Yes, unfortunately I am not dead. I've finished working on my books for the time being, and to avoid being stuck in a creative glut in the buildup to exams I'm making a slow return to this site, starting with the story I've just submitted.
Bizarrely, my pageviews seemed to have spiked since I went inactive, particularly over the last couple of days. I have a horrible, horrible feeling someone has linked me on another site, and I don't think it's a good link either ("Look at this fantard!"). Oh dear.