Umm, was Friedrich Wöhler not a living organism? :)
I'm getting there with the chapter about the earliest life, although it's not as interesting as the introductory chapter, which was history of science mixed with geology. And I have made a Plan which should get me through the long third chapter by the end of July, despite being away for most of it. Planning things is too much fun to count as working, really.
I don't want to sort out trip stuff, but I really can't put it off any longer. It would just be nice to have someone to talk it through with - it's lonely all alone.