I'm not dead! I'm only editing. Up to Chapter Five now, and almost back on schedule. Only problem is, to make my deadline (which is purely self-imposed, but necessary for my own mental discipline) I'm going to have to start getting more than one chapter done a week -- and since the next few chapters are going to involve a whole lot of rewriting from scratch, and I've also got a bunch of graphic design work to do by early September, things are not looking so good.
But anyway, just so you know I'm still around. I also owe mistraltoes a ramble about May/December and kalquessa one about defending original characters, so if I make especially good progress on the book one day I may pop in here and do that.