George RR Martin gives Winds of Winter update

Plus: The author is sorry he (maybe) leaked the title for the Game of Thrones prequel.

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Game of Thrones author George RR Martin hasn't forgotten about the millions of fans waiting impatiently for The Winds of Winter, the planned sixth novel in his Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.

On Monday, in the middle of a personal post about other book news, Martin dropped just a few words about the long-awaited book.

"Believe it or not, I am working hard on a lot of things (yes, including WINDS), even though I am not allowed to talk about most of them," Martin wrote. "Eventually, I hope, you'll all be able to enjoy the fruits of my labors. I hope…"

He also apologized for calling the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel (Martin prefers to call it a "successor show") by his preferred title, The Long Night

HBO recently shared the news that Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been cast in the show, but while the network was careful to not give the prequel a title, Martin went ahead and called it The Long Night on his blog.

"HBO has informed me that the Jane Goldman pilot is not (yet) titled The Long Night," he wrote Monday. "That is certainly the title I prefer, but for the moment the pilot is still officially UNTITLED.  So… mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa. Elsewise, the pilot is coming along well, with casting falling into place. I could tell you more, but I am not supposed to."

And The Long Night, or whatever it ends up being called, isn't alone.

 "We also have a couple of other successor shows still in development, but I cannot tell you about those either," Martin said. "Sorry."

It's a good time to be George RR Martin, though. He went on to say that a number of his books and stories are being turned into TV shows and movies, but again, held off on too many juicy details.

Game of Thrones is expected to return to HBO for its final season next summer.

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