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Still not 100%, but I'm up to at least 98%, as the last of the crud fades away.

However, my assistant Ty is now sick. He went home early today. A pity, since he has a lot to celebrate right now -- the sale of his first novel (well, half-novel, it was a collaboration. And no, not with me, don't get all wiggy out there).

Please STOP posting comments to the Health Care topic. I let that one run a good long while, more than four hundred messages and lots of impassionated debate, but I don't want it to drag on forever. Everything worth saying has been said.

(Though I wonder if anyone was convinced. Sometimes I question whether these discussions do the least bit of good. Everyone seems so entrenched in their positions, so unwilling to listen to the other side. Just once I'd love to read a comment that said, 'I used to think X, but you've convinced me.' Slim chance, I know).

Being under the weather for a couple weeks there has put me seriously behind on everything, I'm afraid. I'm now struggling to get back into it. In addition to the on-going work on DANCE, I am also trying to wrap up FORT FREAK, volume twenty-one in the Wild Cards series, and will soon need to gear up to write my season one script for HBO. I'm been over a decade since I last did a teleplay, I realized suddenly. I hope I still remember how.

Yes, the part of Catelyn on HBO's GAME OF THRONES has been recast. The new actress is Michelle Fairley, a talented and acclaimed veteran of the British and Irish stage and television. That's being discussed in several places on the web, most notably Westeros and Winter Is Coming, so take your comments, questions, and thoughts there, if you'd be so good.

There's more news, both bad and good, on several different fronts, none of which I am at liberty to talk about just now. Soon, maybe.

On Suvudu, Jaime is about to face a dragon. Hoo boy.

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idemandjustice
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think you should be able to go back in and freeze all the comments, so they're still there for people to read but no one can post any more.

I generally think it is really hard to convince people to change their minds about things. I'd say it's impossible, but then I have to recall that back when I was in high school I was a conservative, pro-life Catholic, and nowadays I'm very liberal, feminist, very pro-choice, and pagan. So, it must be occasionally possible to get people to change.
grrm
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Interesting suggestion about freezing comments. Not sure how to go about it, though. I see a freeze command at the bottom of each comment, next to screen/ unscreen, but no "master freeze" to close the whole topic. And I am not ABOUT to go through 400+ comments to freeze each one individually.

As a writer... and a reader before that... I have a great reverence for the power of words. History is full of great writers and speakers like Demosthenes, Cicero, Lincoln, etc. who could supposedly sway people with their eloquence. But I am not sure that is possible any longer in the age of television.

For one thing, our standards have degraded. I'd like to see more reasoned debates on current issues, of the sort that college debate teams might stage. Instead television gives us people shouting at one another in thrity-second sound bytes, and no reasoned arguments anywhere. Even the presidential debates have become a farce, with each side ready with armies of spinners ready to proclaim their candidate the winner, no matter what actually happened in the debate.

I don't think Lincoln or Cicero would do very well today.
How to lock comments - azjournal25 - Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
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grrm
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: I used to think X, but you've convinced me.
No, after BEAUTY AND THE BEAST I did four television pilots, plus a back-up script for the one that was produced. Also rewrote the five other back-up scripts. And there were several feature films as well. The last script I wrote was an adaptation of my own novel, FEVRE DREAM, which Disney/ Touchstone made me write even though they had already decided to kill the project. A total waste of a couple of months there... though it did get me a dump truck full of money...

Edited at 2010-03-23 09:26 pm (UTC)
Re: I used to think X, but you've convinced me. - grrm - Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
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cuddlycthulhu
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Bah, Jaime, I'm pretty sure, doesn't worry about Dragons.
thistle_chaser
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Exactly! He won against a god, what's a little dragon?
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spitphyre
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Once my opinions on abortion were changed by an internet debate with people I cared about. It wasn't right away but what they said stuck with me.
lifftchi
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Since the topic's come up one more time, I'd like to say I was very impressed with the last post. I especially liked: "Since this IS my Not A Blog last time I looked, I get the last words here. (You may have the last words on your own Live Journals and blogs, if you wish)." Nice distinction between categories of public space on the internet.

Also, I second the "freeze comments" suggestion. You can do it en masse by clicking the "edit" icon near the top of the entry (in the blue box, looks like a pencil), then going to the "allow comments" pulldown menu (below the entry text box, to the right) and selecting "locked".
missysedai
Mar. 23rd, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Hah. Yes, people do often need to be reminded that just because you can read something, doesn't mean it's necessarily "public space" in the manner some people believe.

The policy in my LJ is "My LJ is Not About You. If this does not suit, don't let Port 80 hit you in the ass on the disconnect." Because sometimes, people really do need to be reminded to use their OWN spaces to pontificate/argue in.
aliantulay
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
watsup with dance 1300 hundred pages is big enough to be a really big novel
ruxi
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
...my token to Jaime, ride well, don't make Tyrion lose any money :'(
terraprime
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
Glad to see that you're on the mend, but as with the nature of this sort of disease, it does spread around. Good luck to Ty.

As for internet debates... well, they do change people's minds, but not in a "tonight I'm a Rush Limbaugh fan and tomorrow I'll wave an Obama flag" speed. No doubt that in some cases, these debates serve only to harden pre-existing opinions. But in other cases, each round of debate wears away some of the resistance. I've changed my views on some things based on internet debates, so I know it happens. It just rarely happens in a speed or in a manner that gives satisfaction to the current debate opponents. :)
materpenitentia
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Well 'I used to think' that Cthulu would beat Jaime', but you've convinced me.'

That is bad news for me, I really like the lady who would have played Catelyn, I loved her command of diction in other movies and it was one of the things about the HBO program I was most looking forward to since Cat is my favorite character after Ed.
rusty_halo
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think those discussions don't usually change the minds of the people who are arguing vehemently, but they do often have an impact on the lurkers who haven't made up their minds yet.
gwinna487
Mar. 24th, 2010 09:49 am (UTC)
As someone who often finds herself in the position of an undecided lurker, I can attest to the truth of this. :)
infinite_hiatus
Mar. 23rd, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I used to believe in gun control, but several years of discussions online has swayed me. I'm not a gun nut by any means, but I decided that gun control was against my core liberal beliefs, which are to solve the root cause, not outlaw the symptoms.
ministry_victim
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
I'd always thought Lena Headey would make a better Caitlyn than a Circe, but that doesn't diminish my excitement one iota.
miss_creant
Mar. 24th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
I so agree.
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grrm
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
You should be discussing this on Winter Is Coming or Westeros. Not here.
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scottgoblue314
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
I used to think X...
Well Mr. Martin, I think I can throw you a bone. I really did used to be borderline "neo-con," but in the last year or two I've come back to center. My new philosophy is that as soon as people identify themselves along any sort of left/right, democrat/republican, they're already lost.

That said, I really did used to think that the Bill was a bad idea, but now I sincerely believe that it will ultimately do us good. I've watched my parents dance with the insurance companies enough to know what's what.
tirananeal
Mar. 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Warner & Byrd
I recall some years ago when I was able to watch on TV something that just doesn't happen any longer: a debate between distinguished colleagues of opposing parties in the Senate. In an after-hours session, Byrd (D-WV) and Warner (R-VA) politely debated an issue. I honestly don't even remember what it was now, but it was just so refreshing to hear it. Now that c-span has put their archive up, perhaps it's time to watch it again.
scottgoblue314
Mar. 24th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: Warner & Byrd
Wow, that really is something. Usually those sort of things devolve into either a shouting match and/or the two spitting out all sorts of lies with no one to question their validity. Nowadays, I'd settle for a Presidential "debate" moderated by someone with the slightest trace of a backbone. Enforce the time limits, and, even if you can't force them to, at least call out the candidates if they don't answer the question. As much as I'd have hated it a few years ago, I'd really like to see Jon Stewart host one. He may be a comedian by trade, but he's a force to be reckoned with in an interview.
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