Sneaking one out…

This is a test of the emergency GRRMspreader system

I am opening up a live stream chat where you can ask me anything about Martinworld, the themes within, and of course, how they could relate to A Song of Ice and Fire. Seriously, you can AMA about Martinworld for a whole hour, and if it goes well maybe we’ll do more.

YouTube link here

Video here

*UPDATE: The first video attempt  failed and blacked out after 25 minutes because of major technical difficulties. This video is the third, successful, attempt to get the chat going… just skip to the 8:44 mark to catch-up. Thank you 🙂

The first topic to uncork will be groundwork info like the title meaning of the ASOIAF series, or are there weirwoods elsewhere in Martinworld (Spoiler: Greeshka are NOT weirwoods, duh), how does GRRM handle slavery across his works, or how many times does GRRM use Bran, or Dany (Spoiler: she’s NOT Adara, silly), or how important is GRRM’s BEST story ever, Meathouse Man (this is not sarcasm). However, this chat is open to questions submitted on this blog post, or maybe from the Twitter.com site.

Why are you doing this, Leech?

For few reasons.

  1. It brings me joy.
  2. I’ve already been doing this shyte for years at this point (ten!) and I want to share in a different format that doesn’t require sitting and reading for periods of time. In this economy, who has time for that?
  3. I have the full library of Martinworld available and published works at my disposal… but disposal doesn’t mean they are trash. NO! Rather, this expansive collection of ~80 stories is ripe for plucking. What have I read by GRRM? Everything available including this list here.
  4. For some odd reason, 90% of you I do not trust… but I love you anyway.

When will this abomination take place?

This is very impromptu. I have never done anything like this before and am technically not very technically savvy.

I am in the process of getting a YouTube stream set up as I type (I am multi-talented that way). When this stream is ready, I will post a link here so one, or two, or 3.5 of you can hop on and join in with your questions about overall Martinworld and how it relates to ASOIAF. Like this post, share, and follow this blog for any additional updates. Or not, it’s up to you, I’m not your boss.

Save the date: Friday, January 29, 2021. Time…?… 7pm.

YouTube link here

Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone if you watch and join in. It’ll be our little secret, just like the ody-bay situationy thingy last week (Thanks again for our help).

*UPDATE: The first video attempt  failed and blacked out after 25 minutes because of major technical difficulties. This video is the third, successful, attempt to get the chat going… just skip to the 8:44 mark  to catch-up. Thank you 🙂


Need some GRRM’s to get it flowing?

I have started a book club re-read for the older works of George R.R. Martin for purposes such as research, scholarship, and teaching. I own all copies of material that is used for this book club. If you have not yet read a story listed, please check with your local bookstore for your own reading material to purchase (Indie Bookstore Finder or Bookshop.org). The full list of GRRM stories outside of the A Song of Ice and Fire series that I have read can be found on this page here.

books sculpture write reading

It takes a while to transcribe and then note each story for research purposes, even the really short ones, so the main Book Club page will be updated as each re-read is added. Make sure you subscribe for updates.

If there is a story in particular you would like to ask about, feel free to do so in comments below.

If you prefer to listen to a podcast that gives synopsis and analysis of stories written by George R.R. Martin, please consider the new group A Thousand Casts to accompany your ears. Twitter or Podbean.

  1. Bitterblooms– In the dead of deep winter, a young girl named Shawn has to find the mental courage to escape a red fiery witch. Prototyping Val, Stannis, and Arya along with the red witch Melisandre.
  2. The Lonely Songs of Laren Dorr – Discarded Knights guards the gates as Sharra feels the Seven while searching for lost love. Many Sansa and Ashara Dayne prototyping here as well.
  3. …And Seven Times Never Kill Man– A look into a proto-Andal+Targaryen fiery world as the Jaenshi way of life is erased. But who is controlling these events? Black & Red Pyramids who merge with Bakkalon are on full display in this story.
  4. The Last Super Bowl– Football meets SciFi tech with plenty of ASOIAF carryover battle elements.
  5. Nobody Leaves New Pittsburg– first in the Corpse Handler trio, and sets a lot of tone for future ASOIAF thematics.
  6. Closing Time– A short story that shows many precursor themes for future GRRM stories, including skinchanging, Sneaky Pete’s, catastrophic long nights…
  7. The Glass Flower– a tale of how the drive for perfection creates mindlords and mental slavery.
  8. Run to Starlight– A tale of coexistence and morality set to a high stakes game of football.
  9. Remembering Melody– A ghost tale written by GRRM in 1981 that tells of long nights, bloodbaths, and pancakes.
  10. Fast-Friend transcribed and noted. Written in December 1973, this story is a precursor to skinchanging, Bran, Euron, Daenerys, and ways to scheme to reclaim lost love.
  11. The Steel Andal Invasion– A re-read of a partial section of  The World of Ice and Fire text compared to the story …And Seven Times Never Kill Man. This has to do with both fire and ice Others in ASOIAF.
  12. A Song for Lya– A novella about a psi-link couple investigating a fiery ‘god’. Very much a trees vs fire motif, and one of GRRM’s best stories out there.
  13. For A Single Yesterday– A short story about learning from the past to rebuild the future.
  14. This Tower of Ashes– A story of how lost love, mother’s milk, and spiders don’t mix all too well.
  15. A Peripheral Affair (1973)When a Terran scout ship on a routine patrol through the Periphery suddenly disappears, a battle-hungry admiral prepares to renew the border war.
  16. The Stone City– a have-not surviving while stranded on a corporate planet. Practically a GRRM autobiography in itself.
  17. Slide Show– a story of putting the stars before the children.
  18. Only Kids are Afraid of the Dark– rubies, fire, blood sacrifice, and Saagael- oh my!
  19. A Night at the Tarn House– a magical game of life and death played at an inn at a crossroads.
  20. Men of Greywater Station– Is it the trees, the fungus, or is the real danger humans?
  21. The Computer Cried Charge!– what are we fighting for and is it worth it?
  22. The Needle Men– the fiery hand wields itself again, only, why are we looking for men?
  23. Black and White and Red All Over– a partial take on a partial story.
  24. Fire & Blood excerpt; Alysanne in the north– not a full story, but transcribed and noted section of the book Fire & Blood, volume 1.

If you want to browse my own thoughts and speculations on the ASOIAF world using GRRM’s own work history, use the drop-down menu above for the most content, or click on the page that just shows recent posts -> Recent Posts Page.


Thank you for reading the jambles and jumbles of the Fattest Leech of Ice and Fire, by Gumbo!

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