There's been some interesting news recently that we haven't talked about with regards to the upcoming book. First, GRRM updated his blog to say that he had been ill between Christmas and new year, an infection. http://grrm.livejournal.com/191485.html He has now recovered though, and expects to be back to work soon. It's interesting that he pretty much confirms that the exciting announcement he had intended to make at the TCA would be the possible completion of ADWD. There's only been a week of 3 to 4 between when he blogged about expecting to make this announcement during this January 8 weekend, so it seems reasonable to expect that since he will now start working again, we should expect that announcement to arrive later, but soon. Secondly, courtesy of Wert's blog, there is this link to a representive from Martin's publisher stating that we should expect an announcement soon. It's also intersting that the rep confirms that Bantam is very aware of the opportunity to cross promote ADWD with the release of the TV series. Understandable, since that hype is now buzzing Game of Thrones to bestseller lists. http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/07/game-of-thrones-news-george-r-r-martin/ Please keep comments on topic.