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South of the Border

Strange to say, although I have lived in New Mexico since 1979, I have never really visited Old Mexico. Oh, I attended a Westercon in El Paso a few years back, and spent an afternoon in Juarez with some other fans and writers. And I spent a few hours in Tijuana back in the late 80s, I believe, while attending Comicon in San Diego. But that hardly counts. There's a lot more to Mexico than the border towns.

My first real visit to Mexico starts tomorrow, when I jet down to Guadalajara for the Guadalajara International Book Fair: https://www.fil.com.mx/ingles/i_info/i_info_fil.asp

I'm one of the guests at the conference. I'll be doing interviews, a press conference, a live streaming event, and a signing. I expect I will be doing some tequila tasting as well. I am informed that Guadalajara is the tequila capital of Mexico.

I am looking forward to meeting my Mexican publishers, editors, and fans.

This is my last scheduled event for 2016. My appearance schedule for 2017 is very limited, and will remain so until WINDS is completed. So if you want to meet me or get a book signed, this will be the last chance for a good few months...

See you south of the border.


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Eric Arndt
Nov. 29th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
Hello Ser,

I was looking at your appearances for next year to see if you were going to be close, and I saw you're going to be in Long Beach, where I live. But your website says May 10-15, Stokercon's says April 28-30, could you verify? And also do you think you'll be doing book signings there?

Thank you,

Nov. 29th, 2016 01:28 am (UTC)
Re: Conventions
Yes, probably.

Best have my minions check that date, I guess.
Nov. 29th, 2016 02:09 am (UTC)
Try mezcal, ser, in the tequila capital. A drink as complex and rewarding as Jaime Lannister circa A Feast for Crows.
Nov. 29th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
if you look into property while you're down there, some sort of fallback plan, i don't think any of us would blame ya. have a safe trip. :)
Andrew Henry
Nov. 29th, 2016 02:13 am (UTC)
Hey Mr. Martin,

I just want to say thank you for the heads up on where you're at and update on how things have been going.

I also want you to know something: it's okay. I've read some of your posts and I understand that WOW hasn't gone as you had originally hoped. But really, it's okay. I've been a fan of ASOIAF since 2013 and love your work. But I don't want you to feel frustrated or negative. I want you to be happy. You have a beautiful gift in literary and you used it to create an awesome world that I've come to enjoy deeply. And while I know the pressure is still present, I don't want that pressure to ruin this process for you.

I sincerely hope you have a good time in Guadalajara, a very merry Christmas and the happiest of new years ahead. :)


Nov. 29th, 2016 02:52 am (UTC)
I would posit that you still would not have visited Old Mexico. I was the same as you, spending the first six years of my life in Tucson (and visiting Nogales), and visiting my relatives in El Paso for decades (thus visiting Juarez), but my chance at visiting Mexico proper came when I went down to stay with Kate Elliott and her husband in Puebla. Jay was still in graduate school and was doing a survey of pre-Columbian artifacts, so (as you do) I went down to visit. I got to wander through fields with some archaeologists and eat tacos from roadside vendors. I went shopping with Alis (Kate) and the kids, and wandered the zocalo. I climbed all over the pyramids at Teotihuacan, and got sick after eating cheese in Mexico City. It was a great trip, and I don't think I saw Old Mexico, either.

But it's a start.
Alejandra Alcal
Nov. 29th, 2016 03:50 am (UTC)
Mi Casa es su Casa
I wish, with all my heart, that I could be there but alas, my 2 year old and my 5 month old babies cannot take care of themselves and would make lousy book fair partners were I to drag them there in my feverish, starstruck haste. I cannot believe you will be in my country and that I will be only a few hours away. It would be wonderful if you could share your thoughts and a few words after the visit, what you enjoyed, what you saw, what you ate! Aw man! I wish I could meet you! Welcome to Mexico! You are so, so respected and admired.
Nov. 29th, 2016 04:21 am (UTC)
New York area convention around March 2017?
I'd regret not asking:

My regional scifi convention for the NYC/Long Island area, I-CON, got shut down in 2013 due to Hurricane Sandy. This caused a lot of financial problems and other hassles which shut overthing down. I thought the con was over and done given that we haven't had one in three years...

...then yesterday I awoke to the announcement that they're finally restarting the con in March 2017. They're still on shaky legs and could really use an A-list scifi author to anchor their return so it doesn't all fall apart again.

By any small chance, did the starts align in such a way that you just happen to be in the NYC area around March-ish?

More likely it will be Winds of Winter work, I know.

Fabián Escobar
Nov. 29th, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
Hi George, really excited that you are coming to Guadalajara, I can´t wait to go to your conference.
Have a safe flight and I hope that you enjoy the city and the book fair.
Nov. 29th, 2016 05:32 am (UTC)
I'd love to meet you and get some books signed, but well... I live in Germany. Will you come to Europe when "The Winds of Winter" is being published? Pretty pretty please? ;)
Nov. 29th, 2016 06:16 am (UTC)
year in review
I completely understand if you prefer not to answer this question, but will you possibly be writing a series of 'Last Year' posts as you did last year? I'd also just like to thank you for your wonderful stories.

Nov. 29th, 2016 06:17 pm (UTC)
Re: year in review
I don't know. I don't plan these posts in advance, you know, I just blog when I feel like it and have something to say. Sometimes I have one of my minions blog in my stead, when I get too busy.

That has been such a depressing year, I am not sure I want to revisit it in any depth. But we'll see.
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Miguel Melendez
Nov. 29th, 2016 06:53 am (UTC)
Lord Martin, about your concern with tequila, Guadalajara is a good place to start, a beautiful city, with great food and even better people but, not two hours from there, there´s the town that gave the distilled beverage its name. There are a bunch of tours that go out from Guadalajara. In Tequila you can find tours inside any of the tequila houses (there´s even a story of the origin of the beverage and two houses have a feud over it like Branckens and Blackwoods, José Cuervo and Herradura (Joseph Crow and Horseshoe) they have amazing food, mariachi music and of course lots and lots of tequila.
Go get some tacos even if the best in Mexico are in my hometown of Tijuana.
Hope you have a great time in Mexico.
PD: you should shout VIVA MEXICO CABRONES at the end of your conferences or interviews

Edited at 2016-11-29 06:55 am (UTC)
Nov. 29th, 2016 08:46 am (UTC)
"My appearance schedule for 2017 is very limited, and will remain so until WINDS is completed"

I have a feeling you thought this will be reassuring it is not. Well maybe to the people that want you chained to your desk, but those people are pricks anyway.

Myself, I don't want you chained to the desk, that is not how creative process works, I just want the book, how much time do you spend writing it, what else you do with your day and how much appearances you make is irrelevant to me. Just the book in near future, it doesn't even have to be perfect, you are experienced and talented writer, it is unlikely that the book would be bad even if you rushed it.

I believe, correct me if I am wrong that writing is actually going pretty good, and it is the endless editing that devours the time. You should try hammering bunch of pages while drunk and shipping the mess to your editor to sort it out, trust me it's awesome, and some of the greatest books of all time were done that way.

You are gardener not an accountant, leave the technicalities to someone else.

So I wish you many, many cons and appearances in 2017 starting in say February.

Also have fun in Estados Unidos Mexicanos and have a glass of Los Tres Tonos Extra Anejo for me.
Frank Probst
Nov. 29th, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC)
The dates on your calendar for StokerCon don't match the dates on the StokerCon website. Is this just a glitch? If the "new" dates are correct, will you still be able to attend the con? The venue looks fabulous!
Nov. 29th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
Have a safe trip!
Mark J. Crandley
Nov. 29th, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful place for a conference. Have a wonderful trip!!
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