No, sorry, it's not done yet.
There's good news and bad news on A DANCE WITH DRAGONS.
The bad news is that I have not gotten nearly as much work done these past few months as I had hoped to back in July. The summer and fall have both been insanely busy. Several of my publishers wanted me to add the San Diego Comicon to my schedule, so I did. All on my own, I also attended Bubonicon in Albuquerque and the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim, where A FEAST FOR CROWS lost the Hugo. More recently, I've been on the road again, doing a series of readings and signings in the midwest to promote my new YA book THE ICE DRAGON and the paperback release of A FEAST FOR CROWS. That was followed by a visit to New York, where I met with Bantam about the forthcoming WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE, with Tor about THE ICE DRAGON and the WILD CARDS revival, with Marvel about the new hardcover editions of THE HEDGE KNIGHT, and with DC Comics and Random House / Del Rey about... well, that would be telling. I also put on a tux and went to the American Museum of Natural History for the second annual Quill Awards, where Parris and I dined beneath a giant blue whale and A FEAST FOR CROWS lost a Quill.
All of which was great, but left me little or no time for writing. I know, there are lots of writers who write every day, no matter where they are or what they are doing. Alas, I am not one of them. My efforts to write in hotel rooms and on airplanes have never produced much. I need to be here at my desk, on my own computer, with all my reference materials around me, and ideally I need to be left undisturbed for a good chunk of time if I'm to have any hope of getting real work done. That hasn't been easily accomplished of late.
The good news, however, is that my travels are over for the rest of the year. There are no more conventions, readings, or promotional tours on my schedule until 2007, so for the next six weeks it will be just me and my PC. I am still hoping to be able to complete A DANCE WITH DRAGONS by the end of the year... although that will depend in large part on how well and how quickly the writing goes from here.
Wish me luck. I'm headed back to Westeros.
Look for another update in early January.
--George R.R. Martin, October 20, 2006