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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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edcalaban
Feb. 24th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Found the last post today through John Scalzi's blog post, which I found through something I forget about, and I just wanted to add that I too cannot wait for a new book, but please PLEASE take the time to make it a totally awesome addition to my collection of books of win.
ishcairn
Feb. 24th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
You know...
...for my part, an update every six months or so is all I was looking for. I understand your frustrations, but understand that the public has a right to expect things to be delivered when they're told they're going to be delivered. As you said, three dates have come and gone and only the first time with the humility present one would expect from someone who gave unrealistic expectations to their readership.

I don't expect you to drop your life. I don't expect you to give up urination. I'm aware that you're working as fast as you believe you can. But don't act like we're idiots for being disappointed and a little frustrated that we hear so little about the book's progress and that when we do hear something, it's rarely "progress". I also understand that an easy way to avoid this is to avoid saying anything at all, but that's just increasing our frustration and disappointment. Every few months, just let us know you're struggling. Give us unimportant details. And damnit, George, be thankful for us. Stop treating us like a curse.
unofficialvoice
Feb. 24th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
RE: Detractors
I am posting on this one because I couldn't on the other. I understand, what with all the trolls and hate-mongers out there...

I have said this before and say it again - the best thing about being a nobody is that I don't have 2 million people looking over my shoulder and criticizing everything I do. All of which seem to know my job better than I do.

Give the man a break and let him piss every once in a while!
Sheesh.
roo132
Feb. 25th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
admittedly...
i was one of those who were pissed off about all the other things you were doing "on the side". sometimes it's hard to remember that there is a "person" behind the books i love. a person with loved ones, hobbies, dreams, interests, and feelings. i lost track of that in my selfishness and impatience to continue this story in MY life. for that i appologize. here's hoping the other "trolls" can come to the same realization. all the best!
joeymichaels
Feb. 25th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I totally 100% support your right to take as much time as you need to produce the highest quality book you can. I have loved all four of the SOIAF books so far and am content to wait as long as it takes to read ADWD. You rock.

That said - and I may be totally insane to suggest this - maybe one way to get the barking hounds off your back is to authorize some sort of "Worlds of Westeros" short stories or novellas. Sort of like a "Thieves World" thing. Have a variety of authors write short stories set in Westeros that have only a cosmetic relationship to the SOIAF storylines.

This isn't such a huge leap, since you've already approved the SOIAF RPG and, presumably, worked with the gentlemen creating the "Peril at King's Landing" adventure (heck, force RPG guru Nick Logue to actually write a short story or two - he clearly has the talent). Yes, approving other authors' work is yet another distraction, but this could both enrich your world and sate the clamoring denizens of the Interwebs.

That all said, I repeat, you rock and I'll gladly wait as long as it takes.
aq3
Feb. 25th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
a selfish thank-you
I'm one of those who on some level would like you to cut out other activities to focus on Ice & Fire more, but I'm amazed that people are actually trying to press you to do that. I've joked about it with friends for years. A long time ago, one of them send you a tongue-in-cheek e-mail about sending someone over to chain you to your desk, and you replied in kind, with a pithy one-liner. The irony of "wasting" your time with lighthearted e-mail wasn't lost on us.

Not only is it incredibly selfish to insist that you drop the rest of your life to focus on Ice & Fire, but also if it were possible to force you to, I have no doubt that it would wreck the series.

To detractors: One of the great strengths of GRRM's writing is in the well-rounded characters. I find it hard to believe that any fan wouldn't recognize that it takes a well-rounded guy to write them. [Gratuitous weight joke should go here, but it's deferred till I mention pizza later.] Putting such constraints on GRRM's personal and professional life would make decent progress on the series impossible, not speed it up.

And to GRRM: By following Ricky's advice to please yourself, you eventually please us all, even those of us who don't seem to realize the importance of having a life that has more than one dimension. So, speaking purely selfishly, thank you for watching football and spending time with your wife and seeking great pizza and editing Vance tributes and travelling and everything else you need/want to do to ensure that you're intellectually healthy and productive. (As for physical health, I do expect you to continue to be reasonable about the pizza. ;)

Sorry to end this here, but I've got lots of stuff to do. Doesn't everybody?
lemay87
Feb. 25th, 2009 10:15 am (UTC)
Amazing books
I'm a new fan but it doesn't make me the least of them, that's for sure. I have devoured the first 4 books of SOIAF, seeing as I am living and working in Korea, all alone, away from my family and friends, in hope to get rid of student loans. I must say, as cliche as it may sound, your books have helped to cope with a lot of the loneliness and culture shock that I have gone through during my time here. I actually finished them so fast, that I'm in MEGA withdrawal right now, SO...I'm gonna read them all again. Now, with this being said, I am an avid reader, sometimes reading up to 3-4 books at a time, and I have to say that all other books that I have been reading have been put aside to make time for yours. :)

Keep up the great work, and I await your next masterpiece, and anticipate the same the amazingness of epic proportions...haha

P.S. Here's to hoping that Cersei dies a thousand deaths, and burns in the 7 hells. ;)
rashadfaraj
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Greetings from the Arabian Gulf
The esteem in which we hold your work has no limit. As creatives, we suffer the same type of ignorance and idiocy - and the Middle East perhaps has more of them than most places. Pay no heed to their cries for they will all heel when DWD is out...and then start crying again. There is no point whatsoever even bothering with them and we completely agree with you that there should only be one update once it is done; then it becomes the publisher's problem ;)

As fans, we want to tell you how much we love your work and that there is a massive following for Ice & Fire in the Arabian Gulf. As artists, we would love to do something (anything) for you in tribute to the Ice & Fire saga. If there is any particular element of the story that you would be interested in developing the imagery for, please let us know and we would be honoured to work on it for you. You can get a feel for the type of work that we do in the scene & character galleries on our website: www.muharraqi-studios.com

Once again, our humble thanks for the worlds you have opened up for us and I hope that our offer was not an imposition. We had no other way of reaching out to you and the reactions of the flamebaiters was something that raised our hackles and we just wanted to weigh in with our support.
adamgreenwood
Feb. 25th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
George, we love you but,...
George, you have a rare gift and a vision that no one else has.

We recognize that you need to balance accomplishment with enjoyment of life, but...

You are like a neurosurgeon in great demand, who decides he wants to spend part of his day prescribing cold medicine.

Imagine what a shame it would be if the Two Towers was the last book of the LOTR series. We don't want that to happen. Dig deep and give us a gift and yourself a legacy that will live on for hundreds of years past us all.

Regardless, even if you never write or publish another word, you have created an amazing world, and phenomenal characters. Sadly, we can only observe those characters and experience that world through your eyes.

I've decided to stop complaining and start writing my own novel.
It is not as good (obviously), but I am beginning to think it might get published before Dance.
shenanigans09
Feb. 26th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
If you're books weren't so damn awesome, folks wouldn't care so much about when the next one's coming.
It can't be easy to creates characters and stories as compelling as yours are. Sorry you have internet trolls adding to the pressure. :/
bardgirl
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC)
Some people (and I'm one of them) can't work exclusively on a single project and have it come out as the best it can possibly be. I'm part of the camp who would much rather wait for something of higher quality rather than have books that have been rushed along and forced. Plus, I'm actually glad that you use your blog to talk about other projects. Usually I tend to stay away from superheroes and such, but you mentioned Dreamsongs at one point, which got me to pick up both volumes, and after reading the Wild Cards short stories and the backstory of how Wild Cards came to be, I'm thinking I need to go out and pick up some of those novels. Plus, I love how you're not just limited to one genre, but your scope of work has breadth as well as depth. You are truly an inspiration to me, and I know to countless others as well. Thank you for doing what you do, and being who you are.
drapeaug
Feb. 26th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
Support
George,

I, for one, feel that anything worth having is worth waiting for. While mildly disappointed that we'll have to wait a while longer for Dance, at least now I'll have time to read the first four again. My memory being what it is, I won't be a bit surprised to meet some new characters that way! As to the nay-sayers who beset you, there's an answer to that, too. It's called a "Delete" key. Keep up the good work.
g2h_pestilence
Feb. 26th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Support
We had this idea on the asoiaf facebook group forums to start a "petition" to express our support for George. Here it is:

http://www.petitiononline.com/grrmadwd/petition.html

Sign it if you want. Thanks. :)
rartagnan
Feb. 26th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
The Complainers
"Then you know nothing, Jon Snow," she whispered.

George, every time I read the above line it sends chills up my spine. So much so that I can hardly wait to read what comes next. But wait I will with patience. I know that lines like these do not always fall easily into an author's lap, nor does the text that comes before.

Therefore, take all the time you need to continue creating the chills that I'm looking forward to receiving. It will be worth every minute's wait.

And I hope to see you at the World's Biggest Bookstore once A Dance With Dragons is finished.

Cheers

Roger Artagnan
amataeo
Feb. 27th, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Full Support
Art belongs to the artist. It's yours, and we're just honored that you choose to share it with us.

To your impatient fans, I'd like to point out that you're not assembling a Whopper Jr., you're creating an opus. Instead of getting a half-frozen burger, I'm happy to wait until it's cooked through.

Besides, insulting the chef is a great way to get spit in your food ;)

Take care,

Amataeo
unixronin
Feb. 27th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
George,
To all those who say you should write on their reading schedule, I'd like to say just one thing: "Let's see you read on George's (or any other author's) writing schedule, and see how much you like it."
eboneskaviqueen
Feb. 28th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
The anticipation is one of the things that makes the series so exciting. I can't wait to stand in line for three hours outside the bookstore until I can visit my friends Dany and Jon again. ...I really miss them.
But take your time and enjoy your life. ...and whenever you start to feel bad about life and deadlines...start singing the bear and the fair maiden.
a_real_hermit
Feb. 28th, 2009 12:39 pm (UTC)
Well you have to realize that the negative comments originate from just 1% of your fan base... if you get a log of negative comments, it simply means you have a lot of fans!! The vast majority of your fans are patiently and silently waiting for the next installment.

trisket
Feb. 28th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
I don't care how long it takes to write Dragon. You are so much more than the sum of Ice and Fire (which wow, that's saying something). Have a life! Don't just enjoy it, enjoy the hell out of it :O) Good for you to be able to vent and keep a good perspective about the negativity that seems to be plaguing you.

Best of luck!
darkfletcher
Feb. 28th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks
I don't think you will remember me, but just in case...you never know...he he
I am the only Fletcher you met in Spain, in Cordoba to be more precise, just writing these words to say that you do as you please...its your job, your hobby, your life... I, like the rest of the world, enjoy it and thank you for it... a lot, Who are we to tell how to do your stuff??
Whenever it comes I will be waiting for it... like many others... and I am sure you will make me dream about winter again... you have given to me so many great moments that the only thing left for me to say is THANKS...

Fletcher!!
koneill1966
Mar. 1st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wait for the muse
A book is a gift to its readers. I don't understand people that would hassle you about how long it takes. I've enjoyed every book in the series, and eagerly await DWD and every one that follows.

So, I don't care if you watch football or ponder Plaxico's future. Although, if any of your teams play the Niners, I expect you to place your thoughts on your anti-blog (which you failed to do this past season).

I don't care if you oversee miniatures. Hell, I don't care if you spend hours every day maneuvering them around the kitchen table.

I don't care if you edit anthologies, dabble in comics or RPGs. Whatever makes you happy. People should be happy.

When the DWD muse slips into the flooded, remodeled office of yours, I doubt you'll be able to fend her off.

When it's done, it'll be done. What more is there to say other than "let us be happy in our work."
jeros2009
Mar. 3rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
I think we need to talk.....
about the trolls. Fire or acid is usually the best way to defeat them. But I digress. I found Game of Thrones about a year ago. I hated the book....only because it hooked me so bad! I will wait as long as you tell me to only because I am a glutton for great books. I think the best way for you to finish ADWD is in your own good time. You should take my advice, only because I am an expert on taking my time to finish my masterpieces. I am not an artist. Or a writer. I am a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire. Actually I am a security guard and I think that I now have re-read the series about five times. Also sometimes I blackout and wake up in New Mexico(I live in Central Texas) so that leaves me to think that I might be stalking you. OH not in a bad way, just in the interest of protecting you from trolls. I'm sorry I have left such a long comment but I am bored cause I have nothing to read.......
loco73
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Keep on keeping on...
Mr. Martin, enjoy your life, because for what is the point of it all if one does not take the time to appreciate the world around? After all the saga of "A Song Of Ice And Fire" belongs to you, it is your creation and it is you who will decide what, where and when. We are just lucky enough to be your guests, following along this wonderful ride. I will wait as long as it takes for the story to be told, in your time, your rhythm and your imagination.

Your brilliant mind literally gave birth to the story and characters that so many people have come to love and care for, so YOU are the owner, lord and god when it comes to ASOIF and no one else. All those assholes who have a problem realizing that fact should stop fiddling with their pathetic peckers and get a real life instead of obsessing about what should happen in the next book and when it, in their (worthless) opinion, should be delivered. Maybe that way they would learn to appreciate the monumental task and the hard work involved in bringing such a complex creation to life.

I wish you all the best, and in those immortal words "live long and prosper"!
jenniferl82
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Stay Strong
To quote my 7th grade studetns, "Don't worry about all them haters" I would much rather read your next installment later and have it be good, than read it now and have it disappoint. Your first four books are AMAZING and I just want to thank for giving me a series to read that excites me just as much as Harry Potter did/does. I didn't think I would ever find that again!
cjd262e
Mar. 6th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Loved the banter
I've read a lot of fantasy that had amazing writing, but just okay stories. I've also read a lot of fantasy with amazing stories, but terrible writing.

"A Song of Ice and Fire," was the first time I ever felt that an author had nailed both. I feel that this series has given a new kind of credibility to the genre. It is nice to read an author and think, "Wow, I am not mentally capable of writing a sentence like that."

It may be coincidence, but since the series, it seems that I've seen better and better quality in the fantasy niche. It's amusing that people view getting a new book as their right. Do what you've gotta do... the wait will be worth it.

By the way, even though the Giants got Eli and a Superbowl, as a Charger fan, I still think we came out better getting Rivers and Merriman in that deal. If you lose Plax, maybe you need to consider T.O. to be that down-field threat...hahahahahahahahaha!
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