In George R.R. Martin’s latest blog post, he updated readers on the status of the next book in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, now expected to be published in 2021. Martin starts the post talking about how he’s staying safe in a cabin during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Yes, I am in an actual cabin in the mountains. No, I have no fever. Yay! For the present at least, I am healthy… for an out-of-shape guy of 71, at least… and doing all I can to stay that way.” – George R.R. Martin
This is excellent news for long time fans of Martin. He is aging like the rest of us and fans are constantly worried about his health. He’s working on scripts for Game of Thrones spinoffs, Continuing the Dunk and Egg story, and of course two more books for the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. A lot to get done when most people at the age of 71 would be looking to retire. Martin has used this time to make major progress on his most demanded project.
“If nothing else, the enforced isolation has helped me write. I am spending long hours every day on The Winds of Winter, and making steady progress. I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week. But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go … I have bad days, which get me down, and good days, which lift me up, but all in all I am pleased with the way things are doing.” – George R.R. Martin
The characters he worked on lately include Cersei Lannister, Tyrion Lannister. Ser Berristan Selmy, and Areo Hotah. He also gave praise to Stephen Kings “If It Bleeds” and “The Glass Hotel” by Emily St. John Mandel. Martin will continue his work and stay safe; let’s hope he keeps up this progress.