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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. 21st, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
Dear Ser
1. You should get an assistant if you don't have one already.

2. I can't tell if the "live healthy and long and eat soy" comments are offensive or attempts at being kind. I wonder how you feel about your fans complaining about your impending doom constantly.

3. I read ASOIAF with Roy Dotrice, and because of this, I pronounce some of the names wrong. It's not really crucial, but I hope they get all the names right in the HBO series.
May. 21st, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
Maybe it's best to keep your priorities straight, especially now when you have so much to do (ADWD, HBO etc).

If this means staying at home and missing out on some conventions, then so be it.

I'd like to see your Mood-o-meter being "creative", "happy" and "hopeful" rather that "stressed" :)
May. 21st, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Frostiness makes everything better
Poor George. :-( Have something cool and refreshing to drink - down with stress! :-D

Incidentally, before reading your blog I thought Trinity College Dublin was the only university with a convention called Leprecon - which, by the way, is great. I feel vaguely disappointed at the name being shared, even though the Phoenix Leprecon sounds brilliant as well. :-)
May. 21st, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I find myself lacking time everyday, and the only things I have to do are work, study and keeping up with blogs such as yours. I can hardly imagine how busy you are with all these ongoing projects.

Ah casting... Just like everyone else I'd be willing to help out. Don't worry, I promise I won't cast Rhys-Meyers as Lord Tywin... ;)
May. 21st, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Off Topic, but...
I thought this may be of interest to the community....


I hit my "stumble" button, and it just popped up, so I thought I'd share =)
May. 21st, 2010 06:15 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I don't seem to understand why you go to all these conventions. I mean I understand why you go, but not why you do so many. Seems a detriment on the work you do at home. Must be a hard balancing act at any rate. Oh well, hope you get caught up and take a break every now and again to smell some roses.

May. 22nd, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
He probably enjoys them. :)
May. 21st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
casting lord Tywin
Is there a remote chance of Kurtwood Smith being cast as lord Tywin?
May. 21st, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
With all due respect, Mr. Martin, those sound like the kinds of problems that many authors would love to have. *grin* Then again, if I came back from time away (regardless of what I was doing) and had a pile like that standing between me and writing, I'd probably feel the same way. Oi.
May. 21st, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I am little amazed at the rudeness of some people telling you what to do. If you enjoy conventions, you should continue to go! I imagine that meeting fans and getting a chance to interact with people is very important for a writer, who normally works all alone. Most of us work in traditional jobs with tons of interaction with our colleagues. I think we forget how difficult it is for writers and painters or other artisans who spend so much time alone.

My unsolicited advice -- do what feels right to you!
May. 22nd, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
I do enjoy conventions, of course. Always have. I've been going to them since 1971 (since 1963, if you count comicons).

At the same time, there's a work aspect to cons as well. They're not vacations for me. Promotion, publicity, networking... that's all part of a writer's job as well, and one neglects it at one's peril.

May. 22nd, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Ah, I learned something new about conventions. I will often go to author readings but I haven't not yet had the time to go to a convention. I hadn't thought of the promotion aspect though it's obvious when you think about it. Even the biggest stars will take time to go on Leno or Letterman to talk about their projects.

Though these days, I think everyone has got to do some self-promotion no matter their field. Networking is pretty critical. Every job I've ever had as been because of a tip from a "business" friend.
May. 22nd, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Kansas City
Are you going to be at Conquest41? And if so, are you going to be around all weekend or just at a certain time? Don't want to drive up there and miss you... If there is an actual schedule of event available, could you direct me where find it?

May. 23rd, 2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: Kansas City
Yes, I'll be at Conquest all weekend.

Well, except for occasional expeditions in search of burnt ends.
May. 24th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
It was AWESOME to get to finally meet you, even though I had a fangirl moment the first time during the Men in Tights competition. (There's video on youtube, just type in my user name, I think I got the back of your head a few times, lol.) I hope all goes well with the upcoming HBO series, and, of course, with your writing.
Stay Well
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