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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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Aug. 20th, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Dubuque Tour Stop
Glad to hear your stopping in my neck of the woods (IA/IL-Quad Cities area), been waiting for quite some time. I'm going to make sure I get there. You don't mind if we bring books other than "Ice Dragon" to sign, do you?? Hope not. See you there!
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
I'm sorry your having a bad writing month. The downside of self-employment, eh?

and thank you, also, not only for opening comments, but for not letting trolls and schmucks scare you away from the rest of the fans, like they do with lots of writers.

Enjoy WorldCon...
Aug. 21st, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Best Wishes
I'd say I'm hoping for a safe travel for you, but in all honesty, it has little to do with hope and more with confidence. After all, how many flights leave and arrive at American airports every day? How many contain terrorists? One a year? Referring back to what you said, if you made it out of the shower without cracking your skull (or rather, if you don't get in an accident on your way to the airport), I think you're pretty safe. I agree with you that security checks are a breach in our "fundamental" rights. One of the many encroachments we face every day.

I was moving part of my library from Long Island to Syracuse and only got halfway through New York City when I was pulled over because my car was riding low and the cop wanted to know why. I told him it was books and he laughed at me. (Don't policemen read?) I sat there for almost two hours while backup came and they searched through each container in my trunk. All I got for my trouble was an apology and a warning to not transport so many at a time? What!?

So I agree with you that our desire for this mythical security is getting a little overboard. I say you should stuff a realistic looking plastic watergun on your person and see if you can sneak it through. I can just picture the headlines. ;)
Aug. 21st, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
Take your time!
Mr. Martin-
Take your time and write when you are ready. You are so worth the wait. Keep up the good work!
Aug. 21st, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Chiming in a little late. I had no clue you had LJ accout, i was happy to see that you did. :) i actually found this while doing a search on the web. I just finished up A Feast for Crows. I'm a new fan and quite impressed with your work. I picked up the first book to see how it was going to be and promptly bought the next three. I've never had books lead me through such a broad aray of emotions as these have. They have made me happy and mad and sad and so on... I can't wait to read the next one to find out whats going to happen. :)

Hope you enjoy worldcon.
Aug. 21st, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Just read your postings over the last few days, and I would like to applaud you for your convictions. I do agree, both with the gradual erosion of freedoms and the fact that most people my age (I am 30) seem to have become used to it. It sickens me that people want every aspect of their lives watched over by someone who is supposed to protect them. History must be largely unstudied by people who believe this. The Roman Empire started as a Republic, just to give one example. I am not preaching the evil of all goverment, and I dont believe you are either. However, I am able to think for myself and decide which risks I am willing to take. I take offense at the fact that our own goverment is basically saying that we are not capable of making our own choices, and I sincerely hope that it is not more sinister than that. But it is very concerning that if someone ever comes along who does want to run things on a more permanent basis, we have certainly made things a hell of a lot easier for them...
Aug. 22nd, 2006 02:50 am (UTC)
Re: Freedom
True, (successful) published writers are to nerds as Presidents are to Republicans. But seriously, finish the damn books before you die.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
Awesome! You're coming to Iowa!!
It's a few hours for me to drive to Dubuque, but I'll do it with a big smile on my face the whole way. Can't wait!

Dien Judge
Albia, Iowa
Aug. 22nd, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
coming to Dubuque
Hi! I live in Des Moines, and I consider your Ice & Fire novels to be (currently at least) the penultimate expression of the fantistorical. My friends and I will certainly be at your book signing. I am so excited! I had no idea you had lived in Iowa!

Your loyal reader,
Aug. 22nd, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
off to worldcon
thanks for the update george on "dances with dragons". i share just about all of your political views. hopefully, ill get to meet you one day at a book signing; or someplace close to where i live. ill just continue reading "a storm of swords", while i await the new one.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
Short and sweet, and I'm not talking about me
I know we all have the right to not be searched, but companies have the right to deny sevices to anyone. This is legal as long as people have the equal ability to comply to these "rules and regulations" imposed by the company. The airport is a company because they rent space(even if it is government owned... I don't know if it is). Companies can deny sevice to you for having hair to long, but not for having a certain skin color. This does not violate your rights because you are choosing to take the service. I wish we lived in a country that was like the one you spoke about the other day, but the truth is that the government has turned into a business. Terrorist could destroy our country as a whole if we had no security, and that is true wether the airports are doing anything wrong. Maybe they have destroyed our country already, since we have had to change our contries view. In short the airport is not violating the bill of rights, but I sure wish there was still part of our old country left.

Remember all goverments, laws, and opinions will seem good or bad depending on the time and place that is why it important that our government can change.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
The 'Writes' of Autumn
Writing in September...surely not on Sundays? The Giants are looking scary good this year. Eli will be last year's Carson Palmer, hopefully sans the shredded knee.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
I hope your able to finish the series before you die!!! DONT END UP LIKE WHEEL OF TIME!!! I feel bad for Jorden...i just hope he can finish it out! but still! DONT END UP LIKE HIM! AH!! i'd cry ya know...
Aug. 23rd, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Hey, Mr. Martin!
I just got to your LJ by hopping upon your page looking for Updates on the Ice & Fire Story. :p Actually I began reading the German translation (eventough thousands might recommend the Engish version as the better one) and now I'm waiting for the German translation of the second part of "A feast for crows".

However, as always, when I'm probing new friends on my friendlist, I'd like to let them know it. So far, feel watched and greeted from Germany,

Aug. 23rd, 2006 10:19 am (UTC)
Hi George here are my comments on your last 2 posts: - 1st for Dance don't worry about time please deliver us instead a long and high quality book ;) - 2nd for the terrorists i'm not american so i can't really say anything precise about American law. However i can at least reason on common sense and the basic principles of law that you can find in most of the western countries. The situation in airports involve the clash of different rights: the right to security and safety, the freedom of speech, the right to free circulation of people at least in public spaces. the state limits the 2 last mentioned in name of protecting the first. What we have to determine is : is the right to safety a stronger right than the freedom of speech and the freedom of circulation? If yes, isn't it important to control (ahead of the courts) the proportionnality of the measures so that those important liberties are not shrunken away to nothing? well my opinion as an european is that it is too much attacks ON THOSE LIBERTIES. The freedom of speech being taken hostage by terrorists? the effects of their attacks are probably exceeding by far their expectations... Its also horrible to say, but the country is also much easier to govern without those liberties at their full extent. Everybody knows that even if america is obviously the primary target of those terrorists, the attacks are also an easy excuse to legislate with the slightests controls onthe most sensitive matters hmm i could write for hours it's not even the good thread for this answer so i stop here! My message is only the following: Everybody don't step on liberties even if it seems to be details of them George good luck please give us a good book full of Tyrion ;)
Aug. 23rd, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
No DWD progress!
Once again real life has interrupted the progress of my favorite fantasy world. Sigh.
Oh well, at least that new Terry Goodkind book is out...
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