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Got home late (LATE) last night from Switzerland.  The journey back from Neuchatel, via Zurich and O'Hare, ended up taking us twenty four from when we took to when we toppled into bed again, thanks to a long layover and even longer delays in Chicago, so Raya and I were both zombies when we arrived.  The flight on Swissair from Zurich was a delight.  The flight from Chicago to Albuquerque on American Eagle was a nightmare.  I really hate these crappy little planes that United and American have put on their domestic routes.

Anyway... very tired now, and of course a thousand emails awaited me... but I am catching up, and hope to be able to say a few words about my adventures in Europe later.  It was an amazing trip.


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Ramzi Shalby
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:09 am (UTC)
Welcome Back!
As they say "There's no place like....The Iron Throne"
...or was it home?
Jul. 16th, 2014 11:02 am (UTC)
they're not only small and crappy, they're flown by incredibly underpaid and overworked individuals.. not a good combination
Jul. 16th, 2014 01:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome home.
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for visiting us!
I hope you had a great time here in Switzerland! Thank you so much for visiting our little corner of the world...
Jul. 16th, 2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
Welcome home.I just read "The Rogue Prince, or, the King’s Brother" from the Rogues anthology and wanted to thank you for another fantastic story. Keep 'em coming.
Jul. 16th, 2014 07:31 pm (UTC)
Sounds like yet another reason to be glad I moved from the Chicago area to San Diego: I can fly on Southwet's all 737 fleet when I head to Albuquerque to visit family, rather than being stuck into United or American's tin cans.
Jul. 16th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
Switzerland is a place I've always wanted to see ever since watching the James Bond series as a child. I'll assume you weren't chased down a ski hill by henchmen with rifles.
Rafael Wambier Dos Santos
Jul. 17th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Don't like small planes? So, one of those trips to the edge of space with Virgin Galactic is out of the question? Sounds like the ultimate adventure for a Sci-Fi writer.
Jul. 17th, 2014 03:38 am (UTC)
I just took that American Eagle round trip from Chicago to Albuquerque and back again (with one cancelled flight leaving Albuquerque) so I totally know what you mean. Air travel in the US has become impossible. The only saving grace of the business trip was the evening I visited Jean Cocteau, I loved your theater! Great staff and wonderful cafe/bar/movie theater! I will be back my next business trip to Albuquerque (yes, on American Eagle....)

Welcome home! Glad you enjoyed your trip!
Jul. 17th, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
Intellectual Theft
I am sorry to leave a 2nd comment - but the form says my 1st comment was spam... at any rate, I found a site that I believe is pirating your books. Please feel free to contact me so I can provide the links or if you can access my previous comments... there they are!
Christian Sonntag
Jul. 17th, 2014 08:44 am (UTC)
Unpredictable seasons
Dear George,

welcome back.

One questions: If you search Youtube for "sixty symbols winter is coming", you'll find a video that tries to explain the varying durations of seasons in your books.

Which one (if any) of these is correct?


Jul. 17th, 2014 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Unpredictable seasons
Well I do recall an interview where he explains that there is no answer. He doesn't stop people from guessing or making scientific queries though. The appeal of fantasy is mainly the mystery and mysticism. The question is more important than the answer anyways (in some cases). Though I bet if there is an answer, it won't have anything to do with science. It would be more mystical. That's what I think anyways.

Edited at 2014-07-17 08:21 pm (UTC)
Brian James
Jul. 17th, 2014 08:46 am (UTC)
Welcome Home
I enjoyed the stream of the "master class/interview" while you were over there, Mr. Martin. The example of writing a speech for several characters as a dialogue exercise is amazingly useful.

Cool stuff, and welcome home!

Jul. 17th, 2014 05:31 pm (UTC)
Hate Delays
George, I totally agree with you - I really hate delays.
Jul. 17th, 2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
Urban exploration - Paris
Hello !
I'm from Paris and I just read an article about you, saying how much you love the city and how you hired a guide to show you around some unusual Parisian places like the catacombs.
I am a 27 years-old french writer & director, and I also happen to be a huge "hidden Paris" afficionada.
I wrote a feature film that takes place in actual hidden locations from Paris, would you be interested in reading it and talking about it ?
Thank you, and congratulations on your work (your books, obviously, but also this terrific blog) !
Kind regards
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