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September 30, 2012 at 11:40 pm
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Got back from LA yesterday evening.

I had a great visit out there… well, aside from losing the Emmy (I am now 0-4 all time), but it IS an honor just to nominated, yadda yadda yadda. Some amazing meetings followed, with some amazing people, most of which I can’t tell you about… yet. But maybe one day.

And it’s always nice to be back in Santa Fe, with Parris, the cats, and the minions. And to escape the LA heat as well.

But the amount of crap that has piled up in my absence is daunting. There’s just too damn much. Even with three assistants, I am falling further and further behind, and more and more stuff keeps getting dumped on my plate. Somehow just walking back into my office after a trip sends my stress level ratcheting up to ten. Or maybe to a hundred, depending on your scale.


There is no help for it, I suppose. Price of success, and all that. And I know, lots and lots of folks would love to have my problems. No one needs to tell me that.

Even so…

(Today’s football games did not much help my mood either. Life is meaningingless and full of pain…)

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Last Day in LA

September 28, 2012 at 10:22 am
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Meetings, meetings, meetings. BReakfasts, lunches, dinners, drinks. Agents, producers, directors.

I’m tired.

Tomorrow I go home. It will be nice to be back at my own desk again.

Hope all this meeting and eating leads to something cool down the line.

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The Day After

September 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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Lost another one.


Not unexpected, but still…

The parties were fun, though.

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Emmy Day

September 23, 2012 at 11:21 am
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Just had brunch. Now I get to watch a couple hours of football, before it’s time to put on the Monkey Suit and hop in the limo for the Emmy Award Shuffle.

GAME OF THRONES is one of six nominees in Best Dramatic Series, and all Hollywood agrees that we are the longest shot of the six. Vegas puts the odds against us at 50-1 (still time to get down your bets). Others put it more succinctly: it will be snowing in hell before the Academy gives the “big one” to a fantasy or SF show.

But we shall see. It’s am honor to be nominated, and the HBO party will be the best in town, regardless of who wins the award.

Cross your fingers, uncross your legs, and light an offering to your favorite deity.

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Getting Older

September 20, 2012 at 9:45 am
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Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…

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‘Nuff said.

Off to LA in a few hours for the Emmys. Cross your fingers. (But don’t hold your breath).

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Life Is…

September 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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… full of ups and downs, isn’t it?

The good thing about having two teams to root for in the NFL is that it greatly decreases the number of Sundays where you feel like pounding your head against the wall until your brains dribble out of your nose. Even if one team gets spanked, the other may win.

Last week it was the Giants who looked terrible in losing to the Cowboys, and the Jets who looked like world beaters in crushing the Bills.

This week, just the reverse.

Not much to say about the Jets loss in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are a damn good team, and they have always seemed to have Gang Green’s number, at least since… well, forever. As sharp as Sanchez looked last week, this week he looked awful. His wideouts did not help much either. I lost count of how many balls I saw bouncing off Santonio Holmes. Kerley and The New Guy were non-existant. If this is the best we have at wideout, we need to resign Plaxico Burress tomorrow. Plax was always good for six down in the red zone. Our run game… well, it was unimpressive when Shonn Greene was running, and worse when he came out. And our vaunted Jets D is much MUCH less impressive without Darrell Revis. Where’s the pass rush? Our big round one draft choice DE so far is doing an amazing impersonation of Vernon Gholston.

The Jets better show up next week and kick some Dolphin ass. If they lose that one, they could well be looking at 1-4, since they have the 49ers and the Texans the following two weeks, and the team I saw today won’t stand a chance against either of those squads.

Thank the gods, old and new, I have my New York Giants too. Now THAT was a hell of a game. Not that the early action did not prompt a little head-banging, what with Eli tossing those three interceptions and all. That sound you heard was me, screaming, but Parris waved her magic Giants blanket and kept the faith, and in the fourth quarter Eli came roaring back… and how. Threw for something like 510 yards, I believe, which like the ninth best total ever for any QB in the history of the league, or something. From two touchdowns down, the G-men rallied to tie it up (with a 2 point conversion at the end, the real miracle, we NEVER make 2 point coversions), then went ahead by a TD… and then had Josh Freeman and the Bucs come right back and tie it up again with a touchdown of their own…

But they scored too quickly, and left Eli almost two minutes. That’s ALWAYS a mistake. Just ask the New England Patriots. So Manning just drove them back down and did it all over again, scoring another go-ahead TD.

An incredible performance by Eli, and by his two favorite targets, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Both were sensational today. Victor more than made up for all those drops last week against Dallas with 11 receptions for 199 yards, including an 80 yard TD that he dedicated to his grandmother, who passed away this week. Even with totals like that, he only had the second-best day among the Giants wideouts, since Hakeem Nicks racked up 10 catches for 199, despite coming into the game with an injured foot and then having his ankle stepped on so badly that he was limping and hobbling all through the last quarter. It was a great gutsy performance by Hakeem, who gave Bucs QB Aqib Talib a real schooling.

Some kudos are also due Giants TE Marcellus Bennett, who came through a great clutch TD catch after letting a couple of previous TD tosses from Eli bounce off his hands. If he’d caught all three, the game might never have been in doubt. Bennett has been inconsistent so far, but he certainly flashes plenty of talent. If he starts showing it every play, he could be a hell of an addition to the offense.

Also, the G-men seem to have found a terrific backup RB in Andre Brown, who has been on the team for three years and never done a thing… but today Ahmed Bradshaw went out early with a neck injury (hope it is not serious, Ahmed’s a favorite) and Brown came in and ran all over the Bucs. Suddenly Big Blue’s run game was the smashmouth style I remember from days of yore. Brown also had the wits to go down on the one yard line when the Bucs were trying to let him score at the end of the game. Nice to see that too. I hope to see more of Brown in the weeks to come, he could well be the complement to Bradshaw that we need, a new younger version of Brandon Jacobs, running hard right up the middle.

Speaking of the end of the game, though… one hates to pile on, but damn, that was a bush league move that the new Bucs coach pulled at the end of the game, having his line smashing into the Giants when Eli was kneeling down to run out the clock. Good way to injure someone. Yeah, I know you came from college, but this is the NFL. Game’s over, guy. Deal with it. It may have been legal, sure, but it was classless. And if you keep doing stuff like that, you may be headed back to college sooner than you’d like.

Anyway… we won one, we lost one. Just like Hugo night. Seems to be a theme of late.

Oh, and the Pats and Cowboys lost. Icing on my Big Blue cake.

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Still Writing

September 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm
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There must be something about the words “dance” and “dragons.”

We all know how long the last novel took. And now I am writing the “sidebar” (hoo hah) about the first Dance of the Dragons, the fratricidal civil war between King Aegon II and his half-sister Rhaenyra, for THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, and it’s turned into a monster too.

As of today, I have a hundred and three bloody manuscript pages (some VERY bloody) and still no end at hand. I had hoped to finish this one today, but… no, not even close. Lots more to write.

I think there’s some good stuff here, and judging by the reception my reading got at Chicon, most of you seem to like the fake history too. But DAMN, there a lot of it.

Nothing to do but keep doing.

Dance, you dragons, dance, dance…

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Theon at Moat Cailin: the Calendar

September 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm
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The official 2013 SONG OF ICE AND FIRE calendar is on sale at your favorite bookstore, br it brick & mortar or internet (if it’s not, time to find a new favorite bookstore). Some gorgeous artwork by Marc Simonetti this year.

And courtesy of Marc, and Random House, we also have a YouTube video about the “making of” said calendar, so you can see how all this comes together.


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Gang Green Kicks Arse

September 9, 2012 at 6:01 pm
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Shows you how much the preseason is worth.

After scoring only one-count’em-one touchdown in four pre-season games, the offense of the New York Jets woke up this morning, just in time for the season opener, and solidly stomped the Buffalo Bills, 48-28. And believe me, the game wasn’t nearly as close as the score.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick helped a great deal, tossing three interceptions to the boys in the white and green. Fitzpatrick throws at Darrelle Revis more than any other QB in the league, and today Revis made him pay. He did not fare much better throwing at the other Jets defenders either.

And the Buffalo defense, supposedly much improved in the off-season, showed nothing at all. The Jets finally got rid of Wayne Hunter, the weak spot on their O line, replacing him with a guy off the practice squad… and practice squad guy, whose name I have already forgotten, shut down Mario Williams all day, never letting him get even a sniff of Mark Sanchez. So Super Mario was a bust, for this game at least, and Buffalo’s star RB Fred Jackson went down with a leg injury early in the contest. His replacement, C.J. Spiller, was the lone bright spot for Buffalo, ripping through the Jets’ D-line time after time for long runs. Good on him, bad on us: we better shut down that next week. In a closer game, letting the opponent run on you like that could be fatal.

Rex Ryan finally unveiled the “wildjet” formation that he’s been hiding all preseason. Well, okay. Having both Sanchez and Tebow on the field together didn’t seem to produce much. I am dubious about whether or not this shuttling them in and out will work for long, but we’ll see. Today was all Sanchez. He looked very sharp, especially throwing to our rookie WR Stephen Hill and some tight end named Cumberland who we must have picked up when I wasn’t looking. Hill was our 2nd round draft pick, and looks like a keeper. Our first round draft pick, DE Quinton Coples, was only heard from when drawing a roughing the passer penalty… but hey, it was his first game.

I wonder if Rex has a play in that playbook where Tebow as QB throws to Sanchez as WR. We saw the flip side of that today, for a couple yards, but Tebow-to-Sanchez would be the eye opener. A guy who can’t throw throwing to a guy who can’t catch. Opponents will never expect it. (Though, if the other teams keep smacking around Sanchez when he lines up as WR the way the Bills did today, he may think twice about staying in when Tebow is under center).

So… a convincing win, and a nice way to start the season. Let’s see where it goes from here. As for my friends in Buffalo, I fear you may be in for another long season. But please do beat the Patriots for us, it would be much appreciated.

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Hate Dem Cowboys

September 5, 2012 at 11:14 pm
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Well, the 2012 NFL season got off to a start with a resounding thud tonight, as my beloved New York Football Giants lost their opening game to the hated Dallas Cowboys.

The key factor seemed to be the depleted New York secondary, which wasn’t able to cope with Dallas’s third-string wide receiver… especially after our fourth-string cornerback went down and had to be replaced by our fifth-string cornerback.

How the hell our secondary can be down to its fifth string in the first bloody game of the season passes all understanding. I know that injuries are a big part of football, but the Giants always seem to suffer a rash of losses before the season even begins. sigh

Victor Cruz dropping all those passes did not help either. I love you, Victor… but maybe less salsa dancing and more practice in the off-season would have been wise.

Big Blue’s running game looked just as anemic as it did last season. Our vaunted first round draft choice, Virginia Tech RB David Wilson, fumbled the first time he touched the damn ball. Coughlin did not seem eager for him to touch it again thereafter.

Perhaps the Jets will redeem things on Sunday, when Rex finally unveils the explosive O he has been hiding all preseason. (Hah)

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