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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 06:29 am (UTC)
a selfish thank-you
I'm one of those who on some level would like you to cut out other activities to focus on Ice & Fire more, but I'm amazed that people are actually trying to press you to do that. I've joked about it with friends for years. A long time ago, one of them send you a tongue-in-cheek e-mail about sending someone over to chain you to your desk, and you replied in kind, with a pithy one-liner. The irony of "wasting" your time with lighthearted e-mail wasn't lost on us.

Not only is it incredibly selfish to insist that you drop the rest of your life to focus on Ice & Fire, but also if it were possible to force you to, I have no doubt that it would wreck the series.

To detractors: One of the great strengths of GRRM's writing is in the well-rounded characters. I find it hard to believe that any fan wouldn't recognize that it takes a well-rounded guy to write them. [Gratuitous weight joke should go here, but it's deferred till I mention pizza later.] Putting such constraints on GRRM's personal and professional life would make decent progress on the series impossible, not speed it up.

And to GRRM: By following Ricky's advice to please yourself, you eventually please us all, even those of us who don't seem to realize the importance of having a life that has more than one dimension. So, speaking purely selfishly, thank you for watching football and spending time with your wife and seeking great pizza and editing Vance tributes and travelling and everything else you need/want to do to ensure that you're intellectually healthy and productive. (As for physical health, I do expect you to continue to be reasonable about the pizza. ;)

Sorry to end this here, but I've got lots of stuff to do. Doesn't everybody?


George R.R. Martin
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