However, in that entry he mentions a few things:
"....had dinner with my editors and publishers at Bantam..."
"...breakfasts with friends from DC Comic, Barnes & Noble, and Simon & Schuster..."
What do you think they discussed?? Again, I firmly believe that George wants to have the manuscript for Book Six in the hands of those who would need it on the publishing side of things sometime during January. I am of course, guessing that the words 'Book Six' and / or 'The Winds of Winter' had to have come up at least once during these meals.
I remain hopeful and positive that the book will be published next year.