Rejoice! George R.R. Martin finally finishes A Dance With Dragons

Watching Game of Thrones play out on TV is awesome, but something way more fantastic happened today: After years of waiting and waiting, George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons is finally done.

That name first appeared way back during the novel release of Game of Thrones and was meant to be the title of the second of the Ice and Fire books. Little could any of us (or even Martin himself, for that matter) have known in 1996 that we would only be glimpsing that story now.

But glimpse it we have. It began when Martin posted a picture of a slain Kong (which had become his pet name for the book) to LiveJournal today along with the title "twas a beauty" and the mood "exhausted". Shortly thereafter, his editor, Anne Groell, gave us the clarification we were waiting for.

"It is true. Kong is dead. There were a few moments of George in a spare office yesterday, cleaning up the last bits and inserting a few new bits in longhand, while I typed the changes into the electronic files, but we are honestly and officially done. And there is MUCH rejoicing!"

After nearly five years of waiting and many, many missed launch dates since the journey of writing this book began, it feels like the fans and the creator are gasping at the finish line together, weak in the knees, but exhilarated at the same time.

Is it just us, or does July 12 seem like a million years from now? So close!