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Back From LA

Just back from a week in LA.

I did Conan (the O'Brien, not the Cimmerian) and the Today Show, and taped a segment for a BBC special about Machiavelli... along with the usual dozen or so meeetings.

Also, while in town, swung by the Bookstar in Studio City and signed all their stock of my books, which was considerable. So if you're an Angeleno or just visiting LA, and want to snag an autographed copy of one of my novels, get yourself to Studio City while the supply lasts.

And now I'm back in the land of wolves and savage dust storms, digging out from under.


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Brenna Cochrane
Jun. 13th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Tried to come see you in Texas back in March but the flights were too expensive, although I had tickets. Its just going to drive me crazy to wait for this next book. You are an amazing writer, testament of the word for word screenplays by HBO..But this John Snow ending just has made me crazy..This Julius Caesar like assassination has had me dread the back log of the series. I just never know what is in store for these characters. Because they are yours.. I will never appreciate any external influence or a torch passing. Please give me some insight or get writing until you finish..Its tormenting
Иван Троловский
Jun. 13th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
If you don't mind, I would like to know your attitude toward this - http://buttsofjustice.tumblr.com/post/52750316908/wantthepharaohs-fatpinkcast-critics

- personally I see in this only narrow-minded stereotipical thinking by once and for all memorized duple scheme. Of course it is irrelevant to real struggle against racism, and, I belive, even harmful for it. So, question to you is - what to with foolish associates, how to reduce harm that they do?

Or maybe you belive that scene (and Daenerys story in this case) is truly racist?
Jun. 13th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Most of these people have obviously not read the books.

If they had, they would know there is no racial component to slavery as practiced on Essos. It is based on slavery as it existed in the ancient world. The Romans and Greek were just as willing to enslave other Greeks and Romans as they were Celts, Goths, Germans, and Africans. It's on the page.

However, when you are filming scenes in Morocco, and you put out a call for extras, it's Moroccans who show up. Most of them are darker skinned than our European actors (though there is actually a lot of different races and ethnic groups represented in the country, including Arabs, Berbers, Africans, French, etc). It is not so different from shooting a scene in Belfast and putting out a call for extras, whereupon a lot of Irish show up.

We fly our actors from country to country and continent to continent, at considerable expense, but that's not a practical consideration when dealing with extras. So in any big crowd scene, the prevailing skin color is always going to echo that of whatever the location is that you're shooting in.

But just for the record, yes, Dany is white, just as she has been from the beginning, and she may or may not be a savior (the last scene in "Mhysa" is not the end of her journey by any means), but she frees slaves of all colors, races, creeds, and nationalities.

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Jun. 13th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
The conan interview was lovely! I loved the whole explanation behind killing off the main characters. ASOIAF truly seems like the only book where your hands shake while turning the next page.
That said I probably wouldn't be so reasonable about it if Sansa dies!! She very much reminds me of Sylvia Plath ("My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel."!?! I could have been reading her journal), and conversely, Plath's "Out of the ash I rise with my red hair And I eat men like air.", reminds me of Sansa, or rather what I hope for her. Anyway, she's my favourite and I can't even think about losing her.
So yeah, the TWoW hasn't even released and I am already stressed and worried and I can't even imagine how intense actually reading it will be!
That's a good thing, I guess?! :)
P.S - I love that small photo of yours that appears on top here sometimes in which you appear to be clutching a tiny baby tiger!? Did you really snuggle with a baby tiger!! ^^

Edited at 2013-06-13 11:47 am (UTC)
Jun. 13th, 2013 03:30 pm (UTC)
Great interviews!
My family and I really enjoyed your Conan interview and the youtube "Spoilers" video. We loved the idea of Joffrey adopting a lion cub and learning the true meaning of Christmas. Alternate history/dimension maybe? Hahaha.
Jun. 13th, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
The North
Will Never Forget
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:44 am (UTC)
Lovie love you..

Ever coming for a book signing in the Tampa area.. or Orlando..
Jun. 14th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: <3
Well, Orlando is bidding for the 2015 worldcon. If they win, I will be there in 2015. If not, I will be in Spokane or Helsinki instead.

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Trepana Trepan
Jun. 14th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
Hello Mr Martin, I want to get in touch with you because I want to do some engravings with the thematic of Song of ice and fire.
I don't know if we have to ask for license or how it goes, I haven't done nothing like this before.
I would be gratefull if you can tell me what to do or were to ask.
If you want my email, it is jordi@omellagrabados dot com
Jun. 14th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Licensing
You can whatever you like for your own personal use.

If you intend to sell these engravings, however, you do need a license. For that you'd need to contact HBO. They now control all merchandising rights that were not already under license when the TV show began.
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Jun. 14th, 2013 12:51 pm (UTC)
A question about GOT
Hello Mr. Martin,
i'm writing to satisfy an excrutiating duobt of mine. It's not really a doubt, actually, it's rather a point I'd like to prove to some people who don't seem to get along with the Targaryen logic. From what I have understood (having read all the books so far), the Targaryens are relatively prone to warfare and destruction, however this person I have been debating with keeps insisting that they have a rather stronger peace&love side.

I know that Baelor, Aenys I, even Jaeherys have been "good" kings in the past, however I'm just wondering whether there really is conqueror's blood in them, or they simply are... pacifists.

Thank you very much,
I'm looking forward to the next book.

Claudia from Italy
Jun. 14th, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: A question about GOT
Like any other family, the Targaryens differ greatly one from the other.
Matt Fensome
Jun. 14th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Any more info what the Machiavelli soundbite was for the BBC was about? Was it part of a TV documentary or just a general quote to use in an article or something looking similarities or influences?
Jun. 14th, 2013 03:46 pm (UTC)
Late Night with Conan appearance was a pure delight. Tivo'd it and I need to watch it a second time.
Dale Girndt
Jun. 14th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
The Game of Thrones series
This is my first visit to your website and now I can see why it has taken so long to get back to the GoT next book. YOR ARE SPREAD TOO THIN ! At first I thought you have a very bad case of ADD(attention defecit disorder) but now I see how many other projects you are involved with at this time. I compliment you on your impressive labors but at the same time feel a sense of concern for where it has taken you.

STAY FOCUSED on fewer projects that give you the most satisfaction and let the rest take care of itself. You can't please all of the people all of the time.

Dale Girndt
Ashraf Ibrahim
Jun. 14th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC)
Thank God!
You don't know how much it means to me to hear you saying you are back on writing The Winds of Winter. I know you hate the pressure around you, but it's not our bad that you wrote a hell of an amazing fantasy series!! I literally count every day I wait for the 6th book, ever since I finished A Dance With Dragons last April. YES I'm a new fan!! it's been ONLY 2 months of waiting for the next ASOIAF book and it's a TERRIBLE feeling.
Jun. 15th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank God!
One page at a time, one sentence at a time, one word at a time.
Haley Keim
Jun. 15th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I stalk your (Not A) Blog, because I hold in my hands the very shiny LAST two signed books from Bookstar - the very same bookstore I went to two years ago to buy ADWD!

I say stalk, because I constantly come hear to read but never comment. I am breaking my creepy silence to sincerely thank you for not only the mind-blowing universe and characters you have created, but also to thank you for taking every opportunity to surprise and give (and give, and give) to your fans.

Hope to finally meet you at SD Comic Con this year! Please say you are making an appearance?
Jun. 15th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Yes, I will be at comicon... along with 150,000 other people.
Sue Horman
Jun. 15th, 2013 08:52 am (UTC)
Your trip down under in November
Australia is going to go nuts when you arrive in November! I own 3 independent bookstores in Melbourne and Game of Thrones is by far outselling anything else that has been released in Australia - since Robinsons Bookshop has been involved in books - & as Robinsons is the oldest indie in Victoria - that goes back a while (50 years in fact)! My newest store which opened in October last year is the only bookstore in the largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere (yes all of the rest have closed) and whilst I have been eagerly lobbying Harper Collins for you to attend there for a signing - apparently you are all booked up. If there are any openings please keep Robinsons Bookshop in mind - an event at Chadstone would go crazy! Harper Collins was wonderful in securing an event for us with Raymond E Feist next week - and everyone is buzzing about it. If you could find some time to meet your fans at Chadstone I don't think you would be disappointed. Regardless, we are all excited that you are visiting Australia. In the meantime enjoy being home.
Jun. 15th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
While you were away...
Hello Mr. Martin, you may have missed it with your schedule, but ESPN has been going on and on about the Patriots signing Tim (the toolman) Tebow. I for one think you or I have a better chance of playing QB for that team than Tebow does. What is ESPN's fascination with this guy?

Also, and more importantly, on the Conan interview you noted that the HBO series could have an ending that differs from the planned ending in the books. Was that an anti-spoiler strategy on your part (because of the living characters in the books that are dead on screen), or is that truly a possibility?
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