has decided to leave IB. Quite possibly the fandom as a whole.
He was one of the greatest inspirations for me to start my own little universe. If I had never encountered Samkin and his sister, Sandra, then I doubt I would be were I am.
I never really got the chance to know the guy. I only talked to him through a couple PMs and indirectly through mutual friends. He always seemed to want to remain reclusive and I can respect that. I don't know if we would have ever really kicked it off as friends, but I never took that first step and now the bridge is gone. He even mentioned to me once about the possibility of our characters somehow crossing paths; something that I wish I had pursued.
I've been told he is doing well and is not in any danger. He, just as anyone else who decides to leave, is not required to share their reasons with us. We should respect his choice.
It is disappointing that we may never know what he had planned for his characters, but I for one am very happy he shared them with us in the first place.
If this reaches you, Samkin, I hope the best for you and wish you well.