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Sorry, Saratoga

I don't often attend the World Fantasy Convention (not to be confused with the World Science Fiction Convention, which I have only missed once thirty years), but I was there the last time it was held in Saratoga, and I had a great time. A terrific town, a wonderful con.

This year the convention is returning to Saratoga once again, and I was hoping to return as well. I'm not a guest of honor, and I'm not (so far as I know) getting an award; I just wanted to go.

Reluctantly, however, I've just had to scratch Saratoga off my list of 2015 appearances. For no reason having to do with the con itself. I am sure it will be terrific. It's just a matter of time.

I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong foremost amongst them.

My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me. I won't be there. Go anyway. You'll have a great time.

Also, I have decided against attending this year's San Diego Comicon. Same reason. But since Comicon was never listed on my Appearances page, scratching it is not as big a deal.

(Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind).

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ship52
Mar. 17th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
Son of Kong
This isn't right. The thing that everyone loves most about these books is the quality and care with which they are written. If you're sucking the joy out of your life for sake of writing the book something is bound to suffer. Enjoy the cons!
Mark J. Crandley
Mar. 18th, 2015 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: Son of Kong
Right on. I don't understand the fans rush to the finish line. I'd rather our author finish the works his way. If he needs time, so be it.
Re: Son of Kong - TeamPangloss - Mar. 18th, 2015 09:45 am (UTC) - Expand
dzneill
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:04 am (UTC)
Power on, George.
>Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind.

Oh, George. This makes me happy.

Ben van Heijningen
Mar. 17th, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Power on, George.
Oh the irony of you being happy and George being sad. A story should be made out of this.
Re: Power on, George. - Re Hasenfu - Mar. 18th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
unitron
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:07 am (UTC)
Re:changing yourmind about convention attendance
Once you get Winds wrapped, feel free to think of your time as your own.

: - )


(remark about unless 7th book needed redacted)
MatthiasSchipp
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
Should I...
Is finishing TWOW before the two cons a realistic possibility or are you just mentioning it for the sake of completeness?
steplatham
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:10 am (UTC)
Hope! With a side of patience.
I'm sorry you're disappointed about missing these events. However you just gave all of us a tremendous amount of hope with your final comment!
Momma Luna
Mar. 18th, 2015 03:06 am (UTC)
Re: CASTING A RATHER LARGE 'HAPPY DANCE' SHADOW
DITTO THIS, STEPLATHEM!
You must feel our anticipation and love for your creations. For some of us it has re-shaped our lives and even the way in which we think. Your stories have touched us deeply. Just read the myriad of ASOIAF threads on reddit.com. These cliffhangers have ALL of our panties on a bunch.
Christopher Evans
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:13 am (UTC)
Awesome!!
Writing about the completion on WoW without it being thrown in your face forcing you to make a comment and talking about WoW completion nonetheless, I am so excited.Thank you George! Must be very close...

Edited at 2015-03-17 01:15 am (UTC)
enayan
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:17 am (UTC)
Any regrets
Using this specific example, do you sometimes regret the amount of success you've had that makes it hard to do what you would have liked to do ?

Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for Twow to come out this year. All hail the Mannis!
grrm
Mar. 17th, 2015 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: Any regrets
There are definite drawbacks to success on this level... well, maybe not success, but rather "fame." Starting out, we all dream of being rich and famous. I have to say, rich is great... but fame is definitely a double-edged sword.

But that is hardly an original observation. Still, when it happens to YOU, it is startling.
Re: Any regrets - Bernhard Vienna - Mar. 17th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Any regrets - Gabriel Jagush - Mar. 17th, 2015 11:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Any regrets - Mary Ellen Wofford - Mar. 17th, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Any regrets - Mario Trost - Mar. 17th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Any regrets - Mario Trost - Mar. 17th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
elads11
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
Thank you George for your great work!
Im an huge fan of you and your works, from Israel and im truely
Amazed by the way you have managed to create this massive universe, and keep writing
And advancing the plot when there is so many complex elements you need to combine.
How does your method of writing Winds Of Winter looks like?
How do you manage to involve and evolve every character arc in the story? You got so many of them, do you have like notes scattered around your workplace each one contains all the important info about the character?
Anyways, Asoiaf influenced me a lot and everytime i do a reread of the series, i get astounded from the level of comlexity of the series.
Keep doing your best- writing amazing stories, and causing people hooked to your books.
And i think you are going to make it for comicon this year...
Mark J. Crandley
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:26 am (UTC)
Night gathers, and now our watch begins.
Momma Luna
Mar. 18th, 2015 08:05 am (UTC)
and now our watch BEGINS! SALUTE! (in Italiano-Good Health and Bless you!)
jocamilo
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)
You entertaining the thought of completing Kong Jr in 2015 is the most awesome news of the year so far.

Im sure saratogans will understand.
tori_targaryen
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:29 am (UTC)
That last sentence...
Doing my best not to get prematurely excited but.... Thank you for writing that last sentence :)
kverburg
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:37 am (UTC)
You, Ser, just made my day. It's a shame about the Cons, but the possibility that TWOW might be done this autumn or even summer is huge! Thank you for this!
Keith Riskey
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:37 am (UTC)
ah, so...
Godspeed
aryastarkx
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:46 am (UTC)
Don't tease us like this. We're too desperate for the next book, especially after Mercy.
lord_varys
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:53 am (UTC)
Well...
... as long as you are still coming to Hamburg in June everything is fine with me. I'll be there ;-).

And if any stupid journalist asks you the question to which the usual answer is 'Tyrion' throw out a 'Runcel Hightower' or 'Septon Murmison'. That should be fun.
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