This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
Yes, that's fine. There's no expiration date to the Cattle Drive. Paul no longer does nit-picking himself, but you can mail your next assignment to email@example.com, along with the short explanation you've given here about coming back after a break, and a new nit picker will take over.