Not my joke, but a good one anyway.
Yes, I have been absent. Very much so. It is mostly because I have developed (or re-developed) an addiction to audio books. Since I’ve already heard al the Pratchett books I’ve read, and refuse to listen to books I haven’t, I sort of ran out for a while and was able to quit.
Unfortunately, I’ve found audio books by another author I can’t put down. Mercedes Lackey’s tales of Valdemar. So now I am in trouble. Listnig to audiobooks is wonderful for doing chores and walks and whatnot. It is however terribly degenerative for the will to do anything else.
Especially writing. Sorry.