This week's book giveaways are in the Cloud and AI/ML forums. We're giving away four copies each of Cloud Native Patterns and Natural Language Processing and have the authors on-line! See this thread and this one 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the short explanation you've given here about coming back after a break, and a new nit picker will take over.