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Got back from MystiCon on Monday. It was a fun weekend, and did much to restore my spirits. After all the internet rancor that has dominated on-line discussion of late, it was good to be reminded of what cons are all about... and how warm, welcoming, and open fandom can be. The Roanoke crowd seemed like good folks. And it was great to see how many young people and first-timers were at the con (I asked for a show of hands on several occasions). All the alarums about the demise of traditional SF fandom may be somewhat premature, I'm thinking.

Back home, of course, I had the usual thousand new emails waiting in my inbox. But among them, at long long last, was my Hugo PIN from MidAmericon II. I can finally begin nominating for this year's awards. I urge all of you to do the same. (And will have a few more Hugo thoughts and recommendations in subsequent posts).

We had a great event at the JCC with Tony DiTerlizzi of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. And one last week, before I left, with Joe Lansdale and HAP & LEONARD. Plenty of signed books from Tony and Joe both are now available in the Cocteau bookstore. If you're an autograph hunter, strike now while the supply lasts.

We have more fun events coming up in the next few months as well. Magician Francis Menotti will be making a return appearance, with the trick that fooled Penn & Teller, and we have booksignings scheduled with Darynda Jones, Joe Hill, and Stephen Graham Jones. And a little further out, Neil Gaiman will be appearing with some gigantic Tasmanian cave spiders. Go to the JCC website and sign up for our email newsletter if you'd like more details on forthcoming events at the theatre.

Meow Wolf's opening comes closer every day. The gang down at Silva Lanes is working overtime right now, getting a little frantic as they labor to make sure everything is ready for opening weekend.

Oh, and GAME OF THRONES season six is drawing nigh as well. You may have heard. Before the season six debut on April 24, the JCC will be running a season five marathon. Weekly screenings, two hours per week, of the S5 episodes on our big medium-sized screen. And admission is FREE. First come, first seated.

I am sure there's more. Life is busy. Hope yours is too.


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Mar. 3rd, 2016 08:52 pm (UTC)
Time Life Books salesman
I liked your story about how one of your first jobs was selling time life books over the phone. Pretty Funny.

Edited at 2016-03-03 09:39 pm (UTC)
Ahsan Syed
Mar. 3rd, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend, George. It's good to get away from all the work sometimes. I hope you're as excited for GoT's season 6 as I am!
Stephen Angelo Catarinella
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
Were you able to see The Lost Colony play while in Roanoke?
CarpeDiem Clarke
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:06 pm (UTC)
Big Fan
Excited for Season 6. Thank you Grrm. 🙏🏽
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
Periscope - Tony DiTerlizzi
I just wanted to say thanks to you and the wonderful staff at the Cocteau for live streaming the Tony DiTerlizzi event via Periscope. I watched the event with my wife and we both enjoyed it. We especially enjoyed the excellent questions from the young readers in the audience. I hope you will consider live streaming future events for those of us who are not fortunate enough to join you live and in person in Santa Fe.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
It was great getting to meet you last weekend, and glad you had such a great time here! A lot of great stories, probably a favorite was your feelings towards Quidditch.
Alfonso Cabello
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
Next book
Hello George. I have a facebook fan page of ASOIAF and GOT in Spain. My followers want to know if this year we'll can to read next book. Thanks!.
Ahsan Syed
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Next book
I'm obviously not George, but based off of his end of the year post at the start of January, that's the hope!
Re: Next book - Teer1998 - Mar. 3rd, 2016 10:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
Vera de Ferran
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hi George, I would like to know if you are going to post on your website the Winds chapter you read on Mysticon?
Mar. 3rd, 2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
Dark Tower Casting Opinions
As a fan of the Dark Tower series I was wondering what your thoughts are on the recent castings of Idris Elba as the Gunslinger and Matthew Mcconaughey as the Man In Black? Should be very interesting!
Mar. 3rd, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Dark Tower Casting Opinions
Good actors both.
Mar. 3rd, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's a very good idea to get some time off from work.May i know how I can write you?Thank you for the great books you have written
Mar. 3rd, 2016 10:42 pm (UTC)
To The Con
Hope you had a great time at the Con. Id love to attend The Throne Con here in the Czech Rep. If it ever happens again :)
Joshua Bowers
Mar. 3rd, 2016 11:16 pm (UTC)
Season 6?
I don't think I'll be watching GoT this season (sorry, HBO). I know the show diverges from the book series more and more each year. However, at this point, there are some things that could potentially be revealed that I would much rather read from the words of Mr. Martin himself. HBOgo stores the show's full archive, and there it must wait for me. #WorthTheWait

Glad the Con was uplifting for you, and there was a good turnout.
Collin Heisler
Mar. 4th, 2016 12:31 am (UTC)
I was wondering when you'd make a post about the con. Good to see it raised your spirits. And from reading previous posts from your minions, it sounds like the JCC has and will continue to be busy in the upcoming weeks.

And my life could stand to be a deal busier, but I'll try to rectify that as best I can.
Mar. 4th, 2016 12:32 am (UTC)
You're really tempting me to hop into a car, abandon my work for a few days and drive the several thousand miles to the JCC and see Season 5 there simply for the experience. I say that and will be honest that I'm not a fan of some of the things done in Season 5, but the experience would more than make up for whatever I might not like about Season 5 itself. If I perhaps lived the next state over, I'd actually do it.

Unfortunately I live in PA and real life gets in the way. Still, good luck and I hope you and everyone else who attends have fun and enjoy one another's company. :)
Mar. 4th, 2016 01:03 am (UTC)
spirits and all the jazz
Hi George, nice to read you in such an upbeat tone. It's uplifting. Hey, I wanted to ask you if you read Matthew Mather's Atopia series and what you thought of it?
Mar. 4th, 2016 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: spirits and all the jazz
Not familiar with it, sorry.
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