I've gotten a number of emails over the past week or so from readers who are concerned that I have fallen off the face of the earth.
I thank you all for your concern and would like to reassure you that I am fine, aside from a general lack of free time.
Chapters 20 and 21 are basically done (39 and 47 pages respectively in OpenOffice). They need a little tweaking and a final edit, but all major scenes are complete. Barring surprises, expect them to appear within the next couple weeks.
They are intended to be posted together, linked with a 'to be continued'/cliffhanger, and will complete Life with Alpha Book 1. I already have notes and a few pages written for chapter one of book 2, though I hope to complete parts 2 & 3 of the side-story first (intended to be much shorter than my normal chapter lengths).