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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?)


Feb. 21st, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Take your time!
Mr. Martin,

I'm a reader of ASoIaF from Austria/Europe and I'm reading you original english version not the german translation, that's why I'm visiting your website once in a while because I'm eager to get the information when the dance is done and we will be able to continue singing the song :-)

I did not have a livejournal-account before, I only created one to say:


In the end anyone will highly appreciate if you had the time to write what you wanted to, when you wanted to, how you wanted to and how fast this all came to your mind. That's the only way how the series will continue in this remarkable style - so to say in YOUR style!

I confess that I'm also one of those who can't wait any longer - at least it feels so :-) but we would be all the more disappointed if you would be forced to write only "something" because of silly deadlines and under pressure and in the end this all couldn't meet the expectations that your wonderful story has risen in us. And because many of us missed our favorites in AFFC we are even more longing for ADWD and hoping that you will never be forced to split a book again :-)

My best wishes for you and your books! Keep up your quality, we will appreciate it!


George R.R. Martin
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