'Martin is promising his fans a tad quicker finish to the sixth and penultimate book in the series, "The Winds of Winter." He says he already has 200 pages written and hopes to have it finished in two, maybe three years.'
Although between sending the manuscript back and forth for revisions and edits, laying out the final product, printing and binding a single hardcover, quality-checking that, and finally authorizing it for mass printing, it'd be late December/early January. And that's if he's actually finished writing before the end of this month.
Even by my wildest estimates of 9 years, it's still not happening yet.
Probably the darkest day for ASoIaF fans was March 8th 2016 when George Martin died and headlines went up all over the place, and lots of fans likely freaked for several seconds thinking it was GM the author not GM the Beatles producer
I wrote hundreds and hundreds of pages of THE WINDS OF WINTER in 2020. The best year I’ve had on WOW since I began it. Why? I don’t know. Maybe the isolation. Or maybe I just got on a roll. Sometimes I do get on a roll.
I need to keep rolling, though. I still have hundreds of more pages to write to bring the novel to a satisfactory conclusion.
George pitched 5 shows to HBO last year, of which one got greenlit with a pilot episode ordered and presumably a full season in the future. Gee, he sure seems to have lots of free time to pursue creative activities!
So I've encountered the real-life Winds of Winter. Environment Canada did the numbers. My local town got 82cm of snow in February. The average is 18cm. This was already on top of a lot of winter dumps in November, December, and January, of which we only had maybe a couple of melt days in mid-November. This February was a mean temperature of -19C. The normal is -13C.
As for the book The Winds of Winter, nothing. Nada. Squat. Any news for The Winds of Winter is in as barren and hellishly desolate a landscape as you might get mental imagery from a title like The Winds of Winter. Now that Elden Rings is out, that's one less project for GRRM to get sidetracked on, and get back to work!
Meanwhile, here's this KickStarter announcement from Brandon Sanderson for four secret books that he's completed over the last two years. I like how he says he had other (writing) commitments over the last 2 years so he used all his free time to squeeze out 4 more unplanned novels ON TOP OF his normal output.
George R.R. Martin's comments from the San Diego Comic-Con this year: "In recent years with COVID, I have been out of my house very little. You may not know this but there’s this book I’m writing and I’m a little late. So I won’t shoot any scenes until I finish and return this book. If the series is still ongoing, then why not."
In reference to why he hasn't shown up at the House of the Dragon HBO set for possible cameos...or just watching them shoot at all. "A little late." Sure, why not?
The Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon author was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday, where he was asked the mandatory, yet wearisome, question about his progress on the long-long-awaited next A Song of Ice and Fire book.
“I think it’s going to be a very big book [more than 1500 pages] and I think I’m about three-quarters of the way done,” Martin said. “The characters all interweave and I’m actually finished with a couple of the characters, but not others. I have to finish all that weaving.”
Colbert did the math. “So [it’s taken] 10 years to go 75 percent of the way through … which means about … three more years?”
“That’s depressing,” Martin replied, and also lamented that the moment he finishes, he’ll get the first tweet asking when his seventh and final ASOIAF book is coming, A Dream of Spring. The author said he hasn’t even played his hit game, Elden Ring, due to his writing commitment.