Real world issues have kept me busy... I mean really busy. It's all I could do to sit down and spend time with my family and keep up with my measly four or five hours of television per week. On this vein, I think I have written all of three words to manuscript; surprisingly, I've written scads on background information and housekeeping of ideas and records for future books in the series.
Book 1 is currently out on its second wave of submission letters, round three looming in the near future. About the only good thing about my current work schedule is my absolute inability to bother worrying about replies or rejections - silver linings. Once things recover, I'll start round three of submissions and continue tracking.