Last month, A Song of Ice and Fire author George RR Martin gave fans an update on The Winds of Winter his blog. The 72-year-old reassured that he was self-isolating “given my age and physical condition.” He wrote: “But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions.”
The Game of Thrones creator continued: “I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff.
“And I’m not going into town or seeing anyone.”
Some people took this to mean that he decided to move to the cabin due to coronavirus.
However, ASOIAF expert and insider BryndenBFish has clarified that Martin has in fact been there for months writing The Winds of Winter.
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BryndenBFish wrote on the ASOIAF Reddit: “Here’s the thing: GRRM isn’t social distancing due to COVID-19.
“From what I understand, he’s been up in his mountain cabin for months (since the Fall) working on The Winds of Winter.
“After his convention tours and media appearance in summer/fall 2019, GRRM came back to Santa Fe.
“And [he] sequestered himself up in his cabin with one writing assistant.”
If Martin has been up there writing for what could well be half a year, surely he has been making strong progress with finally completing The Winds of Winter?
After all, he did mention in the blog post how he was writing every day.
This is a big thing for the author since he has previously said in interviews how he can only write if he has the whole day set aside.
So considering the 72-year-old has been at his remote mountain cabin for months on end he may well be near to finishing The Winds of Winter.
In another blog post, just a week ago, Martin wrote of his sadness that WorldCon New Zealand was being cancelled and replaced by a virtual experience.
Last year the author had said how he intended on travelling to the sci-fi convention and made the July 29, 2020 start his personal deadline for having The Winds of Winter in his hands.
Whether he meant actually published or in manuscript form is unknown, but that’s still quite the statement.
Nevertheless, following WorldCon’s physical cancellation, he made an interesting comment in a blog post just a week ago.
Martin wrote: “If there is a silver lining in these clouds, this will give me more time to finish WINDS OF WINTER.
“I continue to write every day, up here in my mountain fastness.”
That certainly is encouraging and suggests the author could well be on the home stretch.
With any luck, The Winds of Winter could be published by the end of the year.
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