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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 11:35 pm (UTC)
I just read your last several blog posts all at once, and all I can do in good conscience is echo the messages of support and understanding, along with a little "GRRM iz great OMG SRSLY!!!!" mixed in. 'cause morale's important too.

As a matter of course, I consider it best to assume that all of us - even the psychopaths - wish you only well and are happy enough to wait until the book is done. It's true that some people be crazy; no getting away from that. And sure maybe even people as sensible as my little brother and I brood darkly from time to time and murmur idle threats revolving around an ill-advised plan to kidnap you and lock you in a cell until the book is finished, rewarding you for finished chapters with food and short walks in the sunlight. It's just talk.

I digress.

We really are overhwelmingly happy for you to finish your work at your own pace. As a matter of sincere truth, we also understand that you're not likely to be able to produce the quality of material we expect if you can't have time to watch football, travel, spend time with friends and family, sleep, breathe, etc. Your books provide us all with a great deal, and while we hope you're making a tidy sum for your efforts, it doesn't amount to the worth of the opportunity you give us - all of us - to see the fantastic in our minds' eye, framed and painted in your words. We're grateful for that, and we'll be waiting contendedly for the final book. And when we get DWD we'll gibber like chipmunks on crack, and all will be well in the world.


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