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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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Mar. 9th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
you are a delightful writer and creator; and, over and above that (not insignificant fact!) you have the absolute right to do whatever you damned well please with your time on this earth.

I love your work, but it's just a book-your real life is far more important. Keep on pounding those keys, in whatever way takes your fancy! And, remember. People wouldn't be so frustrated if they didn't love your work so. It is rather backwards, but it IS complementary.
Mar. 9th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
well, I for one am very happy work continues. I gotta say, I am very impatient to read the next book, because the others were so great. I would never think to harass an author to get that though, cause that makes no sense what so ever.

and seeing people worried that you may "pull a Robert Jordan" is quite offensive to me. Mr. Rigney was a very ill man. He did not die from being old and fat. Besides, work on his final book continues, and his loyal fans wait patiently to see where his vision takes us.

We will wait for you too Mr. Martin, for as long as it takes for you to put y=out a book you can be proud of and that we will love reading.
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Cersei and the Wish That Soured
I am sorry, but sometimes your predicament makes me smile a little, as it seems that you are occasionally living the life of at least one of your characters. I always imagine Cersei sitting in the dark, a glass of some sort of fortified wine from the Arbor in hand, and saying "bloody fracking hell....what the frack went wrong?" Here you are, famous, relatively wealthy, soon to be an author with his own TV show, and you are drowning in support. Some people happy, some people sad, some people "frothy dickholes" (plagiarism....I know). All you want to do is write the next book. but all around there are things begging to be done. Models, calendars, and most especially other books. I am sure Cersei had a plan for what her queenship would be like, and every day she gets run down trying to tie down a million loose ends, and never makes any progress that she intended in the morning.
So even though I just added to the flood of comments, perhaps you should take heart in the fact that even with the frothy dickholes in your inbox, your life could be a hell of a lot worse. Sure Dance with Dragons isn't coming out as fast as you want, but you haven't been shlepping any relatives, you haven't killed any family members, you don't (I hope) have what I assume to be some sort of souped up Frankenstein zombie in your basement, being brought back to life by a corrupt priest, and you aren't about to get fracked by a bunch of Viking wannabees with some sort of demon magic horn.
So cheer up, enjoy a coup of coffee, and take in the view from your house. But watch out for your midget brother, methinks he plans you ill...
Mar. 10th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Hang in there
Hi George,

I want it as much as anyone, but not at the expense of your sanity or its quality.

One thing I wonder is whether this forum makes worse the issues, literary and otherwise, that have affected Dance... But hopefully the supportive comments help to offset the impact.

Hang in there, and we'll see you in Westeros when we see you!

Mar. 13th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
You rock GRRM!
You can't rush genius, and that's what you are.
Mar. 16th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
Thank You
George -
I am sorry I am just seeing this section now. I have never written on here before but I want you to know that your books have been amazing for me. I do not usually write on these things but I do read your updates and enjoy them greatly. Thank you thank you thank you and take you time. The worst thing I would have to do is read the other books over again while waiting and that is a joy.
Be well and let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help you after all you have given to me.
Aug. 18th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
When I discovered your LJ, I told myself I wasn't going to comment. You're a busy guy, you have tons of people leaving comments already, what's one more person leaving them? But, as I started reading back through your older posts, I got to the DWD one about people demanding that you do nothing other than write, and that's reason enough for me to leave a comment. I apologize for any "fans" who act like that. It's horrible! You have (and should have!) a life outside of the book series! Yes, the books are amazingly great and I love them, but you need to have a life as well! And saying bad things to you is hardly good encouragement for you to write, I bet.

Not that you need my permission, but please do all the things you enjoy! While I do love the books, if you never wrote another one again, so long as you were living a happy life, I'd be fine with that.

Thanks so much for writing them.
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