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Coming to Spain (Still More)

Here are the details on my signing in Granada on July 25:

Librería Nostromo
C/ Buensuceso, 1 - Granada
Tlf: 958 523 818

from 18.00h to 21.00h

I also have the specifics for my appearances in Gijon at Semana Negra.

Saturday, July 12
6:00 pm -- introduction of Corominas' art book of A SONG OF ICE & FIRE

Sunday July 13
7:00 pm -- panel w/ Scott Bakker and Paco Ignacio Taibo II
9:00 pm -- Q&A chat with my translator, Cristina Macia

Those are my only official events at Semana Negra, but I will be arriving on July 11 on the Black Train, and leaving on July 15. In between, you'll often find me at the festival, signing at the Gigamesh booth, listening to the other panels, riding the rides, drinking sangria on the fairway (will the chicken be back, I wonder?), and eating midnight dinners like the Spanish seem to do. Parris and I love to meet my readers, so if you're there in Gijon, don't be shy about coming up and saying hi.

That's in July, though. Right now it's still June and I have one day left before I leave, so I had better cut this short. Things are getting frantic, as they always do before a trip.


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Jul. 2nd, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
other stuff
for all of you bitching about George working on other projects. What makes you think just because you like ASOIF more than his other projects he should work on it only? I want ADWD just as much as you. but i also want the new wild card books,the warriors anthology. and the Jack Vance anthology. quit being so selfish
Jul. 2nd, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
I began to write this post sevaral times, but decided to calm down a little bit before posting it. I am disappointed about the delay. I understand that some of you defend George, maybe you are right. The thing is that everybody has the right to feel dissapointed, and to write about their feeling, just as George has his right not to finish the novel in time. We have to accept otherwise that all the things we think or write do not inluence George in finishing the book. (I think he gets much more arrogant mails from his publisher and those do not seem to bother him as well). He will finish it when he wants to. Not a minute earlier. I will keep waiting for sure.
But I find it strange that this book takes so long to write. If someone would tell me that AGOT took 8 years to write, I would accept it. Becouse there George had to create an entire world, with its gods and history and families and powers and everything, not to mention the characters and the storyline. I mean the Big Picture. I am almost sure that he knows right now the main plot of the whole story. Some points will change for sure, but the main story is already done. Of course in each book there are some additional things to work out, but we can agree that the most of the work was done at the first book of series. Now the chracters are living, the world is living. Its easier than worldbuilding. Things only have to happen. I understand that he wants to polish each chapter to perfection, but 8 years is a very long time even for that. Maybe it is hard to cut the story into 3 books from now on. This is an epic quest. But for George it can not cause any problem...So carry on
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Re: strange - phbalanced7 - Jul. 3rd, 2008 12:46 am (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 2nd, 2008 06:04 pm (UTC)
I will preface my remarks by saying, I don't feel like Martin owes me anything. But you had better believe I don't owe him anything either and I will say whatever I want about him and how I feel about him as an author.

You call those of us who question why the book is late arrogant, self-centered and crybabies? Martin's in Europe right now with an missed deadline (September 2008), for a book, (Dragons) that he has already received a fat advance to write. Talk about being self-centered.

I am beginning to believe that writers have a God complex. Martin gets hot under the collar and disables commenting when some of us refuse to pat, praise and fawn all over him. It's all right for readers to tell him how wonderful he is, but don't say anything that he does not want to hear or we will be banned and our comments remove. Oh, the joy of freedom of speech!

Someone said that Martin gave us four great books and we should shut up and be grateful. Martin didn't give me four books. I bought those four books with my hard earned money. He's getting paid for every word that he writes. Let me know when he starts passing out his work for free and I will shut my mouth.

We, the readers through our purchase of his books and the other endless paraphernalia associated with Song of Ice and Fire and the other stuff that he hawks so diligently, gave him a higher quality of life. The relationship is symbiotic between reader and writer. We pay to be entertained by him. He's a paid professional selling a product. Again I say to you, point me to free stuff. Right. So chill with that crap about his benevolence. I repeat - I paid for every one of his books.

Stating an opinion is not whining or being a crybaby. Stop trying to shut people down because their point of view is different. For some of you, sticking your nose up Martin's behind is blocking your view of reality. Wipe that brown stuff off the end of your nose and realize that people have a right to their opinion.

What about the publisher, Bantam Books, who has him under contract to deliver the books in the series. Obviously they expected him to have the book ready by the end of September. They advertised the date on their website and the US and UK Amazon websites. You think they care about how much you rant and rave about the greatness and perfection of Martin? No, they put him under contract to produce. I bet they're not very pleased right now with having to push the date back to Spring or Fall 2009.

For those of you who think that I am posting anonymously, I am. My life is none of your business. I am not selling anything; none of you are friends of mine and I don't care about you, nor do you care about me. So, there's no reason for you to know anything about me but what my opinion is. That's all I'm interested in from you - your opinion.

I will state again that Martin does not owe me anything. I think that he is a procrastinator who justifies four to five years between books by deceiving himself that he is a perfectionist. That too is his business if it is true. This is America, right? This is an open journal. I can express an opinion and he can ban me if he wants too.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
Bilbo and MM1....good comments. Very good points in each. I am anxiously awaiting the malicious comments that phbalanced is sure to have to you two. How dare you speak your mind!
Re: ..... - phbalanced7 - Jul. 3rd, 2008 12:53 am (UTC) - Expand
I Agree - vonlent - Jul. 2nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
boo hoo - phbalanced7 - Jul. 3rd, 2008 12:51 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: boo hoo - phbalanced7 - Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:41 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: boo hoo - phbalanced7 - Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:32 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: boo hoo to Savage Jason
"That's just how I roll."

That's hilarious. Way to not be "pushed into a corner". You're a real hero.

An anonymous poster claiming he's not afraid of anyone is like a neo-Nazi claiming he's as tolerant as the next man.

If this is you throwing down, I really have to laugh.
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Re: boo hoo to Savage Jason - zaccur - Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 3rd, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: make me cry?
I don't whine, I holler?

Um, yeah. You go girlfriend!
Jul. 3rd, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh well..
I just got Toll the Hounds in today so that'll keep me occupied for a bit. ;)


Jul. 5th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I must say that I had a small candle of hope that this time the rightful criticisms spoken by some of the above posters would stay here but apparently they have been removed now.
I find this a sad development. If you create a blog I feel that you must accept the consequences and whereas really ad hominem attacks might under circumstances be removed, I read many a well written criticism this last week that did not deserve such fates.

A shame, really.

Jul. 5th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Disappointed *edit
I just saw that some criticisms that I thought were removed are still there. Still I haven't read any criticisms in this particular thread that I would personally have removed if it were my blog, so if not entirely as disappointed as at first, still dsiappointed by the evident censoring.

Oh well, on with toll the Hounds (only 500 pages left to go)

Re: Disappointed - bransthirdeye - Jul. 7th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 6th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
some questions
Ok I am very new to the whole blog thing (this is the only one I read and the first one I have ever posted in)

I have some questions
Are all blogs like this?
People insulting the host of the blog,
Bickering and insulting one another
Complaining about what the blog owner keeps in his blog? This one really baffles me. It’s like trying to tell someone where to put the furniture in there house or what painting to put up on there walls. Why would someone keep something that they didn’t like in there blog I just don’t get it. Would someone please explain the reasoning behind this to me?
Jul. 6th, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: some questions
Ok here goes the explanation as far as I am concerned. I think (so this is a personal opinion that might have no bearing at all on what George might think) that when you start a blog you cannot just remove posts that are not to your liking. Again, if they are really really nasty ad hominems that do not really add to any discussion, then yes, maybe.
So seeing posts removed that state fair questions and fair criticism is, to say the least, disappointing to me and I think to many other people as well.
As for the bickering, well that you find in many blogs, as there will always be people who disagree with each other. And to be honest, it makes a blog at times much more interesting to have different opinions expressed even if there is the occasional cat or dog fight. I only wish the censorship would stop here. I am genuinely interested in what people think and feel, so I can decide for myself which person to take serious and which not.
Having said this, I will just await Dance in my own way. It will come when it comes.

Hopefully this answers your question somewhat.

Re: some questions - lylechristoph - Jul. 6th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: some questions - phbalanced7 - Jul. 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: some questions - lylechristoph - Jul. 9th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: some questions - phbalanced7 - Jul. 10th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 6th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
Read it while you can before it gets deleated and I get banned!
Setting HBO offices

HBO/BBC: "So Mr. Martin, how does the story end?"

GRRM: "I don't know for sure. It's not finished."

HBO/BBC: "But you're close to wrapping it up."

GRRM: "Well, I'm working on book 5 and I think I'll have it wrapped up in two or three books after that."

HBO/BBC: "Huh?"

GRRM: "Funny, every time I published a book, the story get's longer. Heh-heh."

HBO/BBC: "Well at least you're a fast writer, aren't you? Let's see. Your first book came out in 1996 and it's 2008 now. You wrote books 2 through 4 since then. And I saw where you promised your fans that book 5 will be out early next year. So let's say you've written four books since 1996. Let's subtract 1996 from 2008. So that means you'll have written four books in twelve years for an average of one every three years. You say that there are two to three more books to the story. That would mean that we won't see the story wrapped up for another six to nine years. Is that right?"

GRRM: "Well, the last couple books took four to five years each."

HBO/BBC: "Huh?"

GRRM: "The first three went pretty quickly, like a couple years each but the last couple have really gotten stretched out."

HBO/BBC: "Problem with the story line? Writer's block?"

GRRM: "Some but mostly my side projects. You know, comic books, vacations, editing anthologies, lead knights, conventions domestic, conventions abroad, resin figurines. You know, stuff."

HBO/BBC: "So, what you're saying is that we shouldn't be surprised if it takes anywhere from six to fifteen years before you're done."

GRRM: "Oh no, nothing like that. That could be interpreted as a deadline and I don't do deadlines."

HBO/BBC: "Huh?"

GRRM: "It will be done when it is done."

HBO/BBC: "Well, Mr. Martin, we don't see committing to this project when, a.) the story's not done; b.) the story's not anywhere close to being done with a potential of it not being done for another six to fifteen years; and c.) you don't look like you'll make it past the end of this meeting."

GRRM: "Gee, I'd love to chat with you some more but I've got a con in Botswana."

HBO/BBC: "Huh?"

GRRM: (In affected British accent): "It will be done when it is done. Tah-tah."
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Jul. 7th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
I won't be posting here, generally
But just to stop the needless attacks on George's deletion policy, I will come forward.

George doesn't delete your posts, or ban you. I do.

And my criteria is entirely arbitrary. If I think the post was a personal attack, I delete it. If it was insulting, I delete it. I decide based entirely on my own feelings on the post. And I do it quickly, on the spur of the moment, and then do the million other things I need to do during the day. And I am protected by an invulnerable shield of not caring what anyone thinks of my deletion policy, so complaining to me won't matter in the slightest.

I don't delete user bickering unless it degrades into obscenity, or I just really dislike someone. I do not delete criticism, generally. Telling George you are disappointed about not having a book is fine. I don't care. But throw in anything that strikes me as personally insulting to him and I yank it and probably ban you too. And since he will never read it, it won't affect him at all.

So, really, just stop. He isn't even reading them before they get deleted. You are just wasting both of our time. Admittedly, it takes me one second to delete you, and you spend more time than that writing your masterpieces, but still.

PS The HBO thing won't be deleted because it was A) actually funny, and B) didn't include anything that struck me as terribly insulting.
Jul. 10th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: I won't be posting here, generally
...my criteria is entirely arbitrary...I am protected by an invulnerable shield of not caring what anyone thinks of my deletion policy, so complaining to me won't matter in the slightest.

That rhythmic percussive sound you hear is me applauding loudly.
Re: I won't be posting here, generally - the_lady_snow - Jul. 24th, 2008 07:22 am (UTC) - Expand
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Jul. 7th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Re: (*)(*)
Ok that was a humorous post but I completely disagree with you about Wild Cards
I know tastes vary but how can you say one of the longest running shared world anthologies with multiple Hugo and nebula award winning authors is just plain no good?
Jul. 8th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
I friend of mine recently indicated that amazon now has the latest Fire and Ice book with a release date of September.

I doubt such is true as we would have heard it here first but I thought others might find this interesting.
Jul. 8th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
you people are incredible
Its really appalling that you people are resorting to insulting and making fun of this guy just cuz he hasn't delivered the book yet. Are you ten year olds? Its a book!!!!!!!

This stupid "he owes us" mentality is so selfish and ridiculous that its egregious. Just wait for the book. Its just a book! Its a wad of paper! So what if he likes knight figures and his other work? He's trying to make more stuff for you to enjoy. Its not his fault you don't like it as much as Ice and Fire. So lets get mad at him for trying to give us more cool stuff.
And for all the people ripping on his knight collecting and cons...aren't you folks sci-fi fantasy book fans? That makes you nerds with quirky interests, too. How can anyone on this blog make fun of the geek qualities of someone on a fantasy geek's blog? We're all geeks!

He could close shop now and never write the story if he wanted to. Its a book thats fun to read. Its not something you should base life around.

This is life, George. Write or relax. Its up to you. Love the book, I want it bad, but I can wait for the good stuff when you are ready to give it.

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Re: you people are incredible - jrobs6 - Jul. 8th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 8th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great trip. I'd love to go to Spain, seeing that Spanish is my second language. Do you ever get the chance to swing down through the southern U.S. on any of your tours/events?

Jul. 9th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
still incredible
Nice one, losers.

George is just a normal guy to me...let him live life. Its you geeks (big win for you, buddy. Way to pull websters on me...cuz no one has ever heard that term before) that are getting all worked up and trashing him on his own blog. Nice.

Have fun writing angry messages while losing sleep over book deadlines.

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