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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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Jessica Sills
Mar. 31st, 2015 12:39 pm (UTC)
Sir, ignore my comment about the new chapter through WOIAF app; seems it was an early April Fool's joke from New Zealand and I fell for it. SO embarrassed right now. Sorry to have wasted your time.
Mar. 31st, 2015 01:14 pm (UTC)
Hi George. I'm just curious, but do you sleep? And if so, how much? I'm thinking like 3 to 4 hours at most a night but I could be wrong. I seem to remember you discussing the fact that you actually do other things besides all of the above, to include watching football or actually reading books and ridiculous blog comments like this one (I take full responsibility). I guess what I'm saying is if you DO actually sleep more than the aforementioned amount (which is less than half than what I could survive on by the way), can I have some of what you're having, please? ;-)
Mar. 31st, 2015 02:11 pm (UTC)
Is it cool we share a birthday or no?
Mar. 31st, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
Hi, mister Martin! I am your fan from Ukraine. Now I try to improve my English for reading your books without translation, cause existing Ukrainian and Russian translations are awful. Have you some communication with people who translate your books into foreign languages? They do this work not very well.
I am waiting for "WoW" and new tales about Duncan and Egg, and also I want to know more about Aegon the Unworthy, Dance with Dragon, other stories of Westeros.
I wish you good health, inspiration for lot of new stories and patience for describing them in your books.
Valar Morghulis!
Mar. 31st, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say no to any of these appearances. Anytime I see a pic of GRRM at a convention, he usually has at least one beautiful woman sitting on his lap. You couldn't keep me away from these things.
Mar. 31st, 2015 03:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Conventions
I think you are looking at old pictures. :(
Mar. 31st, 2015 05:54 pm (UTC)
"You will not take the whore to comic con!"

Edited at 2015-03-31 09:04 pm (UTC)
Mar. 31st, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
I'll get pegged as a suck-up for saying this, but seriously do things your way. I honestly hope you have changed ZERO since you first started. You get one life, you owe us absolutely nothing.

In the hiatus, we will just continue to:

1) Develop 5,000 more Tower of Joy fan theories,
2) Scour the books cover-to-cover for more evidence of Benjen Stark's fate, leaving no stone unturned, including the author dedications page.
3) Guesstimate the specific hour of TWOW's release using your blog posts and comments as empirical data within our unnecessarily complex (and wildly inaccurate) statistical models, and
4) Unofficially canonize unnamed squires/pages from lesser houses as Azor Ahai based on flimsy premises, loose interpretations, and out-of-context passages.
Mar. 31st, 2015 08:14 pm (UTC)
Winds of winter
I am just like everyone else waiting for the new book but I hope you are still enjoying the process of writing. I hope life sends you as many blessings as your books have sent me. Have a great day.
Mar. 31st, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
Tuf Voyaging
Hey George, this is as close to an on topic discussion for this as I can find, since you discuss some of the other works you're busy with.

Is there, or has there ever been for that matter, any plans on an adaptation of The Plague Star? My Pa picked me up a copy of Tuf Voyaging and The Plague Star blew me away. It was so riveting - flowed just like a movie in my head. Which is fine of course, but seeing it as a real movie would be awesome too. Just by the way it flowed it seems like it would translate really easily into a screenplay.

Apr. 1st, 2015 01:00 am (UTC)
the winds of winter
Any chance that we will see bran in winds?
Apr. 1st, 2015 03:54 pm (UTC)
Re: the winds of winter
Apr. 1st, 2015 02:01 pm (UTC)
I think at this point, Winds is simply a click bait for those websites. It's getting really annoying too, because every morning I open Google Now on my phone, I see at least 4 links to sites with headlines with some variation of 'Winds of Winter release date confirmed by author!' I might've fallen for it had I not known that this is the place where I'll find about the real release date, whenever it happens. Waiting patiently for it, because I know it'll be worth the wait. Keep up the good work, Mr. Martin!
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