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Topic - Week 6

Things have been going pretty well so far.

Everyone gets along, and peace reigns throughout the land.

But sooner or later - you know it's coming.

There is going to be a

Heel turn

and that will be this week's topic! :)

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, Jan 23rd at 7pm EST

Have fun!

Work Room - Week 6

I invited a Mentor this week, and then I completely forgot to remind her.

She *is* coming - in Part 2 of the Work Room.

For Part 1, I'll remind you that there is a Sudden Death Write-Off: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/970905.html

and that the new topic is posted: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/971359.html


I will also let you know about some exciting news in the Idol-verse.

Friend of Idol Jason Franks SixSmiths was picked up by Caliber Comics and they have reissued the first volume: The Sixsmiths - Volume 1

"The Sixsmiths are a family of suburban Satanists who've fallen prey to the global recession. Now their life is in turmoil: the father Ralf needs to find a new job; the twins, Cain and Lilith, need to survive the horrors of the public school system; and wife Annie needs to keep them all sane and under budget. Meanwhile, their estranged elder daughter Jezabelle is having her own crisis of faith. Will the Devil rise to smite their enemies, or will he damn them with hellfire, wrath and underwater mortgage payment? Collects issues 1-4. A light hearted comedy satire for adults. Its The Simpsons meets The Osbournes. "

and closer to home, our own fourzoas now has an excuse that she byed-out in Week 5. She had work in this book that was just released

Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education

"With the election of our first black president, many Americans began to argue that we had finally ended racism, claiming that we now live in a postracial era. Yet near-daily news reports regularly invoke white as a demographic category and recount instances of racialized violence as well as an increased sensitivity to expressions of racial unrest. Clearly, American society isn’t as color-blind as people would like to believe. In Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education, contributors reveal how identifications with racialized whiteness continue to manifest themselves in American culture."

One of the things that I've loved seeing, over the years, is Idol writers (and "Idol-adjacent" in the case of Jason) putting their work out there!

So please, go and support your fellow Idol writers in this, and anything else that we have in the Idol store! http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20 (and if there is something I've forgotten, or you want to see added - of your own, an Idol-adjacent friend, or just something you really love and you think other people should check it out too). Be sure to mention it to me!


While we are waiting for the Mentor post though, first thoughts on the topic?

(and don't forget, those of you who are Patrons, you have the chance to *send me topics to use this season*. https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027 )

Results - Week 5

The axe has fallen once again - and again, it was really close.

A single vote separated people from going and it being a 6-way tie.

Two votes? That could have created a 7 way tie. (or a 10 way if those 1 vote up also received a vote)

Anyway, what I'm trying to get across here is that *every single vote matters*. If you haven't picked up on that yet, now is a good of time as any to learn that lesson!

As is... we have two people being eliminated, and it's a 3 WAY tie! (AKA, that axe fell *most* of the way, but not *all* the way)

What this means is it's another Sudden Death Write-Off between


It's an Open Topic. Which means you can literally write anything you want. Bring it!

2 of you will be eliminated, and 1 will move forward to Week 6.

I'll be posting a thread below for you to link at. The deadline to link your entries back to that thread is tomorrow. Thursday, Jan 19th at 10pm EST

Have fun!

Green Room - Week 5 - Day 8

Good morning and welcome the LAST Day to vote!http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/969972.html

So make sure to get out there and support your favorites!


What massive conspiracy is distracting you from the *truly important* things you should be concentrating on today?

Green Room - Week 5 - Day 7

Make sure to take the time to read, comment and vote for your favorites! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/969972.html and then spread the word, because the only way these people are going to get the love they deserve is if you do that - and the only way *you* will get the love *you* deserve is other people repaying that favor!

As writers, we need each other. This is no different. So get out there and give support to the work you enjoy seeing!


Speaking of, I've only watched the first two episodes - but I'm finding the show Fleabag. It's on the BBC, but is being shown on Amazon. (I'm not watching it on either of those. :D)

Every episode of the Nerdist Writers Podcast ends with asking "what are you enjoying", and it was mentioned on a recent show, talking about how they thought the combination of effectively breaking the fourth wall, combined with a rare "unlikable female lead" made it interesting. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm enjoying the interplay between characters and seeing the backstory develop.

What are YOU enjoying, that you haven't seen (many) other people talking about?

Green Room - Week 5 - Day 6

The poll is up http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/969972.html

and it's MLK Day.

I remember being in Virginia years ago and hearing that they had combined it into "MLK/Robert E Lee" day and thinking that someone *really* missed the point... or more likely, wanted to make a point of their own.

Vote - Week 5

A few words from clauderainsrm:

I love LJ Idol.

It’s not just something I do to pass the time. It’s a passion for me. That’s what keeps me coming back week after week, season after season.

I hope that that love can translate through the series of tubes that make up the intrawebz and infect the rest of you as well.

Because what is happening here is something special, and I hope you are able to see that.

I also have fears though, fears that things won’t go well. Fears that this thing withering and dying.

Why am I mentioning this? Because the topic this week is “Fear is the Heart of Love” and I just mentioned “fear” and “love”, as well as tying it to LJ Idol, which owns a piece of my heart!

Now is the time that you get to take that piece of my heart and decide what is going to happen to it for a week.

It’s voting time, which means that everyone can come in and decide what is going to happen next. Use that power wisely.

Before we get to that though, we have the sad news of the people who have “byed-out”/missed the deadline without having a bye left. There are some newbies, but also some Idol favorites.

Goodbye to anastoff, barrelofrain, belgatherial, cheapxdate, cloworora, diaryofa_mom, fabrisse, feritatum, fourzoas, harmony83, l0retta, opal_owl and yuniebaby

Thank you for coming out this season, and I hope you are able to take part in Second Chances in the near future!

The two contestants with the fewest votes in Tribe 1 will be eliminated.

The poll closes Wednesday, Jan 18th at 9pm EST.

Good luck to everyone!

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Green Room - Week 5 - Weekend Edition

Remember that today is the deadline for Week 5: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968050.html

How is your weekend going?

Green Room - Week 5 - Day 3

How is your Triskaidekaphobia doing today? Your Paraskevidekatriaphobia? Friggatriskaidekaphobia?

How is your Idoldeadlinephobia? Because that is coming up on Sunday. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968050.html

If you still need some help and guidance, stop in the Work Room and our special guest Mentor will be glad to help you out!


It's funny - because I remember as a kid and well into my teens I *loved* Friday the 13th. It was my favorite day.

Then it stopped being anything at all.

At some point I realized that I had taken on the cultural "Oh no - bad luck!" without really *meaning it*. It was like it had just seeped into my head "that's what you say about it".

That's the danger of just letting these things slide passed you without thinking too hard about them. Even completely ridiculous things like having an opinion about a day of the year. Because "mainstream culture" has a way of just sliding in and making no sense whatsoever - and if you're not going to make any sense, it should be YOUR version of "not making sense"! :)

Green Room - Week 5 - Day 2

Good morning.

There was a Write-off that happened last night, sort of - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968834.html

(at any rate, a tie was broken)

Your topic for the week - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968050.html
and there are some great conversations happening with this week's Mentor in the Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/968415.html She's a fantastic resource! I'd highly recommend picking her brain!


Yesterday, at work, I was reminded about intention and how little it matters. What matters is how people *interpret* actions. Even if those interpretations are completely from left field.

People often mentally compose their version of reality from these mistaken interpretations - which form their view of you, and often, the world itself.

Which makes life interesting - because I (or the universal "you" in this case) are most likely doing the same damn thing. And people wonder why they have so much trouble communicating with each other...


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