No I'm not dead -- thanks for asking. Just VERY busy and generally distracted. And teaching EFL 'cos super broke. Joy.
Thanks for the comments on the coincidence post: some useful stuff there. Seems the general consensus is coincicidence is an absolute no-no UNLESS it's a small issue AND gets your protagonist into some kind of trouble.
So here's another for you: character or plot - which is most important? After all, we read loads on creating great characters and loads on killer plot and structure. It's all well and good saying they MUST go hand in hand, but it's said that audiences don't remember plots, they remember characters. On the flip side, you can have the greatest character in the world, but if the plot is rubbish your spec is going nowhere.
So does character have the upper hand in a spec? Or plot?
So what is it to be? You can be on one side - or the other. Not both. Over to you...