I have the next chapter of Empath with an editor now, and yet another excuse for my slow progress... this time a good one. I have a whole new story with another editor, 138K words.
Working on a few others as well, just wanted to let folks know I was not dead.
If you emailed me recently (re: the last couple of months) and I haven't gotten back to you, please accept my apologies. I will try and get caught up soon!