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Spain
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?)

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chu_totoro
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
keep going! best wishes and good luck on that book :)
houdina
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
I have to admit to having been one of the loonies earlier this year. I dislocated my knee this week and I decided to start re-reading the series just for shits and giggles. I'm on Clash of Kings now and I have to apologize.

Given how you'll be giving us a few more books than originally attended, I'm grateful! And, I can definitely see how painful and tedious it must be to grapple with the unbelievably intricate plot lines. Good luck :)
laeryken
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
Hey hey!
That's just how we roll! ;)

Honestly, being able to share more insight into your life as an author has changed my appreciation for it a little bit -- in a good way.

WOO HBO Pilot!

Personally, I'm more likely to give you gruff for being a New York football fan! Haha. Giants in 2010? :P
erdedrache
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better. I think it's fair to say that you have more patient understanding fans than cantankerous fire-breathing trolls who are merely obsessed with a single aspect of your work.
racebannon42
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Thats great George!
Its too bad that on occasion the vocal minority of asshats have to act up.

kud_dukan
Feb. 21st, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
That's nice to hear George. Like racebannon42 said, sometime the vocal minority can get a little overwhelming. But us fans love your work, and we appreciate that you even take the time to talk to your fans in this format, something that I wish more authors would do.

Best wishes! :)
assistantty
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Hey!
I've been unscreening from here at home every chance I get.
radial_jives
Feb. 22nd, 2009 05:39 am (UTC)
Re: Hey!
Bravo! You're doing a heck of a job, Assistant Ty!
jenniferlee
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:21 am (UTC)
My jaw dropped when I read your earlier post. I'm so sorry you have to deal with jerks like that.

Hugs...

lagringa
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
Well, hello Mary Lou!

My cousin used to be one of Rick Nelson's photographers. Once, at a state fair in California, I somehow got roped into babysitting the Nelson twins. They were four at the time. And wow, do I feel old now!

Chin up, sir! Things are crazy all over in the book industry. The bright spot is that after all that reorganization at Random House, you got to keep your amazing editor. =)

Cheers!
galvador
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Detractors
If you were to happen upon (quite innocently of course) the addresses of the trolls and detractors, I would be happy to go and poun... I mean explain things to them. Keep up the good work!
P.S. I have not read a whole lot of the wild cards yet, but what I have read, I love!
zinereem
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
I do 3 to 4 improv shows a week. One of the goals of the people I perform with is to try and make our characers as real as possible... to make the relationships b/w them palpable and honest. Your writing is a constant source of inspiration, and an affirmation that one person truly can have a wellspring of limitless people and characters within them. Thank you for having the stamina to keep fighting the good fight.
elektra
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
A belated thank you to add to the pile, from someone who appreciates everything you're working on (I've always loved Wild Cards since they first came out). And a special thanks for Garden Party - I'd forgotten how much I loved that song.
Keep writing, and doing everything else you enjoy, too. Life is for living.
spiffystuff
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
I think sometimes the negative ones tend to be the loudest - I at least love your books but am content to wait in patient anticipation for ADWD (whenever it's ready). Not much to say, usually!
I'm glad you're so cool about handling people though. Sometimes creators tend to pay too much attention to that 1% and it gets a little disheartening for the supportive fans, but not you :)
radiant_smile
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
Keep up the good work!
bloodypoetry
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
I am glad that those of us who are positive drowned out the negative. I personally enjoy knowing the little details about you. I would have pegged you as a Lost or Fringe fan, more than Monk or ER, hee.
xwingurly
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Re
Just wanted to say thanks for putting up with the crap that sometimes gets thrown at author's and good luck with the writing. And thanks for doing what you do :)
aardvarkdancing
Feb. 21st, 2009 06:51 am (UTC)
probably not as many dolts and looneys..
as there are pimply faced, badly raised 14 year-olds. The days of the hickory switch are gone, but not forgot. Just keep hammering and telling yourself it'll all be over all too soon.
otaku_cat
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:06 am (UTC)
I didn't drop in to support on the last post, but I'm glad to hear us true fans are in the majority. We know you're working hard, and we also know that you have to do what you love. Keep editing, collaborating, and doing all the other work that you enjoy. We'll definitely still be here when the book is finished.
kodonaa
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
Go GRRM! <3 You're the best!
kokeyjoe
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:10 am (UTC)
Hey, just think of all the heat Adrian Monk takes... and we all know he's the best at what he does! Instead of murders following you around, like Mr. Monk, you just have detractors and ass-hats.

Keep up the good work, sir. I'd rather read a quality product later than a rushed product sooner.
jimaine42
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
I am truly glad that you've not taken the uncensored criticism of those trolls to heart *handshake and hug from distant Germany* Yes, we are (a little desperately) waiting for something that you will have to deliver, but that doesn't mean that you cannot enjoy the same things we enjoy - like reading, watching (and venting about) BSG and traveling the world. You are, after all, human and as such you have personal interests and an active social life. Giving it up would mean stopping to be who you are and that's not something I'd ask anyone to do. Not for the sake of a book (even though it's slowly becoming something like the HOly Grail). If you say June 2009, that's fine with me. It's not as if I don't have anything else to read till then...:-))) Good luck and I hope Ty and Parris are better now...
jonmolina
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
Onward and Upward
Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talent with us for so many years; you have left an indelible mark in the craft that will shape future generations of novelists to come. I do not doubt at ALL you will finish your masterpiece in YOUR time and we, the grateful fans, will be waiting there to cheer, applaud, hoot, holler and throw confetti when you cross the finish line! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you in advance for the great journey I will take with these amazing characters.
mystyangel
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
A couple of my favorite authors (you included) only release a new book once every few years. What else do they have in common? Totally worth the wait.

You do give us plenty of suggestions for good reading in the meantime. =) And how many other authors are in the process of building a library tower? You, sir, are epically awesome.
goodtimenation
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
As I said, we're not all a-holes. That much support proves it! And those are just the people who read this!
douglascohen
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
We'd fight the Others themselves for you, George! Bugger the trolls and rock on!
gege_the_dodo
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're feeling better about things :)

And yes, while other teens my age in the early 90's were putting posters of Kurt Cobain or Gavin Rossdale on their walls, I was listening to "Hello Mary Lou" and thinking I had been born in the wrong era, LOL.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves Ricky <3
alice_the_raven
Feb. 21st, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
Oh, poor Ty and Parris. I hope they get better soon. I know I don't have to tell you this, but it's your life to enjoy and write without people going bananas.
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