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Conventions and Cancellations

A couple of posts down, I announced that I had decided to cancel a couple of my planned appearances for 2015, namely the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga and the San Diego Comicon.

As seems to happen with everything I post these days, this was immediately misinterperted and misreported.  The usual game of internet telephone took place, and suddenly it was being said that I had cancelled ALL my planned appearances for 2015.  This immediately triggered a flood of emails, and comments here on the blog, from fans who had bought memberships in Norwescon or Conquest or Sasquan in order to see me, and were now worried that I was not coming.

No.  Not so.  Listen, please.  I am skipping San Diego Comicon and World Fantasy Con... but as of this writing, I am still planning on making all of my other scheduled appearances.  Okay?  Clear?  That means, yes, I will be in Seattle for Norwescon next week, and yes, I will be going to Kansas City for Conquest over Memorial Day.  And so forth.  And so on.

Please note that at both of these cons, I am a guest of honor. They invited me years ago, and have been advertising my participation for many months.  Fans and readers have planned accordingly.  I would not feel right in pulling out of an obligation like this, except perhaps in cases of medical or family emergency, and that does not apply here.  At San Diego and Saratoga I was not a GOH, just a program participant, attending largely on my own hook.  Makes it much easier to withdraw.

It is possible that I may withdraw from some other announced appearances later in the year... most likely in the summer and fall... but if I do, it won't be from cons where I am the featured guest of honor.  I would prefer not to have to cancel anything, but that depends on how the work is going.

And by "work," I mean WINDS OF WINTER, of course... but not exclusively WINDS OF WINTER.   When I say, "my plate is full," I don't just mean with WINDS.  I am still editing the latest Wild Cards volume, HIGH STAKES.   I have an overall deal with HBO, and three new television concepts in various stages of development, with a variety of collaborators and partners.   I am consulting on a couple of videogames.   There's the Wild Cards movie at Universal, where I'm a producer.  And I've recently formed a new production company to make low budget short films based on a trio of classic short stories by... well, no, not yet, that would be telling.  Premature telling.

(Many of these other projects may come to nothing.  Such is the dance of development as they do it in Hollywood.  If anything ever actually comes to fruition, you will read about it here.  Till then, don't hold your breath).

Anyway, I'm busy.  But please note, most of these other projects involve me editing, producing, consulting, or financing.  The writing I'm doing is all on WINDS OF WINTER.

Speaking of which... after wrestling with it for a month or so, I've decided not to script an episode for season six of GAME OF THRONES.  Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels.  And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month's work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks,  and I cannot afford that.   With David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bryan Cogman on board, the scriptwriting chores for season six should be well covered.  My energies are best devoted to WINDS.

So... back to it.

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Jessica Sills
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this, Sir. I'm quite frankly astonished at how shoddy many journalists seem to be these days, reporting stuff without sources or twisting things to fit their own perceptions of what people say. Good luck with WINDS, and enjoy yourself in Seattle.

Edited at 2015-03-28 12:42 am (UTC)
pierceheart
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
First time commenting on your blog - don't you just hate it when people over interpret something simple?

Be well.
websbykelly
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
Cancellations
As a fan of many of your works (Sandkings is still my favorite, with stiff competition from many others) thank you for all the sacrifices you make to gift us with your creations.
cladinator
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
Great work
You're doing great things. Thanks for all the hard work.
harryberger89
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
tv & film
Hey George just wanted to ask is there a possibility that there may be a Dunk & Egg series for HBO when Game of Thrones is complete? Because a Dunk & Egg tv series I think would be awesome and fans would enjoy watching the Targaryens in power in Westeros.

Thank you!

Edited at 2015-03-28 01:00 am (UTC)
Brucenoir
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
I have a good feeling
Reading this has left me softly glowing. Thank you, George.
Adam Posner
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:05 am (UTC)
AWESOME POST!

You're the man!

Thank you!

Just watched you with Sibel Kekilli, I was so hoping to see your office/where you write(Where the Magic Happens)..But Your privacy is respected.

Highly anticipating WINDS. And now Highly anticipating to see some short films on a certain trio of short stories. eg hem..

What is the name of your production company? Congrats on it.

And how would one apply to work for this production company?

I'm a director/Producer for radio(7years) and TV (2 Years)
Full of ambition and smart as Tyrion Lannister.
volturnus8
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
Are these video games based on your books, the show or another previous work of yours?
bonsaibetz
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm not doing any of the non-writing stuff you're doing, and I don't even have enough time to write.

Pity we can't slip into a time-dilation hole to get a it of extra time in our days.

Happy writing.

Edited at 2015-03-28 01:17 am (UTC)
aulus_poliutos
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
I'd go for a clone. She can do the money earning and household stuff, and I'll do the fun things like traveling and writing. :-)
Fairfax
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:17 am (UTC)
George, do you plan to release the Aeron chapter you mentioned back in the Worldcon? I still find it very frustrating that the audience chose Arianne over Aeron, even though you told people it had some "seriously twisted stuff" in it, but I guess people like to be contrarians.
bamm720
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
TWOW
Keep up the good work George, I cannot wait until Winds of Winter comes out I'll definitely buy it the first day it comes out on my kindle. I'm glad you don't let the negativity bother you, after all ASOIAF is your creation and you should go at the pace you feel most comfortable. Have fun at your conventions and I'm looking forward to the eventual release of Winds.
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Mar. 28th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
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nickwhitfield
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)
You are one hard-working man. Thank you for the sacrifices you're making to get THE WINDS OF WINTER done. You must be gutted to have to miss those cons and GoT season 6
insurrbution
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:41 am (UTC)
Not to worry George, I did not mis-understand anything. but, like you said, internet telephone, new readers / viewers and visitors to your site here.... I can understand your frustration.

I am glad that you are devoting so much time and energy to Winds. I hope that is going well for you - I am wrestling with some of my own writing, and on a much smaller scale, I can relate. However, lately I have had a flood of ideas and inspiration. It's much like playing connect the dots, but not quite knowing what the image may loom like.

All the best, hope it goes well and don't let anyone get you down or detract you from your astounding work.
zalem
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
It's probably for the best to set aside script writing and focus on the novel. Like you said, your plate is very full.

Oh and I'm sure those going those cons where you are a GoH will be thrilled to hear you are still going. Silly media always misunderstanding stuff.
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