Not dead yet!
Yes, I'm still alive. Still pecking away at the new chapter.
I've been going through an extended bad patch; the section of story I've been stuck on really didn't want to come together. But it's finished at last (and about time!), so I can get on with more interesting segments.
Current word count is 5009. Not a hell of a lot to show for all the time I've spent, sorry, but I am at least making a little progress.