June 28, 2014
Potential Announcement From George R.R. Martin??
First of all, I realize that George R.R. Martin is not my bitch.
I am looking forward to The Winds of Winter [Book Six of A Song of Ice and Fire] patiently and respectfully. I am eager forward it, shall we say.
This is a speculative post, so please take it with a grain of salt.
July 3-14, George will be in Europe (France and Switzerland). Then, his next travel appearance will be July 24-27, for the San Diego Comic Con.
I have a feeling that, depending on what he does at the con, he will make an announcement of some kind about The Winds of Winter. Seriously, think about it. What better place to make a big announcement than at the mother of all cons??
That is being being hopeful. Don't expect it...but don't rule it out, either.
If he doesn't say anything about Winds, let's look at his appearances again.
August 14-24 sends him back to the UK (a few months ahead of me). then, nothing until May of 2015. When he's home at Santa Fe, he does the theatre and his usual thing.
By my guesses and observations, we should hear something this year at some point.
In short, my estimate is this: George will finish the book (with an announcement) by the end of the year, but it will become a book early next year.
In the meantime, there's the new edition of The Ice Dragon and The World of Ice and Fire to keep us occupied. Of course, any samples George chooses to release.