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09 November 2009 @ 06:29 pm
mostly about the weekend  

This morning I started out with 90 pages of revisions to go. I wrote 2800 words today. Now I have 95 pages of revisions to go. *weeps*

So last Thursday Ted and I went into Dublin to meet GRRM, or at least to get him to sign books for us. This mostly involved standing in a very long line with increasingly achy feet, but involved some chatting with friends, which was great. When we got up to the man himself, the guy in front of us, with whom we’d spoken some, took out what must have been a first edition hardback version of A GAME OF THRONES, with a cover I’d never seen.

“Ah!” said Mr. Martin, “don’t get mugged on your way out of here, this one’s worth about a thousand dollars.”

I happened to be carrying a copy of the SONGS OF THE DYING EARTH anthology, which is a great big thick hardback book, as well as my paperback CLASH OF KINGS, so I put the paperback down on the signing table, said, “Excuse me,” to GRRM, and made as if to whack the guy in front of me over the head with SONGS so I could steal his thousand dollar copy of GoT. There may be photographic evidence of my utter lack of propriety, but my coat, which I was carrying over one arm, flew up in front of my face, so possibly there’s photographic evidence of *someone* but not *necessarily* me trying to mug a guy at the GRRM signing. :)

Ted and GRRM were both wearing flat caps, and GRRM clearly recognized Ted later at the after-signing meet-up, which I suspect was in part because of the cap. :) We didn’t stay at the meet-up very long, but it was all around a very nice evening.

We also swung down to Dawson Street, where the … Harris & Tweed, or something like that (Hodges Figgis, apparently), bookstore is. We had been told my books were being carried there, and lo, they were! So I signed the ones they had, then went and introduced myself to their SF/F guy, who looked at me in vague bewilderment, mostly because he had a hand-written list beside him of books he was ordering, and my name was on it for the TAKE A CHANCE* graphic novel, and it struck him as exceedingly unlikely that one of the authors on the list he’d just written out had walked up to introduce herself. :) Anyway, apparently my books sell quite well there, and though they didn’t offer to do a signing, they did offer to order in 20 or so copies of DEMON HUNTS when it comes out, and to do a face-out display thing and get me to sign the books and all, so we felt it was *well* worth having gone by. Also, they have a really good SF/F selection (for Ireland), and we may have accidentally bought a handful of books. So it was goot!

*He wanted to know what TAKE A CHANCE was, and I explained it was a graphic novel, which he seemed quite pleased about, as they have a pretty good GN section there. But he was confused because he hadn’t been able to bring it up in the system, and was somewhat dismayed to hear that was because the graphic novel has been delayed indefinitely.

(also, randomly, I think this mood icon is a particularly *terrible* choice for a mood of ‘fine’, because in this frame Gambit has been stabbed through the chest with a GIANT SWORD and Rogue is telling him “While I live, you don’t die.” That’s really not ‘fine’, I don’t think… (except I see that it's not the option on LJ, so this bit makes no sense, does it.))

miles to Minas Tirith: 38.05
ytd wordcount: 248,600

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
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Vicki: Jared smilingeilan on November 9th, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
You have a Jared Padalecki icon.
I love it!
desperancedesperance on November 9th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
“Ah!” said Mr. Martin, “don’t get mugged on your way out of here, this one’s worth about a thousand dollars.”

Ah - I wonder if that's the one I have? Right there on the shelf, see it, next to the ARC...?

It'd be nice to have another book that's not worth quite as much as my first-edition Dune...

*looks nervously over his shoulder, for fear of a hefty-book-wielding mizkit*
kitmizkit on November 9th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I think it might have *been* an ARC. I'm not sure, but looking at the GRRM covers, I think it was this one. It was certainly one I hadn't seen before, and it had that color scheme and general layout, at least.
Rovandarovanda on November 9th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a great weekend :-D

btw, I wanted to let you know I finally bought a copy of Urban Shaman, after lurking on your livejournal for months thinking I really ought to check out your books :) I won't get a chance to read it til December (NaNoWriMo all this month), but I'm looking forward to it!
kitmizkit on November 9th, 2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
Oh! Well, I hope you enjoy it, and good luck with NNWM!
irishkateirishkate on November 9th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
sounds like you had a good time.
Lady Doom: Proper Gambitlithera on November 9th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
*snickers*
Marithmarith on November 9th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
You are Silly. But entertaining. I bet GRRM thinks so too, not to mention the rest of the people waiting in line :)