I've spent the bulk of today responding to comments. I have been very bad and let a lot of them go without responding to them at the time of posting. Many of them were for typos and grammar problems that readers spotted, and I am very grateful especially to Nicole Spruit, Dave Jocsnix, and Sarah Rose for their keen eyes.
I am like a walking example of what not to do to have a successful online writing career. Not updating this blog regularly. Not having projects ready in the pipeline. Taking forever and a day to edit for a print edition. And finally, allowing weeks to go by before responding to comments. That is like the ultimate sin of the online writer. I apologize to everyone who was kind enough to drop me a line. I'll do my best to get my act together.