George RR Martin Writing Winds of Winter Under Coronavirus Lockdown
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Many across the world have practiced social distancing in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19. Among those staying indoors is Game of Thrones mastermind George RR Martin, whose self-isolation may have led to a silver lining: progress on his long-awaited Winds of Winter novel.
"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," Martin posted to his blog, Not a Blog, on Tuesday.
"But I feel fine at the moment, and we are taking all sensible precautions."
The most exciting part: Martin wrote that, along with one of his members of staff, he's holed up in a "remote isolated location" where he's "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."
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Mid-last year, Martin promised he'd bring the finished manuscript for Winds of Winter to sci-fi convention Worldcon in New Zealand, due to take place July 29.
"If I don't have The Winds of Winter in hand when I arrive in New Zealand for Worldcon, you have here my formal written permission to imprison me in a small cabin on White Island, overlooking that lake of sulfuric acid, until I'm done," he wrote on his blog.