George R.R. Martin Confirms: ‘Winds of Winter’ Is Not “Likely To Be Finished Tomorrow, Or Next Week.”
Writing fiction is hard work. Writing an actual fantasy hit series is probably very much like breaking rocks in the hot sun while being pelted with snarling ferrets. Despite claims made that the latest book in his Song Of Ice And Fire series would be published in time for Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 premiere in April, George R. R. Martin prefaced his latest blog post stating some not so good news.
Martin said that he’d written a lot of the story but that he was still “months away… and that’s if the writing goes well”.
“My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no-one could possibly be more disappointed than me.
“For months now I have wanted nothing so much as to be able to say, ‘I have completed and delivered The Winds of Winter’ on or before the last day of 2015.
“But the book’s not done.
“Nor is it likely to be finished tomorrow, or next week.”
“I’m not angry, George; I’m just disappointed…”
Keep in mind, however, that George Martin has not yet (technically) fallen behind on his past predictions. According to a statement made in January 2015 by the author, he had predicted that the book wouldn’t be out at least until well into 2016. The statement was made in response to a very short Christmas-themed case of nerd trolling, where an official Westerosi-themed parody of “12 Days of Christmas” was mistaken for an actual, honest-to-Vurt publication date for Winds Of Winter.
The staff at NerdBastards hates compromising with technicalities, but most of us are D&D 3.5 edition veterans, so we will grudgingly concede to that at least.
The author went on to remind his fans to stop pestering him about the future possible direction of the show. Regarding the possibility of the TV show spoiling the book, the George RR Martin pleads with his fans to maintain their cool with:
“Maybe. Yes and no. Look, I never thought the series could possibly catch up with the books, but it has…You can blame my travels or my blog posts or the distractions of other projects and the Cocteau and whatever, but maybe all that had an impact… you can blame my age, and maybe that had an impact too…
“But if truth be told, sometimes the writing goes well and sometimes it doesn’t, and that was true for me even when I was in my 20s.”