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Just back from a week in LA.

I did Conan (the O'Brien, not the Cimmerian) and the Today Show, and taped a segment for a BBC special about Machiavelli... along with the usual dozen or so meeetings.

Also, while in town, swung by the Bookstar in Studio City and signed all their stock of my books, which was considerable. So if you're an Angeleno or just visiting LA, and want to snag an autographed copy of one of my novels, get yourself to Studio City while the supply lasts.

And now I'm back in the land of wolves and savage dust storms, digging out from under.

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Melikins Tinkerbell-Fluttershy Mastro
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
<3
Lovie love you..

Ever coming for a book signing in the Tampa area.. or Orlando..
grrm
Jun. 14th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: <3
Well, Orlando is bidding for the 2015 worldcon. If they win, I will be there in 2015. If not, I will be in Spokane or Helsinki instead.

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Trepana Trepan
Jun. 14th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
Licensing
Hello Mr Martin, I want to get in touch with you because I want to do some engravings with the thematic of Song of ice and fire.
I don't know if we have to ask for license or how it goes, I haven't done nothing like this before.
I would be gratefull if you can tell me what to do or were to ask.
If you want my email, it is jordi@omellagrabados dot com
Thanks
Jordi
grrm
Jun. 14th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Licensing
You can whatever you like for your own personal use.

If you intend to sell these engravings, however, you do need a license. For that you'd need to contact HBO. They now control all merchandising rights that were not already under license when the TV show began.
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ext_2020627
Jun. 14th, 2013 12:51 pm (UTC)
A question about GOT
Hello Mr. Martin,
i'm writing to satisfy an excrutiating duobt of mine. It's not really a doubt, actually, it's rather a point I'd like to prove to some people who don't seem to get along with the Targaryen logic. From what I have understood (having read all the books so far), the Targaryens are relatively prone to warfare and destruction, however this person I have been debating with keeps insisting that they have a rather stronger peace&love side.

I know that Baelor, Aenys I, even Jaeherys have been "good" kings in the past, however I'm just wondering whether there really is conqueror's blood in them, or they simply are... pacifists.

Thank you very much,
I'm looking forward to the next book.

Claudia from Italy
grrm
Jun. 14th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: A question about GOT
Like any other family, the Targaryens differ greatly one from the other.
Matt Fensome
Jun. 14th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Any more info what the Machiavelli soundbite was for the BBC was about? Was it part of a TV documentary or just a general quote to use in an article or something looking similarities or influences?
superscienceser
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Late Night with Conan appearance was a pure delight. Tivo'd it and I need to watch it a second time.
Dale Girndt
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
The Game of Thrones series
This is my first visit to your website and now I can see why it has taken so long to get back to the GoT next book. YOR ARE SPREAD TOO THIN ! At first I thought you have a very bad case of ADD(attention defecit disorder) but now I see how many other projects you are involved with at this time. I compliment you on your impressive labors but at the same time feel a sense of concern for where it has taken you.

STAY FOCUSED on fewer projects that give you the most satisfaction and let the rest take care of itself. You can't please all of the people all of the time.

Dale Girndt
girndtd@yahoo.com
Ashraf Ibrahim
Jun. 14th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank God!
You don't know how much it means to me to hear you saying you are back on writing The Winds of Winter. I know you hate the pressure around you, but it's not our bad that you wrote a hell of an amazing fantasy series!! I literally count every day I wait for the 6th book, ever since I finished A Dance With Dragons last April. YES I'm a new fan!! it's been ONLY 2 months of waiting for the next ASOIAF book and it's a TERRIBLE feeling.
grrm
Jun. 15th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank God!
One page at a time, one sentence at a time, one word at a time.
Haley Keim
Jun. 15th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
Yay!
I'm so glad I stalk your (Not A) Blog, because I hold in my hands the very shiny LAST two signed books from Bookstar - the very same bookstore I went to two years ago to buy ADWD!

I say stalk, because I constantly come hear to read but never comment. I am breaking my creepy silence to sincerely thank you for not only the mind-blowing universe and characters you have created, but also to thank you for taking every opportunity to surprise and give (and give, and give) to your fans.

Hope to finally meet you at SD Comic Con this year! Please say you are making an appearance?
grrm
Jun. 15th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Yes, I will be at comicon... along with 150,000 other people.
Sue Horman
Jun. 15th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
Your trip down under in November
Australia is going to go nuts when you arrive in November! I own 3 independent bookstores in Melbourne and Game of Thrones is by far outselling anything else that has been released in Australia - since Robinsons Bookshop has been involved in books - & as Robinsons is the oldest indie in Victoria - that goes back a while (50 years in fact)! My newest store which opened in October last year is the only bookstore in the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere (yes all of the rest have closed) and whilst I have been eagerly lobbying Harper Collins for you to attend there for a signing - apparently you are all booked up. If there are any openings please keep Robinsons Bookshop in mind - an event at Chadstone would go crazy! Harper Collins was wonderful in securing an event for us with Raymond E Feist next week - and everyone is buzzing about it. If you could find some time to meet your fans at Chadstone I don't think you would be disappointed. Regardless, we are all excited that you are visiting Australia. In the meantime enjoy being home.
death_panel
Jun. 15th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
While you were away...
Hello Mr. Martin, you may have missed it with your schedule, but ESPN has been going on and on about the Patriots signing Tim (the toolman) Tebow. I for one think you or I have a better chance of playing QB for that team than Tebow does. What is ESPN's fascination with this guy?

Also, and more importantly, on the Conan interview you noted that the HBO series could have an ending that differs from the planned ending in the books. Was that an anti-spoiler strategy on your part (because of the living characters in the books that are dead on screen), or is that truly a possibility?
luthienbaggins
Jun. 15th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Dear George

As a tolkien fanboy, what do you think about the new 'Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug' trailer?
grrm
Jun. 15th, 2013 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Dear George
Haven't seen it yet.

Can Smaug wrest away the title of "Best Dragon Ever Seen in a Major Motion Picture" from Vermithrax Perjorative? One wonders.
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ebudae5
Jun. 15th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Great Interview
Great Interview. I agree with Conan, you are a ruthless, ruthless author and the story is made better for it. At the rate people are dropping before winter even starts, my prediction is that Hodor and two random peasants from Dorne will be the only survivors.

Thank you for writing such enjoyable books.
grrm
Jun. 15th, 2013 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Interview
Hodor.
tyrianboy13
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
From huge fan alexander wallis
Hello jrr Martin I have followed your books of the song of fire and ice and I love them and I was wondering if tywin lanesister was based on Edwardlongshanks from medival England becuse they both seem like the cold calculating lord and if the red wedding was based off of the Scottish killing involving king Bruce of Scotland I say this becuse I am a huge fan of history and I learned all I can from all parts of the globe Anyways I would love to see a response from you if you get a chance to read this Ps I am dislexic sorry if I misspell words
johnf2000
Jun. 15th, 2013 10:57 pm (UTC)
New York
George, when are you coming to the Big Apple?
Hannah Bialosky
Jun. 15th, 2013 11:07 pm (UTC)
Bookstar is my local bookstore and I was lucky enough to decide to go in there the same day you had been there signing. I got signed copies of A Song of Ice and Fire and Dreamsongs. Thank you for stopping by and supporting that wonderful bookstore! To say it made my day would be a huge understatement!
Richard Adams-Blackburn
Jun. 16th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
Hodor
I'm curious as to where you got the idea for the wonderful character of Hodor. Could you please enlighten me.
gracht
Jun. 16th, 2013 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Hodor
Pikachu!
grimleyphillips
Jun. 16th, 2013 04:58 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to the land of guac, queso, and verde chile! I freeze dry the stuff and took it with me in my traveling years. new mexico style green chile is manna from heaven that don't rain nowhere else.
Leo Silva Vidal
Jun. 16th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
one of your mexicans fans.
so.. could you please write faster?
grrm
Jun. 16th, 2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
Re: one of your mexicans fans.
No, not really.
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ext_2024243
Jun. 16th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
Dying of the Light
I just read Dying of the Light. And I'm very sad to know that that great universe of human races spread in planets in the future has no more stories to tell. I'd love to hear more about how was the human evolution into space and what happened in the Double War. I'd kill to see a map of the galaxy with the location of the planets.
grrm
Jun. 16th, 2013 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Dying of the Light
That would need to be a big map.

I wouldn't say there were no more stories to tell. But there are only so many hours in the day.

Maybe when ICE & FIRE is done. But I make no promises.

See, I'm trying to learn to say no. Trying to please everyone got me into a lot of trouble.
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Ilari Anemaet
Jun. 17th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Re: NFL Football and Fantasy writing
'Ah, what I do for love'

TOUCHDOWN
guessingo
Jun. 17th, 2013 02:09 pm (UTC)
keep the groupies away
It must be tough having to take security with you everywhere you go in LA. When you show up, its like the Beatles are in town and all the young women start screaming. It has to be incredibly annoying having all of these attractive young women only interested in your body and treating you like a piece of meat.

You have a mind George. Never forget that. :)
grrm
Jun. 18th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: keep the groupies away
You have a strange idea of what my life is like.
Ilari Anemaet
Jun. 17th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
YES!
Just wanted to say. You're amazing, and I seriously am considering starting a religion with GRRM as the ultimate god of everything awesome. You're awesome. Loved a Dance with Dragons. You were hilarious on Conan. In fact, you're incredible on every interview. Actually, anywhere. You are incredible anywhere.

This was my Martin orgasm. Hope you're not too uncomfortable. Cheers!
Ray Feighery
Jun. 17th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC)
Asha and the IronBorn
Hi George,

Since you seem to be getting a myriad of questions I thought I would post one that's been nagging at me.
While I have heard the IronBorn described as "Viking-Like" They've always reminded me of the Celtic-Irish (Who were, of course influenced by the Vikings)with the raiding of the Mainland, use of elections for rulers at times, resistance to outside rule.

Even more so with the show's depictions as the clothing is reminiscent of Irish Brats. The shield looks very similar to Irish BatterSea Shields and even has the Kraken displayed with interlacing tentacles.

My question is (and I apologize for it being so long-winded)was if you were at all influenced by the Irish Pirate Grace O'Malley in the formation of Asha Greyjoy?
James Rutledge Roesch
Jun. 17th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
The White Queen
Have you heard of the new BBC show, The White Queen? It is a miniseries based on the War of the Roses, the history of which inspired "A Song of Ice and Fire," if I recall correctly. I do not know very much about this war, but given its influence over ASOIAF, as well as the fact that it is a BBC production (and so will be spared the ludicrous nudity and grievous historical errors of other historical dramas on American premium channels), I am going to give it a try.
grrm
Jun. 18th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
Re: The White Queen
I had not heard of this. Thanks for the heads up. The title suggests it may be based on the Philippa Gregory novel THE WHITE QUEEN. (She also wrote a companion novel, THE RED QUEEN). The BBC usually does this sort of thing very well, so I'll be looking forward to this one.

That being said, I wonder what you find ludicrous about nudity. Maybe I am too much a child of the sixties... but I have never found anything offensive about nudity. Hey, all through history, in every age, men and women alike have been completely naked underneath their clothes.

Grievous historical errors bother me much more than a glimpse of a naked body.
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Sandra Garner Ogzewalla
Jun. 18th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
Is ther anywhere to watch the last episode...legally?
Here is my sad sad story, I sold my house and moved the Friday before the last episode, I had Comcast and we moved to a planned community, well after a round of yes you can no you can't. we sched Comcast and they came out and then told us they could not install after all. Then we called century link who installs via fiber optics and not direct tv. After many calls, we have internet but not cable with HBO. sign..... my husband spent 2 hours on the phone today trying to set up an appt. no one has called us back. So here I am, over a week after the final episode, going nuts. I have been a fan since the first book, I have no idea where to go as I don't download illegally off the internet, I saw the story about it being the most downloaded episode in history. So my question stands to grrm or any one out there. Is there a way to get the last episode legally? Is there a pay per view site? I am willing to pay and have checked iTunes and amazon with no luck.
so please please please if any one knows please let me know.
sandy o
grrm
Jun. 18th, 2013 06:25 am (UTC)
Re: Is ther anywhere to watch the last episode...legally?
There's no pay per view. There is HBO Go, if you have HBO... which it appears you did, since you saw the first nine episodes.

What about a satellite dish? Beats the hell out of cable. I have DirecTV myself, and I love it. HBO, Starz, Showtime... and NFL Season Ticket!
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