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A Few Odds, Some Ends

Nightmarish day yesterday. The computer virus that we've been battling for weeks... often hammering it down, but never entirely eradicating it... upsurged again, and totally messed my Windows machine, so Ty had to spend the whole day dealing with it, and I could never get on line to read my emails.

He was finally successful, so I'm back in business. In fact, the computer is running better than it has for weeks. Maybe Ty has finally slain the beast. But I won't celebrate too soon.

Of course, just one single day away from my email meant that I had more than a hundred letters in my inbox when I did get back on this morning. ONE DAY! Aieeee....

On other fronts, I see that Mo Ryan broke the Charles Dance casting while I was in computer hell. Yay, Mo. I'm very pleased by this one, and will post more about it later. Got a couple other castings I should talk about as well... but it has dawned on me that there's no way I can talk about them ALL. Not if I want to do anything else. There are just so many.

The first week of shooting in Belfast went well, I hear, although the weather screwed with them a bit and pretty much confined them to the Paint Hall. Wish I could have been there.

I missed the San Diego Comicon as well, as previously posted. But I did have a presence. IDW announced the DOORWAYS comic, as below... and Bantam Specta debuted the gorgeous new 2011 Ice & Fire calendar, with its stunning Ted Nasmith art.



The calendar is now officially on sale and available, at all good bookstores that sell calendars. Also on Amazon. And they are shipping now. People are already receiving their calendars. Yes, we thought we would try something new this time, like actually sending people the calendars that they order. I hope you like this innovation. (This is not an invitation to rehash the mess we had with the 2009 calendar. That horse is dead. We know, we know. Believe me, we know).

Oh, and I also wanted to mention LIGHTSPEED, a new on-line SF magazine edited by the talented John Joseph Adams. Their current issue reprints a story by some Martin guy from the dawn of time, called "... for a single yesterday." You can read it here:

http://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/for-a-single-yesterday/

The way LIGHTSPEED works, JJA informs me, "you can read all of our content for free, but it's serialized on the website throughout the month, one story and one article per week. If you want to read the week 4 story now--or if you just want it in convenient downloadable formats--you can just buy the ebook version."

So: electronic magazines. Wave of the future.

Finally, might mention that I finished a chapter of the DANCE today. I had one last chapter about this particular character -- I will call him Fred -- to finish, and then I am done with him for the book. Of course, in the writing, it turned into three chapters. So I finished a Fred chapter a week ago, and a Fred chapter an hour ago, and yet I STILL have one Fred chapter to finish. Sigh. The horizon recedes continuously before me.

Time to go eat supper. Bye.

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entalan
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
"...for a single yesterday"
I just made an account to tell you that the short story you linked to and wrote was absolutely brilliant. It really struck my emotional chords. Thank you.
a1eksand3r
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Good job killing the virus, and the calendar 2011 looks great. I'll check amazon right now.
mrcere
Jul. 31st, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
I have a calendar
The calendar was my one and only purchase at the San Diego Comic-Con and I love it. I have been fortunate enough to run into Naismith a time or two and he is excellent so this is a great marriage of two artists.

Macs don't get bogged down with virus Mr. Martin. I recommend a lap top with a plug in keyboard and a massive monitor also plugged in. It makes life easier!
hierath
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
The horizon recedes continuously before me.

Me too. You know how there's always those two blank pages at the end of a word document? One day I'll fill them up.... ;)

Are the calendars available in the uk?

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tikehau
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:45 am (UTC)
Meereen
Is "Fred" somehow involved in the "Meereenese Knot"?
mollydot
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:47 am (UTC)
Winters is coming
bardofawen
Jul. 31st, 2010 09:50 am (UTC)
I always really enjoyed Fred chapters. Not quite as much as the Barney chapters, but certainly more than the Wilma chapters.

It's always exciting to hear about chapters being finished, and I hope you're feeling some of that energy too. Hang in there!
tstanton
Jul. 31st, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
The receding horizon...
Well, if I may, being able to see the horizon recede, even continuously, is eminently preferable to not being able to see the horizon at all.
thesos
Jul. 31st, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Way of the Dragon and the Cross
Loved reading a single yesterday! Quick question for George/Ty, I've been trying to get a friend a mind a copy of "The Way of the Dragon and the Cross". Besides buying a second copy of Dreamsongs or finding the original issue of Omni, is it available in any other format/publication? Thanks in advance and keep up the good work!

PS-I'm quite jazzed for the release of Doorways, loved the pilot in Dreamsongs.
chowwander
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
You rock
Thanks for the heads-up on the calendars. I want one for myself but will be getting one as a gift. But also, thank you SO much for the Lightspeed info. Maybe now that I am gainfully unemployed I'll submit some of my stories.
madbard
Jul. 31st, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
We, your devoted readers, will buy you a Mac if you promise to use it. You would have to go to great lengths to actually get a virus.

friedefuerst1
Jul. 31st, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
calendar
And for the first time the calendar is available on Amazon in Germany. Couldn´t believe it, so I ordered one ........ and now I call myself owner of this work of art. And yes ..... I can use it as a calendar next year :o))
aemmel
Jul. 31st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yay!
Chello!

Good to hear that "Dance" is near completion. This is will make many fans ecstatic. I want to see want happens with Danys myself. And tyrion. That's driving me nuts!

As for compuer virii, I think the programmers who make them need the Ned Stark treatment...but that must be my Lannister side showing!!!
mizkit
Jul. 31st, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
I call that the Novelist's Event Horizon, yeah. :) Generally I find myself with five chapters left to write in the book, and there continue to be five chapters to write until suddenly and unexpectedly I'm done. :)
dormysorround
Jul. 31st, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
computer viruses are bit**es...
my pc-addicted friend once told me that you can get a virus with a 100% probability visiting porn sites...come on george tell the truth:where did you get yours?eh eh, just kidding...It's great to hear the Dance goes on and on,can't wait to join in.For myself,I'm quite a clumsy dancer,but I'm taking lessons...Cheers George,greetings from Italy.
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