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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?)

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lambeard
Feb. 23rd, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the reading pleasure so far
Never watched American Football and probably never will, I have never read Wild Cards and probably never will and when Dance with Dragons is in the shops I'll probably wait for the paperback like a true cheapskate, but I can't thank you enough for the reading pleasure I've had from A Song of Ice and Fire and the Dunk and Egg stories.

Before A Throne of Swords I had last read fantasy ten years before as a student and then Terry Pratchett and it was ten years before that as a teenager that I'd last read fantasy that was intended to be serious.

What pleasure I have had though since that great opening with the Starks and the symbolic dead direwolf: reading my way through the battle of the Blackwater while less than sober when I should have been studing for exams, the vicarious pleasure from seeing Freys hanged, the loving descriptions of feasts (even the mashed turnips), the deep sense of satisfaction at the very long game that Prince Doran is playing.

Every page has been worth the wait and even better each page has repaid rereading. It has been amazing to read something as brutal and complex as medieval history, rich and rewarding from one book to the next.

Thank you George RR Martin!

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