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What's Up, Doc?

"Never play poker with a man called Doc," Nelson Ahlgren once warned.

Guess my poker-playing days are over.


I am very pleased. Thanks to all my friends at A&M.

(When will I be returning to College Station to get the degree? Not till WINDS is done).



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Truesdell Young
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:21 pm (UTC)
You're always welcome at my poker table if you're ever in Minneapolis.
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
You're better off at the craps table anyway.

Congrats, George!
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
My father was great at craps, but I never got into it.
(no subject) - unsentauron - Feb. 11th, 2016 11:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - grrm - Feb. 12th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC) - Expand
Jess Dyba
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
May Graduation
Well, here's hoping that you make it for the May graduation.

J Deas
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:43 pm (UTC)
If you were a Maester, how many links would you have in your chain, and what metals would they contain?
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:50 pm (UTC)
Class act!
I love everything about this post.

Did you have that first edition since your childhood, or did you get it later on? Either way that was very generous. I am a sucker for first editions and for older books.

Feb. 10th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Class act!
I never had the first edition. They found it, I bought it, donated it.
Re: Class act! - harleyquinn87 - Feb. 10th, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:51 pm (UTC)
Honorary Degree, yippee!
Congrats! The article mentions that you're sending the Cushing Library copies of everything you've written. One of my interests as a writer (of sorts) is the writing process and how different authors uniquely grapple with their own writing and the various manuscript partials they attack. Do you imagine that you'll sends your WINDS manuscript(s) over to Texas A&M? If so, will you send them your complete "unedited" manuscript or is your plan to send them the manuscript once it's been worked over by your editors?

Again, congrats! I have never made it to Texas A&M, but I've heard the campus and library are top-notch.
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Honorary Degree, yippee!
I do send my manuscripts to A&M... eventually.

(no subject) - notthebuddha - Feb. 10th, 2016 11:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Honorary Degree, yippee! - BryndenBFish - Feb. 10th, 2016 11:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Honorary Degree, yippee! - dhcarlson - Feb. 11th, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC) - Expand
Alistair Urie
Feb. 10th, 2016 09:58 pm (UTC)
Hope you get it soon then
Now that's a great motivation to get the book done! Looking forward to seeing the photo at A&M.
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:02 pm (UTC)
George, will you ever tell us the specific locations of all Westerosi castles?
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:16 pm (UTC)
Every one? There are hundreds.
(no subject) - Fairfax - Feb. 10th, 2016 11:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Matt O'Reilly
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
You can do it George! From a fan in Australia ;)
Dan Mansfield
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:06 pm (UTC)
That's great to hear!
Keep on truckin! No rush, it will be there when you are ready!
Anton Paloka
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
Onto the future
Can you now seek out your PHD, only to be called Doc Martin?
Feb. 10th, 2016 10:51 pm (UTC)
Well, if you paint yourself into a corner, there's always the red comet awaiting to hit Westeros and kill everyone. That would finish the series with a BANG! :-)
Feb. 10th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
Dear Mr. Martin,

Congratulations! I hope you are proud. You should also be proud of WHY you were given this honor. I know, not entirely infrequently, well known people are given honorary degrees for doing little more than giving important talks at the school (commencement ceremonies, important lecture series, etc.). To be honest, if you really wanted to pile-up honorary doctorates, I think you could make it known that you would trade commencement talks for them, and I suspect you would get a fair number of offers.

But there is a world of difference between giving a lecture or two at a school, and making substantive and rare contributions to a unique library collection. The former is cute and fun, the later does truly advance the mission of the school and library.

The honor sounds very, very well deserved.

Ahsan Syed
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:07 am (UTC)
Honorary degrees are usually given at commencement, right? Maybe you'll be done with WINDS by May! ;)

Congratulations, by the way, Mr. Martin!

Edited at 2016-02-11 12:09 am (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:46 am (UTC)
A&M has three commencements each year.
(no subject) - Ahsan Syed - Feb. 11th, 2016 01:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
Also, never play poker with a man who wears a panama hat
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