This from GRRM's Not a Blog:
I actually had a very good day today, writing about a character who wasn't originally supposed to be a POV, but has turned out to be sharpest sword I've got for slicing through the Meereenese knot. I'd feel very good about that, except somehow it has become AUGUST. With worldcon bearing down on me like a freight train.
I know it's not fast enough for most ASOIAF fans out there, yet slowly but surely progress is being made regarding the completion of George R. R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons (Canada, USA, Europe).