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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 06:15 pm (UTC)
You know...
...for my part, an update every six months or so is all I was looking for. I understand your frustrations, but understand that the public has a right to expect things to be delivered when they're told they're going to be delivered. As you said, three dates have come and gone and only the first time with the humility present one would expect from someone who gave unrealistic expectations to their readership.

I don't expect you to drop your life. I don't expect you to give up urination. I'm aware that you're working as fast as you believe you can. But don't act like we're idiots for being disappointed and a little frustrated that we hear so little about the book's progress and that when we do hear something, it's rarely "progress". I also understand that an easy way to avoid this is to avoid saying anything at all, but that's just increasing our frustration and disappointment. Every few months, just let us know you're struggling. Give us unimportant details. And damnit, George, be thankful for us. Stop treating us like a curse.


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