Well here i am in mid 2010. The book continues to be in the process of being written. Six numerous years of writing a "partially completed" book. With two more books supposed to come from then on! It is extremely frustrating becoming a fan.
All that negativity aside, there can be a reason fans of his books gripe and vent whilst still being wait after a four year hiatus as well as a six year hiatus. The books are only that good. I will provide him his due, he needs time to work while he desires to only created a superior product.
More positive news is the fact that there can be a HBO miniseries, which is forthcoming, depending on this series. With the quality from the books, along with the quality that HBO does with their series, I expect it'll be great. Perhaps the HBO leg breakers will hold his feet to the fire in completing his novels.
I hope that MR. Martin will decrease his lots of side projects, convention attendances and book signings and simply get to the writing. This includes minimizing his involvement using the HBO series. Trust it is at good hands, George. There will just have more and more fans clamoring for his next book release following the series comes out. Get to it George, we have been waiting.