Thanks, folks, for your nice emails and comments.
The main reason for my silence has been a massive website-redesign job (100 pages + 244 supporting files), which has occupied all but three of my evenings (7pm - midnight) for the last five weeks.
Of those three evenings off, I spent one critting a short story for Jane (remember 'short' in Jane's world equals a full-length novel for the rest of us). Another evening I spent in the pub, having completely freaked out after a too-long day of rain and grumpy children. The third evening I spent in the company of Harrison Ford (oh, and about three-hundred cinema-goers, sadly).
I have also boarded the loft in the quest for a room of my own (photos to follow), and written a shorty.
Now, I'm knackered, and I need a lie down. Excuse me. I'll be back again soon.