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Last Year (Travel and Conventions)

I did a lot of travelling last year. Probably too much. You don't have to chide me about that. I know, believe me, I know. I am trying to cut down on travel this year and in subsequent years, at least until Ice & Fire is done.

But it's a struggle. I love travel -- not the flying, but being there, seeing other parts of the world, meeting my readers. As a kid, I never went anywhere at all except in my imagination, so now, when I have the means, travel is hard to resist. It's a big wonderful world.

Also, I am not getting any younger (some of you love to remind me of that). Travel is fun, but it can also be taxing. I am all too aware that if I don't take some of these trips now, age and health may preclude my ever taking them. Who knows what awaits me (or you, or you, or you) five years or ten years down the road?

Some of the travel I did in 2015 was for business, or to attend conventions that I had committed to two, three, four, even five years ago. Other travel was more spontaneous. A nephew's wedding. An invitation to the SuperBowl. The last Grateful Dead concerts. People keep making me offers I cannot refuse... and not just Don Corleone...

Anyway... I travelled, and mostly I am glad I did... I wrote a couple of pages about my various trips and conventions in the Lost Post, and included plenty of pictures. I am not going to bother redoing any of that. I fear that only a few of you are interested in my travels. Many would rather I never ever got up from my computer.

So no rehash of the rehash.

I will say that I had a great time in San Francisco at the GAME OF THRONES premiere parties, that ConQuest in KC was something special, and that my summer trip to Germany, Sweden, and Finland was one I will long remember and cherish. Stockholm is a gorgeous city that I want to see again, and I had a fantastic time in Hamburg hanging with the beautiful and talented Sibel Kekilli, her guy Andreas, and my old agent and friend Werner Fuchs. The con was fun too; Finnish fans are tops, and I look forward to Helsinki in two years.

As for worldcon... I have been going to worldcons since 1971, it is always one of the highlights of my year, and Sasquan was no different, despite the whole state seemingly being on fire, and the tensions created by the Recent Unpleasantness With Young Dogs. The Hugo Awards were... ah... a mixed bag, but I was pleased to reclaim my Hugo Losers Party. We kicked ass there, yes we did, and I'm only sorry Gardner Dozois was not with us in Spokane to be part of it.

Travel and cons. 'Nuff said.

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3EyedRevan
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
Europe pics please
Europe pics please.🙏🏼

Just a few perhaps? Those you'd like landlocked Americans to see . . .
IleanaDU
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: Europe pics please
Did you read the blog where Martin indicates that people keep distracting him from writing by asking him to go places and do things. I'm sure many people would love to see his pictures, but if he doesn't already have it on his schedule, why are you putting one more thing on his "To Do" list?
RE: Re: Europe pics please - 3EyedRevan - Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:24 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Europe pics please - Allie Smith - Jan. 2nd, 2016 04:19 am (UTC) - Expand
thepainyak
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
"...that ConQuest in KC was something special"

I seem to recall you were a champion of KC getting WorldCon this year, as well. I'm a native, and I don't have the money to go to a WorldCon anywhere else, so my thanks for that.

May I chalk it up to an appreciation of good barbecue?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
Love KC barbeque. Especially burnt ends.

But I have a long love affair with KC fandom that goes way deeper.

And Big Mac in 1976 was the Best Worldcon Of All Time, IMNSHO. (Even though I lost two Hugos there).
(no subject) - themehgetarian - Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:44 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - grrm - Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:49 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - themehgetarian - Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:04 am (UTC) - Expand
missfragout
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:29 am (UTC)
I loved seeing you in person in Hamburg, it was a fun evening. Hope you will be able to return to Germany (or at least Europe) in future time :)
caravaggio2012
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:30 am (UTC)
If you were the master of both time and space, where would you go?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
I do envy Doctor Who his TARDIS.
(no subject) - mrwho995 - Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:47 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Casey Hadford - Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:06 am (UTC) - Expand
ziggurat
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
The tone of this post makes me sad ("some of you love to remind me of [your mortality]" and "Many would rather I never ever got up from my computer"). I feel shitty about how bad the fandom's relationship with you has gotten.

I can sympathize with the mentality of some of the more rabid fans, I know how they got there and have the same impulses. But I also hope you take all your chances to travel and enjoy life. You've earned your position and deserve some leisure.

Edited at 2016-01-02 01:35 am (UTC)
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
It's not everyone. Most of my fans are great.

But it's enough to be annoying.
(no subject) - gianetta - Jan. 2nd, 2016 02:10 am (UTC) - Expand
johnchow2275
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Travel
These blog posts are great. Helping me get work done tonight, while I periodically read the Cliffnotes.
Kassie Bergs
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
Reddit comment
I'm copying exactly what i posted on a reddit thread on these updates. This post really hit me hard.

"That last post made me kind of sad. My husband has never been able to travel. The furthest he has been from where he was born is 3 hours. If he was suddenly handed the ability to do whatever he wanted, he would too. GRRM is given all these amazing opportunities, do you really think any of us would be different? He wants to travel, he wants to go to these things but he feels chained to his computer, so of course writing now feels like a chore. Who is excited to do chores? As much as I want the series to end and for him to finish his books, I would never want someone to sacrifice their happiness for the pleasure I get from a story. Sure this will make a lot of you mad, but everyone deserves happiness. Most of us would do the same thing in his position."
April Hill
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)
RE: Reddit comment
Exactly!
iMH_4
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:39 am (UTC)
thanks George
hey george happy new year i just want to thank you for everything you have done and accomplished you have been and sill a great influence on me I'm currently writing a dark epic fantasy book planned to be composed of five and you still a great influence you and tolkien and neil on me and the fantasy genre and literature in general so i thank you again and hop for you a long happy and successful live to accomplish your great ambitions and remember no matter what happens you will and still our george eternal and immortal in that single but great spot both on my mind and heart living there forever and that's all from me love frome Kuwait ( yes george you are global more than ever )
G. Araujo
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:40 am (UTC)
sorry
Forgive your fans. We're can be such a**holes but we do love you and wish you happiness. Thank you for everything. Even if you do not write the rest of the series, it still was a lot of fun and I do not regret a minute that I have invested in your work, Mr. George. You can ignore this comment and not approve it in your blog, but I really just want you to know.
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Re: sorry
The vast majority of my fans are great.
RE: Re: sorry - Kala Veon - Jan. 2nd, 2016 05:55 am (UTC) - Expand
April Hill
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:40 am (UTC)
Travels
It's important, I think, for a writer to travel as much as possible. Staying in one place is god awful for the imagination. It's not healthy because you begin to write too much of yourself and the results can end up, while no less beautiful, quite depressing. This is something I know from experience. Think: the Brontë siblings.
dragonborngurl
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
I, personally love hearing about your travels. Sometimes I'm jealous of those fans who get your attention, sometimes I'm jealous of you and how much traveling you get to do! :) Mostly, I love hearing about your P.O.V. and what you're doing. I think traveling contributes to your writing, it's important for you and your creativity.
Warren McQuiston
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:45 am (UTC)
Dead shows
But how were the Dead shows? Did Trey do it for you on guitar? Where you like, "Seriously, you're not going to play fucking "Dire Wolf"?
grrm
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Dead shows
Actually, "Ripple" is my favorite, and they did play that.
esmtty13
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:48 am (UTC)
Travel
George, I was also brought up in circumstances that didn't allow me to travel. As an adult I've been lucky enough to change that, and that beautiful sense of wonder is hard to describe, particularly when one is deprived of it for so long.

Travel and your amazing work are the two things that keep me going. As much as I adore the world you created, you are a human being who deserves a full life with as much happiness as you can find. All the best, and thank you for everything.
Uma D
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
Great...
If you(anyone) love something just do that, don't think about what others(we-fans)say.Enjoy the life.I too love travelling the world. I saw your travel pics in posts.Those are great.Be healthy and be happy :-).
Helyne May
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:59 am (UTC)
Life is short...
Live Journal must have eaten my post, too.

I was struck by the tone of your post, too, and also wanted to say that you should go wherever you want to go, and experience life while you still can. Carpe diem. I, too, am a book lover, but also just a human being. I can wait for your next books, books that I hope that you will write without feeling chained to your computer. You may have a devoted fan base, but we are also a fan base in that interesting interregnum of the "not knowing" what happens. It is an interesting, creative place to be, and one we won't have forever. There is something to be said for anticipation; it makes the waiting sweeter.
Happy New Year, and safe travels to Exciting New Places. And thank you for all you do, whether writing great stories, or making your community a better place.
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