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Just heard a podcast mentioning that JC Hutchins stopped podcasting. I hadn't heard, and was a bit bewildered. I mentioned this on Twitter -- and Hutch seemed a bit hurt that I hadn't heard, and seemed to think I was being cruel in my comments about it. I think it's more likely an artifact of 140 characters; I'd be tweeting for the next couple days to be understood.
First of all, true, I am sort of disappointed that he isn't podcasting anymore. I liked several, but not all, of his books -- not crazy about anything resembling horror. I simply would never have been aware of his books without podcasting. I haven't actually sat down and read a dead-tree book other than textbooks in several years, and frankly, reading textbooks in school this last year was kind of a freaky experience, as if I didn't really remember how to read a book. I'm all about the audiobooks now. This is, in part, because my eyesight isn't what it was.
I'm all about podcasts, too, maybe too much so. Last time I counted I was subscribed to over 200 podcasts including audiobooks. I often fall asleep with my podcasts playing. This sometimes results in rather disturbing (not -that- kind of disturbing) dreams about podcasts and podcasters, including a dreamed conversation with Mur Lafferty, which turned out to be her reading on Escape Pod. Funny thing, she looked completely different in the dream, and I knew that wasn't what she looks like, but I still knew it was her. (Nothing inappropriate, just the kind of friendly conversation I hope we could actually have at a Con someday.) Then I woke up. I do hate to unsubscribe from anything, but I can't say I've actually heard all the episodes of all the podcasts to which I'm subscribed.
Add to that, Mr. Hutchins stopped podcasting way way back, during what was the busiest time of my schooling, when I wasn't listening to many podcasts anyway, and producing only a few of my own, sad to say. I graduated from school, got a diploma, and remained unemployed, so I'm not sure I wouldn't have been better off skipping school and not skipping the podcast episodes. (I'm kidding, Mom.)
I don't resent JC Hutchins leaving podcasting; people do stop alla time, after all. It's still an open question if I have quit myself. If my tone was at all snappish, I apologize. It was in response to a rather snide comment suggesting I wasn't a "dedicated fan" because I missed his swan song. I was and am a fan, but I have that life thing I've also been trying to succeed at. I wouldn't say I approve, either, because I don't really know his reasons, and I only know he quit because of a passing comment on someone else's podcast. Went off to his website, tried to figure out how to find where he explained it all and waved bye-bye, and couldn't find it. So I commented on Twitter. and apparently engendered some bad feelings. Still haven't found that last podcast, and still hope to. It's entirely his decision, but I'm curious. He says things well -- you may have noticed -- and I'd be interested to see how he'd say this.
I certainly wish him all the best, and I strongly suspect that's what he'll get, because he's a very talented guy who's gotten good opportunities to exercise those talents. I can think of a half-dozen different very good reasons he might leave podcasting. I was simply wondering about the actual reasons.
Further deponent sayeth not.