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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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memyslfni72
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
A recent fan of your Books and now your blog
I have to say that you seem to write in your blog in a calm but firm and concise way! (Even when you are speaking about issues that you obviously believe in deeply.) This took me completely off guard as you write with such power in your novels!!! (and I an glad that you will be writing more soon. I have to think selfishly here too)

Writing should not be done out of obligation, in my humble opinion. I would much rather wait and read a terrific story coming from the mind of a great author than read a rush job!

So keep up the good work! Write when you can!



(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Dancing
Hey George,

Don't stress too much about finishing Dance in a hurry, I know I'd rather wait until it's perfect. *grin* Not that I can't wait to read it, of course! Still, it's finished when it's finished, right?

Have fun at the Con!

Emma
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
Freedom...Give in
Give in, everyone else is! Why fight it? Accept the national identification card, and later the implantable chip and step in line. Keep quiet, it's safer that way. LOL. I'm with you Mr. Martin. Our freedom has been at stake for sometime and the future looks even more frightening. Our politicians (from both sides of the fence) are a far cry from our founding fathers. Keep on keeping on with home renovations, life and of course, ASoIaF. I don't find much worthy to pass on to people but I make it a point to hand out a copy of A Game of Thrones to anyone whose birthday party I am invited. There is a small army of die hard fans here in the capital region of New York.
All the best,
Dan Masucci
(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
A Dance With Dragons
I have really enjoyed your books and check your Web Sites for updates on "A Dance With Dragons", however I am/was really antipating its release. But the truth, after reading your Not a Blog, as this is where release updates were provided, I really don't care about your political views or "how you see the world", and would really appreciate if you could concentrate on your entertainment work (book writing). Don't get me wrong, too many entertainers (i.e actors, musician, authors) seem to think (use their entertainment "soap box") to tell the world the "reality", not just you. However I don't expect you to do this and unfortunately, I don't think I will be checking into your Web site anymore, nor will I buy your book. What a shame! You will not aggravate me anymore.

P.S. Your ramblings remind me of Tom Cruise, not good, not good at all!

Peter (From Canada)
bleakharvest
Aug. 19th, 2006 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: A Dance With Dragons
Yeah, good one anonymous Pete. I'm sure George will lose hours of sleep considering the loss of your purchases. Especially after telling him what he is expect to do or not to do.
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mystyangel
Aug. 19th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
IOWA! My day has been made.
bleakharvest
Aug. 19th, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
I hope you have an excellent at WorldCon! I wish I could enjoy the BwB shenannigans, but alas, the East Side is my home.

As for A DANCE WITH DRAGONS, just take your time! Don't worry about the fans -- we can wait =)
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Hey, did anyone catch that one movie about snakes on a plane? It was pretty good!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
idk
your books are awesome. probably the sweetest iv ever read, almost as sweet as the harry potter books. a clash of kings was the best one. I was a little dissapointed with A Feast for Crows, only becuase i never liked Brienne, and a good part of the book was focused on her story. But it was still sweet. anyway hurry up with ADWD becuase u kno that brings in the most profits for u, and we, ur fans, need another one of those great books.

-- Jon Snow = BADASS --
jaredpbarnard
Aug. 19th, 2006 05:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry to drag this up again!
Liberty... Such an interesting word, such a paradox. I wish to be free from governmental coercion, but I also wish to be free from the chaos of anarchy. I do not want the government to tell me what I can and cannot do, but I don't want bad people to be free to come into my house. I want to be free, but I do not want those other people to be free. I want to be free, but I want to be safe.

I would hazard to say that 'information' is the culprit; information is responsible for the trickling-away of our perceived freedoms and rights. Every advance in society is a result of information, every benefit that technology brings is accompanied by harm. As information increases, technology increases, and so does the need for legislation necessary to maintain a balance of freedoms.

Perhaps when viewed through the lense of 1970 we are losing freedoms, but I believe there is a balance being sustained. Technology affords me more freedoms (I am free to watch TV, however I am not free to pirate cable), and legislation ensures that a balance is maintained. I can drive my car, but not so fast that it endagers others. I can travel via airplane, but I cannot do so unless I have passed through security. These 'small inconveniences' are exactly the same as the speed limit - I can drive, but I can't go as fast as I want. They are necessary vehicles of balanced freedom.

Given the climate of international relations, I believe that the precautions of airport security are reasonable. However, I do not believe that it would be reasonable to search someone traveling by car. The time will come when we begin to perform similar security checks in our subway systems, and I do not know that it would unreasonable to do so. Again, the key phrase here is 'GIVEN THE CURRENT CLIMATE'. I pray that the world will see the decline of terrorism very soon, and when the decline comes, I wish to see these strictures taken away. But for now, I do believe that such legislation, such regulations, such small inconveniences, are reasonable.

So! I have my feet solidly in both camps on this arguement. I do not like to see my freedoms (either end of the spectrum) trickle away, but I do recognize that a balance must be maintained, and that temporary potential threats must be regulated. When school is in session, it is illegal for me to drive more than 20 miles per hour past the local school. When school is not in session, it is legal for me to drive at a higher rate of speed.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Sorry to drag this up again!
Reasonable is the key term in all of this. GRRM freely admits that reasonable is where the valid debate occurs. I agree with you on the topic of airport security, the checking of baggage before air travel is reasonable. While you may be more likely to die in a car or a bathtub the expanded consequences are greatly diminished. Four planes on September 11, 2001 nearly destroyed the airline industry. Many airlines already dealing with increased energy costs were near collapse already. A large number of major airlines would have collapsed without federal aid.

One plane can do far more damage than a car, a bus or a bathtub. The airlines have the right to protect their own interests, it is not a right for a person to use a private companies product or service. It is entirely within the rights of the company to make reasonable measures to protect themselves from irreparable harm. Requiring people to undergo screening to validly protect the airlines investment is part of the freedom of running a business in the US under our constitution. The airline industry holds no monopoly over travel, there are other methods to reach any other spot on earth that people are free to choose over the airline industry. The other forms being inconvenient to the individual are not the responsibility of the airlines simply because they are running a superior service.

Even the ACLU reserves the right to search the people and their possessions that step onto property belonging to the ACLU.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 19th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Take All the Time You Need
Dear Mr. Martin,

In addition to teaching 3rd grade, I work part-time at a Walden Books. I've met with hundreds of customers who have read your "Song of Ice and Fire" series and I'm not surprised that 99.9% of them have stated that you are their favorite fantasy author. Hands down, no competition, you are the master. It's fun to talk with them, but lately they've been a bit disgruntled and a bit bloodthirsty, (or bookthirsty). I'm asked about "A Dance With Dragons" every time I work. I always refer them to your website, but I always tell them, "I would much rather that GRRM take his time and release another masterpiece than for him to throw together a sloppy piece of crap. One reason why his work is superior to anyone else in the genre is that he TAKES HIS TIME AND GETS IT RIGHT. I just finished rereading the entire series this morning, and I noticed, (not for the first time), that there never seems to be a wasted passage or sentence. Writing a series of this quality takes extra care and precision. So take your time and keep up the brilliant work.

I love and agree with your political commentaries, by the way. I'm a US Army Infantry veteran who served proudly during the Cold War. I would not serve today under such a corrupt and evil regime. We're in real trouble, aren't we?

Cole Lauber
Frederick, MD
sudyn
Aug. 20th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Re: Take All the Time You Need
All well and good. I have no objections to whatever you have just said, apart from this one thing... you say that you would not serve under this evil regime now, but is not war in general (quite) an evil thing? for it is always the innocents that suffer the most, those who have no fault and no control over what is happening to them.
Please do not take this personally.

Greetings from Germany
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(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
GRRM, you are my hero
I fully mean that. I find it very rare that people think the way I do and I couldn't possibly agree more with you. While I'm still young in my very early 30's, I too see incrementalism destroying my freedom on an almost daily basis. It gets to the point that I can't even read the news anymore.

Whether it's religious conservatives telling me how I can live or the Socialist Democrats coming to claim my property for the "benefit" of others......it just sickens me. The "War on Terror" is just another piece of the puzzle that fits into the erosion of rights we continually face. Your post reminds me of some of the wisest words I ever read...."When people fear the Government, it's tyranny, when Government fears the people, it's freedom.".

It's nice to see another person thinking like myself. Thanks for everything!

Kevin
(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Dear Grrm.

I'm a big fan of your books. They don't seem to have caught on here in Sweden as they have in the US, which is sort of weird because Swedes generally crave fantasy literature. I do however try to spread the word best I can, by shoving your books down people's throats. While I'm doing this I might as well ask, have you been in Sweden or have any relation to Sweden? Because some of the names in ASoIaF do sound quite Swedish. "Stark" for example in Swedish is "Strong". And "Westeros" looks suspiciously like, and is pronounced more or less the same way as the Swedish city "Västerås", where I'm from. Coincidence?

Anyway! Now that I stumbled onto your site and read your blog I find I like you even more. Don't mind people telling you not to express your views or political opinions.

Oh, and on the fear-mongering. Here's comedy central's excellent Daily Show's take on it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WID8i3w9TqY
(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2006 06:52 am (UTC)
On the late posts:
Don't worry about the stupid govrement, we all have those.
And never mind about terrorists, or the war: i live in Israel and i don't care.
The only things that i care about is my pay check for the next Warhammer Unit (in which i play Brettonia designed on a winter theme with a wolf banner :) ) and the coming out of the Dance.

Oh, and have fun, of course ^^

Yours, Nazg
(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
Favorite Author
My name is Robert and I am one and twenty years old and I just want to start this out by saying that you are a genius and, by far, my favorite author. This being said I also want to point out that I was a very, very big Tolkien fan before I began "A Song of Ice and Fire" and I feel that your work touches me much deeper and impacts me much harder that his ever has. I read at work on breaks and, sometimes, when I go back to work, I cannot even concentrate due to my astonishment of a certain chapters ending or the brilliance of the foreshadowing of a certain character or kingdoms demise or the intertwining plots that form the very complex parabola of your series. But don't worry I'm not on the GM factory lines making the car your going to buy tomorrow. I just rent movies out to avid movie fans.
My close group of friends, namely the members of my band-our drummer Max who has read all currently released books, myself whom is in the middle of "A Storm of Swords" and our bassist, who is in the middle of "A Game of Thrones"- have even gone so far as creating out own houses and sigils.
You have inspired me to begin writing again on my own fantasy novel that I have been working on since my junior year of high school and haven't written more than twenty eight pages encompassing two chapters, and to re-shape it. I really prefer reading books the way you structure them and, as long as you do not mind, I have begun to fashion my books after yours, mainly naming the chapters after certain characters and writing the whole chapter from their perspective. The introduction of houses and sigils has also added length, and loss of sleep tiring myself out into the late night to write a history of a certain house or entire kingdom, but it is worth the price just to tell a great story. Aside, from lengthening the book and diminishing sleep, it is more deeply detailed and rooted into the land of which the reader gets to know.
Basically, what I am trying to say is that you should come to New Jersey for a signing if you can make it. We have quite a few Barnes and Noble Bookstores, my suggestion being the one in Brick NJ.
If you get around to it my email is gutter_out_the_box@msn.com. Hopefully I'll hear from you. Also, my AOL Instant Messenger screename is Faaip de Oiad VI if you should happen to have a method of contact through that service.
Thanks for your time, I am greatly appreciative of your interaction with your fans and I wish more authors, or musicians, or celebrities could be so modest, selfless and personable.

Your admirer
---Robert F. Muller Jr. aka Ser Gutt of House Err of the Flaming Skull. "Justice and Vengance Above All."

P.S. Life happens and I as a fan, as I am sure all of your fans, understand that you must turn your eyes away from the computer screen and notebook and concentrate on other priorities before writing. That is why I wish you the best of the luck with your renovations and your Worldcon trip and any other personal or household crises that have developed or will develop. In a nut shell, take your time with the book but don't leave us hanging in suspense. Stay safe.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 20th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
I like hearing all your stories, however I would like to Know even a hint about "Brandon" . How much do you have written? sorry about my spelling.
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