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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.
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