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Snowstorm last night, and this morning a power outage. No big thing, power is back on now, but I lost a whole morning of work, and that's not good. I am stressed out enough as is with all the stuff on my plate, and every lost hour hurts. If only I did not need to sleep...

POSTSCRIPT. This post is being misunderstood. I lost hours, not words. With the power out, I could not turn on my computer. (Well, actually, I had a backup power source, so I ran off that for a while, but the outage was long enough so that eventually that shut down as well).


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Mar. 9th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Not sleeping is fine, for one night. Sometimes even two or three. After a week, it starts getting very, *very* old.
Mar. 9th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
That sucks
Just save it every five minutes next time. I've lost a few projects in the exact same circumstances.

Mar. 9th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by lost?
Did the power being out prevent you from writing? Or did you lose electricity during your writing and not save it?

I would hate for it being the latter, that's incredibly aggravating. In any case try to relax and drink some legal stimulants. Don't write angry.
Adam Minahan
Mar. 9th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
what project/how much/why no auto-save feature
Mar. 9th, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
Back. Up. Generator. You can afford it. :-)
Mar. 9th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
Or, alternatively, a pad of paper and a pen.
Mar. 9th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
What a bummer! At work we have a "save monkey" for this very problem. It's a pluche mascotte that travels to the desk of the last person who forgot to hit Ctrl+S regularly and lost work because of some crash/power loss/random reboot. It serves as a mocking reminder to save your work regularly!

This also reminds me of the time when I was without power for 6 weeks. Luckily this was right around the time when A Dance With Dragons was released. My evenings were filled with long candle-lit reading sessions. Still owe you a thanks for that!
Mar. 9th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
Glad the power is back
Hope this doesn't put you back to far
Mar. 9th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC)
someone get George a typewriter and a candle!
I am sure George is of a mature enough age he won't have forgotten how to use these outdated devices. The big power outage in 2003, I read "Reading in the Dark" by Seamus Deane. I later wrote a movie treatment of it... of course it was for a university course, not an actual paying job.
Mar. 9th, 2013 10:09 pm (UTC)
I am glad it was only time lost, and not any of your words Mr. Martin!

Mar. 10th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Somewhere Melisandre is saying something about not having faith in R'hllor being responsible for the black-out!
Asaad Benkaddour
Mar. 10th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
dude don't worry a little power outage won't beat you because you're the man
Mar. 10th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
:( There are few things I find more frustrating than lost time. It's especially bad when you're stressed or feeling rushed. I'm sorry!

In other news, I just watched the "Westeros at War" featurette (I bought the Target edition of Season 2 just for that bonus feature) and loved it. I was very excited to see your turtle. :)
Henrique Samuel Marques Anders
Mar. 10th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
Sometimes, I wish the whole world have a morning turned off...

If it happens again, enjoy your free time :)
Felipe Moreno
Mar. 10th, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
Winter is here
As Eddard Stark foretold, winter is here. :)
Thanks for your books, they changed my life. Hail from Brazil!
Mar. 10th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
And here I am thinking you didn't even like computers all that much. I would think you'd have no qualms about getting work done with pen and paper.
Mar. 10th, 2013 06:26 am (UTC)
I have never worked with pen and paper. Even in grade school, writing for comic fanzines, I used a manual typewriter.
Mar. 10th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
I love computers, and I have horrible handwriting so it works out.
Mar. 10th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I still have mine, though I'm not sure you can even get ink ribbons for them nowadays.

I learned to use a typewriter back at school when my father called my handwriting an "unholy offspring of runes and cuneiform, written by a drunk Egyptian scribe." He was right about that. :-P Typing was more fun anyway, not only more readable.
Mar. 10th, 2013 02:08 am (UTC)
I Love You Dude!
First of all, I'd like to apologize for my bad english. I'm brazilian and I learned english playing snes rpgs. But, whatever! I came here to thank you, George Martin, for doing such amazing job in A Song of Ice and Fire. I finished reading a dance with dragons some hours ago and I'm really satisfied with everything you've done. You rock dude! Oh, before I forget! Please, tell me if Jon is Azor Ahai! *-*
Mar. 10th, 2013 02:33 am (UTC)
Did you have beer? A morning snowed in with no power but with enough beer is far from a waste, in my humble opinion.
Mar. 10th, 2013 02:54 am (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. :( There's nothing quite so frustrating as forced idleness when your schedule/planner is backed up.

As an aside, I finally finished "Dance with Dragons" around 4 this morning EST and have only this to say...

REALLY!?!? (Thanks for another enjoyable book ;).)
Mar. 10th, 2013 04:55 am (UTC)
Oh my, I too thought you had lost words, rather than time. That would have been devastating! Glad you're back up and running!
Mar. 10th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. I was pretty sure that's what you meant, but after seeing others' posts, the thought of writing (and I'll admit - especially pieces of WoW) going down the drain and needing to be rewritten made me sad. I am dying to find out what happens after that Theon chapter. . .
Mar. 10th, 2013 05:13 am (UTC)
There is something to be said for having a laptop. And maybe using programs like Dropbox or Google Drive.
Mar. 10th, 2013 07:20 am (UTC)
Battery Power
George, might I humbly suggest you pick up a backup power supply? Perhaps something like this:

Mar. 10th, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss of "time"
Time, that tricky elusive creature. In this case, you might be able to capture the time you so desperately need to utilize for great things by obtaining a wee generator that could serve you for a future catastrophe, should it happen again. Considering the unpredictability of the looming Climate Change catastrophes it sadly could happen again to you, though who woulda thunk it in Sunny Santa Fe? OR....acquire this Ser George:


Mar. 10th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
Glad you didn't lose too much, and that it was hours lost rather than words. Well, won't keep you so you can recover.
Brian Silliman
Mar. 10th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
Words per day
Hi Mr. Martin, I am a huge fan. I am currently writing my first fantasy novel and I was wondering if you had a definitive word count you have to hit per day in order to move along smoothly. Currently, with rewriting and such, I'm currently trying 1000 words a day, what with jobs and so forth.

Unrelated to that, how do you manage to come up with so many interesting names? An odd question I know, but you have so many characters all named fantastically.

Thank you for your work, and BTW Blackwater was amazing.

Mar. 11th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Words per day
He's said before he usually counts pages, not words. But as a writer myself, I think 1k is a great goal. Best of luck to you :)
Mar. 13th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
And this is why I still have a typewriter. If power goes off, the typewriter goes on. In the end, when the power returns, all I have to do is pass the sheets of paper through the scanner and through the wonders of technology, the text is converted into word again.
So...allow me to leave you this tip ;D


George R.R. Martin
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