Enlarge /. Artistic interpretation of today's wishful thinking.
Anyone looking for a pandemic-based silver lining can check out the blog by author and producer George R. R. Martin, where the creator of the Song of Ice & Fire book series offers new hope for the next episode. Progress continues on The Winds of Winter, Martin stressed on Tuesday, and he dared to make a hopeful estimate (though obviously not a release date).
"The forced isolation helped me write," Martin wrote in his amusing "Not A Blog". He confirms a number of advances in the past week and adds up to five chapters for Winds of Winter. He refers to "long hours every day" and "steady progress" in the compilation of the book.
Martin then mentions the cancellation of a New Zealand fan convention this year, which he admitted was a perfect development in a way.
"The last thing I need now is a long break that could cost me all the momentum I've built," he wrote. "I can always visit Wellington next year (2021) when I hope that both Covid-19 and The Winds of Winter are finished."
"Falling Back in Braavos"
This estimate comes, of course, from an author who has kept SoI&F enthusiasts waiting for A Dance With Dragons to continue since 2011. Martin had previously told fans that he would complete the unfinished book before HBO continued with a sixth season of Game of Thrones. In 2015, he told Entertainment Weekly what steps he would take to make this claim a reality:
Maybe I'm too optimistic about how quickly I can finish. But I canceled two congressional appearances, I decline a lot more interviews – all I can do to clear my decks and get this done.
This means that Martin's assurances that they will skip a convention for "dynamics" sake may sound hollow to the remaining enthusiastic fans of the book series. These assurances may sound hollow to anyone who is not touched by the HBO series finale based on A Song of Ice and Fire. And the announcement comes with a reminder that Martin still has a lot ahead of him: "This doesn't mean the book will be ready tomorrow or published next week."
Martin's Tuesday Post reminds fans of the other records he's currently making. He mentions the progress of the team responsible for HBO's upcoming prequel series The House of the Dragon, and then rattles off various productions that he's trying to put on big and small screens: a TV series based on a novel based on Nnedi Okorafor (which HBO selected in 2017 as an option). , Feature films based on his own short stories, and a "relaunch" of the Wild Cards TV project (previously associated with Hulu before it went silent).
Interestingly, Martin's very large list of years of projects does not mention a Captain Cosmos TV series that HBO chose as an option in 2015. He closes his list of projects with the note: "There are the secret short films that we have." I'm doing this … well, no, if I spilled it, it wouldn't be a secret. "
And if you think all of this sounds busy enough, you can click backwards on Martin's blog for information about his New Mexico bookstore, his annual outfit for a promising science fiction writer, and his call for justice, which he received in early June take the form of a Frederick Douglass quote).
As for Tuesday's post, fans would be forgiven for focusing on Tuesday's wind-specific commentary, which includes this anecdote about where his focus was: "Lately I've had Cersei, Asha, Tyrion, Ser Barristan and Areo Hotah. I'll be back in Braavos next week. "