Well, considering how he was writing, I'm definitely losing hope. (Though other writers have come back after longer breaks, so there's still that.)
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Bio Last Modified: October 1, 2012 (Last chapter released on 10/23/12)
And yet, in that short time, he posted 1 full 'book' (his term, not mine), and part of a 2nd 'book' in the same universe, as well as 3 chapters of another story.
This was NOT a small amount of writing.
The first story was "The Fate of Terra", of which there are 47 pages (Lit-length), and, accounting for the 'last page of each chapter' reduction, (as each 'last page' counts as a full page on the chapter index, regardless of length), probably closer to 35 full pages, Lit-length, as a conservative estimate. (Which equates to, I believe, about 190-195 pages in Microsoft Word, with an assumed average of ~5.5 Word pages per Lit page.)
The second story (which was even better than the first, sadly), "Path of the Necromancer", of which there are 22 pages Lit-length, or closer to 20, actual (again, accounting for the 'last page' discrepancy), which is about 108-112 pages in Microsoft Word.
And he did this all in only a few months, which has lead many to believe he is a professional writer. (Well, that, and the fact that there was no editor credited in the chapters.)
I really hope he isn't gone, because his stories were definitely in the high end of quality. He had a talking necromancer's tome with the personality of a deadpan snarker. That's freaking awesome.