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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 04:59 pm (UTC)
I have taken your advice to read some of the other good fantasy authors while waiting for Dance. They still aren't as good as you, but it will do for now.
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Keep it Up!
Heh, I started a LJ just to say this...
Keep it up Boss!
I want more of "Ice and Fire," but I know it takes time. Hell, just enjoy yourself while writing your stories. I know they'll be there for me to enjoy.
On another note...is there a Steeler around?!?
Poor Jets, poor (?) Giants...
I'd say more about A-Rod and all of that, but the Yanks are old news ;)
Thanks GRRM, love your books, but I'm still an anti-New Yorker sports fan!
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the "best fans in the world" comment. . . It's only fair being as we love the best author in the world!
Feb. 21st, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
A big fan here, first time post.

I love and read everything you write--over and over again. Things you do on your own timeline turn out pretty damn good. I'm glad you can block the more insistent among us out.
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Feb. 21st, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
it's been said many times before: a good book at a later time is preferable to a lesser book right now.

Anyway: There can be no real doubt about you being the one who wants to finish the DANCE most of all. But by setting another date, you just keep feeding the trolls, especially if you might err again. I'd like to suggest, that you post some update on the DANCE from time to time - not in the update-board, but in your Blog. Small information without really giving anything away - like the one in this post (finished a chapter, was working a new angle, had an idea for the next volume, etc.). This way you don't have much work and everybody out there who isn't capable of thinking things through and had any doubt is satisfied to read that you're still thinking about the DANCE and working on it. Although I could really understand if you'd be in a defying mood.
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that its 99%(-ish) I feared there were more. Of course I was making that assumption of the amount of idiots in the world. I should have taken into account that stupid people probably couldn't understand a GRRM book.
Let the Sansa's and Cercei's of the world flounder in despair a little longer George. We Barristan's Selmy's and Cortnay Penrose's will endure. *wink*
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Hey! I have some new swords, all live blades....and a pole axe I'd love to do some research on their effects on troll, critics and detractors :-)
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
There’s times, for sure, I’m tempted to sacrifice my left nut to the gods old and new to know the fate of friends in Westeros, but if I was to receive a rushed book on account of that, I’d have one nut and a lame book. Not the experience I was after.

So I’ll keep my nuts, and you keep on hammering away at the book, pounding in layer after layer and making it stronger and stronger, and then we’ll all be pleased with what we got.

And by the way, the next time the bastards are grinding you down, or you begin to doubt your own abilities, please remember this.

Feb. 21st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
We love you. :)
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
I was entirely burnt out on fantasy up until ASOIAF, though your talent shines throughout every creation. We're privileged to be blessed with such an amazing talent. Screw the naysayers, you can't force creativity. My fiancée is a writer and any time he feels forced the end result is rarely satisfactory for him. I personally have worked in advertising and find selling my creativity in such a fashion to be (for lack of a better term) soul-sucking.

I feel like this is truly a field in which one needs to pace themselves and take their time. If that means a daily breakfast of a good stiff drink and a marathon of I Love Lucy, well frankly I'd question your judgment but that's for you to decide.

Thank you for giving me a fantastic escape, an outlet in which I can escape the banality and drudgery of my nine-to-five. I look forward to your future works, no matter how long some of them may take, and certainly wish you and yours the best (and speedy recoveries).
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Hey man, writers are people too. Keep up the good work.
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
just a quick thought based on your detractor post
Maybe I shouldn’t write this, as it’s going to sound cheesy at best, but I find it interesting your detractors are concerned about you pulling a Robert Jordan. I understand what they are afraid of, but I personally think what Robert did was amazing.
He knew he was going to die
A few days before the end, he surrounded himself with people he loved, and told them the end of his story.
He knew (I assume,) that his wife would never let the work go unfinished.
Talent was found able to take his vision, and turn it into a book we will someday be able to read
Therefore he died knowing he had completed his story, and knowing it would be told to the est of the world.
I can’t think of a more satisfying ending to life than that.
Anyway, good luck with your continued work. Any student knows that when you have a difficult paper to write, the solution is to work on another project. I’ll admit I wish DWD was done, but I fully understand that distraction from problems often grants creative solutions in the end.

Feb. 21st, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
I didn't comment earlier, but I wanted to wish you my best (with ADWD and everything else). And I'm happy that you watch Monk!
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear it, except for the flu.
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:35 pm (UTC)
I just read your last several blog posts all at once, and all I can do in good conscience is echo the messages of support and understanding, along with a little "GRRM iz great OMG SRSLY!!!!" mixed in. 'cause morale's important too.

As a matter of course, I consider it best to assume that all of us - even the psychopaths - wish you only well and are happy enough to wait until the book is done. It's true that some people be crazy; no getting away from that. And sure maybe even people as sensible as my little brother and I brood darkly from time to time and murmur idle threats revolving around an ill-advised plan to kidnap you and lock you in a cell until the book is finished, rewarding you for finished chapters with food and short walks in the sunlight. It's just talk.

I digress.

We really are overhwelmingly happy for you to finish your work at your own pace. As a matter of sincere truth, we also understand that you're not likely to be able to produce the quality of material we expect if you can't have time to watch football, travel, spend time with friends and family, sleep, breathe, etc. Your books provide us all with a great deal, and while we hope you're making a tidy sum for your efforts, it doesn't amount to the worth of the opportunity you give us - all of us - to see the fantastic in our minds' eye, framed and painted in your words. We're grateful for that, and we'll be waiting contendedly for the final book. And when we get DWD we'll gibber like chipmunks on crack, and all will be well in the world.
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Mr. Martin.
Feb. 21st, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I view this site often but have never left a comment. After reading the previous posts I felt I had to. Your books are amazing. I also wanted to express how much I appreciate your interest in illustrators. Being one myself, it is inspiring to see somebody promote them so diligently and respectfully. Thank you George! :)
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
^^ weeah!!
Don't worry and forget the trolls!!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
new blog reader
Hi. My Step Son told me about this blog, as a matter of fact he is the one that told me about you. I have become disabled and have plenty of reading time on my hands. Just wanted you to know that I have really enjoyed reading your work and am as impatient as the next guy waiting on DWD. It's hard to believe that people actually send you post and bitch you out for not stopping the rest of your life to complete a work of fiction. That being said: Please hurry!!!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Don't give up.
Dear Mr Martin,
I have read your posts and encourage you to not worry about your detractors. I love your work and have been a fan for a long time. I love the Ice and Fire series and wait with baited breath for the next book. (Isn't everyone?)
I understand you have a life outside of writing, as do we all. As to your health and age, I'm sure your in fine health. Frankly, I do worry from time to time that tragedy may strike, and take you from us. However, a man could be half your age and be hit by a bus.
So, keep up the good work. I found Windhaven a very good read, and as for Ice and fire, it is my favorite series of all time.
Good morrow,
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Glad to hear there are some developments on the HBO front. My fingers are crossed for them to pick up the series.

Here's hoping it's another Deadwood!
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Your work is an inspiration
Mr Martin
I work in politics in Australia and I have been an avid fantasy literature fan since I was a kid. I used to do a lot of writing but found my life became so busy that writing anything of any substance just didnt happen.
Your work, particularly the Song, has inspired me to write again. It is insightful, thought provoking, thrilling and emotional. Not to mention funny at times. It is also a wonderful piece of political prose unlike much else avaliable, particularly in the fantasy genre.
I, like many people it would seem, await the next installment with a sense of anticipation akin to that of a child waiting for Christmas. I say this not to put pressure on you to finish but to say that the anticipation is part of the experience.
To be honest I would much rather you take your time to craft another wonderful literay experience than rush out some pulp to please demanding publishers, fringe elemant "FanAtics" or to relieve yourself of the burden that I am sure the success of this series has created.
I am sure that Dance, just like each of the past books, will be well worth the wait.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
You'll always have my support short of making good on that April Fools post you had last year.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
I feel as if I am late to the party, but...

No, no, Thank You. Keep up the great work!
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