It's with a tear in my eye that I say, after 10 years of "service", that Lazylaces is now going on extended hiatus. Those of you that know me will know that this is not easy decision, which is why it's "extended hiatus" and not a straight "goodbye", but I no longer have the free time, or energy, to maintain and enjoy Lazylaces like I would like to.

My life has been getting more and more busy (for lots of great, beautiful & fantastic reasons, not just work), and I've been having to squeeze in work on Lazylaces in earlier and earlier, and shorter and shorter, bits of the day, to point where it's now all getting a bit ridiculous. I've barely visited my own website after 7am for over a year now, I have to set an even earlier alarm for the days where I have lots to post, and having time to write more than a sentence per post is a luxury I rarely get. The days where I got time to play & enjoy each and every game, and comment/hint/walkthru with other players, are long gone, and really without that it's very difficult for me to find a reason to continue.

At some point I'm likely to start completely winding down the site, but I don't have an exact schedule, or indeed any idea of how/what/when this will be yet. For now, at least for a while, the site, and it's archive, will be staying online 'as is', and I would think that "something" is likely to continue being here in perpetuity, even if it's just a holding page. I'll also be keeping the Facebook page open, and maybe I'll even occasionally update it (and the twitter feed too, but I never did get to like twitter, so don't expect too much from that).

Thank you for visiting, playing, and taking part at Lazylaces over the years. I hope y'all find somewhere else nice to waste your time :) Feel free to look me up online if you want to keep in touch, and remember to check the wastepaper basket for clues.

Graeme :o)

Entry 5738, Friday, November 16th 2012, Filed In Diary

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BetsyBee

:
Graeme, I am so sorry to see you go, you and your site will be sorely missed. All the best for the future for you and your family.
I shall also miss my 'friends' on here, I look forward to our daily banter. I'm not on facebook so goodbye all and thanks for all the fun! xxx

Comment 1, Friday, November 16th 2012 04:50:54 AM

Bubble

:
Graeme, thank you for Lazylaces. This is the end of an era, and we'll all miss you.
Best of luck on your future endeavors!

Comment 2, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:00:14 AM

Clickclick

:
Ah Graeme, sad to see you go. Just wanted to let you know that we'lll miss you and that i personally (and many others of course) had a great time on Lazylaces for so many years. Thank you for your time and enjoy life, but i'm sure you will ;)

Comment 3, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:10:02 AM

Smurfsey

:
Thank you Graeme for all the hard work and dedication you provided to Lazylaces through the years! I know I don't comment much but I loved coming here as my first stop to find games. There is just something about the lazylaces community that I have always liked and the ratings for the games were always a great indication of if I'd like a game. I will miss it.

Good luck with everything and all the best for future! Totally understand that life gets in the way sometimes ;-)

Comment 4, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:10:37 AM

Stacey

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Graeme, I left you a better message elsewhere, but I wish you well. I can't check the wastebasket til I get my screwdriver back. :) Be good.

Stacey

Comment 5, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:15:47 AM

Wyatt

:
hiya, graeme! well... i'll miss LL for sure... but i know how your magical life has taken off! i was wondering just how long you could continue to be superman :)
enjoy the wonders that are your family... so happy that you are so happy! hugs and kisses!

Comment 6, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:18:40 AM

Seb

:
Graeme, i never left a message here but i think it's the best time to do it. Thanks for everything. You're the one who made me discover escape games, almost 10 years ago and, since then it's a ritual to come here almost every time i turn on my computer (actually every time i start a new day at work :) ).

Thanks again and enjoy !

Seb

Comment 7, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:25:56 AM

Nerdypants

:
I'm a bit of a newcomer to the site, but I'm still going to miss it! Thanks for all the fun you've provided me over the last few months.

Farewell, Graeme!

Comment 8, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:33:01 AM

Dan

:
i joined lazylaces in 2007, and i say best of luck graeme and thanks evveryone for posting comments and walkthroughs, i'll miss you guys and girls, thanks graeme for posting cool games for the past 10 years, goodbye lazylacers :'(

Comment 9, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:34:18 AM

Nannyogg

:
Thanks for all the fun, good lock to you and all that you do.
Take care
xxxxxxx

Comment 10, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:37:02 AM

Nannyogg

:
OMG, I meant good Luck gggrrrrrrr xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Comment 11, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:37:34 AM

Jim

:
Graham, thank you for providing us with years of high-quality gaming fun. Have fun with your "lots of great, beautiful & fantastic reasons".

Comment 12, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:41:44 AM

Jim

:
AARRGGHH --- "Graeme", not "Graham". That's what I get for posting before my morning coffee. Again, thank you Graeme.

Comment 13, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:42:32 AM

Neabob

:
Graeme, you're wise. Go on to the next part of your life and enjoy it. Thanks for all the fun you've made available over the years.

Comment 14, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:42:35 AM

Jim

:
Graeme,
Thank you for all the hard work you put in to the site. I agree with Seb's statement above; I started escape games via Lazylaces; I still really suck at them, but, I have had such a great time, reading the comments and banter that was posted here. I wish you well, and thank you so much!

Cheers,

Jim

Comment 15, Friday, November 16th 2012 05:44:16 AM

Vicki

:
I just wanted to thank you, this was one of my most favourite sites and I was visiting it for
more than 4 years now, having a lot of fun.
Thank you for your work, I wish you all the best!

Vicki

Comment 16, Friday, November 16th 2012 06:22:23 AM

LM

:
I've been around off and on since Crimson Room. Bubble is right--it's the end of an era. While I'm happy for you that other things important to you are taking off, and while I wish you all the best, I am deeply saddened by this news. This site actually helped me quite a bit a few years ago when I was going through a really rough time and needed a diversion from it. I can honestly say that this place improved my life and I'm so sorry to see you and it go. Goodbye and thank you for everything.

Sincerely,
Lady Mahogany

Comment 17, Friday, November 16th 2012 06:32:44 AM

Pond

:
Thanks for all the hard work Graeme, particularly for the link to Shades of Mystery where I've met some great people while playing that game.

Comment 18, Friday, November 16th 2012 06:42:15 AM

Curt

:
Graeme,
Thank you for all of the years of hard work. I discovered point and click and escape games through LL. And much like Seb, I check it almost daily. Very sad to see you go but blessings to you and your family.

Curt

Comment 19, Friday, November 16th 2012 06:44:26 AM

Lurkerlady

:
Graeme,

Thank you so much for your hard work over the years! This site has been such a refuge for me in the craziness that is life. I know there are other places I can go, but I felt a real community here like in the message boards in the 90s. I know I haven't posted much at all, but you will be missed. I wish you the best in your endeavours!

lurkerlady aka Michelle in Tennessee

Comment 20, Friday, November 16th 2012 06:48:27 AM

Think~Pink

:
Thank you for over 8 years of entertainment,
I joined here back in 2004 and although I used other sites, I never really left here.

Best of luck to whatever the future brings you and your family and I wish you well.
Thanks for everything G.
:o)

Comment 21, Friday, November 16th 2012 07:31:02 AM

Beth Greer

:
Graeme,

I am sad to think that there will be no more posts on Lazylaces. This site is my first stop everyday for my daily games! Found through this site, I go to my next favorite Nordinho. Thank you for the years and hours of escape from life. You and your site will be missed.

Beth in Phoenix

Comment 22, Friday, November 16th 2012 07:32:24 AM

SolarDream

:
Thank you for all the fun you have given us. Now that you have a family. They come first. You will be forever in my prayers.
Like most this is my favorite site for games and friendship.
Thank you for giving us a respectful yet tearful goodbye and not just dropping us.

Have a safe life.

Comment 23, Friday, November 16th 2012 07:49:34 AM

Steelstrings

:
Thanks for your hard work and efforts over the years..I always enjoyed visiting your site...Good luck in the future in all your endeavors!!!!

Comment 24, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:01:14 AM

BetsyBee

:
This is sooooooo sad! Let's keep chatting to each other 'til everything collapses!

Comment 25, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:02:32 AM

Lisa

:
best wishes and thanks for all the fun!!

Comment 26, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:14:03 AM

SolarDream

:
I'm going to miss this site so much. It's the best of it's kind.
I thought Graeme would slow down after he got married.
I was surprised that LL has been up as long as it has.
Happy just surprised.
I check my email , then I come here.

Hey Graeme don't be surprised if some show up
on your FB account.
Just to keep tabs on you.

SolarDream East Tn

Comment 27, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:23:40 AM

BetsyBee

:
It's definitely time to hit the pub now to drown our sorrows!

Comment 28, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:27:15 AM

LadyLRH

:
Ahhh... thank you, Graeme, for letting us know. I've been a frequent visitor of Lazylaces for ...over six years, maybe more. I've thoroughly enjoyed your posts and commentaries, and the assistance offered by other Lazylacers on many occasions. Lazylaces shall be sorely missed, and fondly remembered. ♥

Best wishes!
~LadyLRH

Comment 29, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:38:32 AM

Debonair

:
Thanks for everything. For the games, yes, but more importantly for the friendship xxx

Comment 30, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:42:31 AM

Graeme

:
If anyone does want to look me up on FB, just include a note on any friend request saying you're from LL with the nick you normally use :)

Comment 31, Friday, November 16th 2012 08:47:46 AM

Tracey

:
Thanks Graeme for Lazylaces! I will miss your site.

tracey

Comment 32, Friday, November 16th 2012 09:06:54 AM

SN from India

:
Hi Graeme,
I have been a regular visiter of your site for 3-4 years now and I am very sad to hear that the site is not going to be maintained. You will be sorely missed..with the hectic work, family , kids, and other demands, Lazy laces was the 'me' time I enjoyed and looked forwrd to every weekend. all the best for the future...and thank you for running this for 10 yrs !

Comment 33, Friday, November 16th 2012 09:11:16 AM

SolarDream

:
I Looked up Graeme Walton on FB. Came up with 7 of them.
Sent a request and message to the one I THINK is our Graeme.
Here goes.

Comment 34, Friday, November 16th 2012 09:18:53 AM

Grace

:
I'm sad to hear that you'll be leaving, but I understand why. At least they are good things that are keeping you busy! I'll definitely miss the point and clicks, and the funny commentary. Take care!

Comment 35, Friday, November 16th 2012 09:28:12 AM

SolarDream

:
Betsy.
I don't normally leave my addy in open chat.
But you can reach me @

Azure44@msn.com Just let me know who you are.

Comment 36, Friday, November 16th 2012 09:38:45 AM

Denny

:
You will be missed. This site has always been my favorite. I hope you enjoy you time away. Lazylaces Rocks!

Comment 37, Friday, November 16th 2012 09:39:52 AM

BetsyBee

:
@SolarDream
Will be in touch when this collapses!

Comment 38, Friday, November 16th 2012 10:52:21 AM

BetsyBee

:
Some interesting games on Escape Games 24

Comment 39, Friday, November 16th 2012 11:55:48 AM

Bone Voyahgee

:
What a great reason to go. Website are hard to maintain (much harder than they look) and you have provided a place people were eager to go. The virtual only takes us so far. Glad to know you were able to go the rest of the way.

Whenever you need that important post-it that is stuck in a drawer I hope it brings a smile.

Comment 40, Friday, November 16th 2012 12:14:39 PM

Shadowsquest2500

:
WOW! Just as I was making some really cool friends here over the time I have visited, of which you will be missed. This especialy means you, BetsyBee. Your ways and witiness, along with your humor have always put a smile on my face. This site came to be my home...or if you will...a most comfortable room away from home. The games have always been a way to wind down a day from work or to start a day with days off. Graeme, you are and have been most brilliant and kind with Lazylaces. It is a sad day indeed to know of your leaving. I wish you the greatest of years ahead and that anyone who knows you or gets to know you should be honored, because you are Godlike in many ways. Thank you for your creation and time most well spent on Lacylaces. Take care, Alan.

Comment 41, Friday, November 16th 2012 12:18:01 PM

Hash

:
Graeme, thank you so much. I never tended to comment much but I always used this site to play new games. It is and always was the best. I started with Crimson Room too. Happy days! I also thought it took a lot of guts from you to get over the site being hacked. You were superb in returning it to its former glory. Still, I do understand why you are giving it up. I will be bereft, however. Cheers, Hash

Comment 42, Friday, November 16th 2012 12:18:44 PM

BetsyBee

:
@Shadowsquest2500
Thank you, I shall miss you too. x

Comment 43, Friday, November 16th 2012 12:36:11 PM

BetsyBee

:
@Picaso
Have booked us in for a round of golf at Myrtle Beach in the New Year!

Comment 44, Friday, November 16th 2012 12:47:12 PM

Drauming

:
Thank you Graeme! Thanks for your hard work and your funny comments on (nearly) every game.
I wish you and your family all the best for your future.

best regards, Sabine

Comment 45, Friday, November 16th 2012 01:11:10 PM

Sighfield

:
Great site, always enjoyed it, my first point and click was crimson room, never looked back from there, one more spoiler for the road..

SPOILER: (click box to reveal/hide)

All the best and thank you :-)

Comment 46, Friday, November 16th 2012 01:20:43 PM

Bob12

:
Thank you for this awesome website. I hope someone somewhere will keep up this great catalogue of games.

Comment 47, Friday, November 16th 2012 01:37:43 PM

Grad98cofc

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I'm sure someone would be willing to take over as webmaster!

Comment 48, Friday, November 16th 2012 01:46:42 PM

Confuzd

:
Goodbye... till we meet again!

Comment 49, Friday, November 16th 2012 01:56:47 PM

Confuzd

:
To everyone!

Comment 50, Friday, November 16th 2012 01:57:01 PM

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