George R.R. Martin is overwhelmed.
We can’t blame him. If we had a legion of “Game of Thrones” and “A Song of Ice And Fire” fans demanding — nay, begging – for the next installment of the series, “Winds of Winter,” we’d probably be pretty overwhelmed, too.
So in lieu of hunkering down on the couch to binge old “Game of Thrones” episodes and ignoring his problems (which is what we do when we’re overwhelmed), Martin is signing off LiveJournal to focus on his work.
In a blog post titled “See Ya Later, Kids,” Martin disclosed to fans that he’s taking a break from blogging to focus on “LOTS of exciting things.”
“All’s good, boys and girls… lots of exciting things going on,” he said. “LOTS of exciting things.”
“Maybe too many. I am buried in work, so much that it is starting to overwhelm me. Even with my army of loyal minions,” the post continued. “So I am going to step back from blogging — okay, from NOT-a-blogging — for a while, till I get a few of these monkeys off my back. In the near future, you’ll likely see fewer posts here. And some of those will be by my minions.”
“I’ll return eventually. Just don’t know when,” he finished ominously. “See ya later, alligators.”
Now, Martin already warned us that “Winds of Winter” won’t be coming in 2018. He’s stated that that book won’t come out until his two-volume Targaryen history, “Fire and Blood,” is finished.
The good news is “the first volume should be completed soon.” But the bad news is “the second is hardly begun” (at least as of early February).
So we’ll miss your Not A Blog, George, but we’re more than happy to let you get to work.