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March Madness

No, I'm not talking about basketball. I'm a football guy, mostly. A little baseball on the side. But I don't follow basketball, or hockey, or soccer, or tennis, or golf.

My own March has been pretty damned mad, however. Hard to believe half the month is gone already.

We had two great nights at the JCC with Leeman Kessler and ASK LOVECRAFT. His YouTube videos are a lot of fun, but he's even better in person. If you have a chance to see him at a con, don't miss it. Some of his bits are funny, but he also has moments (as HPL) that are moving and profound.

The HAP & LEONARD premiere was also terrific. It's always great to see Joe Lansdale, and the second season of the show looks to be even better than the first.

And of course on Tuesday we brought together the Santa Fe film community up on the hill, and rolled out the Stagecoach Foundation. That was exciting as well.

(Though I have to confess, reading some of the various reports about Stagecoach on line makes me want to bang my head against the desk and bewail what passes for journalism in this age of the internet. Back when I was a journalism student at Northwestern, some of these clowns would have gotten themselves a "Medill F." They don't even get basic facts right. mutter mutter mutter)

Besides all that, there's been the huge new Wild Cards deal, the Wild Cards reread, lots of stuff with HBO that I cannot talk about yet, and of course -- always, always -- WINDS OF WINTER.

So much to do. And the days go by so quickly. I love my work, all my work, all my projects, all my children, but sometimes it seems as if the harder I work, the further behind I get.

Maybe things will calm down soon. But I am not holding my breath.

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geekfurious
Mar. 18th, 2017 09:59 pm (UTC)
"lots of stuff with HBO that I cannot talk about yet"
EXCITED!!!!!!!

Sorry, let me compose myself... excited. ;)
siodin
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
March Madness
How about that Villanova upset though?
mikzey
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:22 pm (UTC)
Winds of winter
Is there anything you can tell us about Winds ?
sourbillytipton
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:59 pm (UTC)
Added POV characters?
Have you been able to tell the story without adding any POV characters? Apart from the prologue and epilogue of course.
Dani Passmore
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:26 pm (UTC)
It's good to be busy!!, I bet even you can look back to times when you didn't really know what to do or what you'd be doing to a certain extent, I for one love to check in here from time to time to see what your up to, it makes me even happier as a fan the fact you're so busy with so many brilliant things that are either finished, or are in the pipeline , as it only means that there is going to be so many more awesome things for us all to enjoy!!.
I know you wouldn't release anything unless you are happy with it and that only means what you do release is going to be the best!!.
Big, big thumbs up sir! Keep up the awesome work and keep up with the living life too!!

Big love from England!
🤘🏻😁🤘🏻
Jonas Laestadius
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:32 pm (UTC)
Unlikely
I know it's unlikely that you'll respond, especially considering that you specifically said you can't talk about it yet, but seeing as there's no harm in trying, perhaps you might do the slightest of hint as to whether the HBO-stuff is related to the bigger ASOIAF-universe or if it's related to... say Wild Cards in any way?
/Forever unwavering fan

Edited at 2017-03-18 10:39 pm (UTC)
grrm
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Unlikely
Wild Cards is being developed at Universal. Since I am exclusive to HBO, I cannot be involved.

My hope is that the powers to be at Universal will do a faithful adaptation of the books. With twenty-three volumes in print, hundreds of stories and more characters than I can count, they certainly have a wealth of material.
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Michael Kreiter
Mar. 18th, 2017 10:38 pm (UTC)
Busy
Thanks for all your hard work. I'm excited to see/read all the projects your working on.
Gregory Hullender
Mar. 18th, 2017 11:54 pm (UTC)
WorldCon75
So will we see you in Helsinki?
grrm
Mar. 19th, 2017 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: WorldCon75
Sure. It's worldcon. I've only missed one in the last thirty years.

Dylan Richardson
Mar. 19th, 2017 12:03 am (UTC)
I just want to tell you good luck. We're all counting on you.
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Williamjames Hoffer
Mar. 19th, 2017 01:01 am (UTC)
Journalism Got You Down
Try not to lament too much the demise of much of journalistic reporting. After all, they cannot all go to Northwestern. ;) If it makes you feel any better, journalism as a profession with ethics is a relatively recent phenomenon. Last, and certainly not least, there are still an amazing number of journalists doing great reporting. The truth eventually gets out. Congratulations on the success of the Stagecoach initiative, JCC, and so forth. Try doing what I do (unsuccessfully admittedly): don't read the garbage. See the beauty all around. Occasionally dip into the darkness. Best of luck.
sdschaffer
Mar. 19th, 2017 01:25 am (UTC)
Here's to hoping that after Son of Kong gets off your back, you can take a true vacation without people yelling at you for not working on A DREAM OF SPRING.
noybusiness
Mar. 19th, 2017 02:13 pm (UTC)
Seconded!
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Jimmy Potter
Mar. 19th, 2017 03:40 am (UTC)
Speaking of Winds...
Feast was release on November 8, 2005
Dance was released on July 12, 2011

That's 5 years 8 months difference... which is where we are now in March Madness 2017...

I love you and your work, don't let it drag you down though. I'm not going to pressure you about getting Winds out (at least no anymore than I just did). If you enjoy what you are doing keep it up because that is what has led to the books you've release that we know and love. Not to ignore the fact that I myself put the PRO in procrastination so I try to avoid judging people harshly on it!
Stringer Bill
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:02 am (UTC)
Speed Chess and Pizza always gets me square.
slock13
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:03 am (UTC)
Long-shot question
I'm sure you've been asked this before, but would you ever consider collaborating with another author to help break through some of your professed writer's block? I always do better when I have another creative mind to nudge me through some of my own self-doubt, and I know there are probably a million people who'd jump at the chance to work with you. (I also secretly fantasize about you collaborating with Stephen King once you move past the ASoIaF monster and can work more freely, but I'd just like to see you guys have fun together like in your chat.)
grrm
Mar. 19th, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Long-shot question
"professed writer's block?" Uh... no. Never professed that. I don't have 'writer's block.' Never said I did.

What I do have is "too much to do." An entirely different problem.

I collaborate with more than forty writers on WILD CARDS. I collaborate with HBO and David & Dan on GAME OF THRONES. I collaborated with Lisa Tuttle on WINDHAVEN, with Daniel Abraham and Gardner Dozois on HUNTER'S RUN, with Gardner on our various big cross-genre anthologies. I even collaborated with Elio & Linda on the worldbook, A WORLD OF ICE & FIRE.

But A SONG OF ICE & FIRE itself? No. Never have, never will.
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writing_mombie
Mar. 19th, 2017 06:56 am (UTC)
I know what you mean.
I am not famous and definately not half as talented as you are, but for the moment I am so busy that it sometimes seems like I am not getting anything done.
My to-do-list is so long that I don't even notice all the things that I have actually accomplished.
Sometimes, I take the time and write down that all I've done during the week (I have 4, still pretty young, kids and I love spending time with them, tinkering, painting, playing; I have a big house and garden and grow my own veggies and fruits; I am the press spokes person of the left party here in the region in Germany; I teach English twice a week and lead a choir (for kids); I help a lot at school and the daycare..... ) and then I am like "wow, that's actually not bad at all" ;) These moments are rare, since I am always nervous and not very confident, but it helps.
Maybe you should try it :)
Amber de Lange
Mar. 20th, 2017 11:10 am (UTC)
RE: I know what you mean.
I'd rather say that that's quite amazing!
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