The first substantive update in over a year. The salient points: * The current plan is to finish the book in June and publish it in October. This is not set in stone and may change. The US version looks like it has a new cover, which you can see in the blog entry. * At least one ADWD chapter has been dropped and booted into The Winds of Winter instead. * The first half of 2008 saw tons of really good progress on the book, the second half was much more problematic. * The second the book is done, GRRM will inform the world via his Notablog and the update page on his website.