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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. 24th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
re: Hang in there
Haven't checked your not a blog for a few days so I was surprised by the flurry of activity regarding "Dance of Dragons". Having been a bookstore manager for 17 years I have seen many series rise and wane, but when it comes to fantasy "A Song of Ice & Fire" is the best out there.

Do I get frustrated sometimes waiting for "Dance of Dragons" to come out, sure I do. But I will always have the memory of finding "Game of Thrones" in 1996 while I was shelving in the Sci-Fi/Fantasty section. I started to read it at lunch and cursed out loud when my lunch was over, as I didn't want to put it down. Thus began a couple of days of torrid reading that ended with one of the greatest scenes in Fantasy writing ever with the birth through fire of the dragons. Since then I ask all of my fantasy readers if they have read your series and have had the pleasure of recommending "Game of Thrones" hundreds of times and almost every time I do they are back in a few days later to pick up the rest of the series and then when they have finished the series, so far, to pester me with questions on when does your next book come out. So "Game of Thrones" and the experiences I have had around recommending it our some of the best I have had in my long career as a bookseller.

Like you I love the NFL, although I am a Seahawk fan, they were robbed in 2005, not one penalty on the Steelers, come on! Those conventions that you go to sound like a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed reading the last two "Wild Card" books, in fact I just finished the second one last week.

So enjoy your life and rest assured that I will await "Dance of Dragons" with bated breath and sure there will be times when I have to exhale in frustration and say "Can you finish the damn thing already", but I am pretty sure that like me most of your fans understand that you are doing the best you can and you want to write a great book. I would expect nothing less from the man who gave me "Game of Thrones" and the most remarkable fantasy series "A Song of Ice & Fire". Hang in there and know that as long as I am a bookseller your series will be at the top of my recomenndation list and that I support you having a life, so enjoy it.



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