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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. 23rd, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
The vocal minority strikes again
I have been reading your books for years and this Not-A-Blog for a long time as well. Suffice to say that it has never before occured to me to comment on it once. Nor to write you any email. Why? Because I am a normal person that respects the boundaries that society has created and that any decent person follows without any conscious effort. So to put your mind at ease, you should know that for every wacko that contacts you in any form to detract or otherwise intrude in your life, there are hundreds of others that simply enjoy your writing and are excited for more when it gets here.

I am a writer too, albeit in software. I know that a quasi-masterpiece can be written in a matter of hours, but it does not have much to it. Anything of real value takes a lot longer and takes redesign, rewrite, and sometimes just plain throwing pieces out and starting over. Some ideas work great until they are fleshed out. Others are dim until they are started and then things just seem to write themselves. I can't imagine someone inspecting my work to the level of scrutiny that your readers inspect what you do. See, right there. Terrible grammar on display ;)

Do what you need to do to stay true to yourself and the marvelous story/world you have created. The silent majority will continue to stay mostly silent because that is what normal strangers do.



George R.R. Martin
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