If you're an investment professional who did well for him or herself last year and aren't quite sure what to do with the money burning a hole in your pocket, consider this: For much less than the price of a trip to Omaha and lunch with Warren Buffett, you can now enter for a chance to hang out with George R.R. Martin and have a GoT character named for you, then killed in some as-yet-unheard-of ghastly way. All you have to do is give $20,000 to George R.R. Martin.
The fantasy writer is offering the chance to spend a day with him to “see my collection of toy knights and medieval miniatures, sample some green chile and carne adovada, then take a helicopter down to Candy Kitchen, New Mexico and the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary to meet the Westeros pack.”
The drawing includes varying donation levels, from “Ranger” ($10) to “Martyr” ($20,000), for fans with deep pockets. The Martyr package includes 4,000 entries into the contest plus “a character named after you in a future ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novel.” It also allows the donor to choose his or her character’s station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything). The details also make a promise: “You will certainly meet a grisly death!”
George R.R. Martin: $20,000 Gets You a Spot in ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ [WSJ Speakeasy blog]