Sorry I haven't been around for a while, but my time is getting chewed up by my website, which I am redesigning and starting to feel grumpy about (HTML takes too long and just annoys me) and pounding away at Cold Magics, which is also taking too long and which I am also starting to feel grumpy about.
But, important things:
For all the writers and wannabe writers out there:
Read. And when you are having troubles, read it again.