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Jets Lose, Jets Win

November 19, 2010 at 9:55 am
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Watched two of my TIVO’d Jets games last night after work — the disheartening 9-0 shutout loss to the Packers, and the rather surreal overtime win against the Lions.

Gak. A split isn’t bad and Gang Green’s season record is certainly good enough at the point in the season I have now reached (still a week or so behind real time), but the Jets offense looked wretched in both games. The Packers have a good defense but not so good that they should have been able to keep the Jets off the scoreboard entirely (admittedly, they were aided by two bogus “interception” rulings on what were actually completed passes where the receiver was stripped of the ball while lying on the ground).

And the Lions game… the Lions are a lot better, definitely a team on the rise, and they pretty much dominated the Jets that entire game, except for a freak one-play TD bomb near the end of the first half. With less than four minutes left in the game, they had a seemingly insurmountable ten-point lead… and then they proceeded to give the game away. An absurd play call on the last Lions possession (a pass, when they should have run to chew up another thirty seconds off the clock) and a late hit out of bounds were the two big factors. Hey, it was a rousing come-from-behind victory, but I’m not going to delude myself that it means much. A better team than the Lions would have nailed us to the ground.

Packers and Lions both found a chink in Gang Green’s defensive armor. With Revis and Cromartie on the corners shutting down the sidelines and their top wideouts, both teams exploited the middle of the field and the matchup of their third receiver against our third DB, and had great success. Something Rex needs to work on.

Meanwhile, the Jets offense seems to have regressed badly over the bye week. Mark Sanchez especially. His accuracy and timing were way off in these two games. Of course, he wasn’t helped by receivers dropping balls all over the field… not to mention getting mugged by Packer defenders when they DID catch a pass.

Too many penalties too. Sloppy, sloppy.

But hey… they’re 6-2 as far as I’ve watched, and tied with the Pats for the AFC East. And these are things that can be fixed. I hope.

Tonight it’s the Giants/ Seahawks game for us.

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Home At Last

November 16, 2010 at 5:52 pm
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Back in Santa Fe again.

And tomorrow, back in Westeros.

The road goes ever on and on … but there’s no place like home.

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One Down…

November 11, 2010 at 9:41 am
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… and a bunch to go.

Watched the Jets/ Vikings game last night. The one played while I was flying off to Dublin. Thank you, Brett, for that last interception. I was sweating it for a few minutes there.

(All the games after that one are still unplayed as far as I’m concerned, so no spoilers please).

Oh, people are asking about the two actors quarreling in Belfast. Yes, it’s true. Saxon, who plays Nymeria, seems to have taken a dislike to Cooper, who plays Ghost, and when the two of them were off their leashes at the same time, well… but no one was seriously harmed.

On other fronts, look for SONGS OF LOVE AND DEATH and WILD CARDS, volume one at your local bookstore. Both should be on the racks soon. More when I get back.

Oh, and check out the Villains Tourney at Suvudu, where Ser Gregor Clegane has been battling for his life whilst I was overseas, slaying all manner of other dastards. But he needs your help if he is going to prevail.

Off to Minnesota in an hour.

Oh, and for those of you who can’t make the FFG event, I will also be signing at the Barnes & Noble in Roseville, MN on Monday night:

If it’s a choice, though, the Days of Ice & Fire event will offer a lot more chance to hang and talk than the store signing. I’ll be reading a chapter from DANCE at the FFG event too.

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November 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm
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… for a day.

Tomorrow it’s off to Minnesota for the Days of Ice and Fire.

I am combining three days into one today. The day when I return from a long trip, relax, pet the cats, watch football, and savor being home again… the day after that, when I contemplate the piles of mail, bills, boxes, and the hundreds of emails and start feeling overwhelmed… and the day before I leave on a trip, when I run around in a mad panic trying to get ready, certain that I am about to forget something important.

After Minnesota, though, I’ll be home for the holidays… and, I hope, able to get a lot of solid work done. That’s the plan, in any case.

Minnesotans… do NOT talk to me about NFL football at Days of Ice and Fire. All my games are on TIVO, but I haven’t had the chance to watch any yet.

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Almost Home

November 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm
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I’ve made it as far as Atlanta, where I’m sitting in Delta’s club lounge waiting for my flight to Albuquerque to board. A few more hours, and I’ll be off for home… for a whole day, before I leave for Minneapolis.

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In London

November 6, 2010 at 11:30 pm
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Left Malta today for a quick visit to London and my British publishers.

The shoot is still going well.

I’d post more, but I’m in serious need of sleep.

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Make Mine Malta

November 2, 2010 at 9:41 pm
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I’ve left the winds and rain and mud of Belfast behind, and I’m now on sunny Malta in the middle of the Med. Sorta. Actually, yesterday I was on the streets of King’s Landing watching Yoren school Arya in being a boy, and today I was way out east on the edge of the Dothraki sea, as Dany tended her stricken sun and stars.

I’m seeing some great stuff. Really truly. We have an AMAZING cast, and it’s a privilege to see them in action.

Okay, okay, not everything is idyllic. There were torrential rains on Malta last week that washed away a whole Dothraki camp (missed that), and back in Belfast two of our actors have taken a dislike to each other and got in a fight that left one of them bloodied… but other than that…

More when I get home… if I can find the energy…

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