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Not A Blog

I'm calling this "Not A Blog."

I mean, I don't have time to do a weblog. I don't have the energy to do a weblog. There's just no way I could do a weblog.

I did have my own personal topic on GEnie once (ah, GEnie... a colossal time sink, that, but I do miss it sometimes). A lot of people did. Some of them posted every day. Some posted every week. I posted... well, I posted sometimes... when I had something to say, or something to announce, or...

It is likely to be the same here. Be warned. Days, weeks, and even months may go by with no new entries to this journal. If so, that doesn't mean I've died. Just the opposite, actually. It probably means I'm busy doing stuff. It may even mean that I'm writing. After a long day at the computer writing fiction, the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer some more updating my weblog.

Even so, I thought this might be a good idea. My website has a number of different pages, but sometimes I want to add stuff that does not fit conveniently into any of the established categories.

Political commentary, for instance. Last election I had a couple of political messages on my site that really irritated some of my visitors (and pleased even more, but never mind). There were various reasons for that, but one was that I stuck the commentary onto the page called 'About A FEAST FOR CROWS.' It was suggested that if I wanted to talk about politics, I should have a separate page for that. Well, no. If I had a political page, I'd need to update it, which would mean I would have to write a lot more about politics. No, thanks.

This is better. I will talk politics here, in future. I will talk about pizza here, in future. I will report on trips here, upload con reports, complain about stuff (there's a lot to complain about in modern life, it seems to me, and we all need a place to vent). I will, in short, post whatever the hell I want to here.

Just don't expect me to do it very often.

Because this is Not A Blog.

I don't have time to keep a weblog.


Jul. 17th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
yup, lots to complain about indeed, with an equal amout or more to praise or so it seems...though complaining is much more intertaining...or somthin like that....*mistifies self*
hell if i no...
well, your time in any case is appreciated by me at least, so vent away, i think its intertaining...*strolls away*
Jul. 18th, 2006 09:04 am (UTC)
I didnt really know where to write you about this but I have read all four of the SOFAI books and I have seen many similarities to these and to Robert Jordans WHeel of Time series. Its not the same or anything, but for instance the wall in the north reminds me of the Wastelands in the North from WOT. My question is: Were you influenced by these books in anyway? Both series are excellent in my opinion, i was just curious.
Jul. 21st, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions
Did those two areas seem similar because they were both on the top of the map, or because they're both cold?
Nov. 8th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions
Isn't the northern waste in Jordan's series _hot_?
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions
wow do you really think that jordans work is similar, i have read up to book 8 in the wot , and i dont even think there in the same genre, grrm work is miles above rjs writing, not to knock the wot but it lacks believability and integrity, i understand its fantasy so was tolkiens work and he used magic so subtle to make it beleivable so does grrm, its like comparing robert e howard conan to hollywoods conan there is no comparison,grrm rocks and so does reh
Aug. 7th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
"Fire & Ice" series
This is my first visit to your site so forgive my clunkeyness.
I love your series and am anxiously awaiting your next book.
My one worry is that you will fall into the same trap as Jordan and Goodkind, namely: Starting out a killer adventure, then deteriorating into a series that goes nowhere and resolves nothing in succeeding volumes. This obvious ploy to merely sell books has caused me to abandon both writers. You have an incredible saga going here with wonderful REAL characters I love and hate. Do not drag it out for greed's sake.
If you kill off Arya, I'll never forgive you.
Doug Karhan
Pleasant View, CO
Aug. 14th, 2006 07:26 pm (UTC)
Not a Blog???
I think its time to call your Blog what it is...a Blog! All you've got to do is start doing an update every couple of days and it could be a very popular blog...advertising dollars and all.
Aug. 16th, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Not a Blog???
Dear George r.r. Martin,

Yours is the most interesting and capturing fantasy series I have ever read. Please don't stretch it out. Let it to end by book 6. 7 if need be. Too bad new books only come out in hardcover, because only the paperbacks fit in my bookself, otherwise i have to put them sideways and have them take up more space then needed. I didnt like the resizing of the books. I liked the first book when it was hardcover size, and not pocketsized, even though it didnt fit in my shelf. Someday I hope that I publish books that will sell better than yours, until then you are my idol. I can't wait for the next book, I hope Arya will be in it. What has Bran been doing, I'm as exited as a kid on christmas morn.

Many Thanks (for being a awsome author),

Timothy Weynerowski
Aug. 17th, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
you rock george,i am a canadian and i have noticed that it is starting to get alittle fearful here like in the "excited states" of america, i read your arcticle about going to see your editor and wow can i relate, i am not a writer but i go through similar interogations to get a telephone in my name, or to get help with my taxes at revenue canada and even if we go to the unemployment office there are security guards , the ironic thing is i live in a modest city of 100,000 and very unknown but in own own self-centeredness we all believe that we are important enough to be targets, (gosh i wish i was that important) thanks and keep writing those fantastic books
Aug. 18th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Your political opinions
You should not be criticized for expressing your political opinions however I hope that you do not become so outraged by our idiotic political leaders that you allow it to creep into your work. You are working on a classic that will stand beside The Lord of the Rings and other great works of fantasy. Please don't tie that to some sort of topical political trivia that will be meaningless to future generations. Besides we are inundated with political commentary. There is no shortage of that. What we don't have is a lot of great fantasy writing of the magnitude you are capable of. Thank you and I am eagerly awaiting Dragons.
Aug. 25th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Your political opinions
If you look at the classics they always contain moral or ethical commentary, that is what makes them timeless. It is how they are weaved into the story which will decide whether it is something future generations will respond to. Look at Twain.
Aug. 22nd, 2006 10:55 am (UTC)
howdy, i know how you feel about keeping logs of EVERYTHING. i dont have time for it either. when i feel something is important i MIGHT post it in my LJ :).

i recently started reading your series and it's great. i hope i can keep everything in my shoddy memory long enough to see it all through.

best of luck to you in all your endeavors.
Aug. 23rd, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
George, if you ever go back through these old logs and find this, I'dd like you to know that I just found out what Blog means:) Speaking of unimaginitive, dead-heads, reading these comments I notice you have a lot of illiterate(or bad typing) readers. Your probably teaching more people proper writing skills then Hooked on Phonics ever will. Don't turn off the comments because of idiots like me, because your readers opinions are almost as interesting as yous Blogs.....almost, but not quite. I dont read magazines or hardly watch the news but I read your Blog religiously. Impatiently awaiting "Dragons________Garrison
Aug. 22nd, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
Comment Necromancy
I've had friends encouraging me to read your A Game Of Thrones since around 2004/2005. I'm kind of glad I didn't take them up until now because I just spent the last 2 and a half months in Westeros and I'm eager to go back and start it all over again. I thank you for the imagination you've stirred inside me and so many others and I wish you safe travels and happy times.
Jan. 3rd, 2012 06:57 am (UTC)

Livejournal was advertising your blog and I was intrigued. I watched the first season of Game of Thrones and loved it too much to wait for the next. So I went out and purchased all the books and had a wonderful two weeks where I read them all (hardly stopping to eat or sleep). It was fantastic. Anyways thanks for that. I'm looking forward to the next one but take your time. I have no trouble waiting for something good.

May. 19th, 2012 08:56 am (UTC)
Love the books ,just wanted to let you know that you have a fan from Sri Lanka . I bet you have no idea where that is :)
David Incio
Mar. 17th, 2015 01:25 am (UTC)
10 years later
10 years later, maybe you didn't imagine that you would be posting almost every day, that you have a cinema and that your wonderful books originated the greatest series in tv history...
Maybe ASOIAF will be the graetest fiction saga ever written, who knows?
I'll be back in 2025... :)
Roberto Di Donato
Aug. 4th, 2015 05:11 am (UTC)
Just started reading GOF
Better late than never. Can't put it down. Thanks. Rob from Australia


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