No, I'm not dead, and I've been busy. After completing the first full edited draft of the apocalyptic diary novel, which I still don't know what to do with as far as publishing goes, I've launched straight into drafting a new novel set in the 1940s based loosely around my mother's formative years up until she met my father. So far, I'm 27,000 words in and the project is fascinating (and requiring a huge amount of research). The project is ambitious - to fictionalise a real life in a way to make it a faithful recreation but not pure fact. I interviewed Mum back in 2011-12 for most of the main events, and she was excited about the project, but I'm left to fill in the gaps since she passed in 2013.
The other update is that while I planned to make 2019 a year of writing, work has lured me to reconsider and so I'm staying on in a slightly reorganised capacity, focussing on supporting staff with digital engagement from ELC-12. However, I'm making writing a priority again and plan to get some serious progress in separate projects.
I'll add regular posts here, now that I'm finally back in the writing place I enjoy. I've always wanted to start a blog - maybe I will yet...