Writing is pretty hard work man, especially when writing a series as intricate as ASoIaF. I wouldn't say he "avoids" working for a living, more like he's fortunate enough to make his living doing something he loves. I don't get what you mean when you say "Either go along for the ride, or cancel your subscription to HBO." I am along for the ride, that doesn't mean I can't voice criticism with the show where it's due. The Dorne storyline this season was bad. I'm not going to refrain from complaining when something is badly written, sorry.