Lauren Wilvert
Jan. 8th, 2013 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
We love you writing for us!! Thank you, I would paint you enough paintings for your own exhibit if I had the talent (I would anyway but they wouldn't be very good)!
Cameron Hipp
Jan. 8th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC)
It's okay!
I mean sure, I am anxiously awaiting as much as the next guy, but if me reading the next one faster means the author is having a horrible time at it, I would sooner be stuck reading 1-5 over and over again for the rest of my life! Have some down time. :D Arya will appreciate it. I don't want her dead.
Adam Sherritt
Jan. 8th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
Take your time.
I prefer wine to grape juice. Take your time.
Jan. 9th, 2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
Parris is Coming..
..to London and I am sorry I am not available to show her the sights. She must needs do some day trips, perhaps To Blenheim Palace or Hever Castle. Less common tourist destinations are well worth the effort.

Good luck to you Ser on your projects!

Edited at 2013-01-09 11:29 pm (UTC)
Jan. 11th, 2013 06:19 am (UTC)
House on Declovina
Well if you need something to do, you can always come out to the house on Declovina for a trip down memory lane. I've been told by neighbors that the house I rent was yours back in the day! I started reading Game of Thrones back in '97 and have been a big fan ever since. Would be honored to have you visit!
Jan. 11th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
Is it 1205? If so, that was indeed the place. That wood-paneled addition in the back was my office. I wrote FEVRE DREAM and THE ARMAGEDDON RAG there, and well as parts of HUNTER'S RUN. Also froze my butt off, since the heat doesn't really reach back there.

The plumbing in that house sucks, by the way. Be careful of that, and have the lines rooted out regularly or they get clogged by tree roots.
Jan. 11th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
Yeah that's the place! Moved here in March 2011 and have had some encounters with the plumbing, unfortunately! The back room is indeed cold - it's our bedroom and we finally had to get a space heater cause it was so cold. My main complaint about this house is I wish it was twice the size - I have a massive rock collection as a geologist and my husband does blacksmithing in the garage and there is just not much extra space. Very cool to know you wrote books here back in the day!
Jan. 11th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
It is small.

At one point I looked at converting the garage, which is at least as large as the house itself.

I also had an architect draw up a plan for adding a second story, but never carried through on it. It was simpler to buy a bigger house.

Back yard is nice, though. Lots of apples from the apple trees. Too small for eating, but they made great apple pies.
Jan. 11th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
I do like the garage. My husband gets half for blacksmithing and I get the other for metal working. I agree that it would be easier for sure to just get a bigger house, although a second story would have been very cool. The apple tree didn't produce any apples our first year here, but then last year it made a bunch of small, soft apples that weren't very healthy. (There is only one apple tree on the side of the house - were there more before?) Listened to them landing on the roof at odd times all Fall, which was funny. I think the tree is ailing with a disease, which is too bad. The backyard is great, I put in some raised beds for tomatoes and peppers and my husband took a corner for his backyard forge - and still have lots of room. I keep imagining putting in a room between the two "wings" of the house and maybe a fireplace, but it isn't my house so it probably won't ever happen. Would make it so much better though. All in all though, it's a good place for my small family. :-)
Jan. 11th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
When I moved in at the end of 1979, there were two apple trees, a cherry, and an apricot. The apricot was dying and soon expired, but we got lots of fruit from the two apple trees and the cherry tree. Too many apples, in a way. By late fall, the whole back yard would be ankle-deep in fallen apples. I couldn't make enough pies to keep up.
Jan. 11th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Re: House on Declovina
The backyard neighbors' apricot tree hung over the wall and produced MASSIVE amounts of apricots for a few weeks last year - I couldn't keep up with pies and cobbler! Then, they chopped the branch hanging over our wall down so that's the end of that. There is only the one apple tree, the big shade tree behind the garage and an ornamental Japanese plum tree in the front yard. The drought this year seemed to take a toll on everything though. Well, you know where the house is if you ever want to see it again!
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