Goodbye, Randy. You’ll be missed.
Randy was one of the few old-timers left from when we were both writing on Usenet ten years ago. I can sympathize with his feelings, especially when it comes to being motivated by guilt and writing for the right reasons:
Truthfully, I’ve considered quitting before, and one of the factors that always kept me in was a sense of duty to the folks who sent me comp copies for review. I figured that I should at least get all of those comps reviewed before I quit. But that’s pretty near impossible, and the piles of review copies just kept getting bigger and my enthusiasm kept waxing, and I realized that I was just going to have to “rip the band-aid off” and do it if I ever really wanted to quit. If you are one of the many publishers or creators who sent me something for review, thank you for the copies over the years. If you’re one of the many publishers or creators still waiting for a review of material sent more recently, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I just don’t think I’d be doing anyone any favors by pushing on to review when I’m not excited about doing it.