Episode 388

Nerdist Podcast

George RR Martin

Nerdist Podcast: George R.R. Martin

Recorded at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego from his hotel room, it’s George R.R. Martin! He tells stories about the early days of comic book conventions, the journey of adapting his books to the screen, and football…!?

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    “Rudolf with your nose so bright,
    wont you help me slay tonite?”

    “Ive made a list, and ive checked it twice, everyone on it, ive decided to slice”

    {George RR rides in room creepily on tricycle} “hello…lets play a game…but i must warn you there are several traps you’ll need to escape..all made from the island-of-misfit-sharp-bladed-toys.”

    “oooooohhh the weather outside is frightful buuuuut my recently set thermite fire in your living room is sooo delightful. let it grow let it grow let it grow”.

    Peace & time to rent Silent Night Deadly Night (orig/reboot).


    {PS: in unrelated news, has anyone contacted Billy Idol yet? Seems that a 2013 reboot of his big hit, under the new title “Red Wedding”, is called for. }

  • There’s a moment in this podcast… My Science… I just imagine George killing EVERYONE AT COMIC CON. HARDWICK! GET ON THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO!!! *I know I’m not your boss. But IT WOULD BE THE GREATEST YOUTUBE VIDEO EVER!*

  • I’m sure there’s an infographic about this, but someone should go through all the podcasts and put an infographic together based on Chris’ go-to question: “What do you do when you get writers block?” I’m curious what the general trend of fantasy, sci-fi, and comedy writers do when they’re faced with writer’s block.

  • @Everyone posting in this comment thread – Evil Santa? I love you sick, twisted farks!

    I actually took 90 minutes to listen to this hour long podcast because I kept going back to write down something GRRM said. Some take-aways…

    “You can always say, ‘No.'” Probably good advice for a novice, though I could understand why someone so green would want the “dump truck full of money” to start with.

    “Writing is NOT a profession for anyone who needs security.”

    The “ideal way to write a long series” is to write the whole thing out in one big first draft, THEN go a-tweaking.

    That writing four to five pages is a good day for him. That sounds like an attainable goal.

    My notes also say, “Creativity requires tenacity,” but those weren’t GRRM’s words so much as what I learned from listening to him. I should really put that on a Post It note and stick it to my laptop.

    Thanks for the writing lessons!

  • I lost my company in 2006 to a sharky investor, and have been slowly but increasingly working toward rebuilding it, my way, ever since. Now that I’m finally at the edge of launching, I’m stuck, reassessing/panicking, considering shelving it all and looking for a much more comfy & profitable job with a paycheck and health insurance…

    Minute 53 could not have rolled around at a better time.
    Thank you.

  • @Gary: it’s my favorite question, mainly because I have it a lot. I would LOVE to see that infographic. Though, what I’ve gathered is that most just push through it as best they can. Writing SOMETHING down, even if it seems unusable not only helps unstick the machine but also might take you in an unexpected direction. Your brain gives you a snapshot of what it thinks your limitations are but it’s usually not right and you don’t have to subscribe to it. Seriously, this podcast has been a master class in creation for me. I love that people enjoy it, but I personally have learned so much–perhaps more than my time in college. Can I just have a degree?

  • @Chris
    Sure. I hereby bestow upon you the honorary degree of M.A. in the field of Creatology from the distinguished Creative University of Creativity (Est. 7/29/2013). Feel free to print this shit out, frame it, and hang it on your wall while humming the first few bars of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ (which is the only part of that song that anybody really knows anyway). You also enjoy the distinction of being our only alumnus to date so we’d like to take this opportunity to hit you up for contributions to your old alma mater. Whaddya say?

    On the subject of writer’s block, Pete Holmes and John Hodgeman actually had a conversation about this on the ‘You Made It Weird’ podcast that spoke to me. Hodgeman referenced cartoonist Lynda Barry who said that, rather than getting all in her head about it when she’s blocked, she just sits down and starts drawing random lines on a paper. Taking the spirit of this advice and applying it to writing, Hodgeman said that when he was blocked he would sit down and write nonsense words and that he would be amazed to find how fast this exercise would prompt his brain into producing usable material.

    The moral of the story seems to be that the brain evolved in such a way that it allowed us to survive by taking random things from our environments and figuring out the most useful ways in which to rearrange them. In other words it’s a tool that naturally likes to take meaningless chaos and translate it into meaningful patterns. If you begin by letting yourself put some your nonsense out there your brain will generally tend to begin to do its job and establish a little order.

  • I sent Mr. Martin that email saying, “Take your time.” So if you’re mad about how long it takes him to write a new Song of Ice and Fire book, it’s because of me.

    My bad.

    Sorry guys.

  • Stoked for this! Favorite author on my favorite podcast (that doesn’t have to do with his books; my actual favorite is A Podcast of Ice & Fire). Can’t wait.

    I’ll go ahead and guess that he likes the closing line: “Enjoy your burrito.” Santa Fe resident and all.