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Rumors and Fabrications

It seems I need to clarify once more.

I am NOT on Twitter.  I am NOT on Facebook.  The only place I post myself, in my own words, is here on Live Journal.

I do have an official Twitter account, and an official Facebook account.  I established these in self-defense, because there were fake accounts out there, where people pretending to be me were making various spurious pronouncements... pronouncements that would then get picked up all over the internet and repeated as if they were gospel.

The official Twitter and Facebook accounts are maintained for me by my minions and my publishers.  I don't post there myself.  I don't even read them or check comments.  I have other stuff to do.  LOTS of other stuff.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, Raya came to me and said the folks at Random House wanted to do a special promotion on Twitter, a "Twelve Days of Christmas" with a Westerosi twist.  Did they have the green light?  It sounded fun, and funny, so I said sure, and thought no more of it.  It was just a little Christmas celebration.

But then, somehow, from somewhere, the rumor arose that the "12 Days" were actually a countdown... not to Xmas, but to the publication of THE WINDS OF WINTER, or the announcement of its completion and/ or pub date.

Sorry.  Not true.  Look, I've said before, and I will say again, I don't play games with news about the books.  I know how many people are waiting, how long they have been waiting, how anxious they are.   I am still working on WINDS.  When it's done, I will announce it here.  There won't be any clues to decipher, any codes or hidden meanings, the announcement will be straightforward and to the point.  I won't time it to coincide with Xmas or Valentine's Day or Lincoln's Birthday, the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday.  When it is done, I will say that's it is done, on whatever day I happen to finish.

I don't know how I can make it any clearer.

And while I am debunking rumors, let me also say that this story about me being inspired to finsh WINDS by STAR WARS is also utter bullshit, and I have NO idea where that one came from.  (I liked the first two STAR WARS movies, the third not so much, the prequels not at all, and the trailer for the new one had no impact on me one way or the other, and let's face it, even the best of 'em is no FORBIDDEN PLANET.  Robby is my robot ideal, not C3PO or R2D2).  Made up out of whole cloth, so far as I know.

It really stuns me how widely the STAR WARS thing has been disseminated.  Truly, internet journalism is an oxymoron.

As Mark Twain once said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while truth is putting on its shoes."

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RTerlep
Dec. 13th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
Well said
"the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday."

I can't help but think there's another resurrection you could have used here, but there's no use in getting -hung- up on it. (I'll see myself out.)

I was one of the people that bought into that self-generated hype, so thanks for writing this, Mr. Martin. Best of luck with finishing WINDS.

Edited at 2014-12-14 12:00 am (UTC)
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insurrbution
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
I always use your blog and your site as go-to places on the web for actual, fact and news. And i always refer to them for my Game of Thrones / Ice and Fire friends if they want to keep up with the news. Most like it's being spread from the groups or types of fans who think that Dany's name is 'Khaleesi'.

Also, I hope the book is coming well for you. I've crossed my 100 manuscript page count - a milestone! 100 pages total that I am happy with!

Finally, looking forward to what your thoughts are once you've seen The Hobbit: Part 3, and the trilogy as a whole.
Rodrigo Ovalle
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Don't worry about it George! Happy holidays to you and Parris.

Edited at 2014-12-14 12:05 am (UTC)
cemeteryconsort
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
Gotta love Twain.
Brooklyn Ann
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:05 am (UTC)
They really are clever and fun pictures. I appreciate them.
Joan Mackian
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:07 am (UTC)
12 days
Thanks George. We are all just so anxious for any little snippet, that we tend to run with it.

scottdschaffer1
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
Re: 12 days
I'll admit, I'm antsy because by April (assuming WoW doesn't get here before then) I'm going to have a bit of a dilemma. I'm more invested in the book story than I am in the TV story, so do I risk watching Season 5 immediately and possibly end up with the TV show getting ahead of the books and spoiling something big, or do I go into lock down on SoIaF news and hold off on Season 5 until WoW has been released?
bighdog
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
Independence day
You did not say Independence day: So that means Rickon will reclaim the title of King in the North and declare Independence from the South?
Kells O'Connor
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
eh
I never thought of it as a 'rumour' as much as a hope.
balinares
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
I have to admit I got a bit irritated with the excitable kids on Reddit when they decided it was obviously your fault if they massively overreacted to 12 Days. Ah well.

Now I sort of wish your minions would go and announce all the long awaited things out there except Winds -- the publication of the secret JFK assassination files, the release of Half-Life 3, world peace! -- just because a crooked sense of humor is still the best way to deal with people doing... peopleish things, all told.
GeekFurious
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
"the book will not rise from the dead with Jesus on Easter Sunday"
Thank you for the laugh.

Go Giants.
goldenbuddy
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:22 am (UTC)
Can't rush quality
It's too bad you have to deal with this crap.

While I'm looking forward to TWoW, there is no shortage of great fantasy books out there in the meantime.
grrm
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
Re: Can't rush quality
Agreed. So much great stuff. I am reading Joe Abercrombie right now myself...
Re: Can't rush quality - Mateusz Hajdziony - Dec. 14th, 2014 02:53 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Can't rush quality - adarsh chits - Dec. 14th, 2014 02:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Can't rush quality - Dean Grasser - Dec. 14th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Can't rush quality - starkdad - Dec. 15th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
johnfish4
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:23 am (UTC)
Clarification
Thanks for clarifying George. It was just a crazy coincidence that the countdown ended on the winter solstice, just an oversight by the PR team. Pleassse get TWOW out as soon as possible!
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Paulo Passos
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
Do not worry, the informed fans do know you only write here. Greetings from Portugal.
scottdschaffer1
Dec. 14th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
That Star Wars thing struck me as off immediately, if for no other reason than because you give off much more of an 'old school sci-fi nerd' vibe. I'd be much more likely to buy into you being inspired by the kind of science fiction that's really smartly written rather than having an excessive reliance on special effects and merchandising.
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