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What's Up, Doc?

"Never play poker with a man called Doc," Nelson Ahlgren once warned.

Guess my poker-playing days are over.


I am very pleased. Thanks to all my friends at A&M.

(When will I be returning to College Station to get the degree? Not till WINDS is done).



Truesdell Young
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC)
You're always welcome at my poker table if you're ever in Minneapolis.
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
You're better off at the craps table anyway.

Congrats, George!
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
My father was great at craps, but I never got into it.
Feb. 11th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC)
Supposedly, if you understand all the side bets, you have much better odds than with any other casino game. Problem is, it just moves so damn fast!
Feb. 12th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)

And if played outside a casino (in an army barracks, say), the odds strongly favor the "no" better. My father made a lot of money that way in WWII.
Jess Dyba
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
May Graduation
Well, here's hoping that you make it for the May graduation.

J Deas
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
If you were a Maester, how many links would you have in your chain, and what metals would they contain?
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Class act!
I love everything about this post.

Did you have that first edition since your childhood, or did you get it later on? Either way that was very generous. I am a sucker for first editions and for older books.

Feb. 10th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Class act!
I never had the first edition. They found it, I bought it, donated it.
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Class act!
Gah! I love how you take the time to respond to comments.

I actually made this livejournal account just to respond to your TWOW update, i wasnt expecting a response, but i got one! So awesome!

I was giggling like a school girl i was so happy over two words, "appreciate that".

That was really nice of you to buy that for them

I also just found out about your wolf sanctuary, youre a stellar fellow! I plan on donating when i can.

I actually work closely with animal conservation groups. If you have spare time at balticon, i can show you the turtle rescue we have at the national aquarium!!!

Edited at 2016-02-10 10:37 pm (UTC)
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
Honorary Degree, yippee!
Congrats! The article mentions that you're sending the Cushing Library copies of everything you've written. One of my interests as a writer (of sorts) is the writing process and how different authors uniquely grapple with their own writing and the various manuscript partials they attack. Do you imagine that you'll sends your WINDS manuscript(s) over to Texas A&M? If so, will you send them your complete "unedited" manuscript or is your plan to send them the manuscript once it's been worked over by your editors?

Again, congrats! I have never made it to Texas A&M, but I've heard the campus and library are top-notch.
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Honorary Degree, yippee!
I do send my manuscripts to A&M... eventually.

Feb. 10th, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC)
I do send my manuscripts to A&M... eventually

Life imitates art again? (re the gathering of all books into the Autarch's citadel in Wolfe's BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, said library and citadel based partly on his cadet days at A&M)
Feb. 10th, 2016 11:56 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Honorary Degree, yippee!
Will you re-open your A DANCE WITH DRAGONS manuscript to the public after WINDS publishes? As someone who has struggled with my own manuscript for 8 years now, I'd love to see the writing/editing steps you took along the way to overcome the hurdles of Kong.
Feb. 11th, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Honorary Degree, yippee!
The A&M campus and the A&M Libraries ARE top-notch. Plus, due in part to George's contributions we have what I think is the best SciFi/Fantasy collection in the country. (Sorry, Riverside... :-)
Alistair Urie
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hope you get it soon then
Now that's a great motivation to get the book done! Looking forward to seeing the photo at A&M.
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
George, will you ever tell us the specific locations of all Westerosi castles?
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
Every one? There are hundreds.
Feb. 10th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC)
Well, not necessarily all of them. Some houses as listed among the principal houses of their respective regions in the AGOT Appendix, but we don't know where their castles are.

Among the most important houses, we're missing the locations of:

Stormlands: Parchments, Gallowsgrey, Harvest Hall.
Vale: Newkeep, Ninestars, House Egen's castle (if they have one).
Reach: Darkdell.
Dorne: Spottswood.
Riverlands: Raventree Hall, Stone Hedge, Willow Wood, Atranta/Wayfarer's Rest.

Matt O'Reilly
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
You can do it George! From a fan in Australia ;)
Dan Mansfield
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
That's great to hear!
Keep on truckin! No rush, it will be there when you are ready!
Anton Paloka
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
Onto the future
Can you now seek out your PHD, only to be called Doc Martin?
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
Well, if you paint yourself into a corner, there's always the red comet awaiting to hit Westeros and kill everyone. That would finish the series with a BANG! :-)
Feb. 10th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin,

Congratulations! I hope you are proud. You should also be proud of WHY you were given this honor. I know, not entirely infrequently, well known people are given honorary degrees for doing little more than giving important talks at the school (commencement ceremonies, important lecture series, etc.). To be honest, if you really wanted to pile-up honorary doctorates, I think you could make it known that you would trade commencement talks for them, and I suspect you would get a fair number of offers.

But there is a world of difference between giving a lecture or two at a school, and making substantive and rare contributions to a unique library collection. The former is cute and fun, the later does truly advance the mission of the school and library.

The honor sounds very, very well deserved.

Ahsan Syed
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
Honorary degrees are usually given at commencement, right? Maybe you'll be done with WINDS by May! ;)

Congratulations, by the way, Mr. Martin!

Edited at 2016-02-11 12:09 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:46 am (UTC)
A&M has three commencements each year.
Ahsan Syed
Feb. 11th, 2016 01:36 am (UTC)
All the more time to not only make WINDS as perfect as it can be, but to also hopefully receive your degree by the end of the year!
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
Also, never play poker with a man who wears a panama hat
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
most important question: will you add the doctor titel to your name on the book cover or are the two "R"s enough? ;)
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)
'Bout time, cause lord knows that journalism degree hasn't gotten you anywhere...

Edited at 2016-02-11 12:58 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2016 03:49 am (UTC)
I can go pick it up for you and drop it off at the Cocteau if you're busy.
Feb. 11th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
Congratulations Doc. Martin, it's well deserved :D
Emmy Schaibly Greene
Feb. 12th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
Way to go, Dr. Martin! You should be very proud.
Andrew Wright
Feb. 12th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! But as for that deadline...
George, you so deserve it! Congratulations, sir. You're turning into Littlefinger, collecting new titles left and right :)

As for waiting for WINDS, that line made me laugh and made me think two things... first, while I'm sure many fans appreciate the self-imposed deadline, you shouldn't sweat it! Go collect your degree, insist everyone refer to you as Dr. Martin, and write your book on your own pace. That's the only way it's going to get done, anyway--you don't need any more pressure on yourself and we love you anyway. (Plus then you can put "Dr. George R.R. Martin, Ph.D" on the cover.)

And second...well, it made me have a little flashback to college--and I remembered that I never hit a single deadline that a professor gave me or that I gave myself. Made it through--and near the top of my class... so just goes to show that it's never how fast you write something that matters. It's how well the final process comes out.
Feb. 13th, 2016 05:45 am (UTC)
Congratulations! We can now call you Doc Martin! Sorry, you might be weary to the soul with these jokes

I attended AggieCon 2004. I had a great time, but the highlight was the Miss AggieCon Pageant. I went with a group of friends and my awesome friend made a giant Jabba the Hutt that fit 2 people in it and was crowned Miss AggieCon 2004.

Edited at 2016-02-13 05:48 am (UTC)


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