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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 08:14 pm (UTC)
Please post Ice&Fire updates in the update section
Dear Mr. Martin,
you said that there will be no new update until DwD is done, but your blog entry on Dance IS in fact an update. Hell, it even contains a new completion time estimate. You may really want to post something like that in the update section of your site (or not at all).

Why? I'm one of those people who loves your Ice&Fire series but has not the slightest interest in football, miniatures or card games. Sifting this blog for possible bits of information about your books and only ever finding posts about football or some convention is actually frustrating. People like me - and I'm sure there are a lot of them - don't really want to read this blog. I hadn't been here for months because I had the impression that you stopped mentioning ASoIaF here for good. But now I made the mistake to come here again and I find this update. This practically forces me to check this blog frequently again in the coming months, and probably there won't be anything to read but football and wild cards again.

This is quite cruel and besides, it doesn't serve your purpose to have this place to talk with those of your fans who are interested in your private activities.


George R.R. Martin
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