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Back From LA

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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Melinda Hughes
Jun. 18th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
I enjoyed visiting Westeros and Essos immensely. Thank you for sharing the ASOIAF world with this world....I can't wait to resume my stay.

Jun. 18th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin!
I am one of your Russian fans.
Thank you very much for your wonderful books.
You gave me an opportunity to live not just one life, but several.

I would like to ask you two questions.
I hope you might be so kind to answer.

May there exist a certain connection between the well at the Nightfort and the "well" into which the miller's wife should have thrown little Ramsay?
In other words is it possible that certain Nothern lords used those first nights to produce children for Craster's gods?
My second question concerns Mance Rayder.
Is it possible for him to pass through the Black Gate?
Thank you very much!
Sven David Gieelmann
Jun. 18th, 2013 03:26 pm (UTC)
West of Westeros + Worl of Ice & Fire
Hey George!

Have you ever thought about introducing some of that stuff that lies west of Westeros? Would that be Weswesteros?.. Haha probably not.. Okay no jokes: Will we ever get to know what actually is there? Since the only glimpse we know, is that Brandon sailed there and never came back. I'm curious.
Maybe some kind of Bermuda Triangle? Hah..Nevermind..I'm really looking forward to "The World of Ice & Fire". Never been so interesed in a geographical novel :)

Have a good time :)
Jun. 18th, 2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Signed book
Out of interest, any book signings planned in the UK? Coming from a small island between the Uk and Ireland, LA is a bit out of my league! This place would be an ideal film location ;)
Jun. 19th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Signed book
I will be over in the UK in August 2014 for worldcon. I will do some signings at the con, for sure. Maybe elsewhere as well, but I won't promise.

It is never too early to join worldcon. Price just goes up the closer one gets to the con.
Jun. 19th, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
I happened to see your post last June about the monkeys remaining on your back. I was glad to see that it looks like you've got almost all of them off! (In addition to The Winds of Winter, just Old Venus, the Poul Anderson story, and The World of Ice and Fire are left?) Congratulations on your progress, I wish you luck with what remains!
Jun. 19th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Monkeys
OLD VENUS is almost done. Waiting for one last rewrite to come in. The Poul Anderson folks have decided to move ahead without me (I don't blame them, they were amazingly patient). WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE is coming together as well, at least as regards the text; still a ton of art to come in. That will leave only Kong and the new Wild Cards, HIGH STAKES. ((Fingers crossed))
Re: Monkeys - insurrbution - Jun. 19th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Monkeys - bardtk - Jun. 20th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 19th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd find this funny, George-- last night you were in my dreams).

You'd called to tell me you were 95% done with Winds of Winter, but that you needed to go on an expedition to the Arctic Circle to finalize some of the details of the icy climate.

I think season three of the show must have thrown my brain into ASOIAF overdrive if it's making it's way into my subconscious!

Congratulations on all of your success and I wish you all the best!

(Also, no need to call me with updates on TWOW or your travel plans-- I'm fine with just reading your blog!)
Jun. 19th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
thanks to you, I'm reading again! Your books are well-written, and fun. That's the whole idea, although you kill off many characters, you introduce new and exciting ones. I am a huge fan, keep up the good work.

Jun. 19th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Book signings etiquette
It occurred to me when I was going to have you sign some books that I am not sure how I would benefit. I certainly am not going to sell them - in fact I have more than one copy of several. I guess my heirs could sell them but they will be pretty beat up by then even if I get hit by a truck tomorrow. So in the event that I find myself in a book-signing line - what should I do? Generally one has a squib of small talk with the author while he signs. What would happen if I just got in line and said Hi? and shook hands or something? It worked with Vincent Price but as far as I can tell, except for the ravens, you are not quite the same people. My last book signing I knocked the author right off the rails. He was doing a study of people's T-shirts and I wasnt at all interested in discussing it, not knowing he was on a quest. So I dont want to break the spell either. If having a book signed is necessary for the ambience I will definitely carry one.
Jun. 20th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Book signings etiquette
If you just want to say hi, book signings are not the place to do it. Come to a con. Worldcon in San Antonio over Labor Day, for instance.
Re: Book signings etiquette - rmholt - Jun. 20th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 21st, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad...
Well, actually, I would rather folks did not "analyze the hell" out of my posts. They are more in the mode of casual online conversation that papal bulls.
Johannes Kolleritsch
Jun. 20th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Dear Grandmaster of Fantasy
Mr Martin i would want to know whether you will be in another part of continental Europe except switzerland in the next years and whether or not you have read my last comment about the exceptional singer Karliene Reynolds that i wrote to you a time ago. I dont want to be a pain in the ass but as i told you before that voice of her and the interpretation of Gentle Mother or better Sansas Hymn is just a pleasure that i want as many people to enjoy as possible but just decide for yourself.

With the deepest respect for your work and passion
Johannes Kolleritsch Austria

P.S. thats the youtube link for the Song by the way she did all the vocals and the video arrangement herself

Edited at 2013-06-20 03:55 am (UTC)
Jun. 20th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
That was a terrific interview! You make me happy. :)
Jun. 20th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC)
GRRM books
Dear GRRM,
This will seem more like a letter.I am a portuguese girl that started reading your books last year and love them all!I would like to know if you have ever thought about come to Portugal one day?I am just one more fan saying" I would love to meet you" but it´s one of my biggest dreams!We have good things in this country to!Thanks, and never stop writing!(sorry about some mistakes I have wrote):)
Jun. 20th, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Re: GRRM books
I visited Portugal just last year, and did signings in both Lisbon and Porto. And that was my second visit. I love Portugal, though I don't know offhand when next I will be back.
Кирилл Берчанский
Jun. 20th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Request from your Russian fans.

Good time of day.

There is an initiative volunteer group in the Russian online social networking service "Vkontakte" that would very much like to translate messages from your blog. For that we need, first of all, your approval (for prospect of your messages being translated by unprofessional and, more often than not, underaged translators) and official consent for acquiring status of "official public page" (it's consistent with Vkontakte's inner policy).

Your attention would be much appreciated.
Jun. 20th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Request from your Russian fans.
Yes, you can translate messages from my blog... though I prefer not to designate any sites as "official."
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
14th Century
I'm reading A Distant Mirror by Tuchman - very useful for asoiaf. One siege technique she describes is digging under castle walls, propping up the tunnels with wood, the firing the wood causing that section of wall to lose its support and fall. It's a great little book following mainly one rather high placed and successful knight with a castle East of Paris. As harsh as Westeros seems sometimes now I think you have softened things up over there compared to our history.
Jun. 20th, 2013 08:44 pm (UTC)
Re: 14th Century
Oh, yes. As brutal as Westeros can be, it's Disneyland compared to some episodes of our real history.
Jun. 21st, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
BookStar - all out :(
I went to the Bookstar today and they are all out of the signed books. I hope they have a policy to limit the amount one person can buy so that they do not purchase a lot just to resell on ebay. I'm sad I missed out but I did go 10 days late.

Also, I think its awesome that you will just go and sign books just for the fans to have, no event no special reason...just because. That is so generous of you to do. I truly appreciate you doing that and I hope next time I will be able to get one of the gifts you leave behind at the Bookstar!

Jun. 21st, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Russian fans are in a linguistic trouble
Sorry if you had this question before, but we are racking our brains over the title of the last book. 'Dream of spring'... Does the preposition 'of' mean 'belonging of smth to smth' here, as it was with all the other books? Or maybe it implies 'dream about spring'? It would be awesome if you made this matter clear:)
Jun. 21st, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Russian fans are in a linguistic trouble
Kirt Boggs
Jun. 21st, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Red Wedding
Love your work. Just recently caught up to the red wedding last night, and was obviously amazed. I don't know if you're much of a music fan, but it inspired me to make a little parody of White Wedding. Thought I'd share it with you.

"Red Wedding"
Hey Robbie Stark now what have you done?
Hey Robbie Stark I hope you had some fun.
Hey Robbie Stark you broke your oath to me.
Hey Robbie Stark you owe your uncle now.
Hey Robbie Stark you got some!

It's a nice day to start again.
It's a nice day for a forced wedding.
It's a nice day to start again.

Hey Edmure Tully check out who you get.
Hey Edmure Tully ain’t she cute and fit.
Hey Edmure Tully get some (oh yeah).
Hey Edmure Tully who's your bestest friend?
Hey Edmure Tully get some!

It's a nice time to go to bed (come on).
It's a nice time for a hot bedding!
It's a nice time to go to bed.

(Pick her up)

Take them back home, yeah

Hey Lady Catelyn what have you done?
Hey Lady Catelyn sure kill my grandson.
We slit Robb’s throat. So long (so long)
You slit his throat. So long (so long)
We slit your throat. So long

It's a nice day to slaughter men (come on)
It's a nice day for a red wedding
It's a nice day to slaughter men.

There is no one fair in this world
There is no one safe in this world
And there's no one sure in this world
And there's no one pure in this world
Look for someone left in this world
Slaughter men

Come on
It's a nice day for a red wedding
It's a nice day to slaughter men.
It's a nice day to slaughter men.
It's a nice day to slaughter men.
Кирилл Берчанский
Jun. 24th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
Origins of Jaime' character.
In the scene of fending off a bear in the bear pit of Harrenhall, I noticed, that Jaime was using a rather odd weapon - human jowl. Considering that, I recalled a similar episode, which I spotted in Biblical history - Samson, fending off multitudes of enemies with a donkey jaw. This is not the only similarity I viewed - both of these characters lost their powers by loosing parts of their bodies. So, there is the question: have you had in mind Samson's story while devising Jaime's character? And If so, should we expect these similarities to crop up later?

Thank you for your time.
Joshua Stafford-Haworth
Jun. 25th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
Hi George! No idea where I should leave this comment really but I couldn't leave it be. I have just finished Tuf Voyaging, and it is probably my favorite book of yours. That said, I've only read the Ice and Fire stuff before so perhaps you shall suprise me yet. Left to my own devices Sci-Fi is my realm of choice and I wanted to thank you for Tuf Voyaging. It has been most enjoyable!

What were your literary inspirations for Tuf and the Ark? I'm about to read through Wild Cards in the hope for more brilliance.
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