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It's our last night in the city, and I'm typing this from our hotel room while Parris naps.

Tomorrow will be a long day. We'll be headed home, but not until the evening, on Continental's night flight out of Newark airport, the only direct flight from the NYC area to Albuquerque. Leaving that late in the day is a bit of a pain, but worth it, usually -- not having to change planes shaves at least three hours off the travel time, and makes it less likely that we'll miss a connection and wind up stranded at some hub somewhere. (The hub system is another of the crimes against humanity by the airlines). Even so, it will be a grueling day.

We're both looking forward to getting home, however. Our annual midwinter visit to Boskone and New York City is normally a high point of our year, but this year's version was more exhausting than usual. Nothing like a nice dose of norovirus to slow down all your fun. Neither of us is completely recovered even now. Just when you think it's all over, you eat something you shouldn't and your gut gives you a little reminder that no, it's still feeling tender. I've been running at about 80% of my usual energy, and Phipps at no more than 50%. She had another bad bout last night and missed a wonderful dinner at Peter Lugar's, the best steakhouse in the city.

We have had some fun, of course, but maybe only about half as much fun as we planned on having. NYC has so much to do that we always leave town regretting the stuff that we didn't get around to doing, and this time we didn't get around to even more than usual. Never got to a Broadway show or the IMAX theatre, never had a hot dog at Papaya King, no rides on the Staten Island ferry, never got over to Bayonne, never touched base with a bunch of our New York friends, etc. etc.

I did get to see my family, however, which was wonderful, and we also had a good time at the NYC Comicon, despite the crowds. We finally got to announce the new WILD CARDS comic series that we'll be doing with DBPro and Marvel (to be scripted by Daniel Abraham), and we met the rest of the vast, charming, and very talented Dabel clan. Les and Ernst had some penciled pages and a cover on the SWORN SWORD comic as well, and it was great to get a look at that... and we touched base with some wonderful artists who may be doing covers for us in the future.

Well, Parris is stirring, so I'll post now and see if she's feeling well enough for dinner. More later, or maybe when we get home.

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noctolator
Feb. 27th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC)
I hope you had a good time in NYC anyway and I am sorry I missed you at the comicon. I got Feast signed last year so it'd have been kind of weird to get you to sign it again anyway...
firerosearien
Feb. 27th, 2007 11:36 pm (UTC)
Newark! Home love!

I almost always fly out of Terminal C at Newark when going places! I know how to drive there from NYC!


I could totally give GRRM directions =O....
mercury_glitch
Feb. 27th, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC)
alas, I wanted to go to comicon and try to get my copies of the series signed. Sadly my tooth decided to pick this weekend of all weekends to break down and hurt. Gotta get the thing extracted too, ah the joys.

Anyway, glad to hear you're at least up and running, even moderately so. Hope next year is a better, virus free, year.
pjm1002
Feb. 27th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
Peter Lugar's you say... I'll have to give it a try! I'm always up for a really wonderful steak. NY is the poorer for you leaving, but for the both of you it's best to go home and recuperate. Hope next year things go much, much more smoothly!
arturete
Feb. 28th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
PEter Luggers!
The best sir loin and lamb chops ever!! 2nd to none!
aulus_poliutos
Feb. 27th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, it takes time to recover from that virus. My father wasn't himself for a week or so.

Get well soon.
weirman
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm not surprised by the crowds at ComicCon. Due to some deficit to my bank account I wasn't able to attend the Con, but I didn't think you'd have much time to hang out anyway, what with the crowds and the stomach.

Anyway, I'm sorry I didn't get to see you while you were in town, but I'm glad you were able to have some fun. Have a safe flight home tomorrow.

-- Ser Toryx of the Lamprey Pie
dark_sigh
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
Sad to see you go..
When I ran into you on Sunday at the end of the comicon I had a 1st edition GOT (the shiny silver one) in my bag that I wanted you to sign. Hence me asking when you would be signing again. I felt awful to ask you to sign it then as you were leaving and feeling ill. Now, I think that fate threw me a touch down pass and I fumbled. If you could let me know the best way to get this book signed, without being tactless and annoying, I would appreciate it very much.

I am terribly sorry that you are both still feeling ill and I am sad to hear you are leaving NYC without getting to do the things you wanted to do. Traveling and illness never get along. It was great to meet you both on Sunday. I hope you feel better and have a safe trip home.

BTW, don't listen to those idiots who yell at you on this site to finish DWD or to post an update. Finish it when it's finished. Your work is brilliant.

Again thank you for your work and your attention to your fans. Feel Better Soon!

Kat Stevens

PS. if you are looking for a great last minute place to eat, LUPA in NOHO (thompson btwn bleeker and houston) has the BEST homecooked Roma italian.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 3rd, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad to see you go..
I'm a huge fan of the series, so I understand some people are frustrated by delays in the book...but c'mon, take it as an opportunity. Read the Wild Cards books, sample some other excellent authors like David Gemmell, Steven Brust or Terry Pratchett, check out what George has read and give one of those a try. If you stay fixated on one particular series, you're just cheating yourself.

JP
valhariel
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
You signed my copy of Feast, and I tried to get a picture taken with you, but my fiancee's camera wasn't working....it was a bit disappointing but I was thankful for the experience. Hope both you and Parris get better soon.
mrisaka
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Just so you know in the future...
Papaya King is a ripoff of Grey's Papaya.
hippoiathanatoi
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
Sorry about missing out on so much that you had wanted to do during the trip, George. At least you seem to be well on the road to recovery from norovirus (Wikipedia notes that there was a significant outbreak in Boston around the 8th ... hrm), and Parris will hopefully not be too far behind. :)

For those curious about the Wild Cards comic, Daniel Abraham (bram452) posted an announcement about it at his Livejournal. Might even answer some questions. :)
baine_darkwolf
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
It's great you two are feeling a lot better.
Not getting everything you want to do or see done on visits to new locales. Always makes for a good excuse to go back.
blackbuttoneyes
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for signing my Feast for Crows, and giving me an Armageddon Rag, and please thank Parris for complimenting my strawberry hat! You made my day in all sorts of ways.
racebannon42
Feb. 28th, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Travel safe!
(Anonymous)
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:20 am (UTC)
writing
firstly, I hope your feeling better!! secondly i was wondering weather u have any appearences squeduled in the near future or are going to just try to buckle down and finish Dance of Dragons?

-your fan, fraze

skjaere
Feb. 28th, 2007 01:41 am (UTC)
Glad you guys are feeling better. I imagine it will be a relief to get home. I'm really looking forward to the Sworn Sword comic!
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