No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth - or at least, not quite. Last week I was mostly too busy for posting, and since Thursday I've been writing. I'm on the home stretch with Hawk now, with two and a half chapters to go, and things are still looking good for a November release. Then I might take a couple of months off and actually read other fiction, something I haven't done in quite some time.
The wait for the next book - tentatively titled The Ash Spear - will be a little longer; it probably won't be finished until some time in 2009. I had a headstart on Hawk, because it was originally supposed to be the third section of Storyteller, but it kept getting longer ... and longer ... until I finally decided to cut it free to be its own book. Also, before I can finish Ash Spear, I'll need to make another trip to Wales to make sure I've got the scenery right.
I can hear the groans of sympathy already.