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Parris and I returned last night from LA, courtesy of Southwest Airlines Cattlecar in the Sky.

It is nice to be back.  We left August 7.  Scotland and the Edinburgh Book Festival, London and worldcon, the big Robin Hobb event at Freemason's Hall, a long (but very comfortable) flight direct from Heathrow to LAX on British Airlines, Hollywood, meetings, the Emmys, more meetings, parties and more parties.  Oh, and an Ice Bucket Challenge.  (Brrrrr).

Much of it was great.  All of it was tiring.

And this comes right on the heels of my trips to France and Switzerland (for the Dijon signing and the NIFFF film festival) and to San Diego (for comicon), with only brief visits home in between.

Way back when, it seemed like a good idea to concentrate most of my travel for the year into a single two-month period, leaving me the other ten months to stay at home and write.  Well, maybe not.  The trips, individually, were great, and I met some terrific people and had some amazing adventures, some of which I hope to tell you about here.  But taken as a whole, it was too much.  I need to face facts.  I am not thirty years old any more.  Airports, long flights, six-hour long signing sessions, and endless interviews take it out of me, in ways they never did before.  The spirit is willing, sometimes even eager, but...

I do have one more trip this year: a brief visit to NYC in late October to promote THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE and see editors, agents, and family.  Elsewise, I am home for the rest of the year... and well into next year, I hope.  Most of that time I plan to spend in Westeros.

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dzneill
Aug. 28th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
Good to hear.
Rest up, my friend. You've earned it.
xraytheenforcer
Aug. 28th, 2014 11:57 pm (UTC)
I wish you many weeks of quiet recuperation and much awesome turtle action.
dragonborngurl
Aug. 29th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
I hear ya mister! ;)
I'm a young 50 and all the world traveling I did when I was a wee 20's & 30's started taking its toll on me when I turned 45. So, take it easy there you sweet summer child and enjoy your chillax in Santa Fe. Lucky for you to be able to escape to another world.

So, my hearts truly truly a flutter to hear about your promotion trip to my fair city on the Ice Coast of the US. Ah NY, and of course your birthplace you share with my dear lovely husband, the elegant NJ.

I was going to go visit my friend (who you met) in Santa Fe and come to the theater in Oct. but I will wait to find out what date you will be coming here cause the irony would be too cruel.
AmirAshkan Semyary
Aug. 29th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
Awesome!!!!!
Patrick St.Croix
Aug. 29th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)
NFL
At least tonight you can relax and watch some preseason football while the Patriots rookie QB fine tunes his skills on your NY Giants. I can't wait for preseason to be over. However, after reading your schedule I'm guessing you have been unable to set aside much time for the NFL. Hope you have chance to relax, and eventually get lost in your world of Westeros.
Vera de Ferran
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
I hope you can rest now =)
If you have them, can you please post links for the event with Robin Robb? I could only find small parts of it on youtube.
Michael Baker
Aug. 29th, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
Martin/Hobb
Check your "other folder" on facebook. My posting the link here was flagged as spam.
Vera de Ferran
Aug. 29th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Martin/Hobb
Thank you so much!! =)
I'm watching it now
_ingenue
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
Respect
Rest well, Mr. Martin! And I give you props for doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. No other ALS Challenge video has entertained me more than yours have.

I AM glad to hear you're going to be working on ASOIF again. No rush though... Anyone with a reasonable mind will agree that quality is the most important thing. Not that we're worried ;) So excited though! Good luck! And please don't disappear from here once you get in the zone of writing ASOIF.
andrewh1990
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Where in NYC?
Your website does not have you listed for an appearance in NYC this October. I have never met you before and I am eager to make the trip. As I live in Florida, I was wondering if you had any other details on where you might be promoting in New York this October. Thanks George.
grrm
Aug. 29th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
Re: Where in NYC?
Details are still being worked out.

It will be an interview only, I fear. No signing. Some pre-signed books may be available.

When I know more, details will be posted on my website.
andrewh1990
Aug. 31st, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Where in NYC?
Thanks George, hopefully I can catch you near Florida on your upcoming Winds tour!
citabria
Aug. 29th, 2014 02:26 am (UTC)
Way back when, it seemed like a good idea to....

Ah, yes, that is a phrase I am quite familiar with -- and found myself uttering even in my 20s and 30s. (A 7-day trip around the Great Lakes, including 4 days in Ann Arbor and Chicago, springs to mind. On the bright side, I did get to visit the Green Bay Packers Museum.)

Now that I'm on the cusp of 50 I'm finding myself saying this even more often. One might think that, with age, I'd gain the foresight to avoid so many opportunities to utter this phrase. Instead, I've merely gotten comfortable saying it sooner.

May you gain the foresight I still lack!
dr0bot
Aug. 29th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Thank the Seven
Just want to thank you for popping out of your shell and providing a ton of teasers and entertaining interviews. The best part was watching everyone fish for an exclusive scoop from the con panels to the red carpet. Can't wait to get my hands on The World Of Fire And Ice!
celebornx
Aug. 29th, 2014 04:14 am (UTC)
Just in time for some football!
Are you excited for the season to begin?
robalthor
Aug. 29th, 2014 06:16 am (UTC)
Relax and find your motivation
I think it was still a good plan. You will appreciate the 10 months of time to yourself. Don't rush. Don't listen to those who will only have you write; if you need the entire 10 months off doing nothing, it's your prerogative. The true fans just want quality. Dont even feel pressured by the tv show; we'll all read your book anyhow. It's literary history now and should not be rushed by commercial tv execs.
Gehrig JonLou
Aug. 29th, 2014 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you. Thank you for making that sacrifice of compacting so much into so little time so that you might have more time to write. As a fan of your work and as someone eager to see what comes next thank you for making this sacrifice for us your fans.
arataniello
Aug. 29th, 2014 09:30 am (UTC)
WorldCon and black rum
It was a pleasure to meet you (briefly) in London, when I babbled inconsequentially about the gift I had given your assistant earlier at WorldCon, and you were gracious enough to listen. Enjoy the black rum!
anabbloggin
Aug. 29th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
I'm 35 and I can say that I would also be drained after what I saw you doing. Long flights are terrible!

I hope you feel recovered soon and have fun not killing Brienne... I mean, have fun writing your book again :-)

Loved your ALS video!
insurrbution
Aug. 29th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
Welcome back George, enjoy some well-earned rest before it's back to the grindstone. Looking forward to World of Ice and Fire, as well as that new edition of The Ice Dragon. And of course, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.
arya_wolf
Aug. 29th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
Aging of the Mind
Of my many pondering's. When I was....young....I seemed to believe the mind aged with the body. Now that I'm.....Older.. I've learned the mind ages very slowly and is way behind the body. We always miss estimate our capacity for travel and all tasks. I'd prefer the body wait for the mind, LOL, but alas, have no control.

If we'd all stop sending messages you might get rested up!!! Thanks for all your updates....
sf_reader
Aug. 29th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize that you had returned home between France & Scotland. Making the time change twice. Ugg!
Jeremy Scholem
Aug. 29th, 2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Best wishes
As always, giddy to hear you are planning to spend a significant chunk of time in Westeros.
francobian33
Aug. 29th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Good!
Good place for spend time... But i heard that winter is coming, so be careful.
dragonet2
Aug. 29th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Glad you're home safely
Recover, recoup and forge on.

Hugs to you and Parris.

and all my best!

Paula
melikinskitty
Aug. 30th, 2014 02:32 am (UTC)
<3
Well hopefully you get a much needed few days of rest before you get back to work..
Nathan Marius
Sep. 1st, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Great!
I have a theory that GRRM does his best writing under the influence of fresh roasted New Mexican chili peppers. I have absolutely no evidence for this (although I find it more convincing than any High Sparrow theory I have seen).

But really I am just jealous because autumn in Santa Fe--hatch chilies and everything else--is just wonderful.

Enjoy!
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