No, I have not died.
I took an unannounced break from my writing and blogging activities and did a good bit of travel, among other things. We saw a lot, did a lot, and returned home with the strange feeling of being simultaneously exhausted and exhilarated. Hopefully, the places we visited, the stories we heard, the people we met, and the simple change of scene will recharge my writing batteries and help me make some progress with the second draft of the novel.
In any case, if you are new here, I offer a warm welcome, and if you are an old visitor, thanks for coming back. Regular blog entries will resume shortly. Hopefully the novel will move forward as well.