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Off to Worldcon

It has been an interesting few days, to say the least. I never dreamed my posts here would get such an overwhelming response. Thanks for all the comments, pro and con. I appreciate the support, and even the thoughtful and reasoned responses from many who disagree with me. As for the handful who chose to chant cant or throw insults... you should be ashamed of yourselves.

No politics this time. I'm packing right now. Tomorrow morning I'm off, first to Albuquerque for Bubonicon, our friendly little local convention, and then on Monday to LA for worldcon. Let us all hope that no new crisis intervenes, so that I am allowed to board the airplane. I will try to resist the urge to go "baaaaa, baaaaaa, baaaaaa" as I pass through the metal detector.

I love worldcon, and this year should be a good one. Aside from being in Anaheim (not my favorite part of LA), the convention facility is a great one, really well set up for parties, and the Brotherhood Without Banners is promising to pull out all the stops this time around.

On other fronts, I should mention that we have just added a new stop to my ICE DRAGON promotional schedule. On Tuesday, September 26, I will be signing at the River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque, Iowa. Full details will soon be posted to the Appearances page on my website. I lived in Dubuque for three years (1976 - 1979)a long, long, long time ago, but have only been back there once in the last twenty-six years, and that only briefly, so I am looking forward to seeing my old haunts again. I hope the place hasn't changed as much as my old neighborhood in Chicago had when I went back there in May.

And to appease all those who come to my site mainly for updates about A DANCE WITH DRAGONS... sorry, guys, you're not going to like this news any more than I do, but the last month has been a washout as far as writing is concerned. My home renovations have been very distracting, all sorts of other things have been breaking or demanding my attention, there were tax records to prepare for my accountant (I had to take an extension last April), and it seems as if every day has been full of crises and interruptions. I do hope the worst is behind me, however, and that I can plunge back into the book when I get back from LA. I need to make certain that September is a more productive month than August.

I do intend to continue to speak out on political issues from time to time, but perhaps not at such length as I have these past few days. It has been fun, and invigorating, and even enlightening in parts, but it takes time and energy, and just now I need to save most of my time and energy for A DANCE WITH DRAGONS and WILD CARDS and my myriad other publishing projects, old and new.

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90d
Aug. 18th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
Do you have any plans to tour in a crappy town called Lubbock, Texas? It sucks but I have to live here for a while and it would be really sweet if you popped on by sometime :D
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Texas
We would really love to see you in Texas, George. Anywhere in Texas would be great. Don't suspect that all Texans are similar to Bush. We keep a watch on your cities and vowed to drive if they were close enough at the time.
My husband introduced your books to me 5 years ago and your character development is extraordinary. Love your blog and all that is said here. Lots of great reading.
Rachel in Austin, Texas.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to share your politics. I usually hate it when celebrities use their fame to try to sway the masses, but I actually enjoy hearing your opinions. I think that's because you're an intellectual, a writer, someone who survives on social commentary, not an actor or singer. I value your thoughts much more than someone like Shawn Penn or Angelina Jolie (which is to say, I don't respect their opinions at all, actors are just the puppets of writers!). And I've found that I always have something to learn from the older people in our society who have seen and experienced so much more than the rest of us.

So more political rants, please.

-Matt
azjournal25
Aug. 18th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
I'm glad you turned on comments, and a certain amount of idiocy is, unfortunately, to be expected with any blogging comments.

The total # of comments here is crazy. I can't imagine what would happen if you set up a GRRM webcam =/
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Obviously a little disappointed you haven't got much ADWD done this month but, hey, it's your life. I'm just glad that I've got something like that to look forward to. As most people have said, I'm quite happy to wait if it's at the quality of your other writing and I'd rather you take your time (and enjoy life!) than slave away unhappily or rush it.
Enjoy the cons, and I look forward (hopefully) to an update in the future when you write that you have had a great month of writing and got more done than you thought. You never know. It could happen.
alice_the_raven
Aug. 18th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful trip and don't get too bogged down by security.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter.
aceface
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
Move to Ireland, no taxes for artists, and I believe that includes authors. Plus it's been a balmy 65 degrees and overcast for the past few weeks! Doesn't that sound nice?
madbard
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
Anaheim is not L.A.! That would be like saying Dorne is part The Reach!

... Dear god, I am a nerd.
starling321
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes you are. But I find myself agreeing...
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the_corbie
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
the Brotherhood Without Banners is promising to pull out all the stops this time around.

Including the wine corks, apparently. Which brings us back to your previous point: how are we gonna get those Dornish Reds (or Arbor Golds in my case) home? Can't take them in hand luggage! :p

Anyway, see you in a few days: looking forward to the Cali sunshine (the mist over St Andrews this morning is like a blanket, makes me long for some sun).
dajamieson
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
Just wrap 'em carefully, stuff a lot of clothes around them, put them in the hold and pray?

See you in L.A. George.*Ahem*...any chance of a new chapter in the reading?:p

Oh, and I second the recommendations above for Abraham and Lynch - very different books, but both excellent.
the_corbie
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
I'll wrap it in my maester's robe: appropriate! ;)
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dragonguy
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
Any chance on giving us all some sort of estimated month or so you think the book could be released by?
reynardine
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:50 am (UTC)
You're coming HERE to Dubuque??!!! *joy* (Hopefully, someone has notified the Telegraph Herald...I used to work at Borders and you have lots of fans here in town.)
misplacedmind
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hey, I checked out your profile when you mentioned living in IA, and saw that we shared purplellamaboi on our friendslist, as well as several common interests beyond the obvious grrm adoration! Would you mind if I friended you?
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
enjoying the updates
Mister Martin I was wondering if you are ever gonna come down to Atlanta and do a signing (you could even see the larges aqurime in the world)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 24th, 2006 04:26 am (UTC)
Re: enjoying the updates
Dear Anonymous, please learn how to spell, punctuate, and use grammar in their correct form(s).
Your friend,
Laura
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
Regarding Airports
Thought you might be interested to read this, following from your airport security comments in the last week or so.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5261908.stm
diamondreads
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
rotfl! I now have this mental image of a row of people acting like sheep going through the metal detector. I have some friends who would love an excuse to do that themselves. I hope your trip is a safe and happy one!
histoire68
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
You were right on. You should post about politics whenever you like!
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