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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. 22nd, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Your work is an inspiration
Mr Martin
I work in politics in Australia and I have been an avid fantasy literature fan since I was a kid. I used to do a lot of writing but found my life became so busy that writing anything of any substance just didnt happen.
Your work, particularly the Song, has inspired me to write again. It is insightful, thought provoking, thrilling and emotional. Not to mention funny at times. It is also a wonderful piece of political prose unlike much else avaliable, particularly in the fantasy genre.
I, like many people it would seem, await the next installment with a sense of anticipation akin to that of a child waiting for Christmas. I say this not to put pressure on you to finish but to say that the anticipation is part of the experience.
To be honest I would much rather you take your time to craft another wonderful literay experience than rush out some pulp to please demanding publishers, fringe elemant "FanAtics" or to relieve yourself of the burden that I am sure the success of this series has created.
I am sure that Dance, just like each of the past books, will be well worth the wait.


George R.R. Martin
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