I am not dead. I have not, exactly, abandoned writing.
The same situation I have alluded to earlier in a very non-specific manner has not changed. And unfortunately, isn't likely to change in the near future. And I just can't manage to get any real writing done until there is a resolution.
(No, I'm not unemployed or terminally ill, but I just don't want to discuss real life issues.)
Sorry to be so vague, and I'm sorry I've been disappointing you for years (!) now. I really have not lost interest in writing, or finishing AQ. But it's best if you just assume there is no prospect of seeing the next volume any time in the foreseeable future. I genuinely and sincerely do want and intend to finish it someday. I just can't tell you when.
I've been avoiding LJ or even writing new book reviews because I feel so bad about not giving any news of progress on AQ. I might try to start posting book reviews again (I suppose a few people actually like those), but every time I do, I can't help feeling like I'm just disappointing all the folks who wanted to see an AQ update.
I do think about AQ every day (seriously), and now and then, I manage to add a few paragraphs, but I don't want to lead you on and make another promise about finishing it by the end of this year or at any point in the future.
* Speaking of which - agogobell, your LJ settings are on full privacy mode, which refuses all messages, so I can't reply to you.