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I Know Just How You Feel, Pat

Hey, looks like I'm not the only one...


I have received every one of those emails as seen in Pat's cartoons. Many times over.

(I wasn't going to comment anymore about DANCE, deadlines, and lateness, but a friend sent me this link, and I couldn't resist. Somehow it is actually weirdly comforting to know that it's not just me and my stuff).


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Feb. 27th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Haha. I think if people are going to throw that much of a fit they should probably only read a series after it's complete.

-Patiently waiting.
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Feb. 27th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
You realize that there's a high level of probability that your character would die. :D

Yes, I agree. That'd be cool.
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Feb. 27th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Brilliant comic. Oh, God, I'm both amused and O_o at the emails Pat Rothfuss gets.

My sympathies to both of you. :D
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Heh heh. I've been telling people that basically every author who's not on his/her first book or series has to have a million things going on like you do - it's just more obvious with you because you actually bother to communicate with your fans.

Don't let it get to you. Everyone who's upset now is so just because they're passionate about your series, and they'll be your biggest supporters again once the book does finally hit the shelves. Myself included.
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:11 am (UTC)
Ha, that's great. I don't remember him being quite that funny in Name of the Wind. Sounds like you guys could form a club.
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Hahaha, thanks so much for sharing that. He is hilarious. I'm actually still in the midst of reading The Name of the Wind, but his blog sort of makes me want to finish it right this moment!
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
*hugs for George*
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Hahaha! That made me tingle with all kinds of giggling awesomeness inside. Thank you for sharing! This is my very first response to your journal, Mr. Martin, ever since I found out you had an LJ and friended you. I'll spare you the sappy "omg I love you" comments that you probably get en masse and say instead: You just keep doing what you do. I can wait.
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
I'm sure that a lot of really popular authors/artists/whathaveyous get similar comments from their "adoring" fans. People are often really callous and self-absorbed (and somehow in our world those people never seem to lose their sword hand). I've read a lot of what you've posted about some of the derisive and vicious remarks from your readers and just shaken my head, wondering how people can be so cruel.

Ultimately, though, I think they're just foolish and misguided, but it's done with a genuine love for what you give us in ASOIAF. After all, no one gets terribly passionate when they're completely ambivalent about something. Of course, that's easy for me to say from my perspective, when it's not me people are affronting.

Anyway, I echo the sentiments that many other people have before me when I say that I'll continue to wait as long as it takes until Dance is finished, and continue to offer whatever lame support a total stranger can offer via a blog comment (or a "not a blog" comment, as it were). Keep on keepin' on -- we'll all be here when you're done.
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
I was surprised, because I hadn't been paying attention and assumed April was the official date. But it's no big deal, I can wait.

You and Rothfuss. Now all we need is an update from Scott Lynch and all will be complete :)
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
That was a great cartoon.

I can't imagine why people think they should say the things they do.

Feb. 27th, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Wow.. you two should form a support group. And I hope you haven't resorted to stabbing your computer yet. ;)
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
I was speaking to a guy over at Bantam Spectra, and he was telling me that Scott Lynch is also having trouble with the 3rd book in the Locke Lamora series.

You are not alone sir.
Feb. 27th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
Awesome comic...
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
Kinda a quick question for you George. While the time between books has grown larger after each novel, I'm wondering how HBO will deal with things if the TV series catches on and is successful. I think you mentioned 1 season/book, so that's 6-7 seasons worth. While we're waiting on the books, isn't it at all possibly for HBO's production to have caught up to you in terms the books 6-7 being incomplete.

Hoping you don't take this as a dig at you, I'm really just curious how that would play out if it did come to that.
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
I really don't get these people that think a writer's job should be different than anyone elses job. People work about 40 hours a week which is roughly only like 1/5 of the week. Then they live their lives. I think it is cool as hell that Mr. Martin watches football. I also love football. Somethings are just more important than even ASOIAF. Btw, George if you are reading this I know you watch Entourage, I think you should check out HBO's new show "Eastbound and Down", you should get a kick out of it.

However, all that said, If you leave Jon Snow out of the next book, you may lose a fan. j/k j/k
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
"Your tears are delicious to me" made my day. :)
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
The story will be given to me when the storyteller is finished.


I'm just happy the storyteller decided to tell the story.

~ L
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
The double-edged sword of modern technology.

I can't help but think it couldn't have been this hard for Tolkien... I can only imagine what it must be like to be a writer before everyone had email, broadband, blogs, etc., and gaining a devoted fan base as they became ubiquitous.

That said, those comics are exactly what I imagine this process must be like.

Good luck!
Feb. 27th, 2009 05:43 am (UTC)
quit screwing around
and get to writing, you!

*waves hickory switch*

Feb. 27th, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
It's really too bad you guys can't write back to the detractors with "Please kindly die screaming in a fire" and "P.S. Your tears are delicious to me."

I know. I'm evil.
Feb. 27th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
I think Warren Ellis probably does...

of course, his fans probably find it complimentary.
Feb. 27th, 2009 06:29 am (UTC)
You are definitely not alone.


The age of communication is a wondrous thing, but I can see where authors of fifty years ago had a decided advantage in living lives of anonymity if they wished.

I loved Rothfuss' first book; it's well worth waiting for his second. And for your offerings. Quality takes time.
Feb. 27th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
I can only hope that you find our tears delicious as well.
Feb. 27th, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
I'm just glad that you're writing the series. When you tell us this book is done, I'll probably go back and start with A Game of Thrones, then read the whole series to date. That way, it will be fresh in my brain when I start Dance. Your writing is something I envy your ability to do. Your characters are wonderfully twisted, as are many of the story lines. I love it!

Miss *Kathleen
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