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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. 25th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I totally 100% support your right to take as much time as you need to produce the highest quality book you can. I have loved all four of the SOIAF books so far and am content to wait as long as it takes to read ADWD. You rock.

That said - and I may be totally insane to suggest this - maybe one way to get the barking hounds off your back is to authorize some sort of "Worlds of Westeros" short stories or novellas. Sort of like a "Thieves World" thing. Have a variety of authors write short stories set in Westeros that have only a cosmetic relationship to the SOIAF storylines.

This isn't such a huge leap, since you've already approved the SOIAF RPG and, presumably, worked with the gentlemen creating the "Peril at King's Landing" adventure (heck, force RPG guru Nick Logue to actually write a short story or two - he clearly has the talent). Yes, approving other authors' work is yet another distraction, but this could both enrich your world and sate the clamoring denizens of the Interwebs.

That all said, I repeat, you rock and I'll gladly wait as long as it takes.


George R.R. Martin
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