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Back In The USA

So we're back home in Santa Fe, after ten days on the road in Germany, Sweden, and Finland.

A wonderful trip, all in all. Yes, much of it was work... I did numerous interviews in Hamburg, more in Stockholm, still more on the Alands, yadda yadda yadda... but in between we had some fine old times.

Some highlights:
-- touring MiniatureLand in Hamburg. Wow. Biggest toy train set in the world, but the landscapes and miniatures dwarf the trains. Very glad my hosts took me to see this.
-- the big public event in Hamburg, 3000 fans, sold out months ago.
-- hanging with Sibel Kekilli and her boyfriend, and my German publicist, Sebastian. Sibel fed me Turkish food and showed me some of Hamburg's nightlife, to reciprocate for the tour of Santa Fe I gave her on INTO THE NIGHT. Hamburg stays up later than Santa Fe, you will be surprised to learn, but chile con queso is nowhere to be found. We drank White Russians while huddled under blankets in an outdoor cafe. Took a canal boat tour as well.
-- Stockholm. What a gorgeous city. Comes of not having a major war since Napoleon. That way your gorgeous old buildings don't get bombed into rubble.
-- the Vasa Museum. Okay, the ship never made it our of the harbor, but it makes a great centerpiece for a museum,
-- the Royal Armory, where you can actually see the bloodstained clothing that Gustavus Adolphus and Charles XII were wearing when they died,
-- Marieham, on the Aland islands. Just a lovely place.
-- the Aland Vikings, who fed us pancakes and mead and hammered at each other with axe and sword and spear for our amusement. They are building a very cool Viking village, definitely worth a visit if you visit the islands.

And of course Archipelacon was great fun as well. The Finnish fans are second to none, and we had plenty of Swedes on hand as well, and a strong BWB contigent who taught them all how to party. It is events like this that remind me what fandom is all about -- a celebration of science fiction and fantasy, of friendship and family.

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ssalem3
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
Friendship and family
Come here big guy, group hug.

On a side note, you have a big Iranian fan base George! Alas, dressing up like Daenerys for cosplay would result in... unpleasant consequences.

Edited at 2015-07-02 07:24 pm (UTC)
jorricco
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
....
😢
mcsubbaiyen
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:26 pm (UTC)
Rumors
Did you really finish writing Son of Kong? We need an official response to these ongoing rumors.
grrm
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Rumors
Never believe rumors. I've said that a thousand times.
(no subject) - zmweiss89 - Jul. 6th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC) - Expand
Alfonso Cabello
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
Winter winds from northern Europe
Good for you, George, but even if you leave the window open to pass the winter winds ... Greetings.

https://www.facebook.com/dehieloyfuego
storm59
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:28 pm (UTC)
Back In The USA
Sounds like a blast. It's always nice to be reminded of all the good folks we share the planet with - too often we focus on all the troubled ones.
Alfonso Cabello
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Winter winds from northern Europe
Good for you, George, but even if you leave the window open to pass the winter winds ... Greetings.

Regards.

Edited at 2015-07-02 08:44 pm (UTC)
rjcollins
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Will you be posting any of the interviews on here George?
athelas6
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Welcome home
Sounds marvelous.
mangosorbet007
Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
I very much enjoyed your talk and the reading in Hamburg. Sorry some of the guy's questions were a bit odd! :-)
Cristina Gitlan
Jul. 4th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
I had exactly the same feeling.
And so few of them were actually related to a song of ice and fire.
I also hoped maybe the fans will get to ask some questions too.. I was overall a bit disappointed.
jorricco
Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
Question
Can I only ask about your books etc or also about you in here?
grrm
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Question
Ask what you like. I may... or may not... answer.
Re: Question - gman109 - Jul. 3rd, 2015 06:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Question - Cristina Gitlan - Jul. 4th, 2015 08:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
insurrbution
Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
How glad am I that you have had a great time, even though it was work / business. Also glad that you got home OK (you spoke not of delays).

Enjoy the rest of your week, and weekend, and here's hoping it's 'back to it' on Monday, rather than sooner.
nellyaa
Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed Hamburg! The miniature land truly is a sight to behold, makes me so happy you liked it!
Truly a wonderful city, even more so than Berlin or other "famous" german cities in my opinion, but I may be biased since I really like the north of germany. ;)
unsentauron
Jul. 2nd, 2015 08:35 pm (UTC)
Hey George, I listened to your Stockholm Q & A where you talked about having to come up with things to put on the ASOIAF map East of Qarth. It brought up a question I've wanted to ask you for a while..

When you write stories (I guess specifically complex epics like ASOIAF) do you almost always develop the locals & their customs / culture to support the plot of the story or do you develop some of the locals based solelyon what you think would be cool or interesting without direct regard to the story? I was thinking that doing the latter might end up helping you to come up with more interesting ways to get from point A to point B in the story than you originally intended. Am I right?

ALSO, I know you're sorely needed in LA where all the cinematic magic happens, but you've got tons of fans here in the North East who'd love to meet you in person! To entice you, we've got cheese steaks, soft pretzels and pizza that you just can't get anywhere else in the world!
jophan
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
Good to hear you're back again
Glad to hear you're back home again! It was a blast having you over and to co-chair a con with you as one of the GoHs. Next time in Helsinki!

-Johan
richardr1970
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:16 pm (UTC)
Fare Thee Well
Welcome home George Hope you are able to make it to Chicago to share in the good times!!!
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