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Conventions and Cancellations

March 27, 2015 at 6:27 pm
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A couple of posts down, I announced that I had decided to cancel a couple of my planned appearances for 2015, namely the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga and the San Diego Comicon.

As seems to happen with everything I post these days, this was immediately misinterperted and misreported.  The usual game of internet telephone took place, and suddenly it was being said that I had cancelled ALL my planned appearances for 2015.  This immediately triggered a flood of emails, and comments here on the blog, from fans who had bought memberships in Norwescon or Conquest or Sasquan in order to see me, and were now worried that I was not coming.

No.  Not so.  Listen, please.  I am skipping San Diego Comicon and World Fantasy Con… but as of this writing, I am still planning on making all of my other scheduled appearances.  Okay?  Clear?  That means, yes, I will be in Seattle for Norwescon next week, and yes, I will be going to Kansas City for Conquest over Memorial Day.  And so forth.  And so on.

Please note that at both of these cons, I am a guest of honor. They invited me years ago, and have been advertising my participation for many months.  Fans and readers have planned accordingly.  I would not feel right in pulling out of an obligation like this, except perhaps in cases of medical or family emergency, and that does not apply here.  At San Diego and Saratoga I was not a GOH, just a program participant, attending largely on my own hook.  Makes it much easier to withdraw.

It is possible that I may withdraw from some other announced appearances later in the year… most likely in the summer and fall… but if I do, it won't be from cons where I am the featured guest of honor.  I would prefer not to have to cancel anything, but that depends on how the work is going.

And by "work," I mean WINDS OF WINTER, of course… but not exclusively WINDS OF WINTER.   When I say, "my plate is full," I don't just mean with WINDS.  I am still editing the latest Wild Cards volume, HIGH STAKES.   I have an overall deal with HBO, and three new television concepts in various stages of development, with a variety of collaborators and partners.   I am consulting on a couple of videogames.   There's the Wild Cards movie at Universal, where I'm a producer.  And I've recently formed a new production company to make low budget short films based on a trio of classic short stories by… well, no, not yet, that would be telling.  Premature telling.

(Many of these other projects may come to nothing.  Such is the dance of development as they do it in Hollywood.  If anything ever actually comes to fruition, you will read about it here.  Till then, don't hold your breath).

Anyway, I'm busy.  But please note, most of these other projects involve me editing, producing, consulting, or financing.  The writing I'm doing is all on WINDS OF WINTER.

Speaking of which… after wrestling with it for a month or so, I've decided not to script an episode for season six of GAME OF THRONES.  Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels.  And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month's work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks,  and I cannot afford that.   With David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Bryan Cogman on board, the scriptwriting chores for season six should be well covered.  My energies are best devoted to WINDS.

So… back to it.

Not A Blog Policy

March 26, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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Time for a reminder, I guess.

There have been too many off topic posts in comments here on the Not A Blog of late.

 Partly my fault.  I have been getting lax about unscreening them.  But it is getting out of hand.

 Comments are welcome… but stick to the topic in the main topic.  If it's a football post, talk football.  If I post about Wild Cards, talk Wild Cards.  Old Venus, well, that book, or maybe anthologies in general.

 I know the new season of GAME OF THRONES is at hand, but that doesn't mean every comment thread should be taken over by posts about the series, or the books, or "spoilers," or whatever.

 If you want to talk about the TV show, there are many fine places on the net to do that.  Ditto if you want to talk about the books.  I would especially recommend Westeros and Tower of the Hand.

But no more off topic posts here, please.

Come to the Westerlands

March 26, 2015 at 3:21 pm
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An old/ new sample just went up on my website, for those who cannot get enough of Fake History.

I've uploaded the history of the Westerlands, from THE WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE.  This is the version I read last year at Loncon, slightly longer than the text that appears in the actual book, which was edited and trimmed a bit.  For those who want every last little nugget…

You will find it under Samples/ World of Ice & Fire, where it replaces the Aegon's Conquest sample that had been up there for a year.

And if that whets your appetite for more, the worldbook is still available from your favorite local bookstore or online retailer.

My Night With Sibel

March 26, 2015 at 2:23 pm
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The lovely and talented SIBEL KEKILLI — best known to all you GAME OF THRONES fans out there for her amazing portrayal of Shae — came to Santa Fe last December.  We celebrated her visit by screening HEAD ON, the breakthrough German film that gave Sibel her first starring role and won her the Lola (the German Oscar) for Best Actress, but that was not the main purpose of her visit.  She was here to film a segment of a popular German travel show DURCH DIE NACHT (roughly, INTO THE NIGHT), for the French/ German TV network ARTE.

The premise is the show is that each week, a celebrity visits some place they have never been before, and a local shows them the town, with an emphasis on the nightlfife.  Sibel asked me to show her Santa Fe, and I was delighted to say yes ( though I did warn her that Santa Fe, for all its charms, does tend to roll up the sidewalks at 9:00 pm or so).    So after a rather adventurous series of flight, and a six-hour drive through the night with a stranger in a car full of fish, Sibel made it to the Land of Enchantment, and I had the honor of playing her host.  We took in my own lair, a local gallery, a comic book shop, two restaurants, two bars, and of course the Jean Cocteau.  (With a film crew trailing us everywhere we went).

I had a great time.  Got to introduce Sibel to margaritas and chile con queso, two of my favorite things.  All in all, she seemed to enjoy the experience.  And driving around through the night, we talked about all manner of things, which was fun as well.

The segment has now been edited and broadcast.  For those of you not in France and Germany who did not get to see it, here you go:

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I've met some wonderful people through GAME OF THRONES, and Sibel is one of them.  What an amazing, talented, courageous young woman.   And yes, I confess it: her Shae was better than my Shae.

Oh, and by the way, here's that song I had them sing for Sibel — Istanbul, Not Constantinople, by the Four Lads.

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Two Premieres

March 22, 2015 at 9:16 am
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Off to San Francisco this afternoon for the premiere of GAME OF THRONES season five on Monday the 23rd, at the San Francisco Opera House.  Should be a grand affair, though the LA and NYC premieres (for seasons three and four, respectively) will be hard to top.  I look forward to seeing our old friends on the cast, and meeting some new ones.

Then it's home again, for the Santa Fe premiere of season five at the Jean Cocteau, on Saturday the 28th.   Three screenings, including the first Spanish-language screening in the morning for our Hispanic fans.

This Week at the Cocteau

March 20, 2015 at 5:30 pm
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A  cool new documentary opening tonight at the Cocteau: THE WRECKING CREW.

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Now that's MY kind of music.

See you at the movies.

LATER:  Just got back from THE WRECKING CREW.  Great, just great.  Made me want to put on my old albums.

Say what you want, old codgers from the Greatest Gen.  Say what you want, Generation Xers and Millenials.  The truth cannot be denied.  Us Boomers had the best music.

Creepy Dolls and Ellen Datlow Invade Santa Fe

March 19, 2015 at 8:30 am
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We had a great time at the release of Ellen Daltow’s newest collection of horror stories THE DOLL COLLECTION.  In honor of Ellen’s appearance at the Jean Cocteau we held our Creepy Doll contest, and boy did we get some creepy dolls!

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If you happened to miss out on all the fun the Jean Cocteau still has signed copies of THE DOLL COLLECTION and other titles collected and edited by Ellen available at their online Bookstore.  Get your copy while supplies last.

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ADDENDUM:  We had twenty-six entries, from all over the country, for our Creepy Doll Contest.  Some truly creative, original, and disturbing visions.  Ellen Datlow, Jeff Ford, and Stephen Graham Jones served as judges, no easy task.  Here are the three winners.

Third place: BOOGY BUNNY by LINDA BRYANT

Second place: OPHELIA by DONNA KIDBY

And of course our first place winner, MELINDA by DAVID JESSUP.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who took part.

Signed Books

March 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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We had a pleasant surprise last night at the Jean Cocteau when Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch dropped by for a short visit.

Of course, we immediately took advantage of their presence by making them sign books.

So… for as long as the supply lasts, which will not be long… we have hardcovers of ROGUES signed by Scott, and hardcovers of OLD VENUS signed by Elizabeth.

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Of course, I've autographed both of these as well… and the copies of ROGUES on hand also have signatures from another contributor, Walter Jon Williams.

Also, from the day before, we have copies of THE DOLL COLLECTION, autographed by editor Ellen Datlow and contributors Jeffrey Ford and Stephan Graham Jones.

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All of these, and many other titles, can be ordered from the Jean Cocteau bookshop at:
http://www.jeancocteaubooks.com/

Happy reading.

Sorry, Saratoga

March 14, 2015 at 6:50 pm
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I don't often attend the World Fantasy Convention (not to be confused with the World Science Fiction Convention, which I have only missed once thirty years), but I was there the last time it was held in Saratoga, and I had a great time. A terrific town, a wonderful con.

This year the convention is returning to Saratoga once again, and I was hoping to return as well. I'm not a guest of honor, and I'm not (so far as I know) getting an award; I just wanted to go.

Reluctantly, however, I've just had to scratch Saratoga off my list of 2015 appearances. For no reason having to do with the con itself. I am sure it will be terrific. It's just a matter of time.

I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong foremost amongst them.

My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me. I won't be there. Go anyway. You'll have a great time.

Also, I have decided against attending this year's San Diego Comicon. Same reason. But since Comicon was never listed on my Appearances page, scratching it is not as big a deal.

(Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind).

At the Cocteau

March 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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This will be a great weekend at the Jean Cocteau Cinema.

PETER S. BEAGLE and his travelling show return tonight, with THE LAST UNICORN.

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We have one screening tonight (Friday) at 6:00, and two tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Peter will be introducing each screening personally, and fielding your questions afterwards. He’ll also be on hand to sign copies of his original novel, and many of other classic works. If you missed him last year when he passed through, don’t make the same mistake again. And if you were here last year, well, come again.

In between the two Saturday screenings of THE LAST UNICORN, we’ll be showing THE SALVATION a new western in the classic tradition, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green.

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Come Sunday, ELLEN DATLOW will be here with new anthology, THE DOLL COLLECTION.

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Ellen will be joined by two of her authors, Jeffrey Ford and Stephen Graham Jones. We’ll have readings from the book, an interview, a question-and-answer, and of course Ellen, Jeff, and Stephen will all be available to sign their books.

All that… and our CREEPY DOLL CONTEST! Check back here on Monday to see the winners.

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