Yes, I know. More months of radio silence. More weak apologies. What can I say?
Here come the excuses:
In September, I started a new job. This is full-time and teaching journalism at Leeds Beckett University. So far, I am loving every moment of it. The course is rated fourth in the whole of the country by The Guardian. So I am proud to be here. But like any new job, it's taken some settling in!
Here I am with some of the third year students on our last newsday - the festive dress code was to raise money for Save the Children.
And in October I started another new job (part-time!). I'm tutoring on the Open University's brand new creative writing MA course.
Add that to my other stuff (the OCA, the Penguin Random House Writers' Academy) and I hope you will forgive me for letting the blog slip (again). I will try to do better.
It's been a great year for me personally, in terms of the new jobs. The YA novel The Misper is to be published in 2017 - and if you think I am being vague about the detail, then you'd be right, as there are still some contract issues being sorted out (months after I thought we were home and dry!).
To be honest, though, what with Trump and Brexit and Syria and all of that shiz, I don't think I would count 2016 as one of the best years ever. This Stephen Collins cartoon sums it up - do check out his work, as he always makes me laugh.
Thanks to everyone who's supported me and my writing this year and for following my all-too-sporadic blog.
Have a lovely Christmas - try reading and writing. They always work for me!
I wish all of us the gift of hope in 2017.