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Monday, January 04, 2010

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne ?

For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne

Robert Burns adapted this song from an old Scottish folk song and since that time we've sung it on New Year's Day and other celebrations of new beginnings and fond farewells. So it seems fitting to start this blog with the familiar lyrics.

You see, we Noodlers have made the very difficult decision to say farewell to this blog.

Our decision did not come easily. We love the little community that's formed around the blog. We love sharing our thoughts about life, whimsy, and writing. We started a little over four years ago with lots of enthusiasm and lots of us participating. We've experimented with different ways of doing the blog, from whatever we felt like writing, to a focused preparation for the Golden Heart, to a year of writing, to a theme of the month. We've actually hit our stride with this last year, providing variety that well-suited our individual voices.

But the last four years have brought many changes. More and more of us have published books and, as all women in today's world know, our lives have gotten busier. The internet world has changed, as well, bringing its own demands of other social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook and My Space. We've all branched out, each moving in the direction best for us. As a result, we've had less time to devote to the Wet Noodle Posse blog.

So we made the decision that it was time to say good-bye.

Our website will remain up for the time being but that, too, will eventually be gone. If you remember our ezine days, all the articles are there, so go back and save the ones you want while you can still find them. We'll be keeping the blog up, too, at least for now, with links to where you can find each of us, our own personal blogs, websites, twitter, facebook , etc. We might also have special announcements, too, but nothing specific is planned, so best to check on us individually.

Before the posting with our new links, though, we'd like to take time to say good-bye to you, our readers. You have made this blog special to us and we will miss gathering together with all of you.

So please take a little time to say good-bye. Tell us what you liked about our Wet Noodle Posse blog. Did you have any favorite ones? Any that meant a lot to you?

We'll remember you and our time together. In fact, we'll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
This version of the song conveys the proper mood:


At 4:53 PM, Blogger Prisakiss said...

Diane, fellow Posse members, and Posse fans,

It's with a sad heart that I leave a comment on our last day of official posting. It's been a wonderful, friend-filled ride for the past years the Posse has been together.

Honestly, I like to think that while our "official" face may fade away, we'll have each other via email, Facebook, and other internet connections.

It won't be the same, but we'll still be there for each other.

I hope those of you who have joined us here will still seek us out from time to time, and that in some small way we've helped you in one facet of your life or another.

The Posse was founded on the idea of friendship, support and love. We've tried our best to share all of those and more with our readers. Hopefully you've experienced them along with us.

I won't say good-bye, but until next time.


At 6:51 PM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks Pris. What a wonderful farewell message. I have goosebumps as I write my farewell message to the WNP. I will miss you all...readers as much as noodlers. I have enjoyed getting to know some of you who comment on a regular basis. I will cherish my time spent at the WNP for years to come. Hugs to you all and may 2010 be the BEST year ever for each every one of you!

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Louisa Cornell said...

Noooo !! I love visiting with the Posse! Much as I hate it I do understand how busy you all are and how the internet has expanded all of the places a writer can go to connect with readers and with other writers.

I will be forever grateful to the Wet Noodle Posse for the critique I won for my very first Golden Heart entry and final. I learned so much from the entire Golden Heart blog, but the critique the Divine One did on Lost in Love played a HUGE part in its final in the GH. And best of all, it began a mentoring relationship with Diane that I treasure. I cannot count the times she has called and walked me through the miasma of this writing thing. I wouldn't have lasted this long at it without her. And I know my work as a writer has only been enhanced by my association with ALL of the ladies of the Wet Noodle Posse.

I'm on Facebook. I have your websites on speed dial. Thank you all so much and I will see you in Nashville and in all the years to come. Hugs and kisses to all of you - some of the classiest ladies to ever pick up a pen!

At 8:48 PM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

I'm also grateful to this blog because of meeting you! I think our GH preparation was the best thing ever!

There are so many of our regulars who I am going to miss terribly. I hope to see them in other places.

At 11:06 PM, Blogger Mary Curry said...

Such sad news to come home to. :(

I didn't comment every day but I loved stopping by to read your thoughts. I will miss that part of me day.

This blog has been such fun for me. I returned to writing after many years hiatus. In that interim the blog world had exploded and it truly felt like entering a brave new world. I found the noodlers through some friends who are members and it always felt like a safe place to play, a place where maybe not everyone knew my name, but some did and everyone was a potential new friend.

I'll miss you all but I wish you well in all you do.


At 12:38 AM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

I'm sure gonna miss this place and everyone here, sniff, sniff. It's been a lot of fun--checking in was a bright spot in every day.

Best of luck to all in all endeavors! If we meet "out there," please say hello and mention the Posse blog--and be prepared for a hug ;-).

At 6:17 AM, Blogger Gillian Layne said...

I knew it! Well, shoot. So many great blogs have stopped over the last year. I completely understand--but I will miss you all so much.

Thank you for all your kindness and for spending the time to share your knowledge and experiences with us. The critiques I have won here and the friendships made have really enriched my life. I wish you all the very best of luck. :)

At 7:57 AM, Blogger Terry Odell said...

2010 is bringing a LOT of blog changes. I'll miss this one (along with at least one other of my regular stops). Glad I found you, and it's been a treat riding along.

I'll miss you -- pop over to my place once in a while and say hello.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

I like what Terry McLaughlin said--If we meet "out there," please say hello and mention the Posse blog--and be prepared for a hug ;-) That goes for me, too.

Gillian, before Christmas when I read your comment about loving this blog, I wanted to go back on what we decided! But it was the right decision for us.

MaryC, thank you for your kind words!

Terry Odell, you've been such a faithful commenter, I almost mistook you for another Noodler! Thank you for coming along on this ride with us.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

I like what Terry McLaughlin said--If we meet "out there," please say hello and mention the Posse blog--and be prepared for a hug ;-) That goes for me, too.

Gillian, before Christmas when I read your comment about loving this blog, I wanted to go back on what we decided! But it was the right decision for us.

MaryC, thank you for your kind words!

Terry Odell, you've been such a faithful commenter, I almost mistook you for another Noodler! Thank you for coming along on this ride with us.

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Mo H said...

Saying goodbye to something we've all built is hard. Thanks so much, Diane, for writing a beautiful farewell. I will miss all our regular posters.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Karen said...

It is with a lot of pride that the WNP closes out the blog. We have enjoyed sharing our thoughts and expertise with our friends and commenters and will miss you all. Although I have been an infrequent poster this past year--yes, I even forgot my blog date once!--I'll always think of the WNP Blog as one of the best on the web.

My friends are dragging me kicking and screaming over to Facebook, so I hope I'll see all of you there!

Happy New Year and the best of luck in 2010 and beyond!

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Norah Wilson said...

Like Karen, my participation has dropped off this year, too. But I did so love dropping in and catching up on the posts I'd missed, reading every comment. I hate to let it go, and I'll miss our core of regular commenters.

As for my Noodler sisters, I sincerely hope we can all stay in touch. The Posse was truly special.

At 3:00 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

Seems like just yesterday that the Posse came together because we'd all finaled in the 2003 Golden Heart, many of us for the first time. But it's been an amazing seven years. I believe we were the first GH class to create a name for our group, and it came organically from our supportive and fun interactions. I think every class since then has created a group name because they saw the bond we Noodlers had and wanted that for themselves. After all, who wouldn't want that kind of positive influence in her life?

We soon created an e-zine for women (Colleen's idea), of which I was honored to be the editor (with wonderful help from Esri's eagle eyes and the wonderful article contributions of the other Noodlers). After we'd devoted time to that endeavor for a few years, we scaled back to this blog. You know, it's a testament to how far our group members have come in those seven years that we're all so busy that we must let the blog pass into retirement.

I wish all my Noodler sisters and our faithful readers (of the blog and our books) a wonderful, successful, happy 2010 and beyond. Though we won't have the group online face anymore, we'll always have that Noodler bond, ready to mount up and ride out at a moment's notice to support our fellow writers.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Merrillee said...

Wow! Seven years. I didn't realize it had been that long until Trish mentioned it. This is a sad farewell to our blog, but I'm glad the Noodlers shared this blog and the e-zine with each other and our readers. Even after the blog goes away, we will always have the support and friendship that we found in this marvelous group of women. This isn't goodbye, just a new phase. I wish everyone the best for 2010 and beyond.

At 8:34 PM, Blogger Judy said...

Change is inevitable, but that doesn't mean I have to like it, though I do understand. Diane invited me to visit WNP when we first "met," but it took me a while to work up the courage and even longer to work up the courage to post. Now, WNP is one of the few sites I visit every day. I'm going to miss the laughter, insights, inspiration, and encouragement. If I ever manage to work up the courage to go on FaceBook, it will be under my pen name, Laurel Hawkes. I'm so proud of the amazing women who created the WNP with a goal in mind and succeeded! Spectacularly! Thank you for sharing your journeys in writing and through some of life's difficulties. You created a beautiful community of warmth and acceptance and the joy of sharing. May God bless you, one and all, as you embark on new adventures filled with excitement, peril, and friendships that last, no matter where the road leads you, and of course more love and stories to share.

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

Judy, one of the things that makes me saddest about the Wet Noodle Posse blog ending, is that we aren't going to be reading your comments! I hope you find another friendly home. In a week or so I'm going to post how you can find all of us. Lots of Noodlers have blogs, so explore those. And, of course, my email is always open to you!

At 1:26 AM, Anonymous Lynn R said...

As someone who literally just stumbled across this blog because of a comment in MJ Fredricks bio at Samhain books, I am truly sorry you're ending it. I've loved what I've read tonight (and appreciate the recipes - I'll be trying a couple in the next few weeks!), and will bookmark it to go back farther and read more while I can in the next few days.

I've read books by some of you, and will now look for books from the rest of you.

Thank you all!

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Oh, good! Thanks, Diane! I'll look for it.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Trish Morey said...

Farewell to the blog. It is a sad day.

I haven't posted here for a while, but I have to say that the day I finalled in that GH was a day I will treasure forever, because it brought us all together.

And once a noodler, always a noodler, I'm not ready to hang that cap up yet:-)) Thanks for being such a fantastic group of women I am lucky enough to call my friends.

And may 2010 rain its fortunes down on you all.

See you in NY 2011!!

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Diane Gaston said...

We're looking into a Wet Noodle Posse Facebook page! Stay tuned.

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Theresa Ragan said...

Wow, I am going to miss all of you who found us through different paths. I love checking in and seeing who is doing what, etc. I am really sad reading all of these wonderful comments. The WNP blog has given me somewhere to "check in" every week and I will miss you all. Hopefully I will see you on Facebook and/or maybe in Tennessee this year at the conference.

Terry O, I will definitely check in on your blog every so often.

Judy, I am so glad you found the courage to log on and get to know us. I feel like you are all noodlers! Cheers to all!

Thanks to Trish, Colleen, and Esri for all of their hard work in the beginning and to Merrillee and Diane for all their hard work on the blog. You all rock. See you around!


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