Firstly, let me apologize for the length of time between the last post and this one.  I was hoping to maintain a higher profile than has been accomplished.  On the other hand, I believe that I have a good reason for my recent laxity – and for keeping this post short.

Sadly, shortly before Christmas I was diagnosed with Prostrate Cancer, after which I was sent for tests to determine what action to take next.

I have today received the test results.

Thankfully, the cancer appears to be contained within the prostrate at the moment.  Unfortunately, this cannot be guaranteed for long and so it appears that I will be having an extended period of treatment very soon.

A side effect of this is that my writing will almost certainly be put on hold for the foreseeable future, as I am still unsure of how the treatment will affect me – and especially how it will affect my ability to sit at a computer for long periods of time.

On the other hand, I am hoping that in the not-too-distant future (recovery rates from any procedure vary from person to person) I will be free from the cancer and able to resume my duties.  As and when fresh information is available I will of course let people know.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank my family and friends for their support and would like to wish both them and all of you a Happy New Year.