One of Houston's principal sources for news, reviews and gossip about the local music scene has gone dark. Visitors to the Skyline Network this morning - we'd normally link to it, but there's not much point now - were greeted with the above image and a message from Webmaster adr (aka Ryan Clark) that "After quite a bit of contemplation, I've decided to spend my time on other pursuits."
At first Rocks Off and a few friends were convinced this was a hoax. (Clark can be a bit of a card.) It's not, though. We pressed Clark for a few more details and he sent us the following email:
The Skyline was always a writing exercise, and, like the previous forms it took (awful war satirical reporting, dumb jokes Buck Rodgers-style future journal, etc), it gave me a topic and a place to get better at composition. The difference with this outing is that people actually read it and responded to what I was doing, which was immensely gratifying.
But, more than it ever had been, it was a massive time commitment, and one that I couldn't figure out how to pare down, so I decided to just stop so I could use my evenings and weekend on other projects, including longer format writing (aka trashy post-apocalyptic sci-fi), reading (trashy post-apocalyptic sci-fi), gardening (for sustenance after any potential apocalypse) and restoring this old motorbike I bought years ago (presumably a helpful form of transport, post apocalypse).
That and while there is still electricity, I'd like to work on making music rather than writing about it.
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Rocks Off wishes Clark all the best in his pre- and post-apocalyptic endeavors. Buy him a beer or two the next time you see him at Big Star Bar... he's more than earned it.