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Back to Warsaw

The morning after. Still recovering from last night's signing at Posnan, which was massive. The line went up the stairs and out the door, and at times I thought it would never end. The last folks in the queue must have waited three and a half hours. Sorry if I seemed half dead by the time you reached me. It was mostly because I WAS half dead.

If you missed the signing, well, I signed a few boxes of hardcovers for the Zysk bookstore just off the Old Market Square, so you still may be able to snag one if you get there soon.

Things are better on the tech front. Email working again, thank god. Cell phone too... at least till I burned up all the minutes, which seemed to take all of half of a call. But I feel back in the world again.

In a few hours we will be hitting the road for a return to Warsaw. No more public events there, just a dinner with my agents. Then it's off to Slovenia.

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duckygirlrocks
Jun. 21st, 2011 05:45 am (UTC)
Wow, sounds rough! Hope you get a chance to rest soon!
cvitanko
Jun. 21st, 2011 05:58 am (UTC)
off to Slovenia as well.
See you in Ljubljana :)
smofbabe
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
*whew* Glad your email is working again. Hope you can rest up in Warsaw before hitting the road again.
sermelt
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
hurray
Well done on the tech front.
Looking into bionic hand/wrist ... xxxx
tanatie
Jun. 21st, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
T-2 and counting :D

got myself into an event :D
SeventhDwarft
Jun. 21st, 2011 07:13 am (UTC)
I hope you'll get to rest some, so you'll get to enjoy the rest of your trip.
See you on thursday. :)
ardelin
Jun. 21st, 2011 08:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for the visit!
Thank you for visiting Poland! You made many people smile in Poznań! When we were waiting in the line we saw all the glittering eyes and extremely happy faces of people who just got your autograph. It was amazing, thank you! We all love you here, I'm sure you know it. ;) Good luck in Slovenia!
j_dyrda
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
Grateful for your greatness
Hard work and sacrifice is what make great king. Yesterday, I believe, I saw one. Hundreds of people, thousands of books and so little time…

I think that simple "thanks" won't do... why? All that warm heart, dedication, even heroism (if you consider thousands signatures and autographs given in that almost airless room… especially after long journey to us). So here's my story:

Organization wasn’t flawless. But thanks to that I was truly grateful for opportunity of taking pictures with you. Until last minutes I wasn’t sure if that even will be possible. I waited for three hours (and i was one and half before scheduled 17:00) but it was truly great experience. Especially when we see how hard you worked. I can only write here that not a single person complained and G.R.R. Martin was more than generous with his time and heart.

I can’t get those people who wrote that they were “to far” to reach G.R.R. Martin (I'll mention your name for some keywords;)). To far from Poznan/Nidzica/Warsaw is Kazachstan, China and Australia. I took a day off in work and traveled by train as many others just to stand in that queue. Why? To maybe caught a glimpse of him. Maybe (if I'll be lucky) get one sign or two. Of course that I had with me everything I could (board game, cards, books (including four anthologies). Of course I’ve got backup camera with backup batteries and backup memory cards even though I thought that I won’t see him. I can’t understand why I won’t do this for one of my favourite authors. I’ve got to traveled only 60 miles by LAND (railway to be precise) and 60 is not a 6000 (how Pitagoras of me ;)) by plane with troubles and adventures. My thought is: if someone can save me couple days and thousands of polish zlotys and is willing to take effort and fly to me… well, that person is certainly worth admiration plus every polish zloty I spend on travel and books.

When I saw rose placed on a table next to G.R.R. Martin hand (miraculously (still after those autopgraphs) writing one!) I only regret one thing… That I didn’t make something to show my gratitude (and I really could do some pirography or caligraphed acrostych).

We thank you for your kindness. We thank you for your time and appreciate each and every second of it! Long live G.R.R. Martin! Long live the king!
ngc7023
Jun. 21st, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Will you be coming to Serbia, perhaps?
Martin Vavpotič
Jun. 21st, 2011 10:07 am (UTC)
Looking forward to meeting you in Slovenia, George. I think the line will be shorter from that one in Poland. ;)
bartolas
Jun. 21st, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
Poznan signing:)
All I want to say is that, waiting three hours was a realy small price to pay to get to meet you and to get your signature:) My only regret is that I was too overwhelmed by your presence and didn't thank you in person for all your work:) I hope I will get that chance again someday and take it. Thank You!! Keep up the good work and may the rest of your trip prove pleasant and not exhausting:)
Joo Lopes
Jun. 21st, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
The things you do for love... of your fans!
Good luck for the rest of your trip! We are waiting for you next year in Portugal! I promise that you won't have any problems with your "tech" here!
xraytheenforcer
Jun. 21st, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
whew! I get tired even reading about the signing events. O_o But glad to hear that technology has started working again!

Have fun in Slovenia. A lovely country, and the przut is ridiculously tasty.
unechattenoir
Jun. 21st, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
And what about Russia?) Saint-Petersburg is impatient to welcome you... )
aniloratka
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
I was one of the first so I was able to talk with you for a moment :) and after I leave people looked at me with stare that could kill XD I was shocked when I saw the line and I start to feel sorry for your hand. Hope you're OK now and that you had a good time in Poland. Also good luck and have some rest if you can.
mr_jacobean
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you for everything! It was absolutely amazing to see you, to talk to you, to get a copy of your book signed. I was lucky to be at the head of the queue in Poznan and when I left the building I was shocked upon seeing the length of the line. But hey, it was all for YOU, no reason for being surprised ;) Thank you for your patience, your strength, your smile and kind words. Most importantly, thank you for your books!!! You're awesome! Now, I'm waiting for the 12th of July to come :D
woodbyrne
Jun. 21st, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
You have a great career, Mr. Martin. Enjoy and be safe! See you in Manhattan!
moia
Jun. 21st, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
The signing sounds exhausting. I hope you get a chance to rest.

Safe trip to Slovenia, I hope you'll like it here. :) And I hope I get to see you at the event in Ljubljana on Thursday. :D

deerobinowitz
Jun. 21st, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Color me envious! I visited Poland in 2009, and it was lovely. The food, the scenery, the history-- all so fascinating. Be sure to have "bigos," one of my favorites.
Scott Sigler
Jun. 21st, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds exhausting and fantastic
How fantastic to get that kind of support. Get some sleep!
Paula Mackiewicz
Jun. 21st, 2011 07:53 pm (UTC)
Awww, was it worse than Traffic? We Polish fans, eh? First we get you drunk, then make you sign thousands of books. Hope you get some rest in Warsaw.
nycfalcon
Jun. 22nd, 2011 12:45 am (UTC)
Three and a half hours!!! Wow! The longest I've ever stood in line for a book signing was about one hour. That included a twenty minute wait before Ali showed up at the Waldenbooks on Broadway and Exchange Place. And, he didn't sign. He simply shook hands and handed out a sticker with "his" signature on it. George you must be the Greatest fantasy (and name) writer. Did you have to ice your hand every three minutes?

Even though you may have appeared dazed and half dead I imagine most of those who waited in line for you appreciated what you did. That's amazing.

Hahaha. Just had a thought. Three and a half hours is not that long to wait on line to have you autograph a book. They've waited... how many years has it been since Feast?
SimonHausner
Jun. 22nd, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Comic book artist Phil Noto posted these beautiful illustrations of Jon and Daenerys, thought you might like to see them.

http://philnoto.tumblr.com/
The_Rabbit01
Jun. 22nd, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Welcome to Slovenia, dear George!
RA_Whipple
Jun. 22nd, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Paris of the East
Sorry to have missed your return through Warsaw, George, although I rather expected it. I would hate these exploitive dog and pony shows. But the positives come from the fans and I will be giving that book to Ricky today. I am sure he will appreciate it. Thanks you for the time you spent and I hope you don't forget Warsaw - Paris of the East.
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