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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).

Comments

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.
Bernhard Vienna
Mar. 17th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC)
Re: Any regrets
You could send a comedian to accept all your awards and do all the interviews for you.

Like what Will Ferrell did for Tiger Woods.
Gabriel Jagush
Mar. 17th, 2015 11:27 am (UTC)
Re: Any regrets
Well, we thank you for wielding that doubled-edged blade, George. It's obviously not always easy, but you do it well.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Any regrets
Took a class under Joe Haldeman one time and he said the worst thing that ever happened was that publishers started putting authors' pictures on the book cover! I take it you might agree?
Mario Trost
Mar. 17th, 2015 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Any regrets
I think Charles Stross' Pratchett obituary had some great things to say about being rich and famous: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2015/03/terry-pratchett.html
Mario Trost
Mar. 17th, 2015 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Any regrets
That's unfair, I wasn't spamming :(

Anyway: please attend the cons. Else in your bereavement you bereave us of Starks or something.

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