Winds of Winter progress: George RR Martin shares busy schedule but reassures hes writing

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It’s been almost a year since Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin missed his personal deadline to finish The Winds of Winter. Originally the author set for his latest A Song of Ice and Fire novel to be done by the end of July 2020 in time for Worldcon in New Zealand, which went virtual due to the pandemic. Since then, Martin has continued working on the long-delayed book and has recently given his latest update.

Martin posted on his blog how he travelled back to the Midwest where he attended school and taught.

The 72-year-old did admit: “It was the first time I’d left home and/or cabin in a year and a half, since the start of the pandemic and the quarantine.  

“I have to say, it was great to get away from my office chair, even if it was only for a few days.”

The author visited Northwestern, where he was given an honorary doctorate and gave an interview in Chicago with a local PBS station, in which he said his ASOIAF ending would be different to Game of Thrones.

Martin also visited Clarke College in Dubuque where he once taught journalism and enjoyed a ride on the riverboat Twilight.

After 10 days on the road, the author got back home to New Mexico on June 23 to continue his work.

The 72-year-old noted: “It’s always nice to be back in Santa Fe and the Land of Enchantment, but I have to admit, it was great to get away for a few days.

“Of course, during my ten days on the road and away from the internet, the email piled up.”

Martin added: “And I found some eight hundred letters waiting for me on my return.

“Which may help explain why I am weeks late in making this post, but… That’s all for now.”

He signed off by reassuring fans awaiting The Winds of Winter: “The woods were lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and books to write before I sleep.”

Aside from all his other work and commitments, Martin has previously shared his writing schedule.

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Martin’s main focus above all other writings is finishing the penultimate ASOIAF book The Winds of Winter.

After that, he’s open to writing an episode or two of Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon.

He also intends on penning a fourth Dunk and Egg short story before taking on the ASOIAF finale A Dream of Spring.

And after that, he aims to write a fifth Dunk and Egg before the second volume of Fire and Blood.


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