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Back from Texas. I had a marvelous time at Texas A&M, presenting them with the five millionth volume for their library, a first edition of THE HOBBIT, and at the Nacogdoches Film Festival, where I got to see my old friends Howard Waldrop, Michael Cassutt, and Joe R. Lansdale, and make a whole bunch of new friends besides. Did some business too, discussing a very cool new project I am working on with H'ard, Mike, and Joe R. More on that later.

But not I am home again, facing the usual mountain of mail and email, and of course the monkeys on my back... those noisiest of them being HIGH STAKES, volume twenty-three in the Wild Cards series, and of course the Son of Kong, THE WINDS OF WINTER.

Once more into the breach...


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Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:27 pm (UTC)
1st Editions (or just cool ones)
I've always wanted to have a really nice leather bound, gold trimmed edition of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings to display. 1st editions would be just to much to handle, haha. I plan on getting a complete set of ASoIaF (when the time comes)
Trevor Crawford
Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Hi George, just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work you put into creating these amazing literary works for our enjoyment. The dedication you have for your projects is evident purely from the high quality of work you have presented to your readers. I feel like this dedication can sometimes be overlooked and I wanted you to know that it is appreciated greatly! Hope you find some time to relax after your travels. Thanks again
Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
First Edition of The Hobbit?! That was a most generous gift, Ser! I don't know if I could bring myself to part with the same.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:36 pm (UTC)
Isn't it a pain when real life gets in the way of writing? Back to the keyboard, all of us writers.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:39 pm (UTC)
Son of Kong
Didn't Son of Kong come out soon after King Kong?

Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:49 pm (UTC)
The son of Kong
hi George,

Thanks for all the great work.

Since you mention the son of kong I thought I might actually try to get some answers on some "fun" questions I had.

Would you actually consider using some of, say, the telltale game's characters and use these into the upcoming books or more generally characters from any other semi canon source?

And will there again be some wildly inappropriate degrading "Easter egg" references included of sports teams that are of your particular disliking?

Keep up the great work and excited for what is coming next
Mar. 2nd, 2015 07:55 pm (UTC)
As a lot of fans I hope, son is more appeasable than his father. Have a good time and pleasure from the work!
Mar. 2nd, 2015 08:17 pm (UTC)
Book signing
OMG! Thank you sir for coming to Texas! I came to your book signing at Hastings it was an out of world experience to see you and get my book signed I still cannot believe it!! Wow!!!
Mar. 2nd, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
If Winds of Winter is the Son of Kong, what will that make Dream of Spring? I don't think there was ever a Grandson of Kong. Maybe Donkey Kong?

Someone needs to release a version of Donkey Kong with you replacing Mario and other books and obligations replacing the barrels he throws to slow you down.
Mark J. Crandley
Mar. 3rd, 2015 03:44 am (UTC)
It would be Mighty Joe Young!
Mar. 2nd, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
You can do it!
Write at the pace you need, Mr. Martin. We're behind you.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
Out of curiosity, was that a US or UK 1st edition?
Ronald Grimsson
Mar. 2nd, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
Every time you start talking about monkeys on your back, it makes me think of your old story "The Monkey Treatment".

I know you hate it when people ask you about how far you have come or how much remains and so on, so I'm not gonna ask. But are there any kind of questions regarding Wind of Winter you don't mind that much? Like; are you facing some of the same problems you had when writing the two previous novels, or is this one easier to write?
Mar. 2nd, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
Best of luck George! I can only hope you'll be able to enjoy writing TWoW for as long as it takes, away from the ridiculous pressure that the success of the show has brought you.

In the meantime, I'll be re-reading and re-reading and re-reading and probably over-analyzing the first five books until Son of Kong gets off your back and graces my shelf :)
Mar. 2nd, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
Good luck with Winds! If it helps at all you have your diehard fans wishing you well every step of the way. The big Facebook fan group is almost 40000 members strong, with a good core of regulars who chat about the books and sometimes the show on a largely daily basis. Most venerate the books above the show and other tie ins though.

I have been a fan of ASOIAF since 1998. Your books have always been there for me throughout my adult life. I appreciate that and look forward to many more. Besides Winds, I am looking forward to the graphic novel of The Mystery Knight. :)

Mar. 2nd, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
Cowboys fans.
George, how many Cowboys fans did you encounter other than myself? Haha. My wife was before me in line with a copy of the Ice Dragon. We are reading it to our kids and they love it!
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