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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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vdevilleneuve
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
To relieve you of your stress....
Maybe this will give you a little smile:

I thought the stuff Coldplay came up with for Red Nose Day was Hilarious, and started writing some parodies based on what GOT characters might be singing based on the last few GOT episodes. Originally posted on watchersonthewall.com

Ramsay/Reek Flayin’ Alive (Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive)
Sam/Gill-Y Crazy in Love (Beyoncé/Jay-Z – Crazy in Love)
Night’s King Don’t Stop me Now (Queen – Don’t Stop me Now)
Melisandre Barbecue (Abba – Waterloo)

Here's the lyrics.

Flayin’ Alive
Ramsay:
Well, you can tell by the way I sharpen knives
I’m a Bolton man: I skin men alive.
the screams are loud, the blood is warm, I’ve been kicked around
I was bastard born.
And now it’s all right, it’s ok
But don’t you look the other way
So tell me now, and please be brave,
Which limb you think you want to save
Nature or nurture, I just love torture.
I’m flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Feel the Starks breakin’ and Winterfell shakin’
And we’re flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, flayin’ alive
Well, I was born low, now I climb high
I’m a jolly man, my laugh’ll make you cry
One day I’ll stand in the mad king’s shoes
I’m a Bolton man and I just can’t lose
You know it’s all right, it’s ok
But don’t you look the other way
So tell me now, and please be brave,
Which limb you think you want to save
Are you Yara’s brother or my stepmother
I’ll flay you alive, flayin’ alive
Feel the North breakin’ and all houses shakin’
And we’re flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, I’m flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, flayin’ alive
(Reek)
Life goin’ nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life goin’ nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
Ramsay:
Well, you can tell by the way I treat my girls
I’m a Bolton man: I’m such a charm
The screamin’ loud and women warm
At heart a flayin’ man, since I was born
You know it’s all right, it’s ok
But don’t you look the other way
So tell me now, and please be brave,
Which limb you think you want to save
you think Stannis is badass, well I’m the real menace
I’m flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Westeros is shakin’, whatever pie is bakin’
And we’re flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, I’m flayin’ alive, flayin’ alive
Ah, ha, ha, ha, flayin’ alive
(Reek)
Life goin’ nowhere, somebody help me
Somebody help me, yeah
Life goin’ nowhere, somebody help me, yeah
I’m flayed alive


vdevilleneuve
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
continued...
"Crazy In Love"
(feat. Gill-Y)


[Intro:]
[Gill-Y:]
Yes!
It's so crazy right now!
Most incredibly, it's ya bae, Sam.
It's ya bae, boy.
[Sam:]
You ready?
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no

[Gill-Y:]
Yea, history in the making,
Season 5, it's so crazy right now


[Verse 1: Sam]
I look and stare into your Wildling eyes,
I touch your face a little more every time,
Wanted to fight - you begged me not to go,
Called my name two or three times in a row,
Such a funny thing for me to try to explain,
How I'm feeling and my pride is the one to blame.
'Cuz I clearly can't swing a sword with either hand.
But your love just clearly wants to make me pretend.


[Chorus: Sam]
Got me acting so crazy right now, your love's
Got me feeling so hazy right now (in love)
Comin’ from a place b’yond the wall
Tarly coming to save you right now

Love you more than on paper right now (not sure)
I want to be a master right now
Acting so crazy in love's
Got me looking, got me looking so crazy in love.


Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no


[Verse 2: Sam (Gill-Y):]
When I talk to my brothers quietly,
Who she think she is? What the Wildling done to me,
Did not fight, got beat when i drew my sword,
Just impressed you by my knowledge of my books, (word),
The way you made me break the vows I knew,
The book page I skip when I'm with you,
But I still don't understand,
Just how your love can do what no one else can.


[Chorus: Sam]
Got me acting so crazy right now, (your touch)
Willy acting so crazy right now, (not sure)
I know where to place it right now
Can’t believe what George called it right now (tell me!)
Can't believe I got laid just right now (your love’s)
got me breaking all of my vows (oh my)
Acting so crazy in love's
Got me looking, got me looking so crazy in love.

[Verse 3: Gill-Y:]
Check it, let's go
I'm tough coz you know I grew up in the Keep
Craster's daughter, but still keeping it real, (oh my)
share daddy issues, but those are just our least woes.
You're Sam the Slayer, no halfling with hairy toes,
You kick white walker butt with dragon glass
Be proud brother shake that dragon ass.
But your best weapon is a fat pink mast. (oh my!)
You give the best lovin' I ever had.

Tough like Tormund, but with bears I don’t sleep
Rabbits beyond the wall is all I keep,
Gill-Y flower, crazy and deranged,
They can't figure me out they like hey is she insane, (oh my)
No commander I don’t wear no black,
I survived mole’s town so cut me some slack.
Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no

Been dealing with white walkers,
I prefer my Sam to all these smooth talkers
(Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no)
He’ll care for my babe till the game's over,
(Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no)
Sam II, one day will grow and sit the iron throne
(Oh my, oh my, oh my, oh no no)
By Book 7 the game's been wrap, One!


[Bridge: Sam]
Got me feeling, a player, my baby
I'm not myself, lately, not bookish, I don't do this,
We’re not showing skin, baby but I don't care
'Cuz wildlings know nothing on underwear,
Gilly you're making a man out of me,
Daddy would not believe it even if he could see,
'Cuz baby you got me, you got me, so crazy baby
HEY!


[Chorus: Sam:]

Got to think I’m a player right now (your love's)
Got me feeling like a Baelish somehow, (in love)
Don’t think of being a Maester right now
Won’t be building my chain just right now

Got me thinking I’ll take you down south
Take a ship to amazing Old town
Acting so crazy in love,
Got me looking, got me looking so crazy in love.

Got me acting so crazy right now, our love's
Made “inside the episode” now (in love)
Don't touch on all that rapin' right now
Nuf' debate with the people online

Want to care for your baby right now
Why that kid still not aging right now
Acting so crazy in love,
Got me looking, got me looking so crazy in love.

vdevilleneuve
Jun. 10th, 2015 09:36 pm (UTC)
continued...

"Don't Stop Me Now" (Night’s King)
Tonight I'm gonna have myself a real good time
I feel alive and up North some folks are gonna die Yeah!
I'm gonna cause a massacre
So don't stop me now. Don't stop me
And give me some good lines, give me more screentime

I'm a scary dude all wrapped up in mist
A white walker, defying the laws of life & death
I cause gruesome deaths, but hey I don’t rape, I get raving reviews!
Viewers go up up up,
It’s a guarantee!

I'll chill you with blue eyes yeah!
Two hundred degrees
You’ll freeze like below Fahrenheit
I'm turning you into a wight
I wanna make a superscary one out of you

Don't stop me now
No matter crow or free folk
I'm crushing your head
Don't stop me now
Yes you’re gonna have a good time
You’ll rise from the dead

Don't stop me now (I’m having a good time)
Don't stop me now (having a good time)
I don't want to stop at all... yeah!

I'm a white walker on my way down south
On a collision course
With all of Westeros, and I’m in control
I’ll tear down the Wall, leaving none alive
Look how few made it out of
Ho oh oh oh oh Hardhome

I'll get you cold blue eyes yeah!
You’ll jump down some cliffs
Balls freezing below Fahrenheit
You’re joining the King of the Night
I’m gonna make a killer skeleton out of you

Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Hey hey hey!

Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Ooh ooh ooh (I like it)

Don't stop me
Don't stop me
Give me screentime, screentime

Don't stop me
Don't stop me

Ooh ooh alright

Nooo, touching Dragonglass
Nor Valyrian steel
No shattering like Dany’s wheel
I'm craving for a dragon kill
I wanna freeze the iron throne in the end

Don't stop me now
If you wanna ride a dead horse
Come join me my friend
Don't stop me now
These suckers in King’s landing
Will believe in the end

Don't stop me now (Cause I’m having a good time)
Don't stop me now (Yes I’m having a good time)
I don't wanna stop at all

La la la la laaaa
La la la la
La la laa laa laa laaa
La la laa la la la la la laaa hey!!....

Barbecue (Melisandre) / Waterloo (Abba)
My, my, a Barbecue coz the night is full of terrors,
Oh yeah, We’ll roast a juicy inn’cent, so Rh’llor can show us the way
The Boltons are holding us back,
Baratheons want to attack!

Barbecue – Leeches or Shadows won’t help us here
Barbecue – king’s meat will bring all you needed to
Barbecue – Let Stannis conquer the iron throne
Barbecue – Know it’s his fate – throw the guy a bone
Barbecue - Finally having a Barbecue

Up North, they serve some bloody tough good steaks, but ours are better
Oh yeah, and now my fiery heart tells you to burn this girl
Check my naked body, I’m hot
Kneel now, all you hail the Red God!

Barbecue – Davos can’t bug us, we sent him far
Barbecue – Shireen is roasting, we’ll win the war
Barbecue – Sacrifice cleanses the entire realm
Barbecue – We’ll beat the Great Other now keep your calm
Barbecue - Finally having a Barbecue

One princess, a small price to pay,
Now Lightbringer show us the way!

Barbecue – Brought to you by Binders from Asshai
Barbecue – Rh’llor will bring back Azor Ahai
Barbecue - Finally having a Barbecue

jlutheDragon
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Good job George!
Don't be stressed man! You are an amazing writer. Just relax and continue whatever process and methods you've always used and don't feel rushed. I'm having as hard a time as anyone else waiting for TWOW but I'd rather you take you're time and write the amazing book that's coming rather than rush it. Keep it up Mr. Martin, you're the man!!
brucker51
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
I am hoping that one of your future projects with HBO has 'Robert's' and 'Rebellion' in the title.

Edited at 2015-06-10 10:12 pm (UTC)
grrm
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hope springs eternal.
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chris_warrior
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
at one of these points, i kept wanting to tell you about someone writing a LARP up here in Maine where all the characters are serving on the Wall (or the closest legal equivalent; last i knew, they have been trying to contact you or your office for permission to use it). of course, there appears to be very little room in the above schedule for larping.

finally, every friend who complains about the TV show versus the books gets my Daenerys face - see icon. it's very effective.
cashcraig
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:19 pm (UTC)
Good on you, George, you've shown that you are indeed a master juggler of work, you haven't dropped a ball yet that I can think of, and it's massively appreciated by all of us.

When TWOW does hit shelves, will you be having a massive party/signing somewhere? Because I'll be there no matter where it is, flying down from my lofty Canadian perch.
gazys
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:22 pm (UTC)
don't forget to enjoy every day! I love the books you have written. I am now reading Fevre dream.
niarlin
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
For as much as I would love to see you furiously pouring your every waking moment into finishing ASOIAF for my own greedy curiosity about what happens to your characters that I love and love to hate, it is rather heartwarming to know that one of my favorite authors is filling his life with other things that brings him joy or he finds intriguing at least. Or does not enjoy, but still gives an appropriate amount of attention to as a mature human being.

Thank you for sharing so much about your life with your fans. It serves as a reminder that even our heroes have heroes and woes of their own.

May the stress-tornado pass by you quickly. :)
storm59
Jun. 10th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
I second the sentiment.
sabotabby
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're speaking up re: Puppies. I have an incredible respect for your writing—as do most people—and your voice carries weight in fandom.
gaspassman
Jun. 10th, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you really need to disconnect yourself from the Internet. Eagerly awaiting Winds of Winter.
scott4567
Jun. 10th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC)
Remember to Breathe
*sigh* I just want to be in your club. :-)
dieppe
Jun. 10th, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sometimes, a puppy has a disease, or a cancer, that hurts the puppy so much that letting it live would be inhumane. I would be that person, the person who puts the diseased puppies out of their misery if only so that they can receive a proper burial and we can move on with our lives.

So... Just sayin', George... A lot of good oxygen wasted on those folks. *sigh*
savatage
Jun. 10th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
I greatly enjoy both Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire (which many can't comprehend), so it's good to hear that you're working on the one you can 100% control because I can't wait to read it. I'm sure it's going to be awesome!
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