Did I forget to mention that I'm working again?
I've spent several years alternating full-time writing with short-term contracts at my old employer, the FSA. This has been a good arrangement, but it has also been frustrating (both for me and for my long-suffering agent) - just when I get some momentum going on the writing, I go back to the day job.
Anyway, I have managed to come up with a more sensible arrangement. For the next 6 months (extendable to a year), I'll be working just 2 days a week at the FSA, and spending the other 3 at home writing (or blogging!). Hopefully, this will be better balance.