I just got off the phone with michaelnolan, and everything is okay. He's taking a break for some much needed and deserved soul searching, that's all. Not dying, not flying solo, just life stuff that needs to be taken care of. Leaving LiveJournal is just a catalyst for making other things happen, really. I can certainly understand that part of it for him.
So pass it on, he's fine and everything is going to be alright. Iss aww good, boo.