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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.


Dylan Headley
Jun. 11th, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
Sample Chapters
Mr. Martin mentioned in a previous post (one with closed comments) that he suggested checking out sample chapters on his website to see how ASOIAF is progressing in the books, as opposed to the show. I could only find one sample chapter there, the "Sansa" one. Is there a list of other sample chapters I can get from anyone?
Virginia R
Jun. 12th, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: Sample Chapters
You can try westeros.org or their forums. A Google search for TWOW sample chapters should also do the trick.

"Emergency Awesome" a channel on youtube has a a link to all the sample chapters in I believe most of his videos' descriptions.
Jun. 15th, 2015 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Sample Chapters
If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can also download the "A World of Ice and Fire" app. It contains all of (or most of) the sample chapters released so far in one convenient (and legal) location. It's a great app too.

The wiki at Westeros.org is probably your best bet if you want a list of what's been released/read so far.
Virginia R
Jun. 16th, 2015 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: Sample Chapters
I totally forgot about the app. For a good while it wasn't available for Android phones I belief so I kinda lost interest. I'll have to check the playstore and see if it's there.

I'm still baffled that in this day and age people are still making "exclusive contracts" with certain companies. Just like HBO Go/Now is only directly available from Apple TV? Why make it harder for certain consumers to reach you and give you their money? It boggles the mind.
Jun. 16th, 2015 08:49 am (UTC)
Re: Sample Chapters
It's available on Android now. It's listed in the Play Store as "A Game of Thrones Guide" (probably due to the free info pack it comes with) but the app still appears to be called "George R.R. Martin's A World of Ice and Fire" once you launch it. You can get a direct link to it from the Books -> ASOIAF section on GRRM's official site if you want to make sure you're getting the right thing. :)


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