I've been feeling enormously guilty, but I have been highly productive in my absence. I decided at the last minute (almost literally) to join the National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) contest. For those who are not familiar with this, it's a contest where entrants try to write a complete first draft of a novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, with at least 50,000 words. I already had a story sketched out in my mind for the second book in my series, and decided this contest was the perfect way to jumpstart that process. I'm pleased to report that I hit 50,000 words about a half hour from midnight, just before Thanksgiving. The draft is not yet done, as it has some holes in it, but I'm hoping to fill them before Christmas, so I can print out copies of this and give them to my two oldest kids as gifts. So I may not be writing many hubs until after Christmas, but at least I have a spare moment to post in the forums.