At the moment, the A Song of Ice and Fire forum is down, and we do not currently know what has gone wrong or when it will be back up. A brief downtime was scheduled for today, as the ISP was upgrading their routers, but as other services on the server in question have now started functioning again, it seems something has gone wrong with the forum. Possibly the webserver went down and hasn’t been restarted yet.
For those hoping to be in the audience for CBC Radio’s North by Northwest program, they have published some more information regarding it here. It’s first-come, first-served, with only 140 spots. Doors open at 4. Given that GRRM drew more than 500 people at the Toronto signing, it’s probably wisest to camp out an hour or three early to secure a place.
There’s be a terrific surge in the possibilties for those interested in seeing more “A Song of Ice and Fire” art, thanks to Mike S. Miller sharing his designs for the Testors miniature wargame line at Firebrand Fantasy Art. On top of that, Mike is open to taking commissions, and has already done two pieces which can be seen in his commissions gallery (where more information about commissioning him can be found).
GRRM’s official site has been updated with a new inclusion in the "Apperances" section, indicating that George will be appearing at Semana Negra—an annual literary festival held in Gijón, Spain—in 2008. A long way off, but that gives plenty of time to start planning the trip.
It’s come to our attention that GRRM will be appearing on CBC Radio’s North by Northwest program. It will be recorded in Vancouver at 16.00 on January 13th, prior to his signing at Chapters at 19.00. Apparently, the program will be before a live audience, so if you’re planning to be in Vancouver that day, you should contact the CBC and try and learn more regarding how to gain admittance.
A terrific new art site, using a cartoon/animation-like style, has joined the web ring. There’s some very interesting and unique interpretations of the characters there, and some surprises.
GRRM’s official site has been updated with new material in "From My Readers", and George’s LiveJournal has been updated with a post-New Year’s entry. A notable remark in the latter is that the third Dunk & Egg story needs “a solid week of work” to be completed.
Amok continues his terrific depiction of the Targaryens, giving us all three new portraits. This time, it’s Aegon IV the Unworthy’s Great Bastards on display: Daemon Blackfyre, Brynden Rivers (Bloodraven), and Aegor Rivers (Bittersteel). There’s also some fascinating details about the three Great Bastards (and mention of a fourth, who we’ve heard of before without realizing their status) here.
The Brotherhood without Banners Charity Drive (previously mentioned here) was a roaring success, raising over $1,000 for the Child’s Play organization. In fact, it was so successful that the BwB is listed on the site as a Gold Sponsor!
A while ago, Amok asked GRRM for descriptions for some of the important Targaryens that never ruled, and as such weren’t included among the portraits in the artbook. GRRM recently replied that he was too busy to supply descriptions for them all at this time, but that he would try to send a some now and then. He did, however, send descriptions for two of them: Visenya and Rhaenys, Aegon the Conqueror’s sisters and wives.
You will find the descriptions on Amok’s forum and the portraits in his artbook gallery. Amok has also put up one other new painting in his main gallery, showing the three Targaryen siblings and their dragons on the Field of Fire.