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Thanks

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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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.
skjaere
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:13 am (UTC)
Just to add one more to the flood (and not to take time away from any of your projects), but I'm glad to hear that the vast majority of your fans are supportive. It's a really shame when a vocal minority ruin things for everyone else. I've done a little writing; I know how that feels. I'll get 100 comments filled with praise and love, and one obnoxious one will ruin my mood for the rest of the day. I guess what it comes down to is that in the end you have to accept that there are assholes in the world, and their being assholes really has nothing to do with you; you've just managed to attract their attention. Happy writing, Mr Martin. Looking forward to it when it's ready.
carwinbodger
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
Very glad to hear it.
We're behind you Mr. Martin, can't wait to see that pilot!

POV? Hints? How could I have missed? :P :D
elonna
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
I'm really happy you're feeling more upbeat today! :D
jedifreac
Feb. 21st, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
I can say on behalf of many fans that it's good to hear any news about Dance, and that we're happy it's no longer kibosh to dare to utter the name of the book on the blog. There were a lot of concerns about censorship. For a while it was so taboo to mention it that we were worried the book was no longer important to you. I'm really happy to hear more news about it; any news is better than silence...so yeah, let's mentally cheer you on to the finish line!
emer1284
Feb. 21st, 2009 09:11 am (UTC)
No problem GRRM, you know us
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