Okay, so it's taken me almost a month to figure out that all the friends requests I thought I was accepting were still sitting in a folder on ning waiting for me to sign in and actually click "accept." So I'd like to apologize to everyone who now thinks I've been ignoring them. This is why I love reading mysteries -- little things go right over my head!
I am finally back to writing on my novel, thanks to kicks-in-the-butt from several people here. It feels good. Now that I have more time, I look foward to touring around crimespace and chiming in on some of the forum discussions.
Thanks again, everyone!