I've been writing a new novel since April called "The Arrival (and departure) of Martin Martinez, Future President." It's 36 chapters long, around 40k words, and it's about board games, childhood and presidential politics. Whatever spare time I have is given over to writing, research and revisions. The first half is getting there, but the second half is still being revised. It's the first novel I've written from beginning to end while working full time. It's like working two jobs at once and logging in 80 hours of week each week. Poor Alice. She's been a writer's widow these past few months. Next weekend we go to Bellingham for a few days. I'm looking forward to it.