"Sephen" was a troll account I used on george's not-a-billboard. The character started off as some american ex-con but somehow evolved into a hardline communist Russian.In response to: http://grrm.livejournal.com/151109.html
Thank you for updating your billboard sir - I am very happy to have another chance to get the 2009 calendar and hey this is a good excuse for me to order that signed copy of TUF VOYAGING I've been promising myself I'd get! I just got paid for this construction contract I'm on so now I can afford it!
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Re: 3 quick things
I agree with Hippo, I thought he was talking about FORT FREAK (or at least I hope he is!) I love how Mr. Martin drops these little hints, hee hee. Hey, maybe when A DANCE WITH DRAGONS is finished we'll see a post that says "King Kong has fallen off the skyscraper!" :)
Re: You need a vacation!
I agree! From what I've seen here on the billboard, Mr. Martin is always working on something. Between the HBO script, FORT FREAK, and the other anthology (star-crossed lovers? something like that), he's accomplished more than me this year! (Although I dunno if you can call being in jail an accomplishment, heh.) After FORT FREAK is done with the editing process it'd be nice if Mr. Martin gets a good, long break - he has earned it!
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Mr. Martin, I too find Tamzin Merchant very attractive in THE TUDORS. I thought I was the only one! I'm like, "I know the character she's playing is a teenager,and it's wrong for me to be attracted because I'm twice her age, but here I am!" Of course, that attitude has gotten me into trouble before, but still, hey, it's just a TV show! Looking forward to Merchant in the HBO series (assuming she's still on, I don't know what the word is on that).
That woman who played Anne Boleyn was amazing too, and I'd imagine that isn't an easy role.
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I have missed the billboard, sir, and I'm glad to see you're back and all is well! Definitely good to see you have your priorities straight - although I know that mere knowledge of what's important doesn't make it go away. If only there were more hours in the day to where you could work on your list there AND have some time to relax! Here's hoping that your next con is a bit less stressful! :)
My son gave me back my copy of SUICIDE KINGS this week and said it was great, and like me, he's looking forward to FORT FREAK. (His mother, though, is not as enthusiastic...ah, but that's a conversation for another time!)
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I agree with the poster above that said we've all been there! I myself am self-published with a book I wrote in jail titled HARPOONS OF FURY, a novel about a grizzled, shark-hunting sea captain and his loyal-to-the-point-of-sycophantic crew. The tension comes as the crew's patience is tested by the captain's postponement of the next shark-hunting expedition. Needless to say, the crew is upset, but they linger on knowing that the biggest fish of them all is, eventually, their next target...but I won't give away the climax! :)
Anyway, despite a nice premise, the book never really took off (although my second ex-wife enjoyed it), and I was sitting in a lot of empty book signings just like Mr. Hall! I feel his pain!
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HARPOONS OF FURY
Haha! He literally jumped ONTO a shark in the final chapter, although I have to say, I hadn't thought of that pun!
The main conflict of the story is that he's become far too distracted with other hobbies to do such things as "jumping sharks" (hehe). Instead of hunting he opts to sell cheap catches nobody is really interested in. (And oddly enough, he even sells non-fish related items too, suggesting that he might not even be interested in fishing anymore). The crew - in a rather heart-warming manner - reminds him why he got into the fishing game in the first place, and he resumes doing what his crew loves to see him doing. (And, deep down, it's what he wants to do, too.)
But, plenty of shark jumping once he focuses back on hunting. :)
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MR. MARTIN THAT IS GREAT NEWS!!!! Looking forward to when I can buy a limited edition of this - will Sub. Press be doing one???
Can't wait to read Ty's contribution either since I'm unaware of anything else he has written.
These must be a lot of fun to edit, since you get to witness other people's writing rather than having to produce the entire work single-handedly (like that other series you have going on). I certainly have a lot of fun reading them! :)
I am faithful in your ability to pin down "Kong!" I assume that Kong = A DRAGON'S DANCE or whatever the name of the book you're writing is (sorry, I don't keep up with the A Song of Ice and Fire series, but based on the superb quality of your other work I just might have to!)
Good luck Mr. Martin and know that you have my support! :)
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Mr. Martin, I am so glad you took a few extra days off so you could drive to the convention instead of flying! After proofreading FORT FREAK you deserve a nice break. And I do hope you tell us about ConQuest here on your billboard!
I am really upset with TSA as well because they always used to make my ex-wife buy herself two tickets on flights! The indignity of spending 10 minutes in security removing my shoes is simply not worth flying versus driving!
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Dearest Mr. Martin,
I ordered three pack variant busts one month ago but have not received any communications about my package. Money was debited out of my account of course quite promptly however! (nearly 175€ too!) "Service" link on website is broken and there is no method on site for to contact the seller.
I know that you do not run Valyrian Resin, but since your billboard hosts advertisement, you're the only person I know who can get for me this answer!
I apologize that my English is not very good.
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You slay me, sir!
Sophie Turner (the correct one) will be excellent!
7/13/2010 (Comment was removed from GRRM's site!)
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"(And if the show lasts till season four, he may even get a sex scene!)"
I haven't read the books beyond A GAME FOR THRONES - does Samwell survive until A FEAST OF CROW? And he has sex? After reading the first book I had him pegged for being the only person in the series who DOESN'T have sex (especially because he's in the Night Watch)! =)
Now I shall have to hasten my book reading to see these plot details you have revealed Mr. Martin! :)
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The joke I thought was quite funny! It is nice that Mr. Martin sees his responsibilities in humor sometimes. because you cannot be serious all the time!
Many times I am wondering why so many are worried about A DANCE OF DRAGONS when Mr. Martin has many of fine publications coming out with frequency.
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MR. MARTIN that's great that HARD CALLS is coming out! Of authors, Daniel Abraham is one of my favorites!
I am wondering why you are saying the wait was long, the WILD CARDS comic series came out timely I thought.
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One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;
And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter
Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,
Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is. (Wallace Stevens)
July 23, 2010
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If you are selling the RPG book for as little as last time I think this time I will have to take advantage of this offer! Really I think you could sell them for 300 USD and still have demand because they are so rare!
July 24, 2010
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This news is a joy Mr. Martin! I believe with this series I am most excited to see it, as it is some of your earlier writing. If I was given opportunity to redo a series that did not do so well originally I would jump at the chance and pour all of my energy into it! I wish you best luck and hope the project fulfills you.
Probably this will be a good side project for you as well Mr. Martin that will give you much-needed breaks from working on THE DRAGON'S DANCE.
July 25, 2010
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Mr. Martin you are too judging of yourself! Personally I am thinking you should have gone to Comicon to unwind and help focus on projects. You should not have to work like normal person because what you do is different. It relies on creativity. A step back sometimes is needed to go forward! :)
August 1, 2010
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We are cheering you Mr. Martin! Myself I am looking forward to Wilma chapters :)
August 14, 2010
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Awesome news Mr. Martin! After reading most excellent WILD CARDS comic series I am thrilled to read Fevre Dream. This project has received the most anticipation from me this year, I am happy to see that it is in stores now :)
August 31, 2010
COMMENT WAS SCREENED AND NEVER MADE IT =
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Mr. Martin I was worried about commitments and I had feeble excuses but reading your post I decided after that I should ask my job if I have time off to go to worldcon! The manager said no but I remembered your post about just doing it and decided to quit so I could go to Worldcon!
Of commitments, Im remembering Mr. Gaiman said similar...if you want to paint your house, paint! This is of course preferable to worrying about contracts and professions responsibility.
My cousin Evgeny luckily works at Russian consulate in Australia so maybe I am staying with him!
February 2, 2011 (we're BACK!)
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Logo of WILD CARDS is at front and I think immediately that is another WILD CARDS comic, so I get excited! Comic of A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE is good too and I am reading this when it arrives!
Books of Ice and Fire I am still reading. Cousin Evgeny reads while I do and we are almost finishing Clashes with Kings. Of WILD CARDS we are great fans but we enjoy this other work too. Maybe we read comic of westeros when it is released!
February 7, 2011
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Thrilling Picture Mr. Martin! TV series is exciting and Sansa Stark girl is beautiful and realistic like book.
Northern Inuit dog is good dog but I am wondering why not use Sulimov? Is patriotic dog of Russian airport security and is like wild beast of Westeros since is part jackal. Is smaller dog but appearance is more like mad dog of Siberian forest!
February 7, 2011
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You are right perhaps! Mutations of Chernobyl and surrounding area are like WILD CARDS background. I was young child when disaster happens but in fact I think of it vaguely when I first read series.
Recently I actually watch video of Chernobyl and Pripyat after disaster. Conscript wears surgical mask and no more. I wonder what happens to people. Was sad day for Soviet Union but also opportunity to learn.
I am from Russia more specifically near St. Petersburg.
February 7, 2011
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I do not get channel Sky but I will get DVD box set certainly! Many glowing words from actors, is like LORD OF RINGS but serial (because LOTR actor say many of good things about film while producing)! (also director Jackson has beard of George Martin, is similar no?)
I am wondering if season does well maybe WILD CARDS series of television is possible? Or DOORWAY (of comics I am interested released soon). If J.J.Abrams has many TV show maybe George Martin have just as many! Maybe WESTEROS series gateways to other projects! ))))
February 10, 2011
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New anthology is phenomenal news ser!!!! This is big year publishing for you, yes? FORT FREAKS and then new book you announce DOWN THOSE STRANGE STREETS. First I think FORT FREAK is most exciting but then I see this!
Is especcially nice to see more work from WILD CARDS authors. I notice Carrie Vaughn and Melinda Snodgrass of series. Of Carrie Vaughn I am great fan since sister Mila lends to me KITTY novels.
I am wondering if you considered anthology of TUF VOYAGING wrote by other authors. Universe is rich for writing more I think.
February 11, 2011
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Miniatures are glorious! I have purchased many of dark sword miniatures in past. Miniature are strong family tradition in fact. Father was in glorious Soviet Union army years and years ago and made for me soap miniatures. I painted for him and send them back. I send him great red dragon of HOBBIT, and Shea Omsford in green cloak of SWORDS OF SHANNARA. Father came back from great patriotic duty and still had miniature and this is displayed in living room of parent home now.
Now I add Martin minature of FIRE AND ICE songs to shelf with them! But no WILD CARDS miniature for sale anywhere :< I try carving Jet Boy but I am thinking I am not as good as father.
February 15, 2011
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Surely you are talking about DANCES WITH DRAGONS. Is great news you are making progress!
Your post is reminding me of time I go hunting with Cousin Evgeny. Vacation to small town outside Novosibirsk yields many of opportunity for hunting in vast Russian forests. (Evgeny is very eccentric, he is wearing vest of bear pelt and belt full of ammunition...crazy cousins I have, all of them!) We were tracking wolf in snow, should be easy because of paw print, yes? But we track very deep in woods and get very lost very quick! But then we hear explosion and see smoke in tree line. Wolf has gotten clumsy and hit land mine from previous war! Was very scary!
I am telling you story because wolf saved lives. Evgeny and I turn around quickly and careful and make for village and vehicle to go home after seeing tragic wolf accident. I think of your novels Mr. Martin because wolf plays protective role.
Anyways I am for encouraging your mythical creature hunting. Perhaps if GRRM signing comes to Eastern Europe I can tell you more cheerful story and buy for you lunch of pizza, yes? (Russia and former Soviet Union have great patriotic tradition of pizza. Do not let outsiders tell you otherwise!)
February 25, 2011
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Twitter/facebook pages are good news Mr. Martin! Is very nice of Ran using her time in helping ICE AND FIRE SONGS updates.
Is very interesting mood too, "quixotic." Reminds me of time I come to United States to see ballet of DON QUIXOTE. Great Russian master Mikhail Baryshnikov performs play and it was very exciting! Sister Mila came with me to see ballet and I think she falls in love with Mikhail! After play she runs up to him and tries to grab onto piece of costume. I think she has something to drink beforehand, yes? Ha ha ha!
She was also enjoying capitalist luxuries of the New York while we were visiting. She buys many pairs of shoe, and I ask her why she needs more than one pair! Great craftsmanship of Petersburg shoes should be enough! :)
I am sorry for long story. I remember hearing you are of New York and it brings back memory of trip. I am wondering if you, too, have ever seen the great master Baryshnikov at work?
On a similar notion, perhaps WILD CARDS comes to ballet sometime? Would it not be grand and funny? Would be interesting to be seeing Dr. Tachyon and The Great and Powerful Turtle on stage!
OMFG he got a response from none other than Parris:
Feb. 26th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Jet Boy: The Musical?
JB could have a farewell Soliloquy that could rival Billy's in Carnival.
couldn't be any worse than the 'jukebox' shows that seem to have a large niche in live theatre in NYC and London. (Those are cities I have any knowledge of live theatre, let alone musicals).
Hey kids! Anybody got an old barn and a beat-up piano?
April 19, 2011
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YES YES YES!
YES MR. MARTIN THIS IS EXCELLENT NEWS!
I am wondering if show is edited for other countries. I watch show on Russian state channel and many things I find are edited. Instead of dire wolf, mascot is black bear, and instead of hand of king it is "fist of the people!!" (Yes, they are even using two exclamation mark!) Also Eddard says to Jaime "I do not fight in tournaments, because I spend time instead fighting for proletariat rights!" Of course I am glad of patriotic edits but I was hoping for version to be true to book, da?
April 28, 2011
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Mr. Martin I am afraid I am not understanding your post. First I think book is done because you have referred to Kong as writing project of yours in the past.
But then I remember post titled "Good day with snow" and I think, wait, he said in post following that "When I finish DANCE, you'll know it. I will write something like this: "I have finished A DANCE WITH DRAGONS." You won't need to parse any hints." from http://grrm.livejournal.com/130504.html
I am very large fan of WILD CARDS and more recently GAME OF THRONES TV show. If you please, clarify post and tell fans if you have finished!
August 2, 2011
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It is shame you cannot do Eastern Europe/Russian tour of book. Maybe this is possible for LOWBALL? I can host you at Grand Hotel Europe in St. Petersburg and I will even take you for tour of pizzas across city. As stated in previous post, Russia has proud patriotic tradition of pizza (foldable of course Mr. Martin! Is not fake pizza of lasagna like Chicago!)
August 4, 2011
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FIRST OF ALL I APOLOGIZE FOR CAPITAL LETTERS. CAT OF MINE SISTER MILA DESTROYS KEY OF CAPS LOCK AND I AM FORCED TYPING IN BIG LETTERS.
POLISH IS NOT SO GOOD - I ONLY VISIT BRIEFLY FOR HUNTING TRIP WITH COUSIN EVGENY - BUT IS INTERESTING COMMENT ABOUT LAST NAME OF CHARACTERS...SIMPLE NAME IS LIKE FIRST MEN AND FLOWERY NAME IS OF IMMIGRANT. THIS IS REMINDING ME OF MOTHERLAND.....HERE WE ARE ADDING "A" TO LAST NAME IF WOMAN AND NO "A" IF MAN. IS SIMPLE. OTHER COUNTRY (LIKE FRANCE) ADD EXTRA THINGS TO NAME. MUCH LIKE ADD EXTRA UNNECESSARY PART TO VEHICLE TO MAKE MORE EXPENSIVE, DA?
AGAIN APOLOGIES FOR CAPITAL LETTERS LOCK AND THANK YOU FOR INTERVIEW.
September 12, 2011
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(I guess George didn't like this one very much, it was screened and never made it)
This is great news! I watch American Football last night with dish of satellite and very much enjoy New York Jets victory. I am thinking Tony Romo has failed lobotomy in off-season? Or maybe he is just lackadaisacal screwup always.
American game of Football I do not watch often but I enjoy. It reminds me of game cousin Evgeny and I create using grenade and rabid badger. Is not very high scoring affair I tell you this much!
I am sorry New York Football Giants lose...maybe they should augment bodies with experiment like WILD CARDS no? Is this against rules of America? ))))))
September 12, 2011
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Daniel Snyder is typical capitalist. Team does not play well? Spend entire salary cap on aging crippled quarterback who have one season of good statistics twenty years ago. And make fans get credit card of high interest rate to buy tickets and buy expensive mattress of capitalist excess (I refer to Six Flags park).
I give you advice - hire Russian manager for team! to have teammates running offensive plays of efficiency and strong defense like bear of siberian waste. Strong communist running back is gaining three yards each ball carry, no more no less thanks to efficient comrades blocking. success is for entire team, not for prima donna washed up cornerback of Deion Sanders or Jeff George.
I can't remember the date, but this entry below never made it to the comments section, and Sephen was permabanned from the billboard:
Mr. Martin, truly it is wonderful you are offering excellent nominations for award of HUGO. Sadly I cannot vote because I have not attended convention recently, but I am happy such an award exists in which friends can nominate other friends who are then voted by peers.
This Hugo system of casual award among friends reminds me of baking contest I entered with cousin Evgeny, at function of Church. All parishioners were given task of creating baked good of history. I choose to create french crepe a la Catherine the Great because she was tsaritsa who had affection for France. Is very opulent and uses expensive filling! Evgeny chooses to craft bear claw of GULag archipelago. Is soulless, deceitful food much like Alexander Solzhenitsyn's books.
Anyway sister Mila ends up winning prize of grocery store giftcard mainly because she has many friends who attend function. Award is based on vote from peers which means person with most votes from friend wins prize. It is okay however. Mila's cake of original building of Kremlin is very tasty and has delicious filling of strawberry. Is guilty pleasure I know, but I enjoy it very much.