This is an announcement that I am, to the best of my knowledge and belief, still alive.
Also, that I have been caught up in rather a whirlwind of different distractions.
One of these is tilting at the windmill of trying to save something with a long and valuable tradition – which is still vibrantly relevant – from the ravages of the woefully ignorant, self-centredly greedy, and inappropriately conceited.
Another is a burst of creative urge on my current novel, to which 6 777 words have been added in three days.
Yet another is the inexorable progress of a lifestyle change.