I plan to get to work on 1.9 as soon as the snapshot is released. Hopefully there will be time to get it all done before the official release. Going by the Minecon previews the textures don't look too tricky which should make this simpler. I'll likely be asking for feedback on the colours of the textures as the laptop I am forced to work on at the moment has a weird problem with the screen which makes the colours wrong and more (looks like some weird liquid is seeping in from the sides); I can work around this, but not without difficulty.
Explanation for my whereabouts: Last time I posted I mentioned that I would be homeless if not for friends and family helping me out while I look for a place; My main PC is in storage and my laptop has technical problems (see above). The search for somewhere to rent has been unfruitful due to the cost of living locally. Since then the company I work for has started a process that may lead to me being made redundant and will at best leave me with much less pay. This means I won't be able to afford to rent and so I've been looking for a new job, also without much luck, and looking into getting some training to do something with better prospects. Basically I've had to put other things first. I would have posted sooner, but things snowballed; I felt awkward about posting about my private life too much and after delaying it just seemed more awkward, but it's not fair of me to say nothing.
I haven't been following the thread lately so apologies to anyone waiting on a reply or similar.
Thanks again everyone.