I know FF .net kind of frowns on this sort of thing, authors using their stories as an e-mail service, but I feel that so many people have been loyal to me over the last couple of years on the Snowbird stories, that I needed to break radio silence and take a chance.
Here's the deal: I'm not dead, and I still have every intention of completing the Snowbird Saga. Unfortunately, it has to take a back seat to real life. This semester, for the first time ever, I am teaching full-time at a major university. It's a chance I've been waiting on for a long time, and I don't want to blow it. So I'm going to be very, very busy over the next four months. Certainly it's going to take me a few weeks to get used to the new grind (going from teaching one class over the summer to teaching five in the fall, possibly more). Once things settle down, then I can probably get back to writing more.
There's another thing, too—while I wish I was getting paid to write the Snowbird stories, I'm not. I do have the potential for getting paid writing in my own universe though, and so I've been working to get my novel published too. Not much progress in that sector yet, but I hope to at least be talking with a publishing company by the end of the year, and hopefully have something on the market next year. When (and if) that happens, you'll be some of the first to know.
I couldn't come up with a good ending for Race of the Snowbirds without being impossibly sappy, or being utterly bleak, so I'm just going to call the story complete and start up a new one when I can (tentatively titled Snowbird's Last Stand…uh oh). And I will do this, but it might be a few weeks before I can. Hopefully by the end of September at the latest, but no guarantees. Conversely, there's no guarantee that the muse won't bite and get me fired up again tomorrow—after all, I never thought I'd ever finish Misato's Revenge, but it's done after a four year hiatus—so who knows.
Anyway, I'm sorry about the delay and the copout ending to this story arc, but I will get back to the story as soon as I can. On that, you have my word.