Still slow progress, for a variety of reasons--family obligations, looking to buy a house, got sick for a little while, work time encroaching on free time, etc. I also just had an old, unfinished project from grad school pop up and I'll have to devote some time to it over the next month or so.
In what time I've had lately, I've made a lot of progress in learning how to use the graphical aspects of the Java Monkey Engine. This has resulted in (1) some refactoring and reorganizing of my code and (2) the creation of some test textures and external data files.
Otherwise, not too much to report for now. I'll keep chugging along--I'm in this for the long haul!