The “Winds of Winter” has been delayed for quite some time. But now, fans of George R.R. Martin can relax a bit as the author claims he has “dropped everything” else to finish the book on time. This includes appearances and other writing activities.

ANN had reported earlier that the author had explained about the “Winds of Winter” delay. “You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone. My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed … but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me,” wrote Martin in his blog.

Website Winter is Coming revealed that he is not even going to accept the honorary degree bestowed on him by Texas A&M University till the book is done with. He made the commitment when a reader asked him about his book in the comment section of a post on his blog. That is when Martin said, “I am not writing anything until I deliver ‘Winds of Winter.’ Teleplays, screenplays, short stories, introductions, forewords, nothing. And I’ve dropped all my editing projects but ‘Wild Cards.’”

However, rumours are circulating that the famous author will get a co-author on board to finish “Winds of Winter.” According to the Christian Post, a co-author might be needed for the project, given the complications in the plot. Parent Herald points out that while the news could only be rumours, chances are this rumored co-author would be none other than author Neil Gaiman, who wrote “The Sandman,” “Good Omens,” among others. In fact, the rumours started after Gaiman was spotted in New Mexico, the place where Martin resides.

ANN informed that Martin has so far cancelled a number of appearances and even skipped writing an episode of “A Game of Thrones” to focus on “The Winds of Winter.” If all goes well, we might get to read the book early next year.