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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.


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.)
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.
Mar. 19th, 2017 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Long-shot question
Sounds like limiting your schedule and whatnot (from your post awhile back) hasn't really helped as far as ASoIaF is concerned. Maybe you just need to take some time off of it for a few months and have some fun? That helps me sometimes when I'm stuck on a painting... then again, sometimes I decide to never finish them when I get back.
Mar. 19th, 2017 07:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Long-shot question
Take some time off and have some fun?

Y'know, one thing I've realized about myself... WORK is fun for me.

I am lucky that way, I know. Lots of people hate their jobs, and love to get away. But I get restless lounging on a beach. Part of me gets itchy to be home at my computer.

I don't need rest. I just need more hours in the day. Oh, and more energy would help too. I do get tired more quickly than I used to...
Amber de Lange
Mar. 19th, 2017 09:57 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Long-shot question
I think you may suffer from what I call 'the anti-artist's block'. It's basically that you generate so many new, and awesome ideas, that they interfere with the idea(s) you're actually working on, because you're so enthusiastic about the new ideas, that you just HAVE to start working on them at the same time.

This obviously slows your pace on idea number 1, causing pressure to finish this more quickly, which makes you less enthusiastic about working on this idea, while you keep generating MORE NEW IDEAS that you (want to) start working on, increasing pressure to finish all the ideas you're currently working on.

So you're less enthusiastic about the first range of ideas, making it more tempting to start working on the new ideas... Slowing your pace on the old ideas... Increasing the pressure....

All the while generating NEW IDEAS!

I know about this, because i suffer from the same infliction. (I'm a painter)

If you're an extreme perfectionist, like me, this whole process is even more frustrating, and can (in my case) be rather debilitating as well, since the amount of (very fun and awesome) work just keeps increasing...

Anyway... I think you're doing a terrific job George! I admire your energy, and sometimes it's quite reassuring to see that I'm not the only one struggling to combine all the things I feel passionate about.
Mar. 19th, 2017 10:30 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Long-shot question
Hmm, well... I could use a Dunk and Egg fix. Mayhaps you should work on Shewolves of Winterfell and that will be the break you need from the main series.

Or. .. go do whatever you were doing when you dreamed up the kids finding the wolf pups. Bring it all full circle.
Mar. 19th, 2017 11:15 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Long-shot question
Don't we all.....Never enough time. When I get done doing everything for everyone else taking care of kids, taking care of sick wife, work, homework, cooking dinner the list goes on I barely have time to breathe but knowing that I am doing what needs to be done for my family gives me more satisfaction than anything I could do for myself.

P.S. Slock13 had been reading some of those bs news reports floating around the net I've read the same thing about your writers block difference is I didn't believe it cuz I didn't read it here. ROFL


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