The main cause has been the props that I'm almost done making for The Ascendant, a pre-thesis movie being done by a grad student down in Austin.
And there is still art. There is always art. ArtOrder has issued a new contest and I had to enter. With the new John Carter of Mars movie coming out, they want people to do an illustration from The Princess of Mars novel that the movie is based on.
I found the book online and have to say that I enjoyed it. I've got a sketch and am working on the final in Painter. I'll post the final or some WIP as it goes along.
After a few more rejections, I'm having my family and close friends read my manuscript so I can do another round of editing. And this goes for my query letter too. It's just so hard to take everything I've written and smash it into 250 words or less.