March 12th, 2010

Spain

Fond Memories of Spain

One thing I'm really really bad at is writing trip reports. I always have good intentions, especially when headed overseas, but whenever I get back from a long trip I find myself buried in emails, bills, snail mail, deadlines, and other pressing matters, and by the time I dig myself out from under it's time to get back to work.

I was sorting through some of my photos this evening, however, and I came across some pictures from our visit to Spain in 2008 that brought back some wonderful memories. The Spanish fans were really amazing, and the annual summer literary festival in Gijon, Semana Negra, is like no other event I've ever been to. If you ever get a chance to attend, do. Parris and I have been twice now, and I expect we'll be back again someday.

Meanwhile, although it's way too late to write a trip report, I thought I would share some of the pictures with you guys.

Here's a panel from Semana Negra. Me and Scott Bakker and Diego, the most amazing translator.


This was from a party that the Spanish fans threw for me in Gijon. Many of them were in costume. Herewith me and a mass o' Melisandres.


And here's Parris with the men of the Night's Watch:


Some of the men of the Night's Watch were actually women, of course. (Damn, why didn't I think to make Jon Snow a really cute girl?)

This one breaks my heart. It's me with the specially engraved sword that was presented to me by the members of the fan group Asshai.


Alas, this was one of the swords that was stolen when my office was burglarized last year.
Since it's engraved to me, I actually hoped the cops might be able to recover it, but of course not. If anyone ever sees a sword like this in a flea market or pawn shop... well, it won't be hard to recognize with the engraving...

There's lots more fond memories that I don't have pictures for... but Spain is an amazing place, and we WILL be back one day.

(Portugal was great as well. I'll post those pictures next).
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Want to Work on A GAME OF THRONES?

I get emails all the time from fans who want to be part of the filming.

Well, now's your chance.

It would help if you live in Northern Ireland. Or at least the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Some actual experience in film or television production would be good as well. I'm sorry, it really doesn't matter how much you love my books if you live in South Dakota and have no experience.

Anyway, here's the skinny:

http://northernirelandscreen.co.uk/page.asp?id=239

If you want to apply, please note the instructions therein and follow them precisely. DO NOT SEND EMAILS OR RESUMES TO ME! I will not be hiring anyone. Nor am I willing to write recommendations for people I have never met, no matter how sincere or enthusiastic you may be.

If this is something you really want, though, hey, take a shot. Can't hurt. Who knows, perhaps the stars will align, and YOU will end up being Floor Runner #2.

(No, I don't know what Floor Runner #2 does either. Possibly that's British for what we called "gopher" when I was in Hollywood. Something to do with running about the floor, at a guess).
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Hugo Nomination Deadline

Just a reminder: tomorrow is the last day to get in your Hugo nominations for works first published in 2009. There's an online nominating ballot on the Aussiecon 4 website at
http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/

If you were a member of Anticipation, last year's Montreal worldcon, you can nominate without being a member of Aussiecon 4. Of course, all members of Aussiecon 4 can nominate as well.

I know I sound like a broken record about this, since I say the same thing every year... but nominating is the most important part of the whole process, IMNSHO. Lots of people vote every year, choosing one of the five finalists in each category, but only a comparative handful bother to nominate and determine who gets on that final ballot. It IS an honor just to be nominated -- and can be a career boost as well, especially for a new writer. If you look at the results released each year after the Hugos, you'll see that in many many cases a single nomination makes the difference between who makes the cut and who doesn't.

So NOMINATE, folks. If you don't, don't complain to me about the final ballot.




As to what you should nominate... well, that's up to you, of course.

In past years I've done a whole series of posts about books, stories, writers, and artists who I thought who were worthy of nomination. This year I don't have the time... and anyway, those postings never seemed to have much effect. So let me just say that I still think Michael Komarck deserves a place on the Best Professional Artist list, that Ian Tregillis would make a terrific nominee for the Campbell Award, that Daniel Abraham's THE PRICE OF SPRING was surely one of last year;s best novels, and that all the stories in SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH are eligible in their respective categories (short story, novelette, novella), and that THIS IS ME, JACK VANCE! should be considered for Best Related Book.

I liked WATCHMEN too, and hope it makes the list in Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, although I fear that nothing will withstand the AVATAR juggernaut.

Now go ye forth and nominate. The clock is ticking.