Sorry for the delay in updating....
I've been on the road for a bit with work and had only intermittent access to post an update.
On a positive note, I'm making good progress toward the next installment. I've learned my lesson and will not commit to a date yet, but I am writing on a regular basis and herding the characters in the direction they seem to want to go.
Thanks for the inquiries and encouragement, and thanks for reading.