Gah. Sorry for the long silence. It's been a more productive silence than most, however. I have indeed been writing. Not every day, mind you, and not adding words to the actual novel. But the worldbuilding for Akenam's culture was always kind of spotty, so I've been slowly filling in the blanks. I've also been working out details about the other five delegates at the summit with Willa. I'd always filed them under "I'll figure that out when I get there", and... well, I'm almost there.
The bad news is that I haven't accomplished much these past few weeks. The good news is that I can feel my enthusiasm for the story building again, and I know that it's only a matter of time before I'm itching to jump back into the scene I abandoned.
And I've been reading a lot. That's always good news!