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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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jnotjane
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
Take as long as you need...
...I'll still be first in line to buy the book when it comes out.

George, you are by and far my favorite author and I can wait as long as needed because i know when you finish that book it will be worth it. In the meantime, THANK YOU for Wildcards - thanks to you I have discovered another wonderful series. THANK YOU for the re-release of Fevre Dream - I love vapmire stories and this one was wonderful. THANK YOU for Dream Songs - another fantastic book that I would not have discovered if I did not check your "not a blog" frequently.

Enjoy your life, your conventions, and most of all enjoy your friends. Life is far too short and too precious to waste time on only one thing.
gh0ti_2
Feb. 22nd, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
As has been said, you can't rush art. It's agonising for us fans to have to wait so long to find out what's been happening since we last heard from the characters, must be ten times as bad for the author!

You're a tough one George and sensible enough to know that no matter how many people are trying to knock you down, there'll always be enough left over to keep you standing.
acarnah2
Feb. 22nd, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
Only Human
Mr. Martin,


I'm just another one of your supporters and I can wait for DWG. Am I anxious? Yes. A little frustrated? Sure. However, I can wait. I'm not mad that you go on vacation or teach or attend conferences and everything else you do. Those are things that make you a great writer. We could keep you locked in a room and make you finish the book but I think you would just end up writing a chapter for Bran where he repeats "All work and no play makes Bran a dull boy." I'm content to wait because you are one of two authors that have permanently hooked me on reading (the other being Mr. Timothy Zahn). Take your time, put those touches on it that only you can give it. Thank you for the wonderful world you have created.
reverse_karma
Feb. 22nd, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
Patiently Waiting
Take your time and make it right, besides if you don't your detractors will nail you to the wall for that also. Thanks for great reads.....
wcgeorge
Feb. 22nd, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
No greater feeling than when that Gorilla is off your back.
Hey GRRM,
Good luck, homie! I just finished a doc that was ridiculously overdue (It was my fault, I was dragging my feet). As I'm sure you know, there is no greater feeling than when you finish and that crazy, insane, ridiculous, giant, foul-smelling, King King's Grandpa, feces-throwing gorilla is off your back. Here's to that day! Drink an extra one for me on that day.

George from WC
jpantalleresco
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
I had the pleasure of meeting you twice in Calgary. You are nothing but gracious to your fans, and I don't think you deserve the venom spewed by a few who are growing impatient.

I'm looking forward to a Dance With Dragons, and will continue to until it is out. Your books are amazing and worth the wait. And to those that really do have a problem with you doing other projects - a thought: Sometimes doing other projects and works helps clear the mind and find solutions to the difficulties in the works you've been working on. I'm personally looking forward to Vance as I LOVED Dying Earth.

Good luck this year. I hope you succeed with your goals. I look forward to your next book(s) with anticipation.
bpgoodwin
Feb. 22nd, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Waiting has given me a chance to read some of your other work. I love Wild Cards and Tuf Voyaging. I also love football, and appreciate your passion for your teams. Hang in there.
sirmatthew
Feb. 22nd, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
I would like my book when it's ready. Not before hand. It will come at it's proper time. I'm patient.

I'm too afraid of what (more) will happen to the Starks if you're in a poor mood while writting. :)

alwaysoptimistc
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Don't worry about that which you can't control
Those who leave unfriendly (or worse) comments might be misguided, or having a bad day, month, year or life. Who knows? More importantly, who cares?

You have to give respect in order to expect it in return and that which you have given us will always entitle you to be treated with the utmost in courtesy and consideration. Those who are not able to see that simply aren't worth paying attention to. You can never please all of the people all of the time and there's a great freedom in accepting that.

I do think that those who suggested more regular updates might be on to something though. (And I say this not simply out of the obvious interest of an expectant fan).

When I first heard about this site than I was most interested in ASOFAI info and was a bit perplexed as to why it was not discussed. In my case, I kept my mouth shut and read through previous posts and investigated until I could discern what the true situation was, but I can see how some others might jump to obviously erroneous conclusions. Perhaps something as simple as: "ADWD: Still Working Hard At It" with no replies allowed might placate some of those who do assume?

In any case, I will wait patiently for that which is to come. Thank you in advance for whatever that turns out to be. =)
bakunin
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
You know, most people don't put in more than 4-6 hours of real work into an 8 hour day, so I bet you're working more than most of us on a typical day.

Keep up the good work and remember to live your life when you're not working!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
The series is a complex work. I had the fortune to meet you at WJW's Taos Toolbox in 2007. To write something this complex takes TIME. Lots of it. And yes, you're entitled to a life as well. I'm very glad that you've received a groundswell of support.

Oz
rustedhalo568
Feb. 22nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
detractors
see what a little update can do? We love you and your work, George. As frustrating as it is for us to wait and wonder, I'm sure it's all the more frustrating for you work away thinking that so many people are upset with you.

The book will take as long as it takes. Just please toss us a bone now and then and let us know how it's going. We're there for you if you need us!
linayus
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Your life is yours...
I'm as excited to read DWD as anyone else is. But you have a life to live and you should take every opportunity presented to you to live it. I applaud your will to do so. Huzzah, my friend!
paxinator
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I want to read Dragons.. but..
Truth is.. I am amazed by the amount George RR is able to accomplish.. Seriously... just reading one of these books is a task for me.. and I buy them to keep as a "Trophy".. So George.. keep the projects going.. The more you do, the more I get inspired.. and if you croak before you finish.. I'll just imagine my own ending!.. (Seriously folks, it's just a made up story afterall!)
terrorfrodo
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Please post Ice&Fire updates in the update section
Dear Mr. Martin,
you said that there will be no new update until DwD is done, but your blog entry on Dance IS in fact an update. Hell, it even contains a new completion time estimate. You may really want to post something like that in the update section of your site (or not at all).

Why? I'm one of those people who loves your Ice&Fire series but has not the slightest interest in football, miniatures or card games. Sifting this blog for possible bits of information about your books and only ever finding posts about football or some convention is actually frustrating. People like me - and I'm sure there are a lot of them - don't really want to read this blog. I hadn't been here for months because I had the impression that you stopped mentioning ASoIaF here for good. But now I made the mistake to come here again and I find this update. This practically forces me to check this blog frequently again in the coming months, and probably there won't be anything to read but football and wild cards again.

This is quite cruel and besides, it doesn't serve your purpose to have this place to talk with those of your fans who are interested in your private activities.
kestrana
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
When it does come out I know it will be worth the time it takes to get it right because the intricacy and detail in your writing is what has made the series so special to me. I recommend Game of Thrones to everyone I know that reads at all and they all get hooked. The waiting just gives me time to reread the previous novels and find more people to get excited for when it does come out.
thiggers
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Dance with Dragons
Don't let the haters get to you. It is every man's inherent right to watch every minute of football that he can! When and only when you are satisfied with the book, your true fans (like myself) will eargerly tear through it. Until then, we can use the time reading the previous books over again to feed the hunger for more. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us all.
terry019
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear your OK.
I m glad that all those assholes have not dampen your will to continue the book. After GOT I was hooked! So you just tune out the bad guys and finish that book on your own time. Once DWD comes out all those assholes will run out and buy the book then complain about TWOW not being out. I will say one thing more, the passion released by your books is amazing if somewhat misdirected. Keep up the good work. We will wait.
jmatysik
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank You.
Ive been reading the not a blog for about a year and have wanted to comment on occasion but was too lazy to register with live journal until today. i read about the complainers and all i can say is Fuck Them! Enjoy yourself and do whatever you want to do,not that you need my permission LOL! I just wanted to say that I am one fan who appreciates your effort.

Thanks!

Jim
princess_vernie
Feb. 23rd, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
I think I missed those hints.......... wonder who the new POV is!
sermelt
Feb. 23rd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
The day before yesterday I woke up to see beautiful low mist rolling through the valleys of Leitrim. The epic landscape was truly jaw dropping ...

... and I was giggling at the thought of evil magical fogs that bring bloody death and mayhem, born of dark priestesses in the bowels of dank castles.

So cheers for that :) And I am truly glad you are feeling the love, it warms the cockles of mine too x

nitaznest
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Loved the Nelson blast from the past!
and it's fitting.

Just keep doing what you do so very well, Mr. Martin.

:) Juanita
shakauvm
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
GRRM, even your flamers are fans. =)

I think they're deluded that they can shake more of your wonderful prose out of you if they post insulting comments.
bruceb
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)
Just wanted to add my voice to the others saying "I love what we have so far, and will enjoy more the moment it comes, and in the meantime, best wishes and all that good stuff". I actually just started re-listening to the marvelous unabridged audio version of the first book as I do some major overhaul in the living room - clearing out books I'm done with so that others can have the use of them, mostly. Just this afternoon (Sunday, that is) I admired the hardcovers of each one, smiled at the autograph in the first one, and felt appreciative of how much they've enriched my interior life over the last however many years it is. I feel...there's got to be a word for the sense of anticipation without urgency, but I don't know what it is. But that's what I'm feelin'.

benjaminw1
Feb. 23rd, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
Well it's simple really; you Sir, are the best fantasy author I have ever read in my 48 years, and as a professional librarian here in England I do not say this lightly.

I enjoy the waiting, it makes the final result so much more satisfying.

Best
Ben
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