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Conventions and Cancellations

A couple of posts down, I announced that I had decided to cancel a couple of my planned appearances for 2015, namely the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga and the San Diego Comicon.

As seems to happen with everything I post these days, this was immediately misinterperted and misreported.  The usual game of internet telephone took place, and suddenly it was being said that I had cancelled ALL my planned appearances for 2015.  This immediately triggered a flood of emails, and comments here on the blog, from fans who had bought memberships in Norwescon or Conquest or Sasquan in order to see me, and were now worried that I was not coming.

No.  Not so.  Listen, please.  I am skipping San Diego Comicon and World Fantasy Con... but as of this writing, I am still planning on making all of my other scheduled appearances.  Okay?  Clear?  That means, yes, I will be in Seattle for Norwescon next week, and yes, I will be going to Kansas City for Conquest over Memorial Day.  And so forth.  And so on.

Please note that at both of these cons, I am a guest of honor. They invited me years ago, and have been advertising my participation for many months.  Fans and readers have planned accordingly.  I would not feel right in pulling out of an obligation like this, except perhaps in cases of medical or family emergency, and that does not apply here.  At San Diego and Saratoga I was not a GOH, just a program participant, attending largely on my own hook.  Makes it much easier to withdraw.

It is possible that I may withdraw from some other announced appearances later in the year... most likely in the summer and fall... but if I do, it won't be from cons where I am the featured guest of honor.  I would prefer not to have to cancel anything, but that depends on how the work is going.

And by "work," I mean WINDS OF WINTER, of course... but not exclusively WINDS OF WINTER.   When I say, "my plate is full," I don't just mean with WINDS.  I am still editing the latest Wild Cards volume, HIGH STAKES.   I have an overall deal with HBO, and three new television concepts in various stages of development, with a variety of collaborators and partners.   I am consulting on a couple of videogames.   There's the Wild Cards movie at Universal, where I'm a producer.  And I've recently formed a new production company to make low budget short films based on a trio of classic short stories by... well, no, not yet, that would be telling.  Premature telling.

(Many of these other projects may come to nothing.  Such is the dance of development as they do it in Hollywood.  If anything ever actually comes to fruition, you will read about it here.  Till then, don't hold your breath).

Anyway, I'm busy.  But please note, most of these other projects involve me editing, producing, consulting, or financing.  The writing I'm doing is all on WINDS OF WINTER.

Speaking of which... after wrestling with it for a month or so, I've decided not to script an episode for season six of GAME OF THRONES.  Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels.  And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month's work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks,  and I cannot afford that.   With David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bryan Cogman on board, the scriptwriting chores for season six should be well covered.  My energies are best devoted to WINDS.

So... back to it.


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Mar. 28th, 2015 07:54 am (UTC)
Pros and Cons
It really sounds like everyone wants a piece of you! Fans, publishers, and anyone else who can make money from your immagination. I suppose it is better than either obscurity or idleness, but I do not think I envy you!

What I would like from you, is vacation photos. I hope next time you get to travel, you can find someplace really exotic and beautiful. Like Baguio, or Shibazakura and the temples of Arashimaya in Japan. Maybe Baghan if you want adventure tourism. And the screams of impotent rage from people because you are not writing "their" books, will fill my heart with laughter.

I hope you suck out all the marrow of life! Stay beautiful George!
Mar. 28th, 2015 08:34 am (UTC)
I hope that the number of silent and grateful fans/lurkers like myself are tenfold that of every impatient and demanding brute. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication (:
Mar. 28th, 2015 09:26 am (UTC)
I hope Roy Dotrice is doing THE WINDS OF WINTER audiobook so i can continue to torture my wife in the car! Cough! Cough! I mean "question" her... She's really doomed if you ever come out with an unabridged World of Ice and Fire, i read somewhere that you had written a lot of unpublished content for this. I hope that's true!
Trond Jansen
Mar. 28th, 2015 10:08 am (UTC)
Of all your other projects, the one with your new production company sounds most exciting. Is it allowed to ask what the company is called?
If all goes well, is there any chance that there will be some short films, or longer, based on other classic short stories from different fantasy, horror and science fiction writers you enjoy?
Mar. 28th, 2015 11:14 am (UTC)
Thank you
Just wanted to say thank you for all you've done, and good luck with the rest of your work to come! Take your time!
Cameron Paterson
Mar. 28th, 2015 11:24 am (UTC)
Such frustrations are the flipside of success I suppose. It happens to all high profile figures in various ways.
Re your personal appearances - I was the Freemasons Hall event in London last summer. A fun evening and worth the couple of hundred miles I travelled to see you and RH :)
Mar. 28th, 2015 11:40 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this, George. Very much looking forward to reading Winds of Winter!
Bobby Skelton
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:06 pm (UTC)
Events in South East
You ever attend anything with close proximity to the Southeast? Dragon Con in Atlanta is the major Sci-Fi/Fantasy convention I can think of nearby, but it is Labor Day weekend which is a pretty big weekend for conventions all over.
Mar. 28th, 2015 12:47 pm (UTC)
Clarifications much appreciated. Glad you're well and busy. (Busy always seems to be more fun when you've got the energy for it.)

If you're ever looking for Not a Blog fodder, it might be interesting to some of us who are reading to talk a bit about the differences between writing a story (which I've supposedly got a degree in for all it's been worth) and writing a TV screenplay. From the outside, or just putting a toe in the door, it looks similar, and finding out it takes 6 weeks+ is a bit of a surprise.
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC)
I got to see you at ValleyCon in Fargo several years ago (and had a new Facebook profile pic for the next year, lol!) so I sympathize with people who made plans and are worrying you won't make it. But seriously, people- who would go to see you at a Con and doesn't know that your Not a Blog is where to get their news from? Silly fen...

Thank you for all the hard work you're putting in, especially on WINDS! We'll wait as long as we have to, but it's always comforting when you're generous enough to give us a peek at your process. I'll be disappointed not to have a GRRM episode of the show to look forward to since they're usually the best of the season, but Author knows best! :)
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
An other "first time commenter" who feels the need to tell you how amazed i am with your work! As manny others here i am also all for it that you take all the time you need with anything you tipe!!! the resoults so far a just astonishing! Thank you for these manny great storrys and the amazing caracters you developed! I am looking forword to see more of it all in the future and hope there can/will be a chance to see you and my other favorite (joe abercrombie) develope some work together!! I think that could lead to an awesome resoult =D. ( Wishfull thinking A+).... Oh and a question also from my side. Dont know how often you get asked that but well i just do it any way. Is there a chance to see a new sample chapter from TWOW in the mean time?

Seven blessings to you Mr Martin =)
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
Hi George, huge fan of your writing. One question. Have you read the news about this Game of Thrones Adaptation they're doing in India? Apparently it will focus mainly on Dany Targaryen with the Starks and Lannisters in the Background and some real Hindu History elements?! It all sounds a bit weird , did you aprove that project? Best Wishes in all your ventures!
Mar. 28th, 2015 03:51 pm (UTC)
It does sound weird... and I know nothing about it.
Adaptation - andrew_mcguire - Mar. 28th, 2015 06:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Rani Mahal - Queens Paradise - patrick_hothers - Mar. 28th, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Yup - ssalem3 - Mar. 29th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 28th, 2015 01:48 pm (UTC)
We and all the readers of the future thank you for your decision to devote yourself to WINDS, and can't wait!
Mar. 28th, 2015 02:09 pm (UTC)
People, especially "journalists", not to be confused with actual journalists, will always take things out of context. Some people will never believe you only write for winter. Some will always feel you are their bitch, no matter what Neil Gaiman says. I cannot even start to imagine how difficult it is not to get infuriated at times by all of that. But hey, maybe that frustration/anger/exasperation/feelings of "you gotta be kidding me here", can be used to inspire some great writing, if not just try and ignore it (see: Maisie Williams).

Keep up the good work.

PS: surely this is nothing new but I had to vent my personal frustration ;)
Cameron Paterson
Mar. 28th, 2015 05:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Unfortunately...
Well said
Mary Ellen Wofford
Mar. 28th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the update.

That was very nice of you.
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