Shed no WIPpetears

I feel a bit like Bilbo giving his birthday speech. “Eleventy-one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits.” Or, in this case, three years and five months is far too short a time to be hobnobbing with such excellent and creative writers. Yes, it’s been that long since I re-launched WIPpet Wednesday. I did a bit of post scanning and found this entry dated June 13, 2012:


I’m jumping on the Wippet Wagon. Wednesday Wippet is an idea I first saw on Krista Walsh’s site. She snagged it from Sarah L. Fox. The idea is to share a bit of your WIP on Wednesday ~ the only rule appears to be that it ties in with the date.


Since then the WIPpeteer ranks have swelled to as many as 20 authors from various genres, gathering on Wednesdays to share bits of their wips. A more supportive, fun, talented group you will not find. Okay, you might, but it would take some doing.

Don’t fret, the monkeys and I aren’t going anywhere, and I certainly don’t want to lose touch with the WIPpeteers. But I’ve sorely neglected WIPpet Wednesday for a couple months now. Not fair to those participating at all. And, quite frankly, I don’t know when that is going to change. Priorities shift, game plans change, goals bob around like those numbered ducks in the wading pool at the carnival.

Unlike Bilbo’s speech, however, I won’t announce that this is The End. I am not going. I bid no one a fond farewell. I’m merely stepping down as administrator. If any WIPpeteer wants to grab the reins, let me know, I’ll pass on the linky info if you don’t have it. I’d love to see it continue, and will probably make an appearance every now and again if it does.

If it doesn’t, I leave you with this quite from the indomitable Dr. Suess…



  1. Wow. That’s huge! But totally understandable. You’re so busy. But look what you’ve started. It grew to 20 people. That’s awesome! You’ve been a great administrator.

    • Aww, thanks. πŸ˜€ I’m hoping to see it continue. I haven’t made the rounds in such a long time. I feel terrible neglecting the group. I’m going to try this week just to catch up on everything I’m missing.

  2. I haven’t been the most regular in the world recently, but if no one else more consistent than me steps in, I can take over. Rather than than see it end. πŸ™‚

  3. Hello!!! Been a long time since I’ve spoken here, but I get your blog updates via e-mail, so I pop in unseen every now and then. I’ve disappeared from WIPpet Wednesday for the same reason. Goals and life shift itself, and what was going to be a series I planned on publishing will likely never get there. That has been a hard and difficult decision made for very personal reasons, but I still write here and there. But I have always meant to thank you for starting WIPpet Wednesday. Adrian introduced me, and I’ve met many wonderful writers who are also wonderful people who I keep in touch with through Facebook, you among them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

    • Thanks, Sarah. πŸ™‚ I think the people met through WIPpet Wednesdays are the best part of it. I hate to step back from it, but right now it’s necessary to my sanity. And you’re most welcome!

  4. Ah those heady early WIPpeteer days – remember those dodgy conversations about the costumes? You’ve been a star with the WIPpets and I wish you all the best for the new season. πŸ™‚

  5. We will miss having you around regularly, but I totally appreciate your reasoning. I would be happy to take up the running of the linky, though perhaps if Ruth was keen, it wouldn’t hurt to have a backup (for times like the last few weeks when uni work has prevented me from regular Internet fun).

    • I’m going to make every effort to make the rounds even if I’m not in the midst of it. I’ll send the linky info to you and Ruth. I’m so glad it will continue on.

  6. I’ve been absent too – not just here, where I’ve been good with posting, but abysmal at responding to comments and making the rounds.

    Life presented many challenges, and shifting my priorities was the only rational response that was going to help deal with those challenges. Happily, things are on a more even keel, though, and are looking up.

    I’m going to miss having you as our fearless shepherd, but I understand the need to step back. You’ve done incredible things for me as a writer, and I’m glad you plan to be around, because it just wouldn’t be the same without you!

    For all of it, I salute and thank you! MWAH! <3

    November is a bit NaNo-heavy for me, and I can't promise to be hugely consistent, at least until the month is over…but I would be happy to join Emily and/or Ruth – maybe we could form an admin team, so that we'll all have some flexibility for life, and things will be covered…

    It's an idea…

    And,if you do make it to my place this week, I've got some Trip and T'Pol and flying cow to share…just sayin'!

    • Thanks, Shan. I’ll try to pop over and see what Trip and T’pol have to do with flying cows. I can’t evenimagine. I certainly miss those two!!

  7. Wow. I was just making rounds and saw this. Wasn’t expecting it at all.

    I think lots of us here understand the shift and the disappearing. Things can’t be forever, either. I’ve noticed a lot of shifts and changes happening when I wasn’t looking regarding writing communities.

    I’m glad to see in the above comments that there is a chance for it to go on. And I want to say, thank you. Thank you for all the time you put into the group. Thank you for hosting it, even when you were busy. Thank you for bringing WIPpeteers together (again in a historical sense and for the first time in other cases).

    • Thanks, Gloria. I’ve been thinking it for a while, just didn’t have the willpower to put it out there. It’s hard letting go because… well, WIPpeteers. And because I’m a terrible control freak. πŸ˜‰ Hoping to be able to pop in frequently, though.

  8. Always, always, thank you so much for spending your time on WiPpet Wednesday, and for having the patience to deal with it and us. πŸ™‚

  9. I’m so sniffly. πŸ™ I’m glad there are people stepping up. Three, so far, it looks like, but I can join the team, too, if the need arises. WIPpet Wednesday kept me going when other things would have stopped me writing altogether. I’m glad it will still be around. I’m sure gonna miss your contributions.

    • I’m certainly going to try and contribute, it just may not be until after the first of the year. I know I’m leaving it in good hands. πŸ˜€

  10. I have been absent from the WIPpeteers and missed the group very much. I have gotten great advice and support here. I’m glad it’s continuing, and hope to keep contributing and offering support myself. I also hope to see you around the place!

    • I’m going to make a concerted effort to make the rounds, and even start contributing on a more regular basis again. I really think someone gave my chi a huge whack, and I have to get it back in line.

  11. Wow. I go away for awhile because my computer tried to commit suicide and when I come back not only do you have a new website (it’s so purdy!) but you’ve stepped down as WIPpet Mistress. I’m glad you’ll still be contributing though and that others will be helping host it. WIPpet Wednesday has helped me far more than any other writing group out there – even ROW80.

    • Dang computers!! Glad you like the new site. πŸ˜€ Thanks. And thanks so much for the kind words on WIPpet Wednesday. It wasn’t easy to step back, but it needed to be done. At least for now.

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