February 17th, 2011

angry

The Social Media

So here's the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word processing software (very old, but unsurpassed). I have my website, which someone else runs for me, and I have this LJ account, the blog that I vainly called my Not A Blog in hopes that might prevent me from blogging.

But that's it.

I am not on Facebook.

I am not on Twitter.

I will not be on the next new thing to come along, the one that makes Facebook and Twitter as obsolete as GEnie and CompuServe and The Source, those halcyon communities of yore.

Now some of you may think you've seen my page on Facebook. Others may swear they've read my tweets. Wrong and wrong. 'twas not me. Friends of mine who do these things inform me that there are several Facebook pages with my name on 'em. Some seem to be the work of well intentioned fans, and do nothing but copy my posts from here. Others are the work of trolls, established for purposes of abuse, since Ty keeps a lid of that kind of crap on LJ. A few are rank imposture, I hear, featuring nasty comments by assholes pretending to be me. The same sort of stuff is going on with Twitter, I'm told.

I have neither the time, the energy, or the inclination to get on any of these social media myself. There's WAY too much on my plate, and keeping up with the Not A Blog and my website are taxing enough. So here's what I've done. I've given my friend Elio... better known to the denizens of Westeros as Ran... permission to syndicate my posts and comments on both Facebook and Twitter.

Here's the URLs:

http://twitter.com/westerosorg

http://www.facebook.com/Westeros

These Westeros sites will post my own stuff, yes... but also a lot of other material about the novels and TV shows. "Our social media sites are, we think, a pretty good place to keep on top of the latest news related to you and your projects," Elio writes. Just so.

And these are the ONLY social media feeds I've authorized. If you want to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, accept no substitutes.

(Well, in English. Let me modify that statement. I have given some of my foreign fan sites permission to translate my posts into other languages, so if you are reading this in Klingon or Dothraki, you're just fine).

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming, and me to Skull Island, where Kong is staggering a little.
denvention

Big, Big, BIG News

So… back in 1981, Parris left Portland, Oregon for Santa Fe, and moved in with me in my old house on Declovina Street. We’ve been together ever since, for good times and bad, a move or two, more cons and road trips and adventures than either of us can remember now in our advanced old age.

After thirty years, we finally decided that maybe this relationship was going to work out after all.

So on the evening of February 15, we finally made it official, and married in front of our hearth at our home here in Santa Fe. The hearth is Lannister red, but the bride wore Tyrell colors. Unlike most Westerosi weddings, no one was killed and only tears of joy were shed.

(I can hear some of you saying ‘What took you so long?’ What can I say? I’m slow. With writing and with… ah… other things. )



Parris and I have been very very lucky. In each other, in our friends, and in the prosperity we’ve enjoyed over the past few years. There’s very little we need in the way of gifts, flowers, etc. So if you would like to give us a wedding gift, please consider making a donation to the one of these charities. They all do good work, and have more need of your largesse than we do.

http://www.wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/

http://www.shelterbox.org/

http://www.worldwildlife.org/home-full.html

http://www.zoo.org.au/HealesvilleSanctuary/

A small (very small, our living room is not that big) group of friends and loved ones bore witness to the nuptials, and joined us afterwards for a celebratory feast.




Here’s a few more pix from the event.





IN BRIGHTEST DAY, IN BLACKEST NIGHT?








More can be found on Parris’s LJ at http://parrismcb.livejournal.com and Raya’s at http://rayagolden.livejournal.com

(We respectfully ask those who would like to spread this news to link back
to our LJs and photos rather than lifting the text and pix and using them elsewhere).

We are so happy to share the news with all our friends, old and new, the friends we have yet to meet, and with all of my (George’s) readers. And now we’ve off for a six-month Honeymoon trip around the world. See you when we get back.



(no, no, no, just kidding. GRRM will be honeymooning on Skull Island, I promise)