Yes, I have been absent and for that I apologize. Life has become decidedly more complex and blogging has suffered for it. Working a full time job and a part time job, a full load of graduate coursework, revising a novel and beginning the query process, and now NaNoWriMo, (oh yeah, and my family) have necessarily pushed some things out of the way. There are only so many hours in a day and if my sluggish exhaustion is any indication I should be spending a couple more of those hours sleeping.
For now, those of you who are participating in NaNo and would like more buddies can find me there as mkdbail. I welcome your buddyage!
Good luck and to all of you who are similarly overworked, hang in there. You're not alone.