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(International Business Times)   Game of Thrones author George RR Martin writes all his books on a 30-year-old computer which can't connect to the internet. Presumably so he doesn't accidentally read a spoiler online   (ibtimes.co.uk) divider line 167
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2014-05-14 10:22:26 AM
if he ever finished the next farking book
 
2014-05-14 11:59:33 AM
A lack of distractions, otherwise he'd be farking about all day instead of working(not that anybody here does that).
 
2014-05-14 12:51:39 PM
That's why it takes so long. He spends two hours a day booting up the computer and loading the file.
 
2014-05-14 12:52:33 PM
"I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor."

Well, this brings back a lot of memories.....
 
2014-05-14 12:52:37 PM
www.chrisventura.com
I haven't read the books, but that show loves Wangs.
 
2014-05-14 12:52:49 PM
Apparently this is more common than you'd think.

Donald Knuth, probably the most famous author writing on computer science, and quite possibly the greatest living computer scientist, writes his stuff on an old Linux desktop with no internet connection running FVWM, Emacs, and nothing else. He's said that he doesn't trust putting his drafts anywhere else.

(I can follow his reasoning, except for Emacs.)
 
2014-05-14 12:53:11 PM
www.joshrauch.com
 
2014-05-14 12:54:09 PM
He needs to hurry up and finish before the actress who plays Arya is a 23 year old still pretending to be 11
 
2014-05-14 12:54:10 PM
I definitely can appreciate the method of eliminating distractions... setting aside a place (and machine) to write is a good thing.  Way too many temptations to keep from focusing in today's connected world.

I'm thinking he has a good chunk of the next book done already, and now is in revisions - probably to add another 400 pages of detail in, given his style.  :)
 
2014-05-14 12:54:20 PM

JackieRabbit: "I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor."

Well, this brings back a lot of memories.....


WordStar has many times been considered the best "writing program" ever.

Robert J. Sawyer actually had a really interesting writeup about it: http://sfwriter.com/wordstar.htm
 
2014-05-14 12:55:11 PM

JackieRabbit: "I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor."

Well, this brings back a lot of memories.....


Really? I know I used WordStar a lot back in high school but I can't remember squat about it.

/some things are best forgotten
//but I can barely remember what I had for breakfast
///and I'm only half-way through it!
 
2014-05-14 12:55:13 PM
I hope he has Brandon Sanderson on speed dial.
 
2014-05-14 12:55:25 PM
www.hrwiki.org
 
2014-05-14 12:55:37 PM

fireclown: [www.chrisventura.com image 311x384]
I haven't read the books, but that show loves Wangs.


I guess I missed the wangs because there was maybe what 3 scenes where it was so in your face and maybe another scene or 2 where you could see a brief glimpse.  Not like the 5 scenes per episode of boobs, ass, full frontal (which makes the brief glimpse more than bearable).  Are you people the same ones that don't like watching porn because you have to see the guys wang?
 
2014-05-14 12:56:03 PM
Imagine the tears when that ancient hard drive (or floppy!) dies.
 
2014-05-14 12:57:17 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I hope he has Brandon Sanderson on speed dial.


I so frickin love everything Brandon Sanderson does.
 
2014-05-14 01:00:11 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I hope he has Brandon Sanderson on speed dial.


I'm not worried about him having it on speed dial. His editor and publisher, otoh, need to have Sanderson on speed dial.
 
2014-05-14 01:00:30 PM
The real story here is that a 65 year old man is using a computer without having to call his son every hour for help.
 
2014-05-14 01:01:12 PM
elemenopy:I'm thinking he has a good chunk of the next book done already, and now is in revisions -

That's what we were told about A Dance With Dragons when A Feast For Crows came out: that they were basically written concurrently and Dragons would be out pretty quickly. Then it took five more years.
 
2014-05-14 01:01:39 PM
I write everything using my phone's voice recognition.

Apparently my last paper was written in Klingon.
 
2014-05-14 01:01:54 PM
"Well I actually like it, it does what I want a word processing programme to do and it doesn't do anything else. I don't want any help you know, I hate these modern systems where you type a lower case letter and it becomes a capital - I don't want a capital! If I wanted a capital I'd have typed a capital. I know how to work this."

MS Word -> Menu -> Tools -> Options
* Spelling
Uncheck: spelling as you type, always suggest corrections
* Grammar
Uncheck: grammar as you type, check grammar with spelling

I write a number of technical documents in Word, and I had to spend a few minutes turning off some of the autocorrect features because it would corrupt the scripts I'd paste inline.  Once it is off, it behaves quite well.
 
2014-05-14 01:02:29 PM
A true geek!  It's probably a Heathkit H-89 that he put together himself.
 
2014-05-14 01:03:21 PM

Lord Dimwit


Apparently this is more common than you'd think.

Donald Knuth, probably the most famous author writing on computer science, and quite possibly the greatest living computer scientist, writes his stuff on an old Linux desktop with no internet connection running FVWM, Emacs, and nothing else. He's said that he doesn't trust putting his drafts anywhere else.


For a long time I wrote on an old Linux laptop, but that was more about the hardware: I really liked the Thinkpad keyboard. No network connection there either, also by choice.


It had a Zip drive for backups!
 
2014-05-14 01:03:34 PM

redmid17: Smeggy Smurf: I hope he has Brandon Sanderson on speed dial.

I'm not worried about him having it on speed dial. His editor and publisher, otoh, need to have Sanderson on speed dial.


He's going to pull a Robert Jordan before he finishes
 
2014-05-14 01:04:59 PM

JackieRabbit: "I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor."

Well, this brings back a lot of memories.....


If you think about it, what more do you really need?

Authors have used typewriters before and published good books and before typewriters I think they actually had to apply pen to paper.

For what a lot of people do on their computers, a mid-80s computer would do just fine.
 
2014-05-14 01:06:07 PM
George RR Martin planned to update his computer in 1995 but just never got around to it, despite promising and promising and promising that updates were coming.

pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-05-14 01:08:07 PM

Smeggy Smurf: He's going to pull a Robert Jordan before he finishes


How you want the series to end: Daenerys and John Snow conquer Westeros together and then fark like bunnies, possibly while riding a dragon.
How the series will actually end: "Rocks fall, everyone dies"
 
2014-05-14 01:08:10 PM
A certain part of me really admires George R.R. Martin for the top-notch trolling effort. Write something good enough to get millions of people invested in it, leave off on like fifteen cliffhangers, and then sit on your fat ass for years and do nothing but cons and book signings. I have to bow to that level of hatred for humanity.

That all being said, finish the next book, you fat f*ck.
 
2014-05-14 01:09:09 PM
oldcomputers.net
 
2014-05-14 01:09:17 PM

cgraves67: That's why it takes so long. He spends two hours a day booting up the computer and loading the file.


What? Old DOS machines boot up in just a few seconds and programs load pretty much instantly.
 
2014-05-14 01:11:55 PM

Skyfrog: cgraves67: That's why it takes so long. He spends two hours a day booting up the computer and loading the file.

What? Old DOS machines boot up in just a few seconds and programs load pretty much instantly.


Only if you don't check the RAM on boot
 
2014-05-14 01:12:21 PM

Voiceofreason01: Smeggy Smurf: He's going to pull a Robert Jordan before he finishes

How you want the series to end: Daenerys and John Snow conquer Westeros together and then fark like bunnies, possibly while riding a dragon.
How the series will actually end: "Rocks fall, everyone dies"


I'm pretty sure the rock would decapitate and rape everyone before it kills them -- not necessarily in that order.  Then, of course, once you started growing attached to the rock, it would die.
 
2014-05-14 01:15:06 PM

madgonad: Imagine the tears when that ancient hard drive (or floppy!) dies.


Of course the floppy drive will die. The only question is whether it will be raped and beheaded before or after it dies.
 
2014-05-14 01:16:07 PM
Wordstar? (*checks*) Yup.  Wordstar.  Can't fault his choice.
 
2014-05-14 01:17:33 PM

Lord Dimwit: Apparently this is more common than you'd think.

Donald Knuth, probably the most famous author writing on computer science, and quite possibly the greatest living computer scientist, writes his stuff on an old Linux desktop with no internet connection running FVWM, Emacs, and nothing else. He's said that he doesn't trust putting his drafts anywhere else.

(I can follow his reasoning, except for Emacs.)


EXCEPT that old software doesnt require an old computer.
Pretty sure that you could get that old software running in a dos box or a virtualbox.
Poof, you could have a new machine with high rez and what not, remove the internet cable so it never changes once created. etc etc etc

Hell, Martin has enough money to buy the source code and have someone get it to run.
 
2014-05-14 01:19:38 PM

redmid17: Skyfrog: cgraves67: That's why it takes so long. He spends two hours a day booting up the computer and loading the file.

What? Old DOS machines boot up in just a few seconds and programs load pretty much instantly.

Only if you don't check the RAM on boot


WAIT !!!
Are you saying that when my computer boots it isnt doing a ram check anymore?
FRAK!!!! That explains everything.

/lol - yes I already knew this.
 
2014-05-14 01:21:33 PM

Blink: Smeggy Smurf: I hope he has Brandon Sanderson on speed dial.

I so frickin love everything Brandon Sanderson does.


He did a great job finishing Jordan's series.  I've also read Warbreaker and Mistborn and both those were good too.
 
2014-05-14 01:21:41 PM

Voiceofreason01: Smeggy Smurf: He's going to pull a Robert Jordan before he finishes

How you want the series to end: Daenerys and John Snow conquer Westeros together and then fark like bunnies, possibly while riding a dragon.
How the series will actually end: "Rocks fall, everyone dies"


Expectation

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Reality

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2014-05-14 01:21:51 PM

namatad: Pretty sure that you could get that old software running in a dos box or a virtualbox.


You could just install FreeDOS or DR-DOS on a modern computer.
 
2014-05-14 01:22:09 PM

namatad: Lord Dimwit: Apparently this is more common than you'd think.

Donald Knuth, probably the most famous author writing on computer science, and quite possibly the greatest living computer scientist, writes his stuff on an old Linux desktop with no internet connection running FVWM, Emacs, and nothing else. He's said that he doesn't trust putting his drafts anywhere else.

(I can follow his reasoning, except for Emacs.)

EXCEPT that old software doesnt require an old computer.
Pretty sure that you could get that old software running in a dos box or a virtualbox.
Poof, you could have a new machine with high rez and what not, remove the internet cable so it never changes once created. etc etc etc

Hell, Martin has enough money to buy the source code and have someone get it to run.


Why bother?  He likes what he's got and I doubt it's what keeping him from finishing the series.

/It's probably that he wrote 6 of his 10 remaining storylines into dead ends and killed all the interesting characters without setting up an adequate ending.
 
2014-05-14 01:22:20 PM

cgraves67: That's why it takes so long. He spends two hours a day booting up the computer and loading the file.


He said he was running MS-DOS, not Vista.
 
2014-05-14 01:23:55 PM

mudpants: oldcomputers.net


C64 is only 40 columns.  You'd want either an 80-column PET or a C128.


namatad: EXCEPT that old software doesnt require an old computer.
Pretty sure that you could get that old software running in a dos box or a virtualbox.
Poof, you could have a new machine with high rez and what not, remove the internet cable so it never changes once created. etc etc etc

Hell, Martin has enough money to buy the source code and have someone get it to run.


Wordstar runs fine in DOSBox.  And you can map your Z: drive in DOSBox to a folder on your host machine, so moving files back and forth is easy.

Also, Joe's Own Editor (JOE) has a Wordstar emulation mode.  It works under Linux, BSD, DOS and Windows.
 
2014-05-14 01:25:47 PM
"I save about twenty drafts - that's ten meg of disc space - and the last one contains all the final alterations. Once it has been printed out and received by the publishers, there's a cry here of 'Tough shiat, literary researchers of the future, try getting a proper job!' and the rest are wiped."-Terry Pratchett
 
2014-05-14 01:35:11 PM
One floppy disk alongside another, dangling in your face....
 
2014-05-14 01:37:59 PM

elemenopy: I definitely can appreciate the method of eliminating distractions... setting aside a place (and machine) to write is a good thing.  Way too many temptations to keep from focusing in today's connected world.

I'm thinking he has a good chunk of the next book done already, and now is in revisions - probably to add another 400 pages of detail in, given his style.  :)


It's terribly important to know exactly what every ingredient in every course served is, while every character is thinking to themselves.  We also need to know exactly how much of each course was eaten, how much was wasted, and how much was given to dogs or slaves.
Because the diet is so vitally important to the overall story.

It's also very important to know how comfortable a characters gloves are, how much ice is in their beard, and what the current state of snowfall in general is.

So give the guy a break.  Those extra 500 pages aren't going to write themselves.
 
2014-05-14 01:39:13 PM
Sounds like tough voyaging.
 
2014-05-14 01:39:30 PM

Dinjiin: Joe's Own Editor (JOE)


I was starting to feel like the only person still using joe...
 
2014-05-14 01:40:20 PM

durbnpoisn: elemenopy: I definitely can appreciate the method of eliminating distractions... setting aside a place (and machine) to write is a good thing.  Way too many temptations to keep from focusing in today's connected world.

I'm thinking he has a good chunk of the next book done already, and now is in revisions - probably to add another 400 pages of detail in, given his style.  :)

It's terribly important to know exactly what every ingredient in every course served is, while every character is thinking to themselves.  We also need to know exactly how much of each course was eaten, how much was wasted, and how much was given to dogs or slaves.
Because the diet is so vitally important to the overall story.

It's also very important to know how comfortable a characters gloves are, how much ice is in their beard, and what the current state of snowfall in general is.

So give the guy a break.  Those extra 500 pages aren't going to write themselves.


He is very prolix. Just like Robert Jordan.
 
2014-05-14 01:41:01 PM
Welcome to his Nightflyer.
 
2014-05-14 01:41:23 PM

gfid: JackieRabbit: "I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processor."

Well, this brings back a lot of memories.....

If you think about it, what more do you really need?

Authors have used typewriters before and published good books and before typewriters I think they actually had to apply pen to paper.

For what a lot of people do on their computers, a mid-80s computer would do just fine.


David Eddings hand wrote all his stuff.  He had someone type it out for him later.
 
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