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Wars, Woes, Work

Life is impossibly busy right now. I am wrestling with the Son of Kong (that is, working on THE WINDS OF WINTER), trying to wrap up a final round of edits and revisions on the twenty-third Wild Cards book (HIGH STAKES), developing three new series concepts for HBO and Cinemax, hiring writers and directors for three short low-budget films I am hoping to produce based on some classic SF short stories (more on that in the months to come), making my way through the Hugo Packet to prepare to vote, looking forward to opening JURASSIC WORLD at the Cocteay and to hosting a ten-author special event for the release of Steve Stirling's new "Emberverse" anthology, THE CHANGE. In a week's time, we'll be flying off to Europe for long-planned appearances in Germany (Hamburg) and Sweden (Stockholm), en route to Archipelacon on the island of Aland, where I am to be the Guest of Honor...

In the midst of all this, wars old and new continue to rage all around me.

I had rather hoped that the Puppy Wars would have died down by now. Naive of me. Far from it, things keep getting worse. All the grisly details of this ongoing nastiness can be seen at FILE 770 over at http://file770.com/. ((Mike Glyer deserves the 2016 Best Fanzine Hugo for his even-handed and thorough coverage of Puppygate, linking to virtually everything posted on the subject anywhere on the internet)).

I want to single out the postings of Eric Flint. The latest, at http://www.ericflint.net/index.php/2015/06/09/a-response-to-brad-torgersen/ , is a devastating point-by-point deconstruction and refutation of the latest round of Puppystuff from Brad Torgersen. Flint says what I would have said, if I had the time or the energy, but he says it better than I ever could. ((I will be nominating him for a Hugo too. For Best Fan Writer)). His earlier posts on Puppygate are all worth reading too. He is a voice of reason in a sea of venom.

I will add one point. The emptiness of the Puppy arguments is indicated clearly by how much time they seem to spend in coming up with new insulting terms for those who oppose them. The facts are against them, logic is against them, history is against them, so they go for sneers and mocking names. First it was SJWs. Then CHORFs. The latest is "Puppy-kickers." Next week, no doubt, they will have something else. Reading all the blogs and comments that Glyer links to from FILE 770 has convinced me that anyone who starts throwing these terms around can pretty much be discounted; you will find no sense in what they say, only sneers and talking points.

Meanwhile, other wars are breaking out on other fronts, centered around the last few episodes of GAME OF THRONES. It is not my intention to get involved in those, nor to allow them to take over my blog and website, so please stop emailing me about them, or posting off-topic comments here on my Not A Blog. Wage those battles on Westeros, or Tower of the Hand, or Boiled Leather, or Winter Is Coming, or Watchers on the Walls. Anyplace that isn't here, actually.

Yes, I know that THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named me "the third most powerful writer in Hollywood" last December. You would be surprised at how little that means. I cannot control what anyone else says or does, or make them stop saying or doing it, be it on the fannish or professional fronts. What I can control is what happens in my books, so I am going to return to that chapter I've been writing on THE WINDS OF WINTER now, thank you very much.


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Jun. 10th, 2015 07:41 pm (UTC)
Wild Cards!!!

More Wild Cards!!!

(may be a bit heretical, but I enjoy Wild Cards much more than GoT. [to be truthful, I have not yet finished the first book. Despite working on it a couple of different times… It just has not yet grabbed me. {and I don't have HBO, so I have not seen the TV version either}])
Lotte Weijers
Jun. 10th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)
Best of luck!
Please don't drown in all that work, I still hope to see/meet you in this lifetime should you find yourself in The Netherlands.

So, good luck with all that's going on right now.
Çağrı Akkuş
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
Phew! That sounds like a stressful schedule!

Now...I have a tiny question.

In the world book Bellegere Otherys's parents are a Braavosi merchant's daughter and an envoy from Summer Islands. But the Mercy chapter says the first Black Pearl's parents were a son of Sealord and a princess of Summer Islands.

So what's the truth? :o
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
The novels always trump.
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Jun. 10th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to see you in Hamburg! Have a nice flight!
Greetings from Amsterdam

P.S.: As you are in Germany: You asked Sibel Kekilli in the Arte documentary "Durch die Nacht" what Turkish food is like. Her first response was that it is nothing like "Döner" - struggling to find an English word for it. She said that because you can get Döner at every corner in Germany and most Germans think that it is original Turkish food because many Döner food stands are run by Turkish people. So, after having lots of nice German (or better Bavarian!) beer, a late-night Döner is perfect to complete your night after a hard day. ;-)

Jun. 10th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hey George,
At first: Relex as much as possible. Hugo Award will be fine. Game of Thrones viewers will come down and Kongs Son will fall - Today or Tomorrow. What matters is the Hunt of this beautiful monkey.
Besides that... looking forward to your visit in hamburg. Some things you need to do in hamburg. Visit the habour, visit planten und Bloom (Park with music light Show at 10 p.m.) this Park is right next to the place where you do your reading. And your should visit the Schanze - intresting cultural city part... and you can eat good Döner (kebab) there. If you want to eat great oriental food you should book a table at "l'orient" (top 10 of Hamburgs restaurants). And if you maybe stay near the CCH there is at comic/fantasy/sf Shop only 5 walking minutes away called "andere Welten".
So enjoy your time Wrestling kong jr.

One last question: are you doing a signing in hamburg?

Sincerly hinka.

Edited at 2015-06-10 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: hamburg - stef4n - Jun. 11th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC) - Expand
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all that you do. I signed up as a supporting member, I would love to attend but things have to fall into place correctly for that to happen. I'm on Team Kitty. :)
Guy Breakingbury
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
Thousand Worlds
Hello Mr Martin,

It it too much to hope that the film & tv projects you're referring to could involve a return to or reimagining of any of your 'thousand worlds/manrealm' works?

Thanks for everything
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your books.
Just know that book readers who enjoy your writing have no problem dumping the TV version as well as the arguments, and just going back to reading books. No amount of arguing or trolling will do anything to change what happens onscreen, but a good cup of coffee, tea, or wine with your books will heal our braind from all the trolling.

There is an army of people more than an average audience awaitng the WOW.

So thanks, no matter what TV or internet say you gave a world of wonders and ice and fire, and a lot of other wonderful things.

(Ice spiders and Others not so so pretty but great anyway)
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Good speed.
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC)
I realize I'm a novice advising a master, but the obvious sometimes bears repeating. One's creativity greatly benefits from being well rested, so it's very important that you make sure to get enough sleep. Keep up the great work.
Mike Miller
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:32 pm (UTC)
Take a nice long walk and then a dip in a hot-tub with your favorite drink empty your mind and every thing will flow, Thank you for your work so that others may enjoy.....
Jun. 10th, 2015 08:44 pm (UTC)
I need to study geography 'Archipelacon on the island of Aland' didn't ring any bells and I had to look up the event and location. It all sounds awfully tiring - and incredibly exciting.

As for Sad Puppies I am flummoxed. This most interesting bit for me was produced by a Google search of "sad puppies"+"hugo" which yielded about 50,000 links with an incredible amount of text. Using an arbitrary and totally unscientific assumption that the links each contain at least 500 words dedicated this topic, we get about 25 million words dedicated to it; the Eric Flint page you mention, including comments, has over 30,000 words to it.

Jun. 10th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
Scary, isn't it?
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Jun. 10th, 2015 08:49 pm (UTC)
Keep at it George!!

I hope you are winning the wrestling match against the Son of Kong. Don't stress out too much... do you enjoy tea? There are a few locations in Califoria of a place called David's Tea which I recommend to any tea drinker of any level. I firmly believe that everybody at I am looking forward, like hundreds and hundreds of others, to Book 6. Once I get it, I'm staying off the internet! I will definitely pre-order it the moment I'm able to. Until then, I look forward to the final episode of "Game of Thrones: Season 5", and "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" (which has been pre-ordered for a few months now. Also, I'm hoping that the entire book won't be printed on glossy, 'plastisized' paper, and will be cloth-bound. I doubt you know, just thinking out loud...)

Enjoying the HBO series as well
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
Iced Tea is like the state drink in New Mexico, and I drink gallons of it. But I don't drink hot tea very much... except when I get sick, when for some reason I start to crave it. When I am not sick, I'm a coffee drinker.
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Jun. 10th, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
Working on your stuff is always preferable to engaging the massive hate machine known as the internet.
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:27 pm (UTC)
You have a point.
Dennis Staples
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:10 pm (UTC)
"I was runnin' thru the WINDs with my woes! You know how that shit goes."

Sorry. Had to. :)
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:31 pm (UTC)
Try not to stress too much George. I realize this is probably impossible advice to follow with the plethora commitments you've currently taken on, but I hope you at least know that for all those clamoring at you to finish Winds and comment on the show, there are also a great many of us out here who appreciate all the hard work you put in on everything from Winds, to Wild Cards, to your TV projects.

On a personal note I also want to let you know that I'll be driving all the way from Massachusetts to Washington for Worldcon, solely because of the posts you've made about the Hugos and Puppygate.
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:32 pm (UTC)
Good for you.

Drive safe.
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