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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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wvwtyr
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.

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