Illusions: George RR Martin Offers New Estimate of Winds of Winter

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Anyone looking for a silver lining to the pandemic can head to author and producer George RR Martin’s blog, where the creator of the Song of ice and fire The book series offers new hope for its next installment. Progress continues Winter windsMartin insisted on Tuesday and has dared to offer a hopeful estimate (although this is obviously not a release date).

“Forced isolation has helped me write,” wrote Martin in his funny call, “Not a Blog.” Confirm a surge of progress in the last week, adding up to five chapters to Winter winds, and points to “long hours every day” and “constant progress” in the making of the book.

Martin then mentions the cancellation of a New Zealand fan convention this year, which he admitted was somehow a perfect development.

“The last thing I need right now is a long interruption that could cost me all the momentum I’ve built up,” he wrote. “I can always visit Wellington next year [2021], when I hope that both Covid-19 and Winter winds it will be done. “

“Returning to Braavos”

This estimate, of course, comes from an author who left. so yes enthusiasts waiting since 2011 to follow up on A dance with dragons. Martin had previously told fans that he would finish the book unfinished before HBO went ahead with a sixth season of game of Thrones. In 2015, she told Entertainment Weekly what steps she would take to make that claim a reality:

Maybe I’m being too optimistic about how fast I can finish. But I canceled two appearances at the convention, I’m rejecting many more interviews, anything I can do to clear my decks and do this.

That means Martin’s assurances about skipping a convention for the sake of “momentum” may sound futile to the remaining devoted fans of the book series. Those guarantees may also sound hollow to anyone who hasn’t been moved by the end of the HBO series based on A song of ice and fire. And the announcement comes with a reminder that Martin still has a long way to go: “This does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week.”

Martin’s Tuesday post reminds fans of the other dishes he’s currently touring. Mentions the progress of the team responsible for the upcoming HBO prequel series Dragon houseHe then recounts several productions he’s trying to bring to big and small screens: a television series based on a Nnedi Okorafor novel (which HBO chose in 2017), movies based on his own short stories, and a “relaunch” of Wildcards TV project (which was previously linked to Hulu before going silent).

Interestingly, Martin’s big list of projects years ago no include a mention of a Captain Cosmos TV series, which HBO has chosen since 2015. He concludes his list of projects by adding, “There are the short secrets that we are making … well, no, if I said that, it wouldn’t be a secret.”

And if you think all of that sounds busy enough, you can click Martin’s blog backwards for updates on his New Mexico bookstore, his annual donation to a promising science fiction writer, and his early call to justice. of June. the form of a quote from Frederick Douglass).

As for Tuesday’s post, fans would be forgiven for focusing on Tuesday Winter windsSpecific comment, including this anecdote on where he’s focused: “Lately I have been visiting Cersei, Asha, Tyrion, Ser Barristan and Areo Hotah. I will be back in Braavos next week.”