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Thanks

The flood of support I have received in the last day has been overwhelming.

More than four hundred comments on the DWD posting, and more every time I glance at it. I can hardly keep up with the unscreening. (My assistant, Ty, who normally handles that for me, has been out the last two days, sick with the same wretched flu that laid Parris low for a week and a half). Almost as many emails pouring in. By rough count, at least 99% of the messages are generous, understanding, supportive, and heartening.

There's no way I can possibly answer all of them. It's all I can do to read them.

But I do appreciate them, and I want every one to know that.

And, no, please, have no fear, there was never any danger that I would be so discouraged by the comments of trolls, critics, and detractors that I would stop work on the book. I am still pounding my head against that bloody keyboard daily. Today it was in service of... ah, no, you're not supposed to know about that POV character yet. (Though I have hinted).

I also spent part of the day on email correspondence with a WARRIORS author about his story, talked to my editor and an artist about the ICE & FIRE concordance, traded some messages regarding developments on the HBO pilot, accepted an offer for that old issue of AMAZING I was looking for, paid my phone bill, and watched an episode of ER and one of MONK that I had TIVO'd earlier. That's a pretty typical day, actually. I work on DANCE, but not to the exclusion of all else.

But I digress.

The main point of this is just to say thanks.

Yes, there are some dolts and loonies out there. But by and large, I have the best fans in the world.

(And who knew so many of them were Rick Nelson fans?)

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skjaere
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Just to add one more to the flood (and not to take time away from any of your projects), but I'm glad to hear that the vast majority of your fans are supportive. It's a really shame when a vocal minority ruin things for everyone else. I've done a little writing; I know how that feels. I'll get 100 comments filled with praise and love, and one obnoxious one will ruin my mood for the rest of the day. I guess what it comes down to is that in the end you have to accept that there are assholes in the world, and their being assholes really has nothing to do with you; you've just managed to attract their attention. Happy writing, Mr Martin. Looking forward to it when it's ready.
carwinbodger
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Very glad to hear it.
We're behind you Mr. Martin, can't wait to see that pilot!

POV? Hints? How could I have missed? :P :D
elonna
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
I'm really happy you're feeling more upbeat today! :D
pauln
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:43 am (UTC)
I'd say there's a lot more of us who have lives and are happy for you to have a life (and put that into your writing), than there are those who have no lives of their own and can only carp.

As one contibutor said yesterday - it gives us time to re-read. I'm currently doing the same with Peter F Hamilton's Commonwealth/Void books while i
I'm waiting for the next one.

For myself, I'd rather wait some months more for a book that's as good as you can get it, than have you rush it and not produce what you (and we) want.

Let us all know when you're over in Blighty.
jedifreac
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I can say on behalf of many fans that it's good to hear any news about Dance, and that we're happy it's no longer kibosh to dare to utter the name of the book on the blog. There were a lot of concerns about censorship. For a while it was so taboo to mention it that we were worried the book was no longer important to you. I'm really happy to hear more news about it; any news is better than silence...so yeah, let's mentally cheer you on to the finish line!
emer1284
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
No problem GRRM, you know us
delvedeep
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Gotta say I'm not much of a Rick Nelson fan but I am very much a George R. R. Martin fan.

Keep up the good work and take your time.
jamesmcgraw
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:25 am (UTC)
Mystery PoV?

UnGregor? UnNed? Unzombified regenerated Catelyn? Tyrek? Gerion? Littlefinger? Olenna?
mayan_s
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
keep on trucking
keep watching football, keep writing for ur other projects, and keep going on tours
live ur life. all of us (ur fans) would not have gotten a chance to enjoy ur books if this was any other way, i am all most certain.
u cant please everyone, (u did manage to please a few million with the books so far , so lol ur on a good run ). and i prefer u didn't feel like u were rushed into something ur not happy with.
i love ur books, even the one i liked less i grew to like more with time lol (makes sense?)
so cheer up (tough looks like u all ready have ;) and bring us the book when it ready ;)
volhovieta
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
I like good news
Hi, George :) It's so good to see you in such of high mood. And the news about the HBO pilot sound just great.

I wish you great inspiration, so you can continue working on that book, and don't allow the anger be your guest.

And what about Rick Nelson? I like him too! :D
nhutcheon
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
You'll be done when you're done.
Your most honest fans have never hounded you or accused you of anything. We are waiting with baited breath, true, but that's all. By all means, don't rush it. Finish in your own good time. I for one don't care if you don't finish until June 2010 (though I honestly hope you do), because in the break between your last book and now, you know what I've read?

Moby Dick, Don Quixote, and Ulysses, that's what. Also, I squeezed All Tomorrow's Parties in there somewhere. I'm glad I did that, and as a literary guy, I imagine you appreciate the value of reading stuff like this. To everyone else out there, these Song of Ice and Fire books are a good read, but instead of bickering about how long this latest is taking, why not try some real literature on for size?
gohagan
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
Life goes on, we will make do till DWD. The juice is worth the squeeze!
renniek
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
So glad you aren't feeling discouraged! Some people are just aggressive idiots, but I think (or hope?) most of us appreciate the amount of time and effort that go into writing of your calibre. Don't let the b@stards get you down
chicochi
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Ignore the haters. Excellence grants excellence. Waste not your time on folks who would hurl venomous diatribes. Keep up the most excellent of work and you'll be done before you know it:P
nicnac
Feb. 21st, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Have just caught up with this, I'm so pleased that you're feeling a little better and that people have shown you that not everybody is on your back.

If I were you, I'd be tempted to publish a one page leaflet saying "Then everybody died. The end" to give you the freedom and time to craft your story as you wish ;o)
janinasama
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
Art cannot be forced, so best wishes and I can't wait for the finished book!

It'll also give me time to recap over the story so I'm ready to get stuck in!

Good luck :)
tsgeisel
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:03 am (UTC)
I was never a Rick Nelson fan until I found Garden Party referenced in a book I read about rock and roll and writing and possibly armaggedon. I'm still not a fan of his (not that I'm not a fan), but it's a great song.

If only I could remember the title of the book...
andi2101
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Take your time!
Mr. Martin,

I'm a reader of ASoIaF from Austria/Europe and I'm reading you original english version not the german translation, that's why I'm visiting your website once in a while because I'm eager to get the information when the dance is done and we will be able to continue singing the song :-)

I did not have a livejournal-account before, I only created one to say:

TAKE YOUR TIME!

In the end anyone will highly appreciate if you had the time to write what you wanted to, when you wanted to, how you wanted to and how fast this all came to your mind. That's the only way how the series will continue in this remarkable style - so to say in YOUR style!

I confess that I'm also one of those who can't wait any longer - at least it feels so :-) but we would be all the more disappointed if you would be forced to write only "something" because of silly deadlines and under pressure and in the end this all couldn't meet the expectations that your wonderful story has risen in us. And because many of us missed our favorites in AFFC we are even more longing for ADWD and hoping that you will never be forced to split a book again :-)

My best wishes for you and your books! Keep up your quality, we will appreciate it!
langeire
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
First time posting
I would just like to say keep up the good work sir. Your books are a constant inspiration to me and I look forward to future publications!

Go n'eiri an t-adh leat from Ireland.
rattratt
Feb. 21st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
Good to hear that there are developments on the HBO pilot, things have been quiet of late :)
tuor
Feb. 21st, 2009 12:08 pm (UTC)
George,

I started with the Song right when you released the first book. I say this mainly so you'll know that I've been along from the (published) start. And you know what?

Take as long as you need to take.

Yeah, I know you'll do it that way anyway, but I guess I just wanted you to know that some of us readers agree with that sentiment. Instant gratification is fine for fast food, but not for works of art. Writing is an art form; those who do it well are artists.

I wish you well on getting Dance done. I'll definitely be buying it the day it is released, whether that's this year or some other year.

Tuor

PS. That Flash snipped is disturbing.
dedalus681
Feb. 21st, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, George. We all got your back. :)
Hmmm...a new POV character, huh? Great, now I'll be thinking about THAT all day. To make it worse, I work incoming shipment today at the bookstore, and every book of yours I sort out just makes me want to say 'piss off!' to the timeclock and sit down with a smoke and a coke and read!
papersky
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
You quoted from it in The Armageddon Rag, of course we know it!

I think I still have the tape (cassette tape!) I made in 1988 of all the songs mentioned in the book that I could find.
hippoiathanatoi
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's something that never crossed my mind. Now I'm tempted to try the same thing.
deyganwolf
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
"DWD" Support
While I won't deny being... well, a "tad" frustrated waiting for "Dance With Dragons", I can always take solace in the fact that available to me at any time are these four other outstanding books I can re-read... again.

You might have heard of them. The first one is called "Game of Thrones".

Glad to hear you're doing the best you can, as I expected. Nobody can, or should, ask for anything more.
warriorbard63
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
What? You mean you don't put your entire life on hold to write one book? You actually want to do something besides catering to us, living, breathing and eating Ice and Fire?? Sheesh. Who knew?

Seriously, the longer the wait, the better the product. And you've more than earned your right to enjoy life. Even if you are a stinkin' NY fan. Go Steelers!! ;-)

Eagerly, but patiently, awaiting the Feast!
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