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Wars, Woes, Work

Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling's new "Emberverse" anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week's time, we'll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor...

In the midst of all this, wars old and new continue to rage all around me.

I had rather hoped that the Puppy Wars would have died down by now. Naive of me. Far from it, things keep getting worse. All the grisly details of this ongoing nastiness can be seen at FILE 770 over at http://file770.com/. ((Mike Glyer deserves the 2016 Best Fanzine Hugo for his even-handed and thorough coverage of Puppygate, linking to virtually everything posted on the subject anywhere on the internet)).

I want to single out the postings of Eric Flint. The latest, at http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/2015/06/09/a-response-to-brad-torgersen/ , is a devastating point-by-point deconstruction and refutation of the latest round of Puppystuff from Brad Torgersen. Flint says what I would have said, if I had the time or the energy, but he says it better than I ever could. ((I will be nominating him for a Hugo too. For Best Fan Writer)). His earlier posts on Puppygate are all worth reading too. He is a voice of reason in a sea of venom.

I will add one point. The emptiness of the Puppy arguments is indicated clearly by how much time they seem to spend in coming up with new insulting terms for those who oppose them. The facts are against them, logic is against them, history is against them, so they go for sneers and mocking names. First it was SJWs. Then CHORFs. The latest is "Puppy-kickers." Next week, no doubt, they will have something else. Reading all the blogs and comments that Glyer links to from FILE 770 has convinced me that anyone who starts throwing these terms around can pretty much be discounted; you will find no sense in what they say, only sneers and talking points.

Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.

Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.


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Jun. 10th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing us in the direction of the Flint article. Very good reading.

Good luck writing, too. Just repeat the mantra: "you can't get Twitter in Wordstar."
Jun. 10th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
"Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much."

And this is why I think you're amazing! Among a million other reasons. <3

Edited at 2015-06-10 06:54 pm (UTC)
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
Him: What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.

Me: (sheds tears of joy)
Jun. 14th, 2015 10:31 pm (UTC)

Am looking forward to the next book! I enjoy both the TV series and the books, and have no problem keeping them distinct.
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
Try to spend some time relaxing
Don't let it get you down! We are all very fond of you and your work.
Caner Ataseven
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin, I know about all the troubles you had about the release date of ADWD. But can't we at least get some updates about TWOW? Not a release date of course, but I love reading about even the simplest things like "I'm writing about Dothraki now " or "I moved a Sansa chapter from the middle to the end of the book" etc. Thanks and good louck with everything on your table.
John Dorn
Jun. 11th, 2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Revealing things like "I'm writing about Dothraki" and "I moved a Sansa chapter from the middle to the end of the book" would be considered spoilers for a lot of the internet.
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Jun. 10th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
Stressed, but ever with the great sense of humor. Here's hoping Kong will be gentle on a man's back and kind to his fertile brain.

Safe travels.....
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you
I know you get a ton of heat from all directions. I have been a fan of your writing for as long as I can remember. Thank you for your work. i really enjoy it.

Cant wait to read your next, when it is ready.
Marlon Soriano
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:05 pm (UTC)
Keep it going sir
Are you planning on releasing a House Kong in ASOIAF in tribute to all the hardworking youve done writing the novels?

Also, any plans of appearances in central america for all your central american fans? would be fantastic if you ever come to the region(We have great food and drinks waiting for you)

Jun. 10th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you
Martin Seeger
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
Hamburg & Book
I am very happy to see you in a few days.

Guess the audience will be packed. I am still thinking if I should take Longclaw (https://plus.google.com/+MartinSeeger/posts/fL22SPg5ajT) with me, in case white walkers turn up at the event ;-).

Concerning the puppies: It is frustrating to see both my main hobbies (games and SF&F books) embroiled in such wars within such a short time :-(. It was twenty years of peace and we didn't even notice it. Do you suspect the originators are susceptible to Valyrian steel?

As everyone here, I am listening to everything that is said about Winds of Winter ;-).

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Jun. 10th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
"...so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER "

Hallelujah By all means do so. The show is the show. The book is the books. spoilers - no-spoilers whatever..... I will say what my father always said when the daughters started arguing with each other" " Girls! Girls! You'e BOTH pretty! Now shut up so I can drive!" :)
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
As Dory from Finging Nemo says, "Just keep writing, just keep writing..." Oh, sorry, that's "swimming," not "writing." Well, you get he gist of her meaning.
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that about Flint. He's one of my favorites.
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
On being a fan at WorldCon
Thanks for the research and for speaking out as a fan, writer, and WorldCon attendee.

All of this mess has put a cloud over Sasquan / WorldCon this year. Enough for an average fan to think about whether going to Sasquan would be worth the trouble. I made the call to go in support of SFF fandom, authors in attendance, and on behalf of those volunteers who worked hard to make this a good experience. A good part of that decision is based on SFF leaders such as yourself providing insight and a voice of reason.

So...it's stressful. But well worth it for the long-term well-being of SFF fandom. Thanks, George.
Tom Knighton
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin,

I am a Sad Puppy supporter and, by some measures, a well-placed one. However, I have been asked to drop this link over here, just so it could be understood that while some on my side are quite upset over a number of things, there are some of us calling for our allies to just sit back, chill out, and move on.

Jun. 10th, 2015 07:50 pm (UTC)
"Sit back, chill out, and move on" sounds good.

The Sad Puppies started out saying, "just read the stories and vote your conscience." That seems to be what people are doing right now; there are Hugo reviews popping up all over the internet.

We need more discussion of the work, and less name-calling and calls for boycotts and resignations. (Yes, I realize most of the latter is coming from the Rabids).
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Jun. 10th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards!!!

More Wild Cards!!!

(may be a bit heretical, but I enjoy Wild Cards much more than GoT. [to be truthful, I have not yet finished the first book. Despite working on it a couple of different times… It just has not yet grabbed me. {and I don't have HBO, so I have not seen the TV version either}])
Lotte Weijers
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
Best of luck!
Please don't drown in all that work, I still hope to see/meet you in this lifetime should you find yourself in The Netherlands.

So, good luck with all that's going on right now.
Çağrı Akkuş
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Phew! That sounds like a stressful schedule!

Now...I have a tiny question.

In the world book Bellegere Otherys's parents are a Braavosi merchant's daughter and an envoy from Summer Islands. But the Mercy chapter says the first Black Pearl's parents were a son of Sealord and a princess of Summer Islands.

So what's the truth? :o
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
The novels always trump.
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Jun. 10th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to see you in Hamburg! Have a nice flight!
Greetings from Amsterdam

P.S.: As you are in Germany: You asked Sibel Kekilli in the Arte documentary "Durch die Nacht" what Turkish food is like. Her first response was that it is nothing like "Döner" - struggling to find an English word for it. She said that because you can get Döner at every corner in Germany and most Germans think that it is original Turkish food because many Döner food stands are run by Turkish people. So, after having lots of nice German (or better Bavarian!) beer, a late-night Döner is perfect to complete your night after a hard day. ;-)

Jun. 10th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hey George,
At first: Relex as much as possible. Hugo Award will be fine. Game of Thrones viewers will come down and Kongs Son will fall - Today or Tomorrow. What matters is the Hunt of this beautiful monkey.
Besides that... looking forward to your visit in hamburg. Some things you need to do in hamburg. Visit the habour, visit planten und Bloom (Park with music light Show at 10 p.m.) this Park is right next to the place where you do your reading. And your should visit the Schanze - intresting cultural city part... and you can eat good Döner (kebab) there. If you want to eat great oriental food you should book a table at "l'orient" (top 10 of Hamburgs restaurants). And if you maybe stay near the CCH there is at comic/fantasy/sf Shop only 5 walking minutes away called "andere Welten".
So enjoy your time Wrestling kong jr.

One last question: are you doing a signing in hamburg?

Sincerly hinka.

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April Wilson
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all that you do. I signed up as a supporting member, I would love to attend but things have to fall into place correctly for that to happen. I'm on Team Kitty. :)
Guy Breakingbury
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thousand Worlds
Hello Mr Martin,

It it too much to hope that the film & tv projects you're referring to could involve a return to or reimagining of any of your 'thousand worlds/manrealm' works?

Thanks for everything
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your books.
Just know that book readers who enjoy your writing have no problem dumping the TV version as well as the arguments, and just going back to reading books. No amount of arguing or trolling will do anything to change what happens onscreen, but a good cup of coffee, tea, or wine with your books will heal our braind from all the trolling.

There is an army of people more than an average audience awaitng the WOW.

So thanks, no matter what TV or internet say you gave a world of wonders and ice and fire, and a lot of other wonderful things.

(Ice spiders and Others not so so pretty but great anyway)
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Good speed.
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
I realize I'm a novice advising a master, but the obvious sometimes bears repeating. One's creativity greatly benefits from being well rested, so it's very important that you make sure to get enough sleep. Keep up the great work.
Mike Miller
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC)
Take a nice long walk and then a dip in a hot-tub with your favorite drink empty your mind and every thing will flow, Thank you for your work so that others may enjoy.....
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