Sunday, April 29, 2012


So. Hello there! It's been a while, hasn't it? Possibly the longest hiatus known to man. Or blogging. Or at least, Shrinking Violets.

I never intended to be gone quite that long, and I missed talking with you all terribly! However, with my current work load, being the sole shrinking violet and producing a weekly blog post all by my lonesome was just too much. And so I've been thinking and thinking what to do about the blog, because I do love it--far too much to let it go.

And then I did a guest post over on Writer Unboxed. It was great fun and they were very kind and invited me to come back and blog with them again. And as we were talking about that, one thing led to another and before you know it an idea was hatched. A great big perfect solution kind of idea.

I will be honoring my introverted, conflicting needs for down time and connecting with people by moving the weekly Shrinking Violet posts to a monthly column for Writer Unboxed. (See? I practice what I preach...) That way I still get to talk about something I am as wildly passionate about as ever, but without the crushing weight of producing a weekly blog.

So, I hope all of you will follow me over there! Writer Unboxed is one of the blogs I read without fail and I am thrilled to be a part of that community. 

If you missed my guest post over there, you can find it here: The Writer's Life if full of Second Chances, or, Abandon Despair, All Ye Who Enter Here.

My first official Shrinking Violets post will be on May 11, then I'll be posting regularly on the second Friday of every month. I hope to see some of you there. 

And I hope each of you are finding a way to balance your need for recharging time with you equally important need for connection.


Kelley Lynn said...

Ooo, very cool. Will see you there!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome. Looking forward to it.

Dotti said...

I've missed you, but I glad you've been busy. Grave Mercy was just released, but I can't wait for the next one! I popped over to WU and will be following you there.

tanita davis said...

Well done for practicing what you preach. Will you be cross-posting your piece here?

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Oh, never mind, I just reread. Right. See you at WU.

Karen S. Elliott said...

I follow WU, see you over there. And congratulations!

Liz Michalski said...

So glad to be reading you again. And I am looking forward to reading your newest!

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I've been so excited for you, seeing all the praise for GRAVE MERCY. And I'm glad you're finding a way to blog that feels right to you.

I will miss this cozy hangout, though. Is there any possibility of cross-posting your WU column here?

Either way, I'll continue to follow your adventures, and thank you for all you've given your fellow Shrinking Violets through this site. :-)

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I loved your post at WU, and I am happy you've found a way to continue sharing your thoughts. I already follow WU, so I know I won't miss your posts, but I echo Jennifer Hubbard's sentiment about missing our cozy little spot.

Miriam Forster said...

I'll miss the weekly blog, but I totally understand. And I wasn't following Writer Unboxed, so I'll have to fix that. :)

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

Fabulous! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED with all my heart your post on Writer Unboxed. (My own insane schedule and travel has not given me time to post a comment on it yet . . . )

In other news I saw GRAVE MERCY'S Poster at the Houghton Mifflin Booth at IRA/Chicago yesterday!!! I SO wished you'd been there signing! And I told the people at HM that very thing!

xoxo, K.

Dan Joseph said...

Lovely post! I like what you are doing here.Can't wait to more new ones. Thanks! Great job!

Cathie Denney said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I'm a first time author with my children's book launching in June. I was intrigued by the Shrinking Violets concept and was excited that I could find help for promoting my book, since that's definitely not my comfort zone. I'm sad to see Shrinking Violets go, but will follow you to WU. Thank you for finding a solution that will allow your voice to continue to be heard by us introverts.

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I'm sad that I didn't find this blog until now, when it's closing down, but I look forward to reading your posts at Writer Unboxed!

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Robin, so pleased about your success with Grave Mercy!

And glad some impulse led me to visit Shrinking Violets again.

I loved your post at WU. When you write that powerfully, once a month is enough!

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:-( Sad that I just found this blog, to find out it is no more. I could have used it! LOL... But I sporadically follow WU so I'll look for you there!

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Hello Robin...
Sorry I missed you when you were blogging at Shrinking Violets...but I will certainly read your archived posts! I found you by following a link to On Writers Unboxed provided on the latest newsletter from Rate Your Story...oh what a wonderful tangled spider web is woven for us.:)

I loved your comment: 'separate the ct of writing from the business of publishing'...that really gets to the heart of it...thank you!

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