The ApricotPie Outpost, and a Hearty thank-you! to Ben

Submitted by Mary on Mon, 09/20/2010 - 16:53

In spite of much devastation, disbelief, heartbreak, and wepping on my part, some of you may have noticed that I have thus far refrained from commenting on the bombshell that Mr. Ben Kniaz recently dropped on us.  There are a few reasons for this:

1.) It is difficult to comment when one is stunned speechless.

2.) Speaking my mind when I have just received a major shock and am brimming with six different emotions at once gets me into trouble - often.

3.)I didn't want to add my two cents until I had a chance to guage the reactions from the general AP populace, and until I was completely ready to announce my idea:

Apricot Pie Oupost

Let me make it clear right off: this will not come close to the level of the apricotpie we all know and love. I will not even attempt to convince you of that.  My goal is not to take over or replace what we currently have in AP.  My goal is to, hopefully andwith God's grace, keep together the community and friendships that have formed through ApricotPie.  For that reason, I have created the ApricotPie Outpost (

Here's how it works:

If you would like to be a part of keeping the apricotpie tradition and community alive, send an email to and request to be made a member.

-Membership requests will only be accepted until ApricotPie shuts down on November 1, 2010.  To become a member of the Outpost you must contact us before that date.

-You may only join if you currently have an account on Apricotpie.  We are not able to add new members at this time.

-If you would like to have a profile picture, you can either send the jpeg file as an attachment with your email (photos may be cropped to fit the format), or you can notify us and we will use your apricotpie photo.

-Please specify in your membership request if you are an official monthly writer on ApricotPie.

-We're going to have our hands full in the beginning with adding members and transferring archives.  For that reason, no new post submissions will be accepted until at least November 1. (Detailed posting instructions will be sent to you via email when you request membership.)

-At least for the time being, posting will be limited to one post per week per person.  Commentary, however, will be unlimited.

-Due to the massive amounts of material archived on AP, it is not possible for us to transfer the complete AP archives to the Outpost.  If you are currently posting a serial on AP, notify us of that in your membership request email and all previous installments will automatically be transferred and archived at the Outpost.  If you are not currently posting a serial, you may request to have up to six of your pieces from AP transferred and archived.  Please include the titles and categories (Fiction, Poetry, or Essay) of these in your membership request. 

-If you would like all of your previous AP posts archived at the Outpost, you may send them as new posts, but weekly limits will still apply.


As I said before, I know that the Outpost will not begin to equal the convenience and luxury that we have become used to on AP.  We're moving out of a castle and into a cabin, so to speak.  But the standards of quality, content, and excellence that Ben has maintained and held us to will still be followed and adhered to.  Who knows?  We may even discover that cabins have their advantages too.

Now, for the important part:  Thanking Ben Kniaz for all he has done for us over the years at ApricotPie.

Ben, I can't even begin to describe the joy, encouragement, correction when I needed it, and all of the other benefits that I have received as a result of your hard work at ApricotPie. Through this website, you have provided me and people like me with an outlet, a sounding board, a support group, motivation, inspiration, and a community of friends. I've met some amazing people, discovered some outstanding writers, and read some incredible literature all as a result of the work that you put into ApricotPie.  All I can say is 'Thank you'.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Yes, I'm very sad to see ApricotPie go, but I understand completely and hold nothing against you for your decision.  You've done more over the years than anyone could expect.  If you've read this far, you know all about my plan for the ApricotPie Outpost by now--because in spite of my gratitude and understanding I'm a little too stubborn or a little too crazy to just let AP die. Let me say, Ben, that you will always be welcome at the Outpost.  Any advice you can offer us will be welcomed too, I assure you!  And, should you ever decide to start ApricotPie up again in the future, well... you'll know where to find us.


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Mary, I love you :):):):) hahahaha, I'm so happy! Giddily happy even. I could just laugh out loud right now, but I don't want my family to think I've gone crazy!! 

I will be e-mailing you to join the Outpost shortly!!! 

And THANK YOU Ben!!! For everything!!

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

Thanks Mary. I do have one question though--I have a three-part serial  in progress that I would like to have added. Is it possible for me to request three other pieces be uploaded as well?

Formerly Kestrel

And I have sent you my official request email.

I was considering starting something similar; however, since you started it I am glad to join.

"The idea that we should approach science without a philosophy is itself a philosophy... and a bad one, because it is self-refuting." -- Dr. Jason Lisle

Oh, Mary, you've thought of everything I tried to and couldn't!

You're brilliant!


A hero is a hero, but everyone loves a great villain - Ferb

I accidentally added an extra 's' in the email address. It should be:  Hope you all didn't send your requests to the wrong address as a result of my stupidity!  But I'm immensely glad to have you all on board!

Kestrel: I had actually thought about that very issue just a little bit ago.  I say sure, go ahead.  Just send me the titles of the three extra pieces with your email.

Brother: Your character should drive a motorcycle.
Me: He can't. He's in the wilderness.
Brother: Then make it a four-wheel-drive motorcycle!

This is a great idea! I'm glad someone took initiative and set this up. I'll be sending in my membership request later on today, definitely. I have a few suggestions too, if you're open to them :)

I applaud you on such quick, decisive action! I will be sending an email asap! One dumb question: What exactly is meant by "a serial"?


"Are all humans like this? So much bigger on the inside?"

If you are currently posting chapters or parts of a long work of fiction (or a series of poems) that is a serial.

Brother: Your character should drive a motorcycle.
Me: He can't. He's in the wilderness.
Brother: Then make it a four-wheel-drive motorcycle!

I'm not sure how to get to this blog post thingy. Very good idea though! * jaw clenching and unclenching* - I really type my mind don't I?- sorry I'm being very rude. It is a very good idea ! I will absolutely join if I really have to. I really can't believe that AP is closing, it just can't happen. But I will be "ok" with moving if I have to

AHHHHHH!!!!! I don't want the castle to close!

Maybe some one in future future could make a ApricotCake or something. I don't know! 


Good idea!

Write on!

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!

Haha thanks KatieSara!

I actually made a site called Apricot Tarts ( Tarts are small pies,LOL!!)


Write on!


"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!

Hey, Mary, I've got a question - if we have a serial, that's the only thing that gets posted, or do we still get to choose five other things to send in?  For the outpost, I mean.

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya

Thank you so much, Mary. The website looks wonderful!!!!!!!!! You did an excellent job with it!!!!!!!! Yay!


The Holy Spirit is the quiet guest of our soul." -St. Augustine

I checked out the blog, love it, will be sending my request in a few moments...
I'm so glad!! Seriously, this made my day. :)

I was invited to be a contributor and it said that I need to set up a Google Account. I clicked on the link and it wouldn't open the webpage. Do think it was a problem with the e-mail or is the website under construction???


"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond

It could have been a problem with the email.  I can try resending it.

Brother: Your character should drive a motorcycle.
Me: He can't. He's in the wilderness.
Brother: Then make it a four-wheel-drive motorcycle!

Mary, you're my best friend :) I'll be sending you an email shortly...

"To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it." -- Herman Melville

This is fantastic!!!!!  I shall send an email to you shortly.  I was really, really hoping someone would step up and do something like this.  Thank you Mary, so much!! :)

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve." -Bilbo Baggins [The Lord of the Rings]

I'll join as soon as I get permission.  BTW, if anybody wants to know, I also have a blog (on my account, and in this comment as well), and if there was anyone who wanted to keep in touch, they can go there, and I may be posting stories there too.

I kind of hope AP's gonna stick around though.

"I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question." - Harun Yahya