One person who’s locked himself away in a remote location is Game of Thrones writer George R R Martin, who people have been waiting on for a good few years now to write more books and even finish the one he’s been working on for a while.
The Winds of Winter, the long-awaited sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series is the novel in question and in a post on his website, Not A Blog, Martin revealed that he’s been working on that.
“Strange days are upon us, […] as ancient as I am, I cannot recall ever having lived through anything like the past few weeks.
“For those of you who may be concerned for me personally… yes, I am aware that I am very much in the most vulnerable population, given my age and physical condition. But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions.
“I am off by myself in a remote isolated location, attended by one of my staff, and I’m not going in to town or seeing anyone. Truth be told, I am spending more time in Westeros than in the real world, writing every day. Things are pretty grim in the Seven Kingdoms… but maybe not as grim as they may become here.”
Good news on a few fronts there, then. Martin’s safe and well and on top of that, he’s knuckling down and focusing on his book, which people have been waiting for for a bloody long time.
I suppose as well that the fact that Martin is taking his time on the books is a good thing. The last one, A Dance With Dragons, took six years to write and come out in 2011, disappointing very few people.
All too often things are rushed by people after some quick cash, wanting to strike while the iron’s still hot, in regards to popularity.
In a similar vein, I absolutely loved The Mandalorian, but I’m slightly concerned that the next season was due to be released in October of this year. I really want more episodes, but that seems really, really quick.
And then there’s Venom. That film came out like a year after it was announced and it was bloody awful. Nothing made sense and it really felt like it had been written by two people who had gone through a cocaine and Red Bull-fuelled all-nighter.
Take your time, George.
Let’s hope that whatever he comes up with can make up for that god-awful last season of Game of Thrones, which he had nothing to do with.
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