George R.R. Martin Just Gave Another Update On When The Winds of Winter Will Be Finished

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

As much as people adore George R.R. Martin, to say that the acclaimed author's fanbase is growing impatient with him would be an extreme understatement. The New Jersey native famously penned the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which inspired the award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones. But while the TV show came to its divisive conclusion last May, Martin's book series is still incomplete. The last book in the series came out in 2011, which means that fans have been waiting nearly a decade for the next book, The Winds of Winter.

Martin has teased a possible release timeline for the next two books several times over the past few years, and fans originally had high hopes that it would be released this summer. Back in May 2019, Martin stated that if he didn't have the next installment completed by CoNZealand, a science fiction convention held in New Zealand, fans had "formal written permission to imprison [him]." The event is slated to take place in July, just a few weeks from now. Though the event will now be held virtually, Martin is still not done with The Winds of Winter. But he did just give us an update. And, as The Guardian reports, it's not the happy news we had hoped for.

"I was heartbroken when CoNZealand was forced to go virtual due to the pandemic and I had to cancel my plans (exciting plans) for a long trip down to Wellington with Parris and my minions," Martin wrote on his blog. "But there is definitely a silver lining in that cloud. The last thing I need right now is a long interruption that might cost me all the momentum I have built up. I can always visit Wellington next year, when I hope that both COVID-19 and The Winds of Winter will be done."

While "next year" surely isn't the release date fans had in mind, Martin did say that being forced into isolation due to the coronavirus scare has helped with his writing. "I am spending long hours every day on The Winds of Winter and making steady progress," Martin wrote on his blog. "I finished a new chapter yesterday, another one three days ago, another one the previous week ... But no, this does not mean that the book will be finished tomorrow or published next week. It’s going to be a huge book, and I still have a long way to go."

As disappointed as Martin's fans might be, the author did end his post with a cute tease, writing: "Now you will have to excuse me. Arya is calling. I think she means to kill someone."

[h/t The Guardian]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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How Lolita Author Vladimir Nabokov Helped Ruth Bader Ginsburg Find Her Voice

Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2016.
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The road to becoming a Supreme Court justice is paved with legal briefs, opinions, journal articles, and other written works. In short, you’d likely never get there without a strong writing voice and a knack for clear communication.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg learned these skills from one of the best: Vladimir Nabokov. Though most famous for his 1955 novel Lolita, the Russian-American author wrote countless works in many more formats, from short stories and essays to poems and plays. He also taught literature courses at several universities around the country, including Cornell—where Bader Ginsburg received her undergraduate degree in the early 1950s. While there, she took Nabokov’s course on European literature, and his lessons made an impact that would last for decades to come.

“He was a man who was in love with the sound of words. It had to be the right word and in the right word order. So he changed the way I read, the way I write. He was an enormous influence,” Ginsburg said in an interview with legal writing expert Bryan A. Garner. “To this day I can hear some of the things that he said. Bleak House [by Charles Dickens] was one of the books that we read in his course, and he started out just reading the first few pages about the fog and Miss Flite. So those were strong influences on my writing.”

As Literary Hub reports, it wasn’t the only time RBG mentioned Nabokov’s focus not only on word choice, but also on word placement; she repeated the message in a 2016 op-ed for The New York Times. “Words could paint pictures, I learned from him,” she wrote. “Choosing the right word, and the right word order, he illustrated, could make an enormous difference in conveying an image or an idea.”

While neither Dickens nor Nabokov were writing for a legal audience, their ability to elicit a certain understanding or reaction from readers was something Ginsburg would go on to emulate when expressing herself in and out of the courtroom. In this way, Nabokov’s tutelage illuminated the parallels between literature and law.

“I think that law should be a literary profession, and the best legal practitioners regard law as an art as well as a craft,” she told Garner.