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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 09:35 pm (UTC)
The cure for patience-deprived fans
You can add my voice to the torrent of good spirited vibes coming your way...

But I also have the cure for all your fans who can't stand the wait until you are done (because they are indeed fans of youre work if they the take time to actually share their frustration of having to wait for your next masterpiece). Here it goes :


Anytime I feel a bit down waiting for ADWD... I go ahead and re-read the complete ASOIAF (even the comic books). And every time I relive some passages that I had forgotten or did not remember properly.

So there you go : When someone whines about delays and what not, tell them to re-read the thing!! And maybe by the time they are done, the next book will be out... If not, they can always re-re-read it and so on until it's done!!


George R.R. Martin
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