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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?)


Mar. 1st, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wait for the muse
A book is a gift to its readers. I don't understand people that would hassle you about how long it takes. I've enjoyed every book in the series, and eagerly await DWD and every one that follows.

So, I don't care if you watch football or ponder Plaxico's future. Although, if any of your teams play the Niners, I expect you to place your thoughts on your anti-blog (which you failed to do this past season).

I don't care if you oversee miniatures. Hell, I don't care if you spend hours every day maneuvering them around the kitchen table.

I don't care if you edit anthologies, dabble in comics or RPGs. Whatever makes you happy. People should be happy.

When the DWD muse slips into the flooded, remodeled office of yours, I doubt you'll be able to fend her off.

When it's done, it'll be done. What more is there to say other than "let us be happy in our work."


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

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