a) I'm not dead. In fact I'm pretty much fine. It's just that with the new living arrangements, I'm almost never alone in the house, which is when I usually write blog posts. They will probably come back as I get used to the new way of things.
b) I have a post on essay number three cooking in the back of my brain, so that should show up sometime.
c) The caveat on the "pretty much fine" thing. Getting kicked in the neck sucks. And hurts.