I'm not dead, I swear! I've just been pretty busy. This month I've been getting hit hard with custom orders. It's great! I know a lot of folks don't like making the same bead, but I find it very relaxing. It's a chance to really nail a design and get it perfectly streamlined and work on speed.
There's also just something really neat looking about a big pile of matching beads. Something that might have looked simple by itself looks decadent in large amounts.