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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.


Nov. 28th, 2016 10:34 pm (UTC)
Chess for Secrets....
...if you find the time, let me know, I'd love to beat you in a game of chess ..... for secrets, of course.....

I realize it's a lot for you to lose, and I'd beat you handily, but if you feel like a bit of a gamble.......

Remember, as Jaqen H'ghar once said, "Valar Loseghulis" ....

Nov. 28th, 2016 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Chess for Secrets....
I haven't played chess in decades (though once upon a time I was pretty good).
Nov. 29th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Chess for Secrets....
Quite the same with me, I was much better and of course much more active of a player in years past.... but I'm game if you are.... come on..... surely there is a voice whispering "do it do it , it'll be like The Halfmaester and The Imp" .... and my word is my bond, no giving up any secrets I win as long as you don't give up any secrets you take off me (the word on the street is you're pretty damn good, so I'm sure to suffer the consequences here...) ... it'll be fun, I'll even bring the Bordeaux.
Jose Sarmento
Nov. 29th, 2016 11:17 am (UTC)
Re: Chess for Secrets....
Try Go (if you haven't)! An elegant game, for a more civilized age...


(it will take about 30minutes to go through this tutorial and master the rules. The game itself has enough strategic depth for various lifetimes.)
Nov. 30th, 2016 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: Chess for Secrets....
I was dying to ask you this question at Balticon but didn't get a chance.

Chess is clearly something important in your life. Can you explain a bit about how thinking like a chess player has helped you create such a fascinating story? I think I got some glimpses in Unsound Variations but I feel like its just the tip of the iceberg.

(Also I am curious which ASOIAF character would you be most scared to play chess against)


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