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No Place Like Home

We got back home last night, after a pleasant weekend at LepreCon. The convention was very small, only half the size of Bubonicon, but the Phoenix fen were a friendly bunch and we had a great time.

I should never go away, though. The amount of stuff that builds up when I leave, even for a short trip like this one, is truly daunting. Hundreds of emails, huge stacks of snail mail (bills, contracts, junk, with a few real letters salted in)... and, for this trip at least, must be a hundred or more new audition tapes for parts both small (Rast, Mord, Jhogo) and large (Lord Tywin, Ser Barristan, Lysa Arryn) in the HBO series. I was keeping up with the auditions pretty well. Now I'm way, way behind...

Well, nothing to do but get into it. I have another convention trip coming up soon, and lots to do before we go.


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May. 19th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you have so much to do! Good luck with all your work!
May. 19th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
back in it
Glad you're back to the routine. Keep writing, George!

So when are they going to option Meathouse Man for a movie? Although an awesomely fresh idea in the zombie world, I think it would make a great "b" style movie. But I mean that in a good way. It's hardly cheesy, but it could be a beloved classic of the gore/edgy genre.
May. 19th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Borrow a snow blower?
Yeah, like taking a 'vacation' when you have to bust your ass for days before you leave to hand every thing off to your backup (if you're lucky enough to have one) or defer it until you get back, then days digging your way out of the pile once you return. Your conventions are similar to my vacations in that I often end up working on mine as well!
May. 19th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
hope you get it all back under control (using that term loosely). Don't forget about Kong ;)
May. 19th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
You know, it probably says something about me that I read that as LeperCon.
May. 19th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I did too! LOL
May. 19th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I want to thank you for taking time out to come to AZ. It was wonderful to listen to you speak on the panels and getting to meet you in person. Thank You!!!
May. 19th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Shoo "stuff"... Go away and leave Mr. Martin alone to do that... you know. That writing thing he does. ;-)
May. 19th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
i sincerely hope that alan dale is in the running for tywin. his gravelly voice (along with his GRAVITAS!) is exactly what i picture for the lion of lannister.

the fact that he's older isn't much of a problem IMO because a) he looks younger than his age and b) many in the series are being aged up anyways.
May. 20th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)
Oh man!
I hadn't thought of that, but YES.

The one I've seen bandied about on some sites that I would LOVE is Terence Stamp as Ser Barristan.
As opposed to Alan-a-Dale playing Tywin - lampster65 - May. 21st, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
May. 19th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
I understand - I travel fairly frequently - most of the time for pleasure and I have a job that is draining - when I get overwhelmed I remind myself how lucky I am and that I get to do more in ONE DAY then some people get to do in a year ( I try to sell this as a positive - sometimes it works other times I feel even more sorry for myself!!)

good luck and i must say I am looking forward to the day when I see that there is new material in the fire and ice update section

May. 19th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin,

I'm a 26 boy from Málaga on the South of Spain. Firstly, I wish to encourage you for all the work you are copying with and then, though you look really good in your avatars, I would like to say you to eat bunchs of soy food and salad in order to keep you healthy and unwind yourself. Also I would like to say that some of us cannot wait to see the series finished but we are really dying to have the next book in our hands... Talking about hands, I for instance, have no more nails to bite...

Keep up the good job!
May. 19th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Audition Tapes
You mentioned "keeping up with the auditions" -- do you have a role (or a say) selecting the actors or just curious who's auditioning for what?
May. 19th, 2010 11:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Audition Tapes
I have a voice, yes... but final decision rests with David & Dan, subject to the approval of HBO.
May. 19th, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed it! (Stupid life, interfering with my fun.)
May. 19th, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I am hoping one of the auditioners for Tywin will be Bill Nighy ..... possibly Ed Harris.
May. 20th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes, Ed Harris, as depicted by one of your readers who submitted a picture of Ed Harris as Tywin.
May. 20th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
It's been a while!
Phew!! I was starting to worry! You hadn't posted anything since May 11th, when you're usually so regular in your posts. I'm glad nothing happened to you and I wish you the best of luck dealing with all the stuff you have going on. Honestly, I don't know how you make the time. I only wish you can do all that while maintaining your good health. We wouldn't want your children (as you refer to them) to be left without a final destiny :)

Keep up the good work, Mr. Martin!
May. 20th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
I hope you had a wonderful time while you were here in AZ. It was a bucket list moment getting to meet you and chat. Kid duties caused me and my wife to miss your Guest of Honor presentation and the BWB party. Hope that was more fun than the men in tights! It wasn't until later that evening that I realized I should have just brought the kids to the hotel and tied them up in the room. Oh well, there will be other conventions . . .

I purchased the Heinlein books you recommended. Starting with "Have Spacesuit" and working my way up to the "Moon is a Harsh Mistress." Gonna start on those as soon as I finish Sam Sykes' "Tome of the Undergates." Cheers!
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