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March Madness

No, I'm not talking about basketball. I'm a football guy, mostly. A little baseball on the side. But I don't follow basketball, or hockey, or soccer, or tennis, or golf.

My own March has been pretty damned mad, however. Hard to believe half the month is gone already.

We had two great nights at the JCC with Leeman Kessler and ASK LOVECRAFT. His YouTube videos are a lot of fun, but he's even better in person. If you have a chance to see him at a con, don't miss it. Some of his bits are funny, but he also has moments (as HPL) that are moving and profound.

The HAP & LEONARD premiere was also terrific. It's always great to see Joe Lansdale, and the second season of the show looks to be even better than the first.

And of course on Tuesday we brought together the Santa Fe film community up on the hill, and rolled out the Stagecoach Foundation. That was exciting as well.

(Though I have to confess, reading some of the various reports about Stagecoach on line makes me want to bang my head against the desk and bewail what passes for journalism in this age of the internet. Back when I was a journalism student at Northwestern, some of these clowns would have gotten themselves a "Medill F." They don't even get basic facts right. mutter mutter mutter)

Besides all that, there's been the huge new Wild Cards deal, the Wild Cards reread, lots of stuff with HBO that I cannot talk about yet, and of course -- always, always -- WINDS OF WINTER.

So much to do. And the days go by so quickly. I love my work, all my work, all my projects, all my children, but sometimes it seems as if the harder I work, the further behind I get.

Maybe things will calm down soon. But I am not holding my breath.


Mar. 18th, 2017 09:59 pm (UTC)
"lots of stuff with HBO that I cannot talk about yet"

Sorry, let me compose myself... excited. ;)
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
March Madness
How about that Villanova upset though?
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:22 pm (UTC)
Winds of winter
Is there anything you can tell us about Winds ?
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:59 pm (UTC)
Added POV characters?
Have you been able to tell the story without adding any POV characters? Apart from the prologue and epilogue of course.
Dani Passmore
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
It's good to be busy!!, I bet even you can look back to times when you didn't really know what to do or what you'd be doing to a certain extent, I for one love to check in here from time to time to see what your up to, it makes me even happier as a fan the fact you're so busy with so many brilliant things that are either finished, or are in the pipeline , as it only means that there is going to be so many more awesome things for us all to enjoy!!.
I know you wouldn't release anything unless you are happy with it and that only means what you do release is going to be the best!!.
Big, big thumbs up sir! Keep up the awesome work and keep up with the living life too!!

Big love from England!
Jonas Laestadius
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:32 pm (UTC)
I know it's unlikely that you'll respond, especially considering that you specifically said you can't talk about it yet, but seeing as there's no harm in trying, perhaps you might do the slightest of hint as to whether the HBO-stuff is related to the bigger ASOIAF-universe or if it's related to... say Wild Cards in any way?
/Forever unwavering fan

Edited at 2017-03-18 10:39 pm (UTC)
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Unlikely
Wild Cards is being developed at Universal. Since I am exclusive to HBO, I cannot be involved.

My hope is that the powers to be at Universal will do a faithful adaptation of the books. With twenty-three volumes in print, hundreds of stories and more characters than I can count, they certainly have a wealth of material.
Mar. 18th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Unlikely
I've never read wild cards but love everything set in ASOIAF.

Looking to get into something new whilst waiting for WOW. Where should I start in the Wild Card series??
Mar. 18th, 2017 11:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Unlikely
WILD CARDS (volume one), INSIDE STRAIGHT, and FORT FREAK are all good entry points.
Mar. 18th, 2017 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Unlikely
Thanks for such a quick response I'll go in search now!
Mar. 20th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: Unlikely
This is something that I love about WC being adapted to TV - there is SO much material, I'm just getting through it all now (1st reads), and can't believe I've gone through life to this point without experiencing any of this yet. Universal has so many great options, I can't wait.

Also, George, when you mentioned there are happenings at HBO you can't discuss yet, this is exciting news, I'll go ahead and assume that it's likely about a continuation of the ASOIAF story in some way on HBO's platform, and again, like WC, there is just so many great options from the massive amount of materials, that I'm excited to find out just what the go-to story may be for HBO. I don't even care which way they (and you) go, so long as there is something going somewhere. Just too much momentum to not continue with a new series, it'll never, ever get old, IMO it'll have more legs than Star Trek has had on TV, and could span 50 years just like Trek has, and have Song/Thrones be present for our grandchildren to enjoy. Me too, as I don't plan on dying, and will hopefully have my consciousness uploaded to some sort of longevity quantum system. That's only 1/2 of a joke.

Edited at 2017-03-20 02:20 am (UTC)
Michael Kreiter
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all your hard work. I'm excited to see/read all the projects your working on.
Gregory Hullender
Mar. 18th, 2017 11:54 pm (UTC)
So will we see you in Helsinki?
Mar. 19th, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: WorldCon75
Sure. It's worldcon. I've only missed one in the last thirty years.

Mar. 19th, 2017 03:33 am (UTC)
Memory Lane. This is from your 9/1/07 post.
"I wish I was in Yokohama.

Yeah, yeah, I know. I made the logical, adult, sensible decision, and stayed home to work on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and my myriad other projects. It wouldn't have made much sense for me to fly to Japan just for the con, not with the trip being as grueling and expensive as it is, and I certainly couldn't afford to take off the month or six weeks it would have required for me to do worldcon, and make promotional appearances in Japan, Korea, and China as well, as my various Asian publishers wanted. And no matter how long or short the trip was, the mails and emails and bills and deadlines would have piled up monstrously in my absence, and I would have returned to find myself buried, and it would have taken another two weeks just to dig myself out, and I can't afford that time, I really can't.

I know all that.

All the same, not being at worldcon is killing me. I was okay at first, when I just knew in a kind of abstract way that the con was going on, but now con reports and pictures are starting to show up on various blogs and listservs that I frequent, and every time I read one it bums me out a little more. Maybe if everyone was writing, "this is the worst damned convention in worldcon history," and "Japan is unbearable," I would feel a little better about staying home, but that's not what they are writing at all.

Today the Hugo results came in, salt in the wound. Not only have I missed worldcon and the chance to visit Japan, but I have missed the Hugoes for the first time in twenty-one years."
Dylan Richardson
Mar. 19th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
I just want to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.
Mar. 19th, 2017 12:35 am (UTC)
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Williamjames Hoffer
Mar. 19th, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
Journalism Got You Down
Try not to lament too much the demise of much of journalistic reporting. After all, they cannot all go to Northwestern. ;) If it makes you feel any better, journalism as a profession with ethics is a relatively recent phenomenon. Last, and certainly not least, there are still an amazing number of journalists doing great reporting. The truth eventually gets out. Congratulations on the success of the Stagecoach initiative, JCC, and so forth. Try doing what I do (unsuccessfully admittedly): don't read the garbage. See the beauty all around. Occasionally dip into the darkness. Best of luck.
Mar. 19th, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
Here's to hoping that after Son of Kong gets off your back, you can take a true vacation without people yelling at you for not working on A DREAM OF SPRING.
Mar. 19th, 2017 02:13 pm (UTC)
Brad Thomas
Mar. 19th, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
Jimmy Potter
Mar. 19th, 2017 03:40 am (UTC)
Speaking of Winds...
Feast was release on November 8, 2005
Dance was released on July 12, 2011

That's 5 years 8 months difference... which is where we are now in March Madness 2017...

I love you and your work, don't let it drag you down though. I'm not going to pressure you about getting Winds out (at least no anymore than I just did). If you enjoy what you are doing keep it up because that is what has led to the books you've release that we know and love. Not to ignore the fact that I myself put the PRO in procrastination so I try to avoid judging people harshly on it!
Stringer Bill
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:02 am (UTC)
Speed Chess and Pizza always gets me square.
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:03 am (UTC)
Long-shot question
I'm sure you've been asked this before, but would you ever consider collaborating with another author to help break through some of your professed writer's block? I always do better when I have another creative mind to nudge me through some of my own self-doubt, and I know there are probably a million people who'd jump at the chance to work with you. (I also secretly fantasize about you collaborating with Stephen King once you move past the ASoIaF monster and can work more freely, but I'd just like to see you guys have fun together like in your chat.)
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Long-shot question
"professed writer's block?" Uh... no. Never professed that. I don't have 'writer's block.' Never said I did.

What I do have is "too much to do." An entirely different problem.

I collaborate with more than forty writers on WILD CARDS. I collaborate with HBO and David & Dan on GAME OF THRONES. I collaborated with Lisa Tuttle on WINDHAVEN, with Daniel Abraham and Gardner Dozois on HUNTER'S RUN, with Gardner on our various big cross-genre anthologies. I even collaborated with Elio & Linda on the worldbook, A WORLD OF ICE & FIRE.

But A SONG OF ICE & FIRE itself? No. Never have, never will.
Mar. 19th, 2017 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Long-shot question
Sounds like limiting your schedule and whatnot (from your post awhile back) hasn't really helped as far as ASoIaF is concerned. Maybe you just need to take some time off of it for a few months and have some fun? That helps me sometimes when I'm stuck on a painting... then again, sometimes I decide to never finish them when I get back.
Mar. 19th, 2017 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Long-shot question
Take some time off and have some fun?

Y'know, one thing I've realized about myself... WORK is fun for me.

I am lucky that way, I know. Lots of people hate their jobs, and love to get away. But I get restless lounging on a beach. Part of me gets itchy to be home at my computer.

I don't need rest. I just need more hours in the day. Oh, and more energy would help too. I do get tired more quickly than I used to...
Amber de Lange
Mar. 19th, 2017 09:57 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Long-shot question
I think you may suffer from what I call 'the anti-artist's block'. It's basically that you generate so many new, and awesome ideas, that they interfere with the idea(s) you're actually working on, because you're so enthusiastic about the new ideas, that you just HAVE to start working on them at the same time.

This obviously slows your pace on idea number 1, causing pressure to finish this more quickly, which makes you less enthusiastic about working on this idea, while you keep generating MORE NEW IDEAS that you (want to) start working on, increasing pressure to finish all the ideas you're currently working on.

So you're less enthusiastic about the first range of ideas, making it more tempting to start working on the new ideas... Slowing your pace on the old ideas... Increasing the pressure....

All the while generating NEW IDEAS!

I know about this, because i suffer from the same infliction. (I'm a painter)

If you're an extreme perfectionist, like me, this whole process is even more frustrating, and can (in my case) be rather debilitating as well, since the amount of (very fun and awesome) work just keeps increasing...

Anyway... I think you're doing a terrific job George! I admire your energy, and sometimes it's quite reassuring to see that I'm not the only one struggling to combine all the things I feel passionate about.
Mar. 19th, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Long-shot question
Hmm, well... I could use a Dunk and Egg fix. Mayhaps you should work on Shewolves of Winterfell and that will be the break you need from the main series.

Or. .. go do whatever you were doing when you dreamed up the kids finding the wolf pups. Bring it all full circle.
Mar. 19th, 2017 11:15 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Long-shot question
Don't we all.....Never enough time. When I get done doing everything for everyone else taking care of kids, taking care of sick wife, work, homework, cooking dinner the list goes on I barely have time to breathe but knowing that I am doing what needs to be done for my family gives me more satisfaction than anything I could do for myself.

P.S. Slock13 had been reading some of those bs news reports floating around the net I've read the same thing about your writers block difference is I didn't believe it cuz I didn't read it here. ROFL
Mar. 19th, 2017 06:56 am (UTC)
I know what you mean.
I am not famous and definately not half as talented as you are, but for the moment I am so busy that it sometimes seems like I am not getting anything done.
My to-do-list is so long that I don't even notice all the things that I have actually accomplished.
Sometimes, I take the time and write down that all I've done during the week (I have 4, still pretty young, kids and I love spending time with them, tinkering, painting, playing; I have a big house and garden and grow my own veggies and fruits; I am the press spokes person of the left party here in the region in Germany; I teach English twice a week and lead a choir (for kids); I help a lot at school and the daycare..... ) and then I am like "wow, that's actually not bad at all" ;) These moments are rare, since I am always nervous and not very confident, but it helps.
Maybe you should try it :)
Amber de Lange
Mar. 20th, 2017 11:10 am (UTC)
RE: I know what you mean.
I'd rather say that that's quite amazing!
Mar. 19th, 2017 07:52 am (UTC)
Capitalised text
Every time I scroll down and notice TWOW in capitalised text I have a moment of existential panic so, y'know, just stop it. But seriously (Phil Collins reference) I can barely grasp the various projects you work on, I'm a musician with one project and can barely find the motivation to work on that, I suppose that could be the existential panic again though. How do you manage your time so efficiently?
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Capitalised text

I manage my time as best I can, but I cannot claim to ever have been efficient.
Mar. 19th, 2017 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Capitalised text
Hahaha shit, maybe there IS no hope for me then, I'll just have to revel in the panic like a good nihilist, Lebowski.... I am the ubermensch! :-)
Mar. 19th, 2017 11:35 am (UTC)
Stuff at HBO
Can you say if I am getting warmer or cold at HBO could the stuff you say you can not talk about be Dunk & Egg or the Ninepenny Kings?
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Stuff at HBO
No and no.
Mar. 19th, 2017 12:26 pm (UTC)
"So much to do. And the days go by so quickly. I love my work, all my work, all my projects, all my children, but sometimes it seems as if the harder I work, the further behind I get."

Tell me about it, I feel for you completely, it's same here as well and I ain't even world famous author, which certainly exuberates the issue.

"Maybe things will calm down soon. But I am not holding my breath."

You do realize this is going to be taken as "Winds of Winter coming soon to the bookstore near you." I am not a fan of clickbait internet journalists who write nonsense, being journalist myself, but you really won't be able to blame them for this one, just saying.

Anyway, I wish you luck and I hope you will be able to kick back for a while soon. After all you have to rest a little to attain top form.
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Claudia Martins
Mar. 20th, 2017 12:44 am (UTC)
Not to sound rude, but don't you think he can write about whatever he wishes in his own blog? Also, I think you missed the point entirely. The short reference can be taken as an indicator that WINDS is routine when compared to almost all the other stuff Mr. Martin talked about, which are mentioned as being part of "March Madness" - i.e., somewhat atypical. I get it, I'm an ASOIAF fan too. I can barely wait to read TWOW too. But man, relax, read some other books, watch some series, do stuff you like, and when WINDS comes out you'll enjoy it more for not agonising over it.
Mar. 19th, 2017 02:32 pm (UTC)
Here I thought you were going to comment about Geno Smith going from the Jets to the Giants.
Lyzi White
Mar. 19th, 2017 02:40 pm (UTC)
Keep on keeping on
Thank you for all your hard work! Congratulations on Stagecoach, I might hitch a wagon and move to New Mexico because of it.
Mar. 20th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
Just a quick question - when you're writing, do you listen to music, or is there a favorite band or artist you like to listen to while writing?


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