The evidence for "ancient water" on Mars is growing. It's a little hard to see, but check out the picture attached to this article. Kind of looks like sand on a beach, doesn't it. Between that and some of the stuff Curiosity has found...the real question now is where did the water go.
Good progress is being made on the Transpecial edits. I had to stop for the day before I started hating my own book (trust me, that's a hazard of the editing phase). The really tricky problems have been identified and fixed, though. I'd say the bulk of the work is done at this point - I hope.