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Gobble Gobble

Another Thanksgiving has arrived.

One of my favorite holidays.

Here's hoping all my friends, fans, and readers are having a great day. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, and you are one of them.

Gobble gobble.


Matheus Ervall
Nov. 23rd, 2017 10:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Hey, I have one alternative Universe bursting with life in my head thanks to you, unimaginable horrors constantly buzzing in my subconscious (often without my consent). Just this night I dreamt of horrible, horrible things happening to Starks you havent killed yet, so...thank you, George!
Nov. 23rd, 2017 10:59 pm (UTC)
Westeros may not have turkeys (except for that one Theon chased in "A Game of Thrones"), but I hope you enjoy a delicious one. Thanks for all you do!
Nov. 23rd, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
We don’t have Thanksgiving in Australia - our most important day to gather with family and friends is on Christmas Day. However, I am willing to embrace the spirit of Thanksgiving, for I am truly thankful for your many wonderful novels. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jennifer Shanley Clark
Nov. 23rd, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
...back 'atcha, Ser.
Just returned home from the best Thanksgiving dinner ever. All the people at the celebration were good and kind, the food was wonderful and the wine was flowing, and not one person uttered a word of politics. It was nice to hide from the real world; if only for a meal.
Nov. 23rd, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 23rd, 2017 11:45 pm (UTC)
Same to you, good sir.
Your writings have honestly helped me through difficult personal struggles.

I'll be having a shitty day and randomly put on a ASOIAF audiobook chapter and listen to Roy Dotrice (still fun to think of him playing Pycell) read your work and be instantly transported into Westeros. It's comforting to have a place to send my troubled mind when I need one.

I'm thankful for you and your work, George. And all the minions who work behind the scenes.

But I don't forgive your Giants for besting my Chiefs in that field goal battle. Some loyalties run deep.
Nov. 24th, 2017 01:27 am (UTC)
New World foods in Westeros/Essos
Over on the wiki we've been picking over this, thinking of food: do New World plants and animals exist in Westeros/Essos?

They don't seem to have turkeys, corn, potatoes, etc.

I just asked Inn At the Crossroads (Feast of Ice and Fire) and they pointed out that Dornish "peppers" are stuffed with things like cheese, so they're clearly New World peppers and not an old world spice "peppers".

Tolkien struggled with a similar thing: tobacco aka pipeweed is present in the story but it's a New World crop. So he made a lengthy explanation that it's a crop from another unknown continent that the Numenoreans brought to Middle-earth in their explorations. Same rationale applies to potatoes (taters!), but he infamously cut out references to "tomatoes" from his first editions.

Westeros side-steps this by not having tobacco at all, but "sourleaf" (which is basically like chewing tobacco, but blood red).

But there's really only ...I mean literally one or two stray mentions of "Theon shot a turkey", "pumpkins grow big in the Vale"....which I can't tell if those are unintended errors.

So...do New World plants and animals exist in the known regions of the world?

For that matter, Australian animals? Syrio mentions seeing a thylacine at the Sealord's menagerie in Braavos.

So as we sit down to our turkeys, corn, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and stuffed bell peppers, I'm compelled to ask about the status of such plants/animals in the narrative.
Nov. 27th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: New World foods in Westeros/Essos
Westeros is an imaginary continent on an imaginary world, a "secondary universe" in Tolkien's terminology. It is not a time and place from our own prehistory, as was Howard's Hyborian Age. So I felt free to populate it with whatever plants and animals I wished -- Old World, New World, prehistoric, imaginary, or entirely made up.

Tanmay Kulkarni
Nov. 24th, 2017 02:10 am (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving! :)
Happy thanksgiving, dearest George!

I hope you forget all your worries and enjoy the holiday to the fullest! *cough*
And then give us some good news about - you know what *cough*
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Nov. 24th, 2017 03:38 am (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving, George. Hope today was a good one for you and everyone.
Rafael Larrabure Menndez
Nov. 24th, 2017 06:37 am (UTC)
no, thank you
Nov. 24th, 2017 02:10 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving!
Jimmy Mansoor
Nov. 26th, 2017 09:28 am (UTC)
Probably not the right Post
Mr. Martin
i just read about your meetings with HBO and the move people.. I would just like to say that if you were making a movie or 2, please please do something with Dying of the Light, Hunters Run, or Fevre Dream. I would even say recommend Tuf voyaging but i dont think the world can process the brilliance of Tuf. Matter a fact the majority of the world is to dull to see the beauty in any of the stories. Dying of the Light is simply amazing. thank you for sharing them with us.
Nov. 27th, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably not the right Post
I wrote a FEVRE DREAM screenplay many years ago for Hollywood Pictures, which then collapsed. I'd be glad to see it made, and a few years ago we ALMOST had a big name director signed on... but almost only counts in horseshoes and grenades.

HUNTER'S RUN is being developed by another writer/ director. We shall see what comes of that.
Nov. 26th, 2017 02:11 pm (UTC)
Hope you had a wonderful day with friends and family like I did. Good luck to your Jets today. My Redskins took down your Gints in an ugly game Thursday, but hopes for the playoffs are dim as ever.
Nov. 26th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
Your readers are very thankful for you for sure. The endless escapes we've been gifted through your words mean more than you'll ever know. Well, actually, you definitely do know, you are an avid reader after all.

I'd be extra thankful if you could give us a little nugget about your idea for the FEVRE DREAM sequel you've been teasing all these years. Does Joshua spend some time in NOLA? Is Natchez-under-the-hill still just as seedy as ever? Does Abner Marsh wake up in the Neck, marry a Reed, and give birth to a son that ends up in the Night's Watch? These questions keep me up at night.

PS. If FEVRE DREAM is one of those adaptations you mentioned in your LA post, I've thought for a while now Harry Lloyd would make a fantastic Joshua York. And John Goodman was born to play Abner.
Nov. 27th, 2017 09:03 pm (UTC)
See above for answer re FEVRE DREAM.
Nov. 26th, 2017 11:13 pm (UTC)
America 2.0
George - You may have noticed that our great nation is severely divided against itself and unable to address the very serious problems that we all face together. There are obvious solutions to all of our issues but our acrimonious political system prevents their implementation. I have this theory that cinema is the best medium to project higher awareness, real world solutions and a vision of a new age of reconciliation and prosperity into the consciousness of large global audiences.

241 years ago, 55 Americans were willing to risk everything to forcefully challenge their failing status quo and unleash a new age of liberty, innovation and prosperity that we all take for granted today. Our senseless political infighting has placed the great legacy of our founding fathers in grave jeopardy. America is far underachieving its economic and prosperity potential and on a path to avoidable calamities.

Your very well earned global notoriety places you in a unique position to help project a vision of reconciliation and prosperity into the consciousness of all Americans and the global community. I have written the screenplays to achieve this goal but I need your help with editing, enhancements and contacts to help make the America 2.0 vision a reality that will benefit everyone.

Please contact me at Don@renaissancestudio.org If you feel inspired to help in this historic effort.

Thank you for listening. - Donald G. Skipper - Dallas, Texas
Nov. 27th, 2017 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: America 2.0
While I share your wish to see the country come together, I have WAY too much on my plate right now to even consider taking on anything else.

But good luck with your efforts.


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