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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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Feb. 21st, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
I just wanted to add my support to the 400 or so comments on the other post, but the thread froze my crappy old laptop (that has happened before with LJ posts that got so many comments, I don't know why).

I'm another of those aspiring writers with a big ol' epic under construction, and since I write without an outline and out of order as well, I can imagine how difficult it is to juggle all that stuff going on in ASOIAF. Take your time and make it something you will love.

*goes back to her writing and those TBR piles that meanwhile could support the portico of a Roman villa* :)
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
That's right...you've got to please yourself! Actually, this gives me an opportunity to reread the series to get back up to speed.
Feb. 21st, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
I didn't comment before because I knew you'd have a flood of comments out there as it was. But I do support you and the time you take to craft the book as expertly and beautifully as you have in the past. I look forward to Dances with Dragons immensely, but I'm willing to wait as long as it takes.

Incidentally, as an aspiring writer I find it a little reassuring that someone as accomplished and skilled as you still goes through the hand banging on the keyboard. It makes me feel just a little less like a talentless hack. :)
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for all the hard work, George!

Note to unruly fans: Awakening the dragon in GRRM could be hazardous to your ego. Please be advised.
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
You´ll write. One chapter at time. One word at time.
And we´ll read. One chapter at time. One word at time.
Keep going ! :D We prefer you more than one million monkeys trying to write McBeth :P
Take care
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
I'm a Nelson fan...;-)
But I digress. HEhe.

I'm glad that you're getting so much support. In my earlier days reading your blog, I was disappointed with the few updates on DWD, but I came to realize this - you're a popular guy! You have a lot on your plate! And you're not one of those "stuck in a turret writing for your life" authors who has nothing else going on. I totally understand that.

Hope you're having a loverly day and I'm patient - get it done wheneva! ;-)
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)


As someone who *lives with* a writer, I know first hand the importance of the "little things" - the down-time, the LACK of single-mindedness. I suppose the insane are capable of some great work... but their careers are generally short-lived, and I would venture a guess that they aren't particularly *happy.*

Follow your joy, GRRM. Whatever small sliver of that joy that WE get to see, we are LUCKY, not "entitled."
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Oh... A Mel chapter, isn't it? ^______^

I'll love to read about it.
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
I am glad you are in a good place. When people attack someones passion that can be rough, keep up the good work and best of luck with the Hugo.
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
I used to work at Westview Press (which no longer exists, sadly... best job I ever had), and we used to say, "It's just books." Not donor organs or anything vital. Having to wait isn't the end of the world. Doesn't mean I'm not looking forward to it, though!
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I have been on the internet long enough to know that whoever you are and whatever you do they will always be someone who hates it, the best thing you can do is ignore them, and not let it bother you at all. I am grateful that is what you're doing and not letting it bother you.
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I am also glad that you are feeling better about things. Due to working two jobs, I often only have time to skim LJ, but I was angry at people for saying such things. I want to tell them to get a life. They seem to not understand a basic fact about writing for living--one needs to make money to live. Your various projects help you financially so that you can continue writing and doing what you like. One does not have to be a financial guru to understand this.

Also, some of use like not only Fire and Ice, but also Wild Cards. I certainly don't want to see you stop working on the Wild Cards books. :)

Feb. 21st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you are a bit better today. It was really moving to see all that support from so many people. Great authors deserve to have great fans ;)
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
you're welcome!
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Go get 'em, sir. It's *your* garden party, after all!
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
you're human
I'm just a fan and I know nothing of your writing process. All I know is that it took King many years to finish the Dark Tower series. If you take a few extra years on DANCE, I'll understand. I will happily and patiently await DANCE's arrival at my local bookstore. I just finished re-reading the other 4 books and I must admit, they were ten times better than the first time I read them. I hope my comment finds you well and that you feel the good will I'm sure we are all projecting onto you. Cheers!
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
I was worried your video in the last post would turn into a Rick Roll. :O
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
well wishes
I appreciate so much that you share here. Not only does it make you feel like someone I know and care about, which is always nice, but it makes the waiting a non-issue for me, since I get to know more or less what is going on, and can move on to wondering about other things in life. As to your detractors -eh. Whatever you pay attention to gets bigger, so they say, so I say focus on what you love instead. I think that is what you are already doing. So good for you!
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:38 pm (UTC)
I've never read any of your books, but I have a great respect for writers. The way you've been treated by some of your fans is disgusting.

Dont let it get you down.
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Feb. 21st, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Hey, I want to read A Dance With Dragons as much as anyone, but it'll be ready when it's ready. And in the meantime, do what it takes to (a) stay sane and (b) put food on the table. I'll find something to read in the meantime. Hell, it looks like Anathem's going to take me the rest of the damn year.
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
As with anything on the internet where an opinion can be offered, the angry, irritable types tend to be more likely then then the happy and content ones to spend a few minutes typing out their thoughts.

But if there's one thing that makes us happy and content types angry and irritable, its the thought that a fantastic, talented person is being depressed down by those few loud-mouthed dolts! We're here, we have your back, and we VASTLY outnumber them ;-)
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Keep the courage, George, with all of your projects. I'm getting more curious about the Warriors collection as each day passes. :) In the meantime, we'll keep devising new cocktails for Montreal.
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
A Dance with Martin!:-)
Yeah, I'm one of those guys eating their own liver at every delay on DWD schedules, but I also think we all are somehow in debt with you, George, for the TONS of emotions you gave us in each one of your books, and I absolutely despise the awful, stupid things people keeps saying here and there about you and your work. We all desperately fell in love with your stories, and I bet those dudes will be the first ones dribbling on bookstores shelves when DWD will be out. We're not the best fans ever at all. YOU are the best! Have a nice day, Master, and take good care of all the guys you created and we all wait for!
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:52 pm (UTC)
take your time
I've been waiting since I was 19 for this one Mr. Martin. I'll be 23 this summer but I think I can hold out till 30. Especially since you keep putting out so many good books like Hunter's Run. Keep up the good work!
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