Good morning, Wolfenati, from a chilly spring New Zealand morning.
I just wanted to stop for a minute and take stock of this crazy rollercoaster ride we inadvertently started. Since that fateful tweet/fb post, we have gathered almost 6k members in Wolfenoot Central (which, if you’re on Facebook, is the best place for Wolfenoot goodness). The Official Wolfenoot page has just shy of 1.5k likes. And the Wolfenoot Event I started on a whim, randomly, back when people first started getting excited about it, has 7k+ going and 10k interested.
Over on Twitter, the @realwolfenoot account has almost 2k followers, and I think this is the first time I’ve done anything that could be considered actively promoting it.
My darling pack, this is mind-blowing.
But what is even more mind-blowing is the utter joy of the thing. I have had so many people contact me or post on one of those places that Wolfenoot is the happiest thing in their social media feeds. That this random thing the kid thought up has given them hope and joy in a world that sometimes can feel a bit short on those things. I think this is the thing that makes me happiest. That it has become such a force for good and kindness in the world.
The Wolfeloot has to date raised almost $400 for the charities involved (Wolf Park and the Wellington SPCA). I’ve been able to send some of that to Wolf Park, but am waiting on the other funds to be released. I know, anecdotally, that others have been donating to other charities, so I have reason to believe that the impact of Wolfenoot on charity donations is significantly larger than this, but no way of measuring it.
Over at The Patchwork Raven, we are working like demons to get The Wolfeloot Story children’s picture book, based on the kid’s story, completed and out. It probably won’t be done by the 23rd, but we plan to turn it around as fast as possible. We may be in a position to open pre-orders by then.
We have another book scheme up our sleeves, too, which we will talk about more later once we’ve figured out what we’re doing. Suffice to say, you’re going to want to be on board with this one. 😉
We also have a Patreon which is the best way to support us, if you are so moved. At the moment, there’s not much there, but $3+ Patrons get to choose questions to ask the kid. Sometime soon, he and I are going to sit down and do a recording of me working through the questions with him, which we’ll release, perhaps as a podcast? I’m still working that out. The Patreon will evolve as we work out exactly what the future of Wolfenoot will be. For now, that money will be used for admin/legal fees etc, or just sit there until we have a better idea of where this thing is going.
I have some new Wolfeloot in the wings, as well as a couple of very special limited edition items, but I am still working on the best way to deal with that. Keep an eye on our social media and website for more info as things evolve.
It has been quite a ride so far, but, again, I am blown away by the kindness and love of the people who have gotten involved in this. Even if it all dies down tomorrow, the good this had leveraged in the world will be worth it. Somehow that doesn’t seem entirely likely though. 😉 I think this journey is just beginning.
I love you, pack. Thank you for being the best thing on my Internet. <3