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What am I supposed to say here?

You would think I would have gotten better at this. But it doesn't come any easier.

I had hoped my next post here would be a fun announcement of the kids season followed by the mini season. Actually I started work on them last night...

But that was last night.

This is today, and today I received the news that alexpgp lost his battle with cancer.

You are all "equal" in my eyes - but I don't think I've ever been shy that he was one of my all time favorite writers. On top of that, he was an all around decent human being that I enjoyed emailing with.

I wish I had his words and his way of telling a story, so I could use it to say something here. But the moment is too raw.

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers - and go back through the archives and read some of his stuff. Because it deserves to be read. It deserves to be remembered. HE deserves to be remembered.

The world has lost an amazing talent, and a wonderful man.


Friending Frenzy

Just one more thing.

You have your winner post: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1048006.html

and the post where I say "Thank you" https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1048208.html

But this one is special - this is a chance for you to say "Thank You" to each other, in the form of new friendships!

Maybe you've been lurking all season (and I know there were a number of people who were. I see the votes. I know who you are. :D)

Maybe you've just never gotten around to friending people and want to use this as a chance.

Maybe you want to link this to your own LJ/DW and have people come over so they can be making new friends!

LJ. DW. Google. Facebook. Ello. Twitter. Wherever it is that you want to make friends.... this would be the place to let folks know where to find you!!!

Thank You

The Green Room has gone dark and people are filing out to congratulate the newest winner of LJ Idol on the lawn: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1048006.html

Before we depart though, I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for making this season special.

I know I keep saying that, but that's because it's true.

The internet is big and you've chosen to devote your time and efforts in my little corner, to support this crazy idea I had back in 2006. You've supported it, and keep coming back to support it... and hopefully you will tell your friends and they will come back and support it next time.

Yes. There is a next time. It's probably a mini season, and I don't know if it will be here at Livejournal or somewhere else. I'm still very much conflicted about that, and have a lot of things to think about between now and then.

That's in the future though, this is right now - and right now my shriveled twisted heart is full of gratitude and love for each and every one of you who has come through these doors from that first season to this.

A special shout out to eternal_ot who has been helping Idol out as our voice on Twitter and Ello!

and to murielle who has been running our Pinterest account! I couldn't have done this without you!

If you've enjoyed this season - and want to give back, don't forget the "Tip Jar", Patreon and purchasing from our Amazon Estore. Every little bit helps justify why I'm busy hanging out on my computer! :)

Again, thank you for everything - and I'll see you soon for the next season of Idol Minor, the special season for the kids. I hope that even if you can't compete, you will come out and support the next generation of writers!

After that - well, stay tuned....

Dreslinski Out.

LJ Idol Winner - Season 10

In an unusual season - there is an unusual ending.

In a "back to basics" season - it came back to the old school ending...

The newbie has won it all, and with impressive numbers in the biggest turn out of the season. Hopefully some of these people will stick around to see what comes next, and throw their own hat into the a future ring!

Until then though, congratulations to all three of our finalists for making it to this point, you were absolutely amazing and any one of you would have made a fantastic addition to the winner's circle.

With that said, there is only one person who can claim the ultimate prize - our winner of Season 10 - your LJ Idol - is marlawentmad!


Green Room - Week 32 - Day 8

#StandProud and honor our Final 3 https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1047373.html

Or #TakeaKnee to exercise what their sacrifices have given you as far as great writing this season: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1047373.html

Either way, it all comes to an end TONIGHT!

Vote - Week 32

A few words from clauderainsrm:

When I was planning out this Season, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. This was unexplored territory, a season that wasn’t “supposed to happen” in the twilight of Livejournal.

Instead of getting brand new graphics, I opted for a slightly modified version of the original that served as the background for Seasons 1-4. After all, this was Season 10. It was about the tradition.

179 people signed up to play this season, including some of our youngest contestants ever to attempt it. I feel confident in saying that the next generation of writers is in good hands at learning their craft while having a whole lot of fun with their words.

There were veterans, including some long lost friends who came out of the woodwork when I sent out my calls into the wild to see who might be interested in another shot. There were newbies, some of them had heard of what we do here, but had never experienced it. There were some who had absolutely no clue whatsoever what was going on.

That was Oct 31st 2016.

Almost a year ago, and there are only 3 people left standing.

In the meantime we had the biggest Livejournal homecoming in recent history. Things were jumping and folks were getting excited about the site again. Followed almost immediately with a backlash over the ToS that caused one of the biggest exoduses, and left our future here in quite a bit of doubt.

These 3 held the line and fought through all the distractions to get here.

A veteran of the modern era. A newbie. And a veteran of the “golden age”.

I’m not sure that I could have picked a group of three more diverse people in terms of writing style if I tried. But all three of them are really good at what they do.

Season 10, in retrospect, seems about finding that niche where you fit - and these are three people who excel at that - and their final words, the entries you are about to read, and vote on below, are well crafted examples of the kind of work they have been producing all season long. I’m really proud to know that one of these folks is about to join the ranks of the winners, that they are about to become a Livejournal Idol.
One signed up on Page 3. One on Page 5. The last one signed up on Page 6.

None of that probably makes a difference to you. But for me, it’s interesting. These are people who took a moment to consider before jumping. But they also weren’t running in at the last minute. It’s that kind of steadfastness that lead them to be able to navigate what has been a very unusual, I’d go as far as to say “weird at times” season. It led them here, to this final stop, this last execution.

3 enter. Only 1 will survive to be crowned the winner.

It’s entirely up to YOU to decide who that is going to be.

Read the entries. Comment. Vote for your favorite(s).

Tell a friend. Tell 3 friends. Spread the word. Because if this is something you love, that’s the only way there is going to be the chance for someone else to get a “next time”.

I don’t know if the sled is going to go down this particular hill again, so let’s make this one count!

The poll closes Monday, Sept 25th at 9pm EDT.

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2072814 LJ Idol - Season 10 - Week 32 - Finale
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:


Green Room - Week 32 - Day 4

Today is the FINAL deadline of Season 10! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1046766.html

I have so many emotions I'm not sure where to start with it. Hopefully I'll figure that out before the end though. ;)


Some of you may recall darkprism aka Allison Rogers.

For those who don't - if you love fiction in LJ Idol, she is the one to thank.

You know that "You can't be successful at doing (thing inserted here) in Idol!"? She is the one who broke fiction wide open. Came within a few votes of winning Season 5 with it.

It's been downhill ever since.

Now she's breaking something else wide open... well, I assume other people are doing it as well. But it's an interesting model. She's writing stories - on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/DementedDee

and because I would be remiss if I didn't give myself a shout-out, even though it's the end of the season, if you want to support Idol during the off-season: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027 I'm certainly not going to say no to that. :D

Green Room - Week 32 - Day 2

I was going to post this last week, but the hurricane pretty much took everything else off my radar.


We have a really big and exciting release from a fan favorite Idoler oneonthefence!

This is her TRUE STORY of everything she has been dealing with over the years. We've gotten pieces of it in Idol entries, but this is the first time when it's all in print!

"A.E. Hayes wakes up in a bright hospital room on the afternoon of August 24, 2010, with no idea of who she is or what has happened to her. When her doctors begin saying words such as "traumatic brain injury" and "retrograde amnesia," she realizes that she cannot remember anything at all - including the man sitting beside her who claims to be her husband.

Guided by numerous doctors, hospitals, trauma units, her husband, a mysterious person known only as Starlight Boy, and an equally mysterious voice inside her head that tells her to seek the truth, Hayes sets out to uncover the answers about her rare condition. But is her amnesia truly all there is to her story? Through various sources, Hayes must learn about her startling and often traumatic past - and how that past may permanently alter the future.

Raw and riveting, Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac leads readers down a path of darkness, mystery, and redemption - where heroes are often villains, fiction routinely gives way to fact, and how, ultimately, the truth can be both the disease and the cure."

Get it on Kindle: http://amzn.to/2jFGGLB
or in Paperback: http://amzn.to/2ynzAi5

If you use those links, you'll be helping LJ Idol. (apparently they are phasing out the Store feature)


and a reminder, there are entries due in a couple days for our finalists https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1046766.html


What have YOU been up to lately?

Topic - Week 32

Here we are.

The Final 3.

I mean the FINAL 3.

This is the last week of the journey we've been calling Season 10.

This week's topic is the traditional challenge:

Why I Should Win LJ Idol/Why My Opponent(s) Should Win

This has been a tradition since Season 1 for a reason, it combines being able to advocate for yourself with the ability to make a case for others, at the same time. It sums up everything LJ Idol is, and always should be, about.

You have until Thurs Sept 21st at 7pm EDT (unless everyone is in before that)

Results - Week 31

We are coming to the end of Season 10, and this week followed the pattern of close matches and sad results. But then again, as I've been saying, those are the only results that we ever have at this point.

We are losing one of the biggest supporters of Idol in the "modern era", and someone who has been a big supporter of her fellow competitors this season:


Thank you so much for all that you do to support Idol, and for writing some really cool stuff this season! Hope you had fun!


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