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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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alwaysoptimistc
Feb. 22nd, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Don't worry about that which you can't control
Those who leave unfriendly (or worse) comments might be misguided, or having a bad day, month, year or life. Who knows? More importantly, who cares?

You have to give respect in order to expect it in return and that which you have given us will always entitle you to be treated with the utmost in courtesy and consideration. Those who are not able to see that simply aren't worth paying attention to. You can never please all of the people all of the time and there's a great freedom in accepting that.

I do think that those who suggested more regular updates might be on to something though. (And I say this not simply out of the obvious interest of an expectant fan).

When I first heard about this site than I was most interested in ASOFAI info and was a bit perplexed as to why it was not discussed. In my case, I kept my mouth shut and read through previous posts and investigated until I could discern what the true situation was, but I can see how some others might jump to obviously erroneous conclusions. Perhaps something as simple as: "ADWD: Still Working Hard At It" with no replies allowed might placate some of those who do assume?

In any case, I will wait patiently for that which is to come. Thank you in advance for whatever that turns out to be. =)
bakunin
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
You know, most people don't put in more than 4-6 hours of real work into an 8 hour day, so I bet you're working more than most of us on a typical day.

Keep up the good work and remember to live your life when you're not working!
birdhousefrog
Feb. 22nd, 2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
The series is a complex work. I had the fortune to meet you at WJW's Taos Toolbox in 2007. To write something this complex takes TIME. Lots of it. And yes, you're entitled to a life as well. I'm very glad that you've received a groundswell of support.

Oz
rustedhalo568
Feb. 22nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
detractors
see what a little update can do? We love you and your work, George. As frustrating as it is for us to wait and wonder, I'm sure it's all the more frustrating for you work away thinking that so many people are upset with you.

The book will take as long as it takes. Just please toss us a bone now and then and let us know how it's going. We're there for you if you need us!
linayus
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Your life is yours...
I'm as excited to read DWD as anyone else is. But you have a life to live and you should take every opportunity presented to you to live it. I applaud your will to do so. Huzzah, my friend!
paxinator
Feb. 22nd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
I want to read Dragons.. but..
Truth is.. I am amazed by the amount George RR is able to accomplish.. Seriously... just reading one of these books is a task for me.. and I buy them to keep as a "Trophy".. So George.. keep the projects going.. The more you do, the more I get inspired.. and if you croak before you finish.. I'll just imagine my own ending!.. (Seriously folks, it's just a made up story afterall!)
terrorfrodo
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)
Please post Ice&Fire updates in the update section
Dear Mr. Martin,
you said that there will be no new update until DwD is done, but your blog entry on Dance IS in fact an update. Hell, it even contains a new completion time estimate. You may really want to post something like that in the update section of your site (or not at all).

Why? I'm one of those people who loves your Ice&Fire series but has not the slightest interest in football, miniatures or card games. Sifting this blog for possible bits of information about your books and only ever finding posts about football or some convention is actually frustrating. People like me - and I'm sure there are a lot of them - don't really want to read this blog. I hadn't been here for months because I had the impression that you stopped mentioning ASoIaF here for good. But now I made the mistake to come here again and I find this update. This practically forces me to check this blog frequently again in the coming months, and probably there won't be anything to read but football and wild cards again.

This is quite cruel and besides, it doesn't serve your purpose to have this place to talk with those of your fans who are interested in your private activities.
kestrana
Feb. 22nd, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
When it does come out I know it will be worth the time it takes to get it right because the intricacy and detail in your writing is what has made the series so special to me. I recommend Game of Thrones to everyone I know that reads at all and they all get hooked. The waiting just gives me time to reread the previous novels and find more people to get excited for when it does come out.
thiggers
Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Dance with Dragons
Don't let the haters get to you. It is every man's inherent right to watch every minute of football that he can! When and only when you are satisfied with the book, your true fans (like myself) will eargerly tear through it. Until then, we can use the time reading the previous books over again to feed the hunger for more. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us all.
terry019
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear your OK.
I m glad that all those assholes have not dampen your will to continue the book. After GOT I was hooked! So you just tune out the bad guys and finish that book on your own time. Once DWD comes out all those assholes will run out and buy the book then complain about TWOW not being out. I will say one thing more, the passion released by your books is amazing if somewhat misdirected. Keep up the good work. We will wait.
jmatysik
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Thank You.
Ive been reading the not a blog for about a year and have wanted to comment on occasion but was too lazy to register with live journal until today. i read about the complainers and all i can say is Fuck Them! Enjoy yourself and do whatever you want to do,not that you need my permission LOL! I just wanted to say that I am one fan who appreciates your effort.

Thanks!

Jim
princess_vernie
Feb. 23rd, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
I think I missed those hints.......... wonder who the new POV is!
sermelt
Feb. 23rd, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
The day before yesterday I woke up to see beautiful low mist rolling through the valleys of Leitrim. The epic landscape was truly jaw dropping ...

... and I was giggling at the thought of evil magical fogs that bring bloody death and mayhem, born of dark priestesses in the bowels of dank castles.

So cheers for that :) And I am truly glad you are feeling the love, it warms the cockles of mine too x

nitaznest
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Loved the Nelson blast from the past!
and it's fitting.

Just keep doing what you do so very well, Mr. Martin.

:) Juanita
shakauvm
Feb. 23rd, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
GRRM, even your flamers are fans. =)

I think they're deluded that they can shake more of your wonderful prose out of you if they post insulting comments.
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