"George R.R. Martin is the hugely successful purveyor of an ongoing, seven-volume fantasy series called A Song of Ice and Fire
. Four books are done. The first three came quickly, then there was a five-year wait for the fourth. The first indicated publication date for the fifth instalment, fiercely awaited, was 2006. That has rather obviously been missed: Martin is still writing it. The natives are restless.
"How restless? Well, on his blog, cutely called Not a Blog, Martin fired back two weeks ago at what he called 'a rising tide of venom' about how late he is. Seems some of his loyal and devoted readers are savagely attacking him for taking holidays, for watching football in the fall, for attending conventions, doing workshops, editing a volume of short stories, even for being '60 years old and fat' (I'm quoting here, trust me) - the implication being he might drop dead before fulfilling his obligation to do nothing else but finish the damned series. . . .
"Martin wasn't happy. 'Maybe it's okay if I take a leak once in a while?' he wrote. His blog response was accompanied by a flashing 'angry' icon face.
"It is all too easy for another writer to sympathize, and I do, hugely, but I can't help but note that the only reason readers know about holidays and football games (and his favourite team) is that Martin has told them. On his blog."
--Guy Gavriel Kay: Release the Fans!( May 2009: 5 stories and 1 novel reprinted )