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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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idemandjustice
Aug. 18th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
I found your political posts to be inspiring. But I will not complain to have you working on Dance with Dragons! :)
michnessiest
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:21 pm (UTC)
*laughs* a little baa'ing never hurt anyone George this could change of course by the time you get in. Just look out for an over zealous friskers :) Have a safe trip and see you in Anaheim!
ubet_cha
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hello,

I’m very jealous of the WorldCon trip. I don’t think I’ll be able to talk my GF into the expense for a few more years. I haven’t been able to get her to enjoy SciFi/Fantasy yet and for some reason she keeps insisting that vacations for the kids should have a priority. Even the kids are against me, I told them that going to Nippon next year would be a lot more fun and probably less expensive then our planned trip to Disney World, but was voted down. I am making progress though, our oldest (13) is a Harry Potter fan! I hope you have a good time and come back with good stories.

I’m a practicing Libertarian which means outside of annoying everyone with my political views, I still haven’t gotten it right. Its unlikely I’ll debate with you over politics unless you start championing some of the more obnoxious propaganda of either of our major parties. I’ll give you a freebie, though, if you want to watch Republicans turn purple point out the parallels between the current administration and LBJ’s. Republicans like to bash Johnson for spending, but Federal Budgets are up 35% since Bush came in and a large portion of that pork is not associated with defense. Tell them he’s a spend-spend-spend liberal, its entertaining.

If you ever have time, I’m interested in your writing process. As in, how do you actually manage to get the work done? It must be difficult, especially now that you’ve become successful, do you set quotas? A friend of mine has a few ( Contemporary – family drama stuff.) novels published and is constantly weaving people from her personal life into her stories. Do you yourself tempted to pull someone you know into one your stories? I’ll admit I use LJ as a supply of character traits, there’s a diversity of thought processes here but that’s just me. One of the reasons I rush to read your books is the depth of your characters. Whatever you’re doing to build these people, please keep doing it.

- Peter
zengoalie
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
Greetings from the Granite State
Hope you have a safe and relaxing trip. Like many others have already said, take your time with the book-we'd rather have quality than something rushed.

Hope that you'll consider a trip up to lovely New England eventually...Boston is so far from New Hampshire...you'd love Portsmouth.

Good luck with your house renovations (do they ever get done?) and good writing!
taros_ulasem
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
DragonCon?
GRRM,

I know you have a busy schedule, but do you ever plan on making an appearance at DragonCon in Atlanta? I know that there are a great number of people who go that would love to see a panel done by you.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:42 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin,

First of all, I respect you for providing a venue for the average "sheep" to respond to your comments. So many celebrities rant and rave about their political beliefs and then wonder why people boycott their movies or concerts. For most of us, it's our only way to say that we disagree.

That being said, I believe you're being a little hypocritical....... "As for the handful who chose to chant cant or throw insults... you should be ashamed of yourselves."

I guess being called a sheep shouldn't offend anyone. The thing is, some of your comments just don't leave much room for intelligent debate. Are sheep even capable of such?

Before this becomes a rant, let me just say I love your work and thank you for this forum.

Chris Haley,
Lexington, Kentucky
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Humans who behave like sheep are often called "sheep". Do you think George is not aware that they are actually humans, and not sheep ? He is. And that's why he'd like to see them behave like humans, and use their brain. If he thought they were actual sheep, there would be no point in complaining about them, since it's normal for sheep to behave as sheep. For humans, it's not. That's the problem.
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
Which terrorists?
I know you didn’t want to talk about politics today, but I’ll molest you (and other readers of your b-log) anyway. ;-)

Well… a terrorist is someone who spreads fear/terror. Who is doing that??? Answer: President Evil and the Toni Blair Witch Project! Terrorism has been around long before Bin Laden and Co., and will be ever after. The media is being used to hound the sheep, I guess, snapping at their shanks to steer them this way or that, telling them what to do, where to go, or where not to.
Are we men, or sheep? Climb out of your pelts, people of the land of the free and the home of the brave! And spit the devil in the eye…by living the life you knew.
It could happen anywhere at anytime, I know, but what happened to the parole “in God we trust?” And if you’re not a believer, then have faith in your luck. I mean, come on! The U.S. has suffered but two major attacks so far, and those were 9/11 and Pearl Harbour. (this statement might be wrong, and if so... sorry. But those are the two major attacks known to me.)

Dear Mr. Martin,
I really wish more people shared your opinions, or would at least be as bold as you, and make them public.

Greetings from Adriane (Germany)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
ADWD please!
Dear Mr Martin,

Please,please,please don't bother arguing with these people.
That time could/should be spent writing new ASOI&F material!
We're all waiting patiently (some more than others) for ADWD & then, a couple weeks after that comes out, we'll be waiting again for the next 2 books.
I guess there's no persuading you to also cancel all appearances,signings etc... until the series is all finished~ ?!

Rob in Delaware.


(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: ADWD please!
I don't think he'd fancy becoming a slave. Let him continue doing the things he wants/needs to do, and finish the book in his own time. It will be worth any wait we have to endure.
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fragilemuse
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
be careful, if you make too many barn yard animal noises while passing through security you might be detained on suspicion of having hoof & mouth disease. ;)

hope your trip is safe and uneventful, at least for the flying part. :)

(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
that was funny!
but who knows...
;-)
thebadlady
Aug. 18th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hi George, its Ro/Rhelle here. :p

I can't wait to see you in a few days and I will try to work something out for the MidWest trip too. I think a few of us would be interested in another dinner/drinks outing. :)
rodeomom
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
As someone who only recently (2 yrs ago) was introduced to your writing, I apprecaite the time you put into your work. Granted, I would LOVE to see the book out next month, but I know the kind of time involved in the production end of things, I can only imagine the writing end. I thank you for starting your LJ and hope to meet you when you come to St Louis.
Again, I thank you for all you do, and hope you have a great time at Worldcon.
eureka00
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Dubuque?! Wow, I might just have to drive over for that one. My brother and sister-in-law live in Dubuque full time actually. I live in northern IL myself and went to college in southwest WI, which was only about a 30 minute drive from Dubuque. Hope to see you there even though I already have one book signed by you that a friend got for me when you were in Madison.
veetvoojagig
Aug. 18th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
My deepest sympathies for the slow writing. I hate when that happens. I just missed a contest deadline with three scenes left to write of a short story, and was driving myself crazy trying to finish it. *sigh* Ah, well. That's life. Better luck to you this month, and have a great time on your trip.
storytellersjem
Aug. 18th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

Just finished going through your latest blogs. Whew, there's some flack coming your way. Heh.

If you would prefer, you can make all commentary screened, meaning it won't show until you approve it. This would ward off the outspoken, hidden trolls who seem happy to attack you but not reveal themselves.

Have fun at the con and I'm sure I'll be seeing you soon. A lady friend precludes me from attending this year. In the words of Quagmire from the FAMILY GUY . .. "Ooohhhh riiiight".

Best,

Shannon (aka Son of Hot Pie)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Song of the audio book!!
Howdy Mr Martin.

I have being listening to the audiobooks of the Ice and fire series as
I ponder around in glistening expectation for the Dragon to flap its
hefty wings. I would just like to say - and hopefully it could be
passed on to your publishers - that Roy Dotrice's commentary is as
superb as could be possibly imagined. I grew very curious to know if
you yourself have listened to his productions. Could it be so? I find
it difficult to even pick out one character, he portrays, who stands
out above the others. It is so good that I wonder why the audiobook has
not explored a more richer depth within literature than it appears to
contain.

It was with awful sadness that I have discovered that Feast contains a
new reader. I love your series - even when they have been robbed (no
pun intended) of some of their greatest characters. The melancholy of
such is staggering, however brilliantly written and utterly exciting
the storyline. But I must say that the loss of Mr Dotrice's voice is
overwhelming. I wonder might it be possible for his triumphant return
when the Dragon takes flight? I am very sure you are in a position to
propose this. I am positive your audio fans would absolutely agree.

On a less pleading note - I have looked through your "What I am
Reading" section and might I suggest a book I absolutely guarantee you
would appreciate? Robert Fisk's "The Great War for Civilization".
Possibly the greatest non-fiction novel of this bloody new century.
Last note, I reside in Dublin, Eire - do you join your Parris on her
Easterly flights to our lovely island? Maybe you could grab an old book
signing for us poorly scholars.

Cheers,

Keith.
starsinger23
Aug. 24th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Song of the audio book!!
I agree -- if you have any influence on the powers that be, please do what you can to bring Roy back! His characterizations were just superb! Listening to him read is like being in the presence of a gifted bard...which may not be a good thing for Roy, considering the fates that seem to befall nearly all of your bards (Tom of Sevens excluded...so far)! :-P

Jim
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