George R.R. Martin; it is a name that almost everyone is familiar with. The man behind the ongoing ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series, the legend, the author and the ingenious mind who used his creative ink for the sole satisfaction of his readers from all over the world. The interesting thing is that while writing, even to this day, Martin uses the old DOS word processor instead of a fancy laptop or a high end computer.
George R.R. Martin with Conan O’Brien on Conan Show
The old man has his reasons, and trust me, artists are usually like that. It’s not that he is madly in love with the DOS word processor because technology has advanced so much; his life would have been easier if he were to use portable devices for typing down his stories. It is just that he is sort of used to the old DOS machine; call it juju or good mojo.
I think that somehow, somewhere, George R.R. Martin believes that his success is intertwined with the DOS machine. It is like a lucky charm to him. A few years ago, I was reading Dale Carnegie’s book and he quoted several celebrities of old times who’d either get too attached to a pair of shoes, or a particular item in their lives. They thought that the said item is a lucky charm for them.
Then again there’s Lady Gaga; everyone knows that she once passed a remark about her virginity being a lucky charm for her singing career. God knows whether she’s really a virgin, but yes, she does say so. She believes that her virginity has to do with keeping her “pure”, successful and famous in the glam industry.
Coming back to ‘Game of Thrones’ writer George R.R. Martin, he was quoted recently on Conan’s show, “I actually have two computers. I have a computer I browse the Internet with and I get my email on, and I do my taxes on. And then I have my writing computer, which is a DOS machine, not connected to the Internet. I use WordStar 4.0 as my word processing system.”
Word Star was released a long long time ago. I was too young to remember it. I do know that back in those days, there were floppy disks the size of a bread piece. As for Word Star, it was the highlight of the late 70’s. Anyhow, if George R.R. Martin wants to use WordStar to create something phenomenal, I say that we let him do whatever his little heart desires.
The author also told Conan during the show, “I actually like it, it does everything I want a word processing program to do and it doesn’t do anything else. I don’t want any help. I hate some of these modern systems where you type a lower case letter and it becomes a capital letter. I don’t want a capital. If I wanted a capital, I would have typed a capital. I know how to work the shift key.“