This is bad news indeed. Worse than bad, since it's for health reasons and not because you'd rather run away to the Seychelles and become a beachcomber than remain a magazine editor. Take good care of yourself, regain your full health and come back to Ripperworld with a new magazine, a non-fiction book or that detective story you've long had in the back burner. We'll be waiting.
Asante Mungu leo ni Ijumaa.
Old Swahili Proverb
Thank you so much for your kind wishes concerning my health and the kind words about New Independent Review. More than you might imagine, I am full of hope that I may soon again be back editing and writing. Do remember, though, that a magazine is a collaborative effort and any success NIR achieved was thanks to its dedicated staff and the many wonderful contributors.
"To expose [the Senator] is rather like performing acts of charity among the deserving poor; it needs to be done and it makes one feel good, but it does nothing to end the problem."
It is with a double dose of sadness that I must stop production of the New Independent Review for health reasons. It was something I enjoyed, both editing and often writing reams of copy for an issue, but I must face the fact that it is no longer possible, at least for now. I am not very sanguine about resuming publication at a later date, but as the glib phrase implores, "never say never."
I thank all my the contributors and the many others who encouraged the new venture, especially assistant editor Velma Southerland who was a tower of strength throughout. We had some darn good articles and features and were definitely headed in the right direction.
Anyway, I better not write more at the moment about NIR, lest I get choked up. But again, thanks to all who were a part of the magazine.
Thank you, Don. You are far too kind for my little contribution. It was a pleasure for me.