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Last Year (the Cliff's Notes version)

My giant Review of the Year Post got eaten by Live Journal.

That was very vexing. I had spent the entire morning and part of the afternoon working on that post. It was very long. Lots of graphics too, book covers and party photographs, all sorts of stuff I had to find on my hard drive and load. And in an instant it was gone.

I don't have the time to energy to recreate it. I probably could not even if I tried. Nothing is as onerous as trying to rewrite something you've already written and lost.

So all I can give you, on this fine 2016 afternoon, is a sort of Cliff's Notes version.

And to make sure I don't lose a lot of stuff again, I will break this up into a number of shorter posts rather than one epic one.

So... where was I? Oh, the lost post. Well, the title was simply "2015." It was meant to be a review of my entire year, personal and professional. And yes, I talked about WINDS, but I talked about a lot of things as well. That was the sort of year it was.

My opening statement was a crib from Dickens: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Which pretty well sums up 2015 for me. Lots and lots and lots of amazing stuff happened, and I felt that I wanted to stress that... most writers could only dream about the kind of year I had... but it was a year full of frustration and disappointments as well, a year of lows as well as highs...

So let me get into that.

In smaller posts.


Jan. 1st, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
"And in an instant it was gone."
So now you know how we feel.

#RedWedding #NeverForget
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
Re: "And in an instant it was gone."
North remebers! :'(
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
I now imagine it as the most epic post ever, forever lost on us haha. Maybe write a book about it? 'The adventures of the lost blog post'

Edited at 2016-01-01 10:06 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
I bet the reason Jaqen's in the Citadel is so he can get a copy of the lost 2015 post
Uma D
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:07 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year and thank you
Jan 1 2015 is the worst day in my life.Lost my father.Not able to cope up, but felt little bit releaved in other world because of your(our) ASIOF and DUNK and EGG stories. Thank you so much for that. From yesterday, thinking to be unconsious so that I will not feel the pain and expected to see something or anything to get disstracted in your Not a blog.Checking every 30mins. Finally now..Thank you for this.
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy New Year and thank you
Sorry about your father.
Jan. 2nd, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
RE: Happy New Year and thank you
God bless you, i hope 2016 is a better year for you, who knows George might release new stories to brighten your days 😆
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:10 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:11 pm (UTC)
I imagine a large percentage of the English-speaking world will now be glued to this blog.
Brandon Michael Farley
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC)
Certainly the sober and awake ones, har har.
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
Go get em tiger!
First of all I wish you a happy and healthy new year! - in the name of Slovenia fandom ;)

And second...building up hype again? :P You sly old fella I love you so much! Hope that I wont laugh bitterly at the end hehe :D

PS: Just take your writing slowly and dont get overly frustrated...this world is dark and full of terrors :P Well I have to say that it would be nice to see WINDS before HBO's season 6 but man...
speed < quality ;)

Jan. 1st, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
Lost works
Here or in one of your coming posts, I know it would put a lot of minds at ease if you can assure us that whatever is going on with the draft of Winds, it did not at any time suffer the same fate as your disappeared and lengthy Livejournal post. People know you work on slightly retro technology, and that theory gets bandied about.

A happy and a healthy 2016 to you and yours!
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Lost works
I have already said that several times in replies to previous comment.

My "retro technology" is actually safer and more stable than the current systems.

Edited at 2016-01-01 11:34 pm (UTC)
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Lost works
You've already said it? But George, fans never pose the same questions to you multiple times! BTW, is Tyrion your favorite character and who's Jon Snow's mother??;)

Anyhoo, you do you. Store it on as many fat pink floppies as you want. Whatever eventually brings me the latest and greatest in your hit series Wyman & Friends works for me.
Jan. 2nd, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
Re: Lost works
Sorry, I scanned for such a question-and-answer but must have missed it.
Glad to learn it, obviously.
Although come to think of it, maybe this means it'd be worth your time to install a FAQ.

Edited at 2016-01-02 12:10 am (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2016 12:13 am (UTC)
Re: Lost works
I have a FAQ on my website, though it has not been updated for years.
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
LJ is a tricky beast! It's eaten plenty of my own posts. Glad to hear you had such a great 2015, hope 2016 is filled with travel, adventures, continued success and more fun!
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
On the bright side, at least it was just a blogpost. I once had a computer suddenly die while I was trying to revise a scholarship essay. I had had the foresight to save it to a floppy disk too (this was nearly twenty years ago), but apparently there's a reason I'd gotten a whole box of blank disks so cheap. I'm still convinced that I would've gotten that scholarship if I hadn't had to rewrite that dang essay!
Jan. 1st, 2016 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you
After the frustration of losing the long post, I'd understand just walking away for a while, so I appreciate you providing a summary to satisfy our curiosity.

It's been such a pleasure to explore the world you've created, and to connect with so many others because of it. I hope your 2016 is filled with the kind of joy that you've provided for so many of us.
Trenton Passmore
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
Take your time.
The internet is in a frenzy over these posts. They can wait.
Rasmus B Wayne
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:27 pm (UTC)
The stuff you wrote about WINDS and that we'll never be able to read is making my head boil. Goddamnit, Live Journal!
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
If you don't want your head to boil, you shouldn't have drawn steel in Vaes Dothrak. Rookie mistake.
Jan. 1st, 2016 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 2nd, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
Hi Mr. Martin, I don't know if you would find this helpful or not, but there's a Chrome/Firefox/Mozilla extension called Lazarus that let's you recover text once it's been lost to form-killing timeouts, crashes and network error. I found it really handy when it came to updating my own LJ and lost things to crashes, too. Cheers and happy new year! :)

Edited at 2016-01-02 12:49 am (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
"Brilliant" Theory from The Lost Post
I'm guessing that the first part of The Lost Post that you were able to recover - but then decided you didn't want to write about after all - was where you talked about Winds? Granted you said that you wrote about many things in that original post, it just seems logical that given your stance on talking about The Son of Kong that you would re-think your momentary lapse of reason of writing about it. If I'm correct I believe that someone at Live Journal needs to be fired for whatever the mistake was!

Anyway, I look forward to hearing anything about the book but please know that there are those of us who realize that all the updates in the world are insignificant until you can say, "My part is done and Winds will be on the shelf in "x" months." Looking forward to reading that post. Happy New Year!
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
Re: "Brilliant" Theory from The Lost Post
Good guess. Completely wrong.

The post I decided not to make was more about the Sad Puppies.
Kane Gregory
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:17 am (UTC)
It never occurred to me that your post would mention Winds. I love reading your blog because (despite its name) it is more of a blog than those of most famous people (where it is either just mindless drivel to keep people following them, or just pure marketing that they aren't involved in).

I don't follow football, but I love seeing the passion you have for it. And I admire how you stand up for those who are under unfair attack, be it the Hugo's fiasco, or Syrian refugees. That you organised the Alfies to mend some of the damage caused by the rabid puppies, put a huge smile on my face. It was a wonderful and inspired gesture proving once again that good spirit can stand strong in the face of hate.

But most of all, I really enjoy hearing about your love for Santa Fe, and all the work you are doing for it. I would love to visit some day, and check out the Jean Cocteau (and try some of your famous popcorn!), but that may have to unfortunately wait some time, as I have a young family that is naturally my highest priority these days.

I think those who come to your blog only to see (and in some cases even demand) updates on Winds are missing out on its true value. More the shame for them, I say!

Edited at 2016-01-02 01:23 am (UTC)
Jan. 2nd, 2016 01:27 am (UTC)
I'm sorry your post got eaten. I hate when that happens. I'm wondering what browser you use? I have an add-on for Chrome called Lazarus. It gives me a little ankh in the upper right corner of a text box, and pulls up the last several things I've written as options, so I can paste any of them in the text field. It automatically does this. So if there's suddenly a power outage, or a cat jumps on the keyboard and closes my browser, whatever, I can get back most of what I wrote. Other browsers might have similar add-ons, but that's the one I know of.

I hope you have a happy new year. :)


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