Yes, I'm still around and no, I'm not done with the Stranded sequel yet. Real life, work, and a real ornery muse have so far kept me moving in a different direction.
So, here's a muse-demanded tale in the Swarm Cycle Universe. It's six chapters long and should be a fun ride. Let me know what you think.
Meanwhile, the Stranded sequel ("Rage of the Furies") is plotted, outlined and currently underway. It's longer than the first, though, so it still may be a bit before it makes its appearance.