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It’s been 26 years since George R.R. Martin published his first book, A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones. Over the next few years, he made his full debut with A Clash of Kings after 1998 and A Storm of Swords in 2000.

However, Martin started slowing down with the arrival of A Feast of Crows in 2005 and A Dance with Dragons in 2011. It’s been 11 years since then, and in that time, the Game of Thrones TV show came and went, and its previous show was House of the Dragon is streaming now.

With so many projects on the go, the author—who is now 74—is still working on the penultimate book The Winds of Winter and after that, Spring’s Pencil Dream Book is finished. Every once in a while, he gives updates on his blog, so here’s the latest on his progress.

Martin continues to make clear that The Winds of Winter is his top priority after 11 long years, and he’s been counting on A Dance with Dragons since.

After attending a House of the Dragon panel at San Diego Comic Con in August, the 74-year-old updated his blog: “I hope to finish the story of one of the characters from a WINDS OF WINTER viewpoint this week. Maybe two.”

Since he’s reached the end of a story for one or two people, it’s a good indication not only of progress, but also likely that he’s about to finish the book. That is, of course, unless he writes them letter by letter rather than writing them chronologically.

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Anyway, after The Winds of Winter he intends to write a short story of Dunk & Egg as a palate cleanser afterwards.

Next, Martin will embark on the final book of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Dream of Spring. When this is done, there will be another short Dunk & Egg before finally moving on to Fire & Blood Volume 2.

However, it’s always possible that with House of the Dragon now released, he can go ahead and finish it before these other projects since he’s already written “a few hundred pages” of them.

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