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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. 25th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
George, we love you but,...
George, you have a rare gift and a vision that no one else has.

We recognize that you need to balance accomplishment with enjoyment of life, but...

You are like a neurosurgeon in great demand, who decides he wants to spend part of his day prescribing cold medicine.

Imagine what a shame it would be if the Two Towers was the last book of the LOTR series. We don't want that to happen. Dig deep and give us a gift and yourself a legacy that will live on for hundreds of years past us all.

Regardless, even if you never write or publish another word, you have created an amazing world, and phenomenal characters. Sadly, we can only observe those characters and experience that world through your eyes.

I've decided to stop complaining and start writing my own novel.
It is not as good (obviously), but I am beginning to think it might get published before Dance.


George R.R. Martin
George R. R. Martin

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