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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. 4th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Keep on keeping on...
Mr. Martin, enjoy your life, because for what is the point of it all if one does not take the time to appreciate the world around? After all the saga of "A Song Of Ice And Fire" belongs to you, it is your creation and it is you who will decide what, where and when. We are just lucky enough to be your guests, following along this wonderful ride. I will wait as long as it takes for the story to be told, in your time, your rhythm and your imagination.

Your brilliant mind literally gave birth to the story and characters that so many people have come to love and care for, so YOU are the owner, lord and god when it comes to ASOIF and no one else. All those assholes who have a problem realizing that fact should stop fiddling with their pathetic peckers and get a real life instead of obsessing about what should happen in the next book and when it, in their (worthless) opinion, should be delivered. Maybe that way they would learn to appreciate the monumental task and the hard work involved in bringing such a complex creation to life.

I wish you all the best, and in those immortal words "live long and prosper"!


George R.R. Martin
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