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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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kymellin
May. 20th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Thank you for coming out to LepreCon. You were one of the deciding factors I used for attending this year, and I hope you had as much fun as the rest of us were having.

Good luck in plowing through everything. You have my sympathies there.
justus_outlaw
May. 20th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Tywin
I'm DYING to see who ends up as Tywin. It's got to be someone who can speak volumes with nothing more than a cold stare.
arthursimone
May. 20th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
AZ
grrm,

What are your thoughts on the recent tourism boycott of AZ?

I am personally conflicted like hell; some of my close friends (artists and performers struggling to open a theatre) live and work there in Phoenix, but at the same time I believe in the boycott's cause and think that there is a real power in numbers.

Right or wrong, I'm mainly curious of what your stand on the situation is. There is a real human face on any given side; political action is always easier said than done :/
dunkthelunk
May. 20th, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: AZ
As an AZ native I find this bill distressing, especially since it is not indicitive of the feeling of the entire population. 60% of Arizonans support it, but they are your typical yahoos that just don't bother to think beyond what they are told and don't realize the full implications of this law. The 40% of us who do know better are being hurt by the apathetic 60% because they have the majority. Do we need immigration reform? Yes. Is this the answer? Absolutely not!
coppervale
May. 20th, 2010 03:47 am (UTC)
It was great spending a little time getting to know you and Parris, George - and the panel we did with Sam was a lot of fun. Hope to see you again soon!

James
mykindofjoke
May. 20th, 2010 04:02 am (UTC)
Perhaps, you can't say anything on the matter but I was curious what the current situation is with Ms. Tamzin. Is there still a chance that she may be our Dany after all?
werthead
May. 20th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I get the impression that, as a producer on the show, George might not be able to officially comment directly on the situation with Tamzin Merchant leaving the project. The last official word we had from HBO (via the Watcher blog at the Chicago Tribune) was that she was gone and would not be participating in the TV series, and the role of Daenerys would be recast and her scenes in Morocco reshot with the new actress (who has not been chosen or announced yet):

http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2010/04/game-of-thrones-george-r-r-martin.html

That to me sounds pretty definitive that Ms. Merchant will not be involved in the production as Daenerys.
conkernog
May. 20th, 2010 06:52 am (UTC)
~And miles to go before i sleep and miles to go before i slep
:D
rootofebah
May. 20th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Casting?
Are the auditions still open? Or has the call gone out and long been answered?
smofbabe
May. 20th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
Somewhere in your piled-up email is one from us letting you know that we can do the road trip and we're arriving at ABQ on Tuesday late afternoon :-> Getting a Budget car there so we can add you to the contract in Santa Fe.
ser_lee
May. 21st, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, imagine hitting the con trail with GRRM! And a road trip to boot -- must be a ton of fun! I can only imagine what it'd be like to be on such a fan-tastic trip, haha. Do you guys play some sort of license plate game where you make up new Wild Cards characters? :)

I hope you enjoy the con and can relax a bit, Mr. Martin. How do you feel about KC BBQ? Hopefully you'll be able to squeeze in a few BBQ platters while you're out there.
soupdragoon
May. 20th, 2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
June is fast approaching
Sorry to hear work has piled up in your absence. With June fast approaching, and filming of the HBO series due to commence, will you be taking more time out to visit the filming sets, and risking more work pile-up or will you be taking more of a back seat and following it from afar?
grrm
May. 20th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: June is fast approaching
Much as I would like to spend a lot of time watching the HBO series being filmed, it is simply not possible. I have way too much work to do here at home.

(And truth be told, a writer on a film set is often as useful as nipples on a breastplate. By the time the cameras start to roll, the project rests in the hands of the actors, directors, and showrunners. I am none of those things on GAME OF THRONES)

I may decide to visit the shoot when my own episode -- episode eight -- is being filmed. But even that depends on when and where and what I'm doing at the time. I will likely also drop by Belfast for a day or two after Octocon in Dublin come October, since I'll be in Ireland anyway. (If we're shooting in Belfast at that time, and not on some distant location). But only for a day or three.

Also, FWIW, I am now informed that the start of principle photography has been pushed back to late July.




sephen
May. 20th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
I have missed the billboard, sir, and I'm glad to see you're back and all is well! Definitely good to see you have your priorities straight - although I know that mere knowledge of what's important doesn't make it go away. If only there were more hours in the day to where you could work on your list there AND have some time to relax! Here's hoping that your next con is a bit less stressful! :)

My son gave me back my copy of SUICIDE KINGS this week and said it was great, and like me, he's looking forward to FORT FREAK. (His mother, though, is not as enthusiastic...ah, but that's a conversation for another time!)
metalshaman
May. 20th, 2010 01:12 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the trip. Looking forward to the new book! Take your time, as Im sure the quality will be well worth the wait :)
the12judge
May. 20th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
No Boycott?
I'm glad you're not boycotting Arizona... and your mail.
jakevti
May. 20th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Character names
First off, I want to thank you for your hard work on these books. Life changing stuff, truly.
But anyway, your post brought up a curiosity I have had for a while. I know there are some characters who have names that can be pronounced multiple ways. For example, Lysa could be "Lie-suh" or "Liss-uh." The list of names with different possibilities for pronunciation is pretty long.
Will the people at HBO consult you on the pronunciations? Or will they interpret it their own way?
If they do ask you, it will be interesting to hear the true pronunciations.
Thanks again.
vladimirmusashi
May. 20th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Hang in there Mr. Martin.
cappy0066
May. 20th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
The Master
What if you could get Christopher Lee to play in the series? WOW!!! What part would you most like to see him play? I think Lord Tywin might be ideal, but he wouldn't have a very big role. Hmmm???
werthead
May. 20th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: The Master
Christopher Lee is about 20-30 years too old to play Tywin. The only roles I think he'd be suited for is Maester Aemon, if they made him upt to be frailer than he is, or possibly Grand Maester Pycelle.
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