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Some Odds, Some Ends

Had a great visit with Walter Jon Williams and his Toolbox students up in Angel Fire. It's a lovely drive from Santa Fe, and it was nice to meet (however briefly) the fledgling writers. How many of them will actually go on to make it, well, one can never be sure of that, but I shared what wisdom I could from my years in the field, and showed them a few of my scars as well. They have some good teachers in Nancy Kress and Walter Jon. As I mentioned to the class, I workshopped with WJW for years, and he was right almost 75% of the time. :)

Back at the homestead, we're facing a certain amount of disruption. Santa Fe is a lovely town and one of its charms is its pueblo style architecture... but be warned, those damned flat roofs will LEAK, don't let anyone tell you any different. My office roof has been leaking off and on for years, and has been patched and repaired at least a dozen times since I've been here... to the point that my contractor finally threw up his hands and said he couldn't keep putting patches on the patches on the patches. I need a whole new roof. And since that process requires me to vacate the premises, I figured this is the perfect opportunity to do some of the renovations I've been planning (and putting off) for the better part of the decade. So, bottom line, I'm moving to new workspace, while the old workspace gets a new roof and some cool additions. But I should be settled in at the new place within a week or so.

Also have the big trip coming up. I cut way way way back to my travel this year, to give myself more time to work. Back in April/May I did Stokercon on the Queen Mary and the benefit for Clarion, but come August I'll be off again, first to NYC for a wedding and the usual round of publisher and agent meetings, then off to Finland for worldcon, then on to Russia for a con in St. Petersberg. I have been to Finland twice before, but this will be my first time in Russia... though I know I have a lot of Russian fans from the emails I receive. It will be nice to meet them. Two trips for all of 2017 is the least amount of travel I've done in twenty years.

LOTS of things going on with television and film. Season 7 of GAME OF THRONES will be here on July 16 (and we're doing a season 6 marathon at the JCC), the five successor shows are moving forward at various rates of speed, and we're talking with UCP about not one, not two, but three possible Wild Cards series. And there are a couple other TV projects that I can't tell you about... how much of this will come to pass, nobody knows. Ah, the joys of development...

Oh, and football will be starting soon. Don't ask me to explain what the Jets are doing. I don't understand it either. I foresee a very painful season for fans of Gang Green. But hey, what's different about that?

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judibatt
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:27 pm (UTC)
Passing time question...
First, I hope the repairs to your home work out well in the end. We had an earthquake put a 95' tree on our home a few years back and that was three days before a hurricane came sweeping through. Yeah, I must'av pissed off a leprechaun somewhere in life.

And my actual question is about the author Thomas Burnett Swann. He was recommended to me because of the genre I like to read in, but seeing as how I am a fan of your style of work as well, do you think Swann makes a good companion to your work?
grrm
Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Passing time question...
Hmmmm. Swann? No, not really. Very different.
Dan Koifman
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:28 pm (UTC)
One man: two bestselling book series, nine (and counting) TV shows and now... three roofs.
Palamar Bogdan Alexandru
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:39 pm (UTC)
I hope one day you will come to Eastern Europe (I`m from Romania), you have lots of fans here too!
grrm
Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:09 pm (UTC)
I have visited Poland, Estonia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Croatia in the past, but not Romania, alas. The future? Who can tell?
cashcraig
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
THREE possible Wild Cards series? That's pretty intense. I assume you can't say much about them, but I'm wondering how these series are differentiated - Would they be based on different characters, or settings, or time periods? Characters like Tachyon and the Sleeper could easily carry their own shows.

Do you still have an exclusivity contract with HBO that prevents you from working on these series with Universal?
Rich Lehmkuhl
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:45 pm (UTC)
Re, The Jets
I am sick over the Jets. I can deal with them losing but not making in the season. I don't understand either.
josiegel
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
NYC Beer
Should you find yourself in Brooklyn in August, my wife and I would love to buy you a beer or three-but I warn you, we're Eagles fans.
hippoiathanatoi
Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
Speaking of Gang Green, Woody Johnson's going to become the next Ambassador to the United Kingdoms. Good or bad for the Jets if he's spending most of his time across the pond, do you think?
grrm
Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:07 pm (UTC)
Can't hurt.
Jake Troshynski
Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:08 pm (UTC)
New workspace
How long do they estimate the additions to take and will your new workspace be pretty bare?
gonzo21
Jun. 23rd, 2017 09:19 pm (UTC)
Flat roofs are the bane of house existence. I don't know which idiot architects ever thought flat roofs were a good idea. As you say, they all leak, every single one of them. Usually about 3 weeks after you've repaired one leak, is when the next leak will start.
NourAzhari
Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:05 pm (UTC)
Pls come to NL
I am moving from The Sudan to the Netherlands next week, please come there, I will be glad to host you and the Dutch are fine ppl.
danihinze
Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:28 pm (UTC)
How many of them will actually go on to make it
If you could describe what it takes to be a successful author in one word, what would it be :)
grrm
Jun. 24th, 2017 12:21 am (UTC)
Re: How many of them will actually go on to make it
Persistance.
msconduct
Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
My sympathies on development hell! Going through that for so many potential series at once must be so much fun.
Roger Christie
Jun. 24th, 2017 01:08 am (UTC)
At least David Harris has a shot at a ring now. :) Sorry, couldn't help it.
Reddit CleganeBowl
Jun. 24th, 2017 05:00 am (UTC)
Successor Shows
It is like 2007 again, and you seem energised by the buzz which is great. Folks love it when good news is 100% confirmed.

What are the best/realistic/worst case estimates for the first pilots starting production? When might we the public learn the premise(s) of the successor show to be chosen?

We understand one or zero shows may see the light of day, but HBO seem determined to make a new ASOIAF show. When Star Trek The Next Generation got a spinoff (Deep Space 9), that spinoff was near the end and then it gained a spinoff etc. So there were two shows on the air. Could history repeat itself?
Peter Davies
Jun. 24th, 2017 09:15 am (UTC)
Personally, I think the Jets will be one of the most interesting teams to watch this year, and I am genuinely looking forward to seeing how their rebuild takes shape! I doubt if they'll win a lot of matches - but you are probably resigned to that already. :) What they DO have going for them is a really exciting battle going on for the quarterback slot, and a lot of young, untested players, some of whom will disappear without trace, while some go on to become high scorers and the key elements around which the team will be built in years to come. I like some of your signings on defense too. :)

Don't worry too much about wins and losses this year, just enjoy seeing how the future team develops. :)
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