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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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Leonardo Rivera Mendoza
Mar. 19th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
About a Prequel
Mr. Martin, how do you feel about the idea
of a prequel to the series? The novel is packed with information about the past of the characters and their families that is as interesting as what's going on presently!
Mar. 19th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: About a Prequel
I am writing prequels to the series: Dunk & Egg.
Seb Farrell
Mar. 19th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hi George, thank you so much for this little teaser, I was once of the opinion it was taking too long but have since, thanks to my unquenchable thirst for more and having watched every theory going on youtube, realised just how difficult and complex your story is. It’ll be ready when it’s ready and, like many things in life, worth waiting for. Is this one being as big a bitch as the last two?
Mar. 19th, 2015 03:53 pm (UTC)
Just thought that even if you deliver TWOW tomorrow, certain fans would be demanding ADOS be released by Christmas. I bet that's frustrating! Thanks George!
Nei-Luj Elegn
Mar. 19th, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
Other Events
Dear Mr. M.,

I just read that you have a lot to do and I think every real fan is extremely excited about this fact and I don't want to hold you back any longer, from writing one of the last books, but is there any chance you could tell me (us) if you will be attending other events or will you have to stay at your castle the whole year? My mother just told me, she bought three tickets for her, my wife and me for an event in Hamburg, Germany the 21. of June. Do you know if this will be canceled?!

Best wishes and happy writing from a big, big fan from Germany.

Mar. 20th, 2015 05:31 am (UTC)
Re: Other Events
I hope not.

I have cancelled two events. So far I am still planning to attend the others on my schedule.

But that depends in large part on how the work goes. I may be forced to cancel other appearances if I find myself in desperate need of more time. I will do my best to prevent that from happening.
Re: Other Events - bardtk - Mar. 20th, 2015 09:52 am (UTC) - Expand
Rasmus B Wayne
Mar. 20th, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
Feeling motivated
George, you've been really chatty recently about TWOW and your other work aswell. Is this a sign that you have been feeling extra motivated these last couple of weeks, or am I reading too much into it?
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Feeling motivated
The latter
Re: Feeling motivated - Rasmus B Wayne - Mar. 21st, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 21st, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
Brandon Sanderson decided to write a revision for the ending of Words of Radiance. I know you've mentioned a few "mistakes" before, such as Tyrion's jump in the first book, but do you feel that, once the series is finished, you might reread the series and do some revisions/retcons of your own?

Perhaps things like how old some characters are, since you had the 5 year gap in mind back then? Maybe a few moments that might feel out of character in retrospect?
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:25 pm (UTC)
No, I don't believe it retcons.
(no subject) - Scott Hanberg - Mar. 22nd, 2015 02:06 am (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 21st, 2015 07:23 pm (UTC)
Blue roses
I suppose I am a bit late commenting here, but I have an ASoIaF-related question and I don't know where else to put it! I love the symbol of the Blue (winter) Rose found throughout the series and I love how it touches upon the idea of hope in the face of death (or Winter), while also representing a potential secret in the story. My question is: how would such a rose be pollinated? In winter, most of the pollinator bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, rodents and birds are inactive or gone south!

So I got to googling, and there is apparently a large bumble-bee in Britain that is known for staying active in the winter and pollinating winter flowers- Bombus terrestris, the buff-tailed bumblebee. Hopefully Westeros has it's own winter pollinators that can survive the much harsher winters of that land. Just thought I'd share!!
Mar. 21st, 2015 08:53 pm (UTC)
Some of the stories in Song of Ice and Fire really stand on their own as short stories, and my favourite by far was the release of Arms of the Kraken with the Ironborn storyline from Feast.

Do you think you might end up writing other novellas set in the main series after the seven books are finished? Stories from factions or characters without a POV or that simply didn't make it in the books, but stories that you'd like to tell nonetheless?
Rock Strongo
Mar. 22nd, 2015 07:43 am (UTC)
Seriously. How long did it take you to map out the Known World? Did you do it before you started writing Ice and Fire or did you start then sit back and draw the map. I've been making this fictional map and it's a lot harder than I thought. Naming everything. Rivers, mountains, forests, gulfs, bays, cities, capitals, islands, it never ends. Then when I thought I was done I was like, "Well I gotta make roads now, and shit. There should be prisons too..." What was your experience like?
Fernando Pons
Mar. 22nd, 2015 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hi from Uruguay!
First of all I want to thanks you for your work, I’m a fan of ASOIAF but for us in South America we get to know the HBO series before the books because as other great books were impossible to found. The TV series made possible that now your art is worldwide distributed and that is a blessing.
I want to know if in the future you will consider visiting our lands? (Way south from Dorne)
Excuses for my English flows, Fernando
Mar. 22nd, 2015 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi from Uruguay!
I will be visiting Brazil a few years hence... but not Uruguay, alas.
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