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Dublin Days

And here we are in Dublin. Ireland has been exciting but exhausting. We had a huge turnout last night for the signing at Eason's, with a queue that seemed to go on forever, but I finally scrawled everyone into submission, and afterwards I signed all the stock as well. If you missed the signing, or happen to live a thousand leagues away, you can still get an autographed copy of the SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH hardcover or any of the Ice & Fire paperbacks by phoning, emailing, or dropping by Eason's on O'Connell Street. They even have a few trade paperbacks of DREAMSONGS.

Afterwards we adjourned to a nearby pub for a lively evening of Guinness and conversation with the local fans. I met the good folk who will be running next year's Octocon, where I'll be GOH, and hoisted a few with the hardy survivors of the Eason's event. Didn't stagger back to the our hotel till after midnight, by which time Temple Bar was roaring. Ah, if only I were twenty years younger...

The Belfast event on Tuesday was also a hoot and a half. The crowd was much bigger at Dublin, but in Belfast some of the cast of the HBO pilot dropped by to sign books and meet the fans as well. My thanks to Ron Donachie, Richard Madden (Best Dressed Man in Scotland), Alfie Allen, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner (and their moms) for joining the festivities. And to the lovely Ros, Esme Bianco, who dropped by McHughes afterwards for the moot. Matthew Hughes, one of the authors who contributed to our Vance tribute anthology, also turned up at Eason's to help me sign SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH.

In between signing and mooting, I've been hanging round the shoot, trying not to get underfoot. "How is it going?" everyone wants to know. I think it's going great. Wednesday's location was amazing, so real I could hardly tell where the real castle ended and our fake castle began. I saw Bran and Tommen swatting at each other in the yard, Joffrey taunting Robb, the Hound growling at Ser Rodrik, while Arya displayed her wretched needlework to Jon above, and it all looked wonderful. Saw some of the footage from the crypts too, and that looked amazing as well. Yes, some things are not exactly as they were in the books, that's inevitable with any adaptation... but these are my characters and this is my story, and it's thrilling to see 'em come to life.

Last night in Belfast I got to meet two more of the cast, quite unexpectedly. Some of the Moroccan players were in Ireland for costume fittings. I ran into Ian McNeice for a brief moment outside the hotel, as we were waiting for our rides, and the night before we bumped into Dany -- the amazing Tamzin Merchant, who is even more beautiful in person than she is on screen -- into the dining room. What a terrific cast Nina Gold has assembled.

Also toured the Paint Hall, though we didn't do any shooting there while I was in Belfast. Some of our sets are going up, and look great. And in another part of the building the huge castle sets from the big budget (compared to us, anyway) feature YOUR HIGHNESS are still standing. Their great hall is pretty eye-popping and they built an impressive castle yard as well.

Tomorrow I'm off to London . Signing at Forbidden Planet on the 11th, Then it's off to Marrakech.

Life is magical and full of joy (but no, I have not been seeking out football scores, so don't tell me. TIVO is getting all my games).


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Nov. 6th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
good to see you in easons last night!! twas well worth the wait for the signing!! hope you enjoyed ireland!! :)
Nov. 6th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear your enjoying the trip.
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
It's probably amazing
For a writer, to see his world imagination come to live.
I just hope it wont have any effect of how the books will end, you know, now you see how sweet Sansa and Arya are :)

Have fun George!
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
About the pilot
Will some photos from the pilot be released?
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Well Done
I'm really glad for you and that you are enjoying yourself in Ireland. It must be amazing so see something you have created and put down on paper brought to life around you.

To say I love your books would be an understatement, but there we go :D

All the best.
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad I came up to the signing in Dublin - the 7 hr car trip there and back was completely worth it, just to say hello and get a scrawl! I wish I could have stayed for a drink, but I must say the turn out was great and it sounds as though you had a merry evening! Hoping to get to Octocon next year!

*happy fan*
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
I would like to write some useful comments on these posts, but all my mind can do while reading about the show is go 'Aaaaaahhh!!! YES! Yes! Yesss! This is so exciting! Aaaaaahh..!!'

So, there you have it.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info George! Can't wait to get the good news from HBO!
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
reading about you getting excited is getting me even more excited! I absolutely can not wait :)
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear things are going well. I can't wait to see the crypts (assuming that the series is picked up).

Too bad there aren't any more NFL games at Wembley. Then again, the crowd was kind of lame for the Pats game, so it's probably better that they don't play over there again this year.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Dublin signing
Thanks again for signing my books! It was great meeting you!! I wish I could have stayed for the gathering afterwards but I had to run to catch my ferry back home. Glad to hear it was a nice evening, though.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
This is the most excited I've ever been about a filming, can't wait to see it on HBO! Thanks for all the updates!
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
glad to hear you're having a great time, albeit exhausting. It must be magical to see your story come to life in any form, let alone a fairly well funded HBO pilot. I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey and may the scenery inspire you to tackle that knot! ;)
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Saw werthead's review of events in Belfast; it sounds like everyone had a glorious (albeit exhausting) time! I heard that "Arya" even did a little "Stick em with the pointy end!" for the fans.
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're pleased with the progress they're making! That, to me, is the best indicator of whether or not it's going to be a good adaptation.

Rock on!
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