Not dead, I assure you. Just busy with a project that's requiring all my attention and several times more stamina than I actually have. I was supposed to be done before now, but as usual, work expands to fill the available time.
Maybe I'll get some breathing room after the weekend. Or if not, maybe I'll retire to Bedlam and devote my remaining days to consideration of "the Drone, who with the appearance of a Bee is neither a soldier nor an artist, neither a swordsman nor smith."
I hope you're all well, meanwhile, and I'm very, very sorry to have worried a few very kind people by not checking my blog-related e-mail for several weeks. I should know better at my age, honestly.
Well, onwards, anyway.