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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?)


Feb. 21st, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
I was entirely burnt out on fantasy up until ASOIAF, though your talent shines throughout every creation. We're privileged to be blessed with such an amazing talent. Screw the naysayers, you can't force creativity. My fiancée is a writer and any time he feels forced the end result is rarely satisfactory for him. I personally have worked in advertising and find selling my creativity in such a fashion to be (for lack of a better term) soul-sucking.

I feel like this is truly a field in which one needs to pace themselves and take their time. If that means a daily breakfast of a good stiff drink and a marathon of I Love Lucy, well frankly I'd question your judgment but that's for you to decide.

Thank you for giving me a fantastic escape, an outlet in which I can escape the banality and drudgery of my nine-to-five. I look forward to your future works, no matter how long some of them may take, and certainly wish you and yours the best (and speedy recoveries).


George R.R. Martin
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