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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 05:39 pm (UTC)
A rather belated word of support, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone who is a fan of your work would engage in anything more than good-natured ribbing about the writing schedule. I'll just offer a thought about scheduling from my own field, software. The rule of thumb in software scheduling is that you figure out how long you think it will take, then double it and up the units by one level. So if you think it'll take two days, the resulting estimate is four weeks. (The actual process, I've found, is that I use this method, my boss reacts with shock, I revise it downward to a more "reasonable" time, and it ends up taking as long as I originally estimated. But I digress.)

Perhaps you could offer this process to your critics as a method of translating your informal projections into time estimates. That way they can be pleasantly surprised when the book arrives in less than sixteen years. :-)

The rest of us will just continue to understand how lucky we are to have it whenever it arrives.


George R.R. Martin
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