The Winds of Winter is "not done yet, but I've made progress," said the notorious tortoise. "But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now."
George, why must you tease us like this?
But! He's optimistic. "I think it will be out this year," he concluded, before (as if reading your mind) adding "(But hey, I thought the same thing last year)."
The fan, username J Snow—nice—had told Martin that the lack of updates were almost as frustrating as waiting six years (and counting) since the last book. Martin hadn't given any hints since last January, leaving everyone like:
"Unless you want to be bombarded with im's like this, i would suggest another [update]."
But Martin knows his fans will never disembark from the hype train: "You really think statements like that would make a difference? Ah, you sweet summer child."
We're gonna keep being super annoying until we get this book. The next season of the show isn't due until this summer.