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My beloved Mike is gone.
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More than that is hard to say just now. I think it will be a bit before I am coherent.

There is a post on Making Light.

Please pass the word to the people who loved him, liked his work, and so on. There will certainly be some sort of memorial service, but it won't be for at least a couple of weeks. Late October is the best I can give right now. More when I have it.

Hug your dear ones.

I loved his writing, his unbelievably witty comments in Making Light, and his obvious intelligence on so many things. "The Dragon Waiting" blew my mind utterly when I was a teenager, and changed the way that I looked at fantasy, history, and writing. I compulsively share "Winter Solstice, Camelot Station" with friends, saying "You Must Read This."

My own words fail in the face of this, but please believe that I am so very sorry that he is gone, and that I will continue to treasure his writings, share them with others, and remember him with the best and fondest of thoughts. My thoughts are also with you.

I am so very, very sorry. I'm sorry all I have to say and give you are these words.

Here's hoping your burden is all the lighter for being shared.

I'm so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you.

I only knew him from his posts at Making Light, but he sparkled there. He must have been wonderful to know. I'm truly sorry for your loss.


Offering hesitant hugs --

We don't know each other (I think -- I have a condition that plays with my memory) but I remember fondly the last time I saw Mike, over a decade ago. He was a humorous and wondrous talent, a good friend to his friends, the most expansive and formidable intelligence -- and someone who took part of your heart with him.

I have felt that way about loss, and I hope will ease somewhat for you. It sounds like he left you part of his heart, and in that you will find your balance.

Sending you strength and grace --

I'm so very sorry to hear about your loss. There are no other words right now.


I barely knew him, but I knew him enough to know I wanted to be him when I grew up.

Thinking of you.

i'm so sorry, elise.

may peace come to you.

I'd just like to add to the "I'm sorry" chorus here. I was first introduced to Mike through How Much for Just the Planet, but lost track until I found him again on Teresa's blog.

"Harry of Five Points" is one of my favorite works of sheer genius ever.

We'll miss him.

I am so sorry. I wish I had known him. I feel like I did know him, a very little, from seeing you post about him. *hugs* are on offer if you want them, or distracting fanfic written to order, or a long-distance shoulder.

I will be thinking of you.

Please allow me to add my belated condolences on the loss of your friend and lover.

Dear Elise,

We've talked and cried already. (Hugs) and my love to you and to Juan.

Here's something Mike would appreciate:

Richard III, Act 1, scene 3:


If he were dead, what would betide of me?


No other harm but loss of such a lord.


The loss of such a lord includes all harm.


Damn, I miss Mike. More than words can say.

All my love,


Much love to you, dear Lioness. I am so very sorry.

Another stranger posting to send kind thoughts. Had not realized the fellow who I'd stop to read on Making Light was the author of How Much For Just The Planet, but I'm going to make sure to read that now. Just reading about the two of you reminds me that love really exists in this world--I am so very sorry he had to leave. Blessing and comfort to you.

this is all I can say. written for someone I lost,
but it applies just the same. sorry Elise.

The Other Side

Yesterday fate took you from me, now I have an empty heart
I swore I would never leave you, see you on the other side
Never will my World be the same, I would bleed to have you back
You’re the only one I’m missing, see you on the other side

People tell me I don’t listen, but they just don’t sound like you
In my dreams I always see you, stretching out your arms to me
Tell me if you want me with you, I’ll be there just like a shot
Life is just a big illusion see you on the other side

Throughout time you’ve been by my side, I can’t bear to have you gone
In the wind I hear you calling, see you on the other side
Every time I want to see you, I just close my eyes and dream
I can feel your hand my darling, see you on the other side

Call me now and I will end it, call me now I’ll come to you
There’s nothing here for me I swear it, see you on the other side
My blood wants out so I can join you, come on baby call to me
Lie to me that time heals all wounds, see you on the other side

Yesterday fate took you from me, now I have an empty heart
I swore I would never leave you, see you soon my only bride
Never will my World be the same, I will die to have you back
You’re the only one I’m missing, see you on the other side


He was here, and he was wonderful, and we have been very lucky. It's still hard to deal with, I know. Think of his molecules, out there, swirling, drifting, going back to into earth, water, air and into space, undoubtably being whimsical as hecky-darn. I'm sure his molecules are already thinking about what amazing thing or things they can become next, but still looking for a white lab coat and a blackboard to play with. And I bet those molecules are fortified with the love you have given them through him.



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