“Why does George R.R. Martin have time for [insert typical activity here] and yet he hasn’t finished the book yet?” is a frequent refrain heard from fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
And while it’s unreasonable to expect the author to set aside enjoying the occasional football game, people have brought up his convention schedule as an impediment to his writing- and that is a more reasonable complaint as Martin has famously said that he does not write when he travels.
Today, in a new blog entry, Martin confirmed that he’ll be skipping some of the conventions he had planned on attending this year, including San Diego Comic Con. For a lifelong bona fide comic nerd like Martin, that’s a sacrifice indeed.
Martin expresses his regrets at not being able to be able the cons this year as an enthusiastic fan, and that his reasons have nothing “to do with the con itself,” and that “it’s just a matter of time.”
The author says, “I have too much to do. Too many things on my plate. Son of Kong [His nickname for The Winds of Winter- Editor’s note.] foremost amongst them. My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me.”
Martin concludes with the sentence that really has fans buzzing tonight:
(Should I complete and deliver WINDS OF WINTER before these cons roll round, I reserve the right to change my mind).
San Diego Comic Con runs July 9-12 this year and the World Fantasy Convention falls in November. Martin’s remark is playful, but could there be a real chance of him completing The Winds of Winter by the time either convention rolls around?
Sue the Fury: Martin is ever the optimist, in my opinion, and if he does complete the draft, I would rather the editing process not be rushed as it was with A Dance with Dragons. I think a 2015 release for TWOW is still very unlikely and I would rather a quality book be released than a rushed one. What do you all think of his remarks?