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Green Room - Week 25 - Day 6

That "Season 8 was almost 6 years ago" fact has done more of a number on my head than crossing the 10th anniversary for Idol did! It seems like it wasn't that long ago. But I guess a lot of stuff did happen in the meantime. I'm living a completely different life than I was when Season 7 started. Season 8 was during that transition of who I was, to who I am in the process of becoming.

Which got me thinking about what was in my Inbox yesterday. It was a notice from Disney that they are lifting the blackout dates a couple weeks early so that people have more time to go say goodbye to The Universe of Energy at Epcot and The Great Movie Ride at Hollywood Studios. The former has barely been open in the last couple of years due to technical issues (and fewer riders) and the latter is victim to the rest of the changes happening at that park. The news was delivered along with links to "all the exciting changes" coming to the parks - there is going to be a *lot* of construction happening between now and 2021, getting the parks ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in Orlando.

That really made me pause.

Because the Magic Kingdom opened up a few days after I was born.

They are gearing up for our 50th birthday.

There are fewer years between now and then than there were between Season 8 and now.

What am I gearing up to do?

A 50-year old white cis-male running a writing contest in an environment that frequently these days just wants old white cis-men to shut the hell up. ;) (Which I'll admit, scares the hell out of me because, as a stutterer - online is the only place where I can actually SPEAK without difficulty. Well, other than the whole being vague and rambling thing... :D But I digress.)

What is that going to look like? Is that even a possibility?

Will LJ collapse completely before then? Right now, I'm thinking no. I don't think it's going to *grow* much, but I think it's a slow trickle out from this point over the next couple of years, barring the creation of a new social media site that can replicate what it does well. (obviously Dreamwidth is out there, but it's never managed to actually capture that community spirit LJ had. Probably because it came when Facebook was rising on the scene)

What is my life going to look like? Celena will be going into high school this year - which means in 4 years, she's off to college. I thought I wouldn't have the time once I moved - and I *do* have significantly less time. But I also have found a way to get things done, and while a high profile crazy game would probably knock me over and take my cane at this point... which is crazy, because that's exactly what I have on my schedule, something with a LOT of potential that *could* take off... a group of friends and new friends coming together to play (like this Season) I could definitely handle without too much trouble.

Heck, what is my health going to look like? Will I have any my original teeth left? (at this rate, maybe not! ;) )

Will I manage to lose the weight I need to lose?

What am I going to do with my time other than mark it?

What are you doing with yours?

/rambling about approaching death. ;)

Go read some entries and vote for your favorites: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1034591.html THAT'S something useful you can do!

Green Room - Week 25 - Day 5

I came across some questions posted in a thread elsewhere, so I'll answer them here. Because that's what I do, stalk people... I mean, answer questions...

While I'm posting them though, you should be over checking out all the entries at http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1034591.html and deciding who will be our Top 10!

There was some talk about last week's voting and how the poll numbers have been going down. I've noticed. Which is why I keep emphasizing how important it is for folks to spread the word. Because this thing can't operate in a vacuum and Livejournal is a bit of a vacuum in and of itself these days. (and Dreamwidth continues to be a little worse from what I've been hearing) Which means that bringing fresh eyes to what's happening here is important. Granted, some people don't like tying their social media accounts together, and I get that. And some people just don't really have an social media presence at all to begin with... I get that as well. It just makes it a little more difficult and hopefully the people who *do* have those, and don't have a problem with mentioning other sites can continue to push the word out. Especially former contestants and those lurking.

One thing that may surprise folks - actually, it probably *will* surprise folks is that not every contestant votes. Not going to point any fingers here, but last week, the week where people were talking about a low turn-out, there were about 4 of the 13 who didn't... stuff happens. But it's pretty regular for not every contestant to vote, not even for themselves. Which given how many weeks have ended with someone leaving due to a single vote - that's crucial. I've said it before, and I will repeat it forever - if you can't believe in your own work enough to vote for it, why should anyone else?

Again though, people build their own priorities and their own set of rules over what they will and will not do - and there are some (past and present) who want to live and die solely by whatever the people who happen to walk into the room at any given time think of their entry for that week.

Oh, and there was a comment about who can vote - that one is really important. Other than those rare weeks with a special vote, anyone can vote. You can have a LJ, Open ID account, FB, Twitter, and a couple Russian based sites that I've never heard of... and you can cast a vote! (Just make sure to only use *1* of those... because voting multiple times is "not cool".)

The only people who can't vote are that list of those who are banned... which includes trolls and people who proved that they really can't handle playing nice with others to the extent that they just had to blocked. Believe me, if you are one of those folks, you'd know it. Which means, if you aren't - then absolutely show up to make your voice heard!

There was an idea (that I've heard before, because at this point I've heard most things before... :D) ) at there should be separate "Fiction Idol" and "Non-Fiction Idol"... which I'll come right out and say I'm not doing twice the work. ;) Also, and I think this is important thing to point out - that it's the diversity of work that is important. I WANT an atmosphere where people can show up with fiction, and then tell a real life story, and submit a comic, then a screenplay, and write a song and record themselves singing it. That is exciting to me. That is what I think Idol is, and should be at it's core - a place where writers can create whatever they want, in whatever format fires up their muse that week.

People like what they like though - and I get that some people would rather see more fiction - and others would rather see more non... and to that I'll just come back around to an earlier point and say *vote for it*. Everything comes down to voting. If you want to see less of a certain thing, don't support it. If you want to see more of something else - support it. Vote. Tell your friends about things you enjoy. That's how each season is shaped, by the people who show up and are passionate about what Idol is, and can be.


I was also reminded, and had to go check, that Season 8 was almost *6 years ago*... which means we've been doing mini seasons and longer breaks for longer than we haven't. Which, that's interesting to me, considering just how much of Idol history is in those first 7... I've been leaning strongly toward a "pop up" mini-season sometime in the Fall or early Winter. I'll keep you informed as those plans crystalize. Right now though, my goals are finishing this season with a bang and another Idol Minor to start the school year off right.

Vote - Week 25

A few words from clauderainsrm:

This is one of the few times this season that I’ve been able to read everything before the poll went up. Not the “scan everything and go back later to actually read” that usually happens, but take some time to actually read them.

I mention that because there are entries this week that actually made me say “Wow” when I got to the end. Which is what they should be doing at this point in the competition.

Of course, my personal “Wow” isn’t someone else’s “Wow”, which is a lesson we all learn week after week… so if there is something you love, make sure to *tell people about it*! That’s the only way they are going to know to check it out, and given how close the votes have been lately, that one extra person coming in to see what the buzz is about might just be what keeps someone in the competition!

There are 11 contestants left, and this week we will be losing *1*, so that we will be at the Top 10!

Of course, the Jury will have their say in giving someone immunity - and *spoiler alert* the Legacy Advantage expires this week. So there are 2 slots that will be already filled. Which means the rest of you need to make sure it isn’t you, alone in the spotlight of goodbye.

Whoever it is though, it’s going to be rough. Because this is definitely a talented group of writers, and people that I, personally, enjoy a great deal. But that’s the nature of the beast… we keep going until there is one person left standing!

So make sure to Read, Comment on and about, and Vote for your favorite entries!

The poll closes Friday, July 28th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

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Green Room - Week 25 - Day 4

When was the last time you put pen to paper and wrote a letter to someone? http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/24/this-poet-is-writing-one-million-letters-to-strangers-6802943/

Don't do it right now though, because you have a deadline TONIGHT! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1033473.html

Green Room - Week 25 - Day 3

The new topic is available at: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1033473.html

and there is a Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1033909.html


How was your weekend on a scale of Snooty, with 10 being "Happy 69th Birthday Snooty!" to the following day's "accidental death of Snooty".

Work Room - Week 25

The new topic is up - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1033473.html

and I thought it was only fair to give you a link to use as a starting point: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffle_House_Index

One of the things that the disaster coordinator at the meeting was talking about though isn't included in that Wiki. He talked about how Waffle House has a plan that when one of their stores is shut down that all the other stores from surrounding areas push all their available resources to that store to get it opened as soon as possible.

The analogies there pretty much speak for themselves. Or at least they did for me.

So if there is someone struggling this week, this Work Room is the place for those who are not to push whatever they can give! :)

Topic - Week 25

There's only one topic this week, but it's one of my personal favorites.

I knew I was going to use it from the moment I first heard it over a year ago. It went right into a doc I keep on my phone to be put on the potential Topic list for Season 10... and the rest is history. Or history you are currently living through. :)

What is this topic?


The Waffle House Index.

You have until Tuesday, July 25th at 8pm EDT to link your entries back to this thread.

Have fun!

Results - Week 24

People have asked what the Legacy Advantage is, and how it worked.

I couldn't tell them.

Nor could I mention who had it.

Until now. Because it impacted the results of this week.

The Legacy Advantage is two-fold, it protected the person who had it until (Week redacted) and if they needed it, it acted as Immunity. But once it was used, it passed from their hands.

It saved j0ydivided this week! Congratulations!


Speaking of "Congratulations", the Jury also handed out Immunity to someone. Again, it came down to a single vote. Because that's the way Season 10 does things.

Congratulations to hwango!


Which is the last of the good news this week. Now comes the bad stuff.

With the Legacy Advantage being played, that means the person with the next fewest votes is leaving.
Which means the two people leaving this week are: bewize and beeker121.

Thank you so much to both of you for everything you have brought to this season. I hope that we will continue to see you in the Home Game, and of course, on the Jury!

Green Room - Week 24 - Day 10

Today is the day the polls close and we say goodbye: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1032526.html Who is it going to be that is leaving though? The poll numbers are *really* close, so I have no clue at this point.

If you have some opinions about entries folks may be missing out on - now would be the chance to speak up about it, or be prepared to wave goodbye to the people who wrote them.


With a daughter about to enter high school, I was thinking of my own first day of high school. There were some bad things, but a couple of good ones. Mainly that my very first class was Creative Writing where I met a couple of seniors "metal heads" that were sitting beside me in the back of the class. No idea what made them start talking to me, but they did and that made my 9th grade year go *much* better than it could have. (there's nothing quite like having someone want to fight you - because who doesn't want to beat up on someone who stutters! That will teach them!!! - , and then having a good portion of the metal seniors show up to tell them if they want to fight me, they have to fight *them*.

They were really cool guys and a few months back I decided to look them up on Facebook. (well, one of them - the one with the distinctive name. I couldn't recall the others last name.) I found him and sent him a message that went right into his spam folder since we weren't friends. I just wanted to say "Thank you". Even if he had no memory of who I was, I remembered him and everything they did for me.

A couple days ago, he happened to see that there were messages in his spam folder and read them. He wrote me back, and sent me a friends request. Then he forwarded my message to his friend (they still know each other) and he friended me as well!

Apparently they both *did* remember me. Which does make sense. People remember you if you are weird, and if there is something distinctive about you... a weird guy who stutters? Yeah, that's going to stick with folks!

Which is good - except of course it means I can't pretend to be someone else if I run into someone I *don't* want to see. ;)

What do you think people remember about YOU???

Green Room - Week 24 - Day 8

There are some questions that have come up, so I'll go ahead and answer them in a Green Room.

There is also a poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1032526.html


"Is it possible for the Jury NOT to award immunity?"

Yes. It's possible. It's only happened once though, with an in unbreakable tie (more than 2 rounds of not being able to break a tie) or a majority of the jurors submitting a "No Immunity" ballot)

"what is the Legacy Advantage?"

It's a advantage that gets passed down when someone is eliminated, to be used at a certain point in the game. You know it was passed down at least once. But not who has it. The person leaving gives it to someone before they leave.

"How do you get to be so awesome?"

It just comes naturally.

Anything else you want to know?


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