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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 09:47 am (UTC)
Don't worry about that which you can't control
Those who leave unfriendly (or worse) comments might be misguided, or having a bad day, month, year or life. Who knows? More importantly, who cares?

You have to give respect in order to expect it in return and that which you have given us will always entitle you to be treated with the utmost in courtesy and consideration. Those who are not able to see that simply aren't worth paying attention to. You can never please all of the people all of the time and there's a great freedom in accepting that.

I do think that those who suggested more regular updates might be on to something though. (And I say this not simply out of the obvious interest of an expectant fan).

When I first heard about this site than I was most interested in ASOFAI info and was a bit perplexed as to why it was not discussed. In my case, I kept my mouth shut and read through previous posts and investigated until I could discern what the true situation was, but I can see how some others might jump to obviously erroneous conclusions. Perhaps something as simple as: "ADWD: Still Working Hard At It" with no replies allowed might placate some of those who do assume?

In any case, I will wait patiently for that which is to come. Thank you in advance for whatever that turns out to be. =)


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

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