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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. 6th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Loved the banter
I've read a lot of fantasy that had amazing writing, but just okay stories. I've also read a lot of fantasy with amazing stories, but terrible writing.

"A Song of Ice and Fire," was the first time I ever felt that an author had nailed both. I feel that this series has given a new kind of credibility to the genre. It is nice to read an author and think, "Wow, I am not mentally capable of writing a sentence like that."

It may be coincidence, but since the series, it seems that I've seen better and better quality in the fantasy niche. It's amusing that people view getting a new book as their right. Do what you've gotta do... the wait will be worth it.

By the way, even though the Giants got Eli and a Superbowl, as a Charger fan, I still think we came out better getting Rivers and Merriman in that deal. If you lose Plax, maybe you need to consider T.O. to be that down-field threat...hahahahahahahahaha!


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