Yes, I am, in fact, alive and breathing. The lack of updates over the last few months is a result of circumstance, writer's block, and a reevaluation of priorities. I also looked through what I did write and realized it ranged between 'meh' and 'ugh', in my opinion. Unfortunately for my readers, I hold my own opinion above all others regarding my work, so I will not continue my story for the forseeable future, pending a thorough revision, which might never happen.
That being said, anyone wishing to continue this story on their own is welcome to try. Just drop a line, and you have my blessing, for all it's worth.
You still might see an occasional entry here from me, but no long multichapter endeavors will come from this account
Thanks to those who supported me during this brief stint, and apologies to those who hoped for more.
Now open for Beta-Reading.