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Work Room - Week 27

The new topic is up.

For those just coming out of Last Chance Idol, it's a familiar feeling of "What do I write now?"

For the rest of you, there hasn't been an Open Topic since (*looks*) Week 13. Which means you've had plenty of time to think of something good.

And, under these circumstances - it had better be! ;)

No pressure or anything - but the group is now completely together. No more additions - only subtractions. One of you *is* going to win this thing.

What are some of the ideas that you have been holding in reserve, just in case - and how are you going to break out of this tight pack to showcase your work, while at the same time, trying to hold yourself together?

Topic - Week 27

The gang's all here!

Just in time for it to be an


So you had better bring your A-game!

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Tuesday, November 4th at 8 pm EST (note there will be a time change between then and now)

Have fun!

Results - Week 26/Last Chance Week 5

Holy grap!

Week after week I say "that was a wild poll" and it seems like the voters take that as a dare to top it the following time!

I think that says a great deal about the quality of the work that people seem so divided as to what they enjoy the most.

Unfortunately, it's the nature of the beast that we have to say goodbye to some people. Given that we will also be welcoming others into the fold, as Last Chance Idol folds up, I figure that we should save that good news for the end, for finish on a high note.

All of the people leaving us have been a huge part of this season and will very much be missed. I really hope though that we will continue to see them around for the Home Game, and to just hang out in the Green Rooms, cheering on their favorites!

Those leaving from the Redemption Tribe are: copyright1983 (who sacrificed) and *BY ONE VOTE* dmousey (look for that name later, since she was also part of LCI)

From the main tribe, we are losing favoritebean labelleizzy and uncawes. Again, we are talking a 1 vote difference for 1 of those positions and only 3 for the others.

We are also saying goodbye to some people over at Last Chance Idol. I had forgotten that I had been nice, and so that I thought I would be giving a bit of a different announcement here. But once I checked, I realized that I had been generous and only eliminated 2.

Ah, but what a pair they are! Seriously, it would have been nice to see them progress. Unfortunately, eliminating people is what we do to get to the finale.

We are losing aimercat and i_love_freddie.

Thank you to all of you for coming out this season. I hope that we will continue to see you around!


Now for the flip side of that Last Chance Idol poll - the good news. I was nice and allowed 3 of the 5 to move up. So, joining the main competition as of this week are: dmousey (I told you her name was coming up again -she breaks even), emo_snal and swirlsofblue

Congratulations, and welcome back to the fray!

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 7

I had a bunch of things that I wanted to talk about today - and then I saw the polls.

Suddenly, that's the only important thing on my mind. ;)

Have you looked at them? Because if you have: we've got a barn burner!!!

I know: "I don't look at the polls Gary"/"Stop trying to make me look at the polls Gary"/"I'm not a slave to the F5... I'm not, I'm refuse to be... I can't... OMG..."

I literally have no idea who is going to get out of this week alive, in any of the polls. (I have some suspicions based on current momentum, but no one is really "outside the zone" of a possibility at this point). Granted, the vast majority of votes tend to happen on the final day of voting anyway.

So right here - right now, I'm given you a platform to state the case *for someone else*.

What have you read that, if they don't make it through this week, you will start overturning cars and setting your neighborhood on fire?

The main poll is right here:
Last Chance is here:

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 6

I keep forgetting to mention this, but this week is "Asexual Awareness Week". So - go hug an asexual. Just track them down, stop them on the street in front of wherever it is that they are going, and give them a hug and say "I am aware of you and your struggles".

Note: This may not be a "good idea" and may get you "arrested". But it would be funny, for me. Which is why you do all the things you do.


Speaking of "the things you do", a couple people pointed out yesterday that we started in March. Which means that it's time for something that most veterans have seen, but perhaps have never processed - and that newbies need to know about.

I warned you ahead of time that 6 months is a point where things tend to get crazy. People break down under the stress and there are drops/freak outs.

Knowing about it ahead of time seemed to keep it relatively contained. (for the most part)

So you should know that the next time that tends to be happen is at 8 months.

I said at the beginning (of all things) that this is a marathon, not a sprint.

The people that are still standing are the ones who have been able to embrace that idea. Heck, there were some that have fallen over the previous months who embraced it, but real life ended up getting them anyway! So it's not a life-proof philosophy. But it helps!

So just go into the next month of Idol knowing that you probably won't survive it. Write and submit your entries as early as you can - so that you don't get caught with a last minute real life situation that stops you from you doing it. Mostly though, have fun writing.

I won't say "that's what it is about", because "what is about" is keeping *me* entertained. But if you want to pretend it's about you writing, go right ahead!

Speaking of the writing - we have a couple polls going on right now. Last Chance is determining who will, and will not, move forward: and the main competition itself:

Vote - Week 26

A few words from clauderainsrm:

They say “It comes in threes” and apparently “they” are right.

We lost 3 writers in Last Chance Idol before the poll officially opened and we are losing 3 more from the main competition due to missing the deadline.

26 weeks into this process can be grueling and take out even the most dedicated writers. All it takes is one bad week, one misstep, and you can be falling off the edge of that cliff.

Which is what has happened to our friends agirlnamedluna, barrelofrain and waltzmatildah

They will most definitely be missed, although I hope we will continue to see them “playing the Home Game” and cheering on their favorites as this season kicks into it’s next phase.

The main competition is divided between two polls: The Redemption Tribe and the main tribe. The Redemption is made up of those who were nearly eliminated, but ended up in the tie. They were “saved” by circumstance have been given an extra spotlight to give them a better chance to “redeem” themselves when they return to the thick of things. Of course, given their smaller numbers, they are also in a greater danger of being eliminated! Nothing is without a price.

The main tribe is the rest of the competition.

We will be losing the 2 contestants with the lowest vote totals from Redemption and the 3 lowest from the main competition.

So it should be interesting!

The poll closes Thursday, Oct 30th at 10pm EDT - make sure to get out there ASAP to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!

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Vote - Last Chance Idol, Week 5

A few words from clauderainsrm:

It’s the final hurrah for Last Chance Idol. The hill to get back into the competition has been a high one to climb, and every week the incline has increased a little bit.

Unfortunately, there were three contestants who slid back down in the process, defeated by the forces of “Real Life”. Which means they are leaving us right on the edge of their shot at moving back up.

They are: furzicle, fourth_horseman and itsjustc

It’s only three names, but it’s a lot of talent that we are losing. I hope that we will be seeing them in the Home Game!

Because of that though, I’ve decided to be more generous than I was planning on being.

Of the remaining five contestants - the three with the highest amount of votes will go through to the main competition, and the bottom two will be eliminated!

I gave the contestants in Last Chance an “Open Topic”, which means what they came up with was entirely in their own hands and that they should have brought their A-game, knowing what the stakes were. Hopefully they did! :)

Who did the best? That is up to you, the voters, to decide!

The poll closes Thursday, Oct 30th at 10pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

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An offer (re: gift byes)

I posted this in today's Green Room, but just in case people missed it:

m going to channel this season's Jeff Probst who has been doing something interesting.

He's been negotiating. Or at least hearing people out in negotiations.

So I'll tell you what - gift byes are gone. BUT I'm going to allow them to come back - because someone specifically asked - under these conditions: Two for One.

Two byes from someone else (or 1 from 2 people, which is more likely) will equal one gift bye that can be given to someone in need. This offer is on the table from now until the Top 50.

It puts two other contestants on the line. But it's their choice to do it. Which introduces a new wrinkle into things... if people *really* want to see someone continue, enough to put themselves on the hot seat... well, we will see what happens.

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 5

"Hey Gary, when is the deadline for the main competition *and* Last Chance Idol?"

That's tonight at 8pm EDT! and

So if you haven't gotten yours in yet, get to it!

On the other hand, if you have, are are just sitting around waiting for something to happen... we haven't done this in a little bit (I honestly can't recall if we did it this season. Maybe really early on...)

Let's make today an AMA (Ask Me Anything).

There are things that I *can't* tell you, for the purposes of the game, but if I can answer, I will! :)

So, what do you want to know?

Green Room - Week 26 - Day 4

What is your favorite book-turned-movie/movie-turned-book? (TV shows count)

Do you find it better when they follow the original note-for-note or go off in their own directions and interpretations? (That's more for TV shows, since they have more time and space to accomplish that)

What have been some of your *least* favorite adaptations and why do you think they failed?

One thing that *won't* fail is that the topic for the main competition is here:
and Last Chance Idol has their topic over here:

So make sure to get your entries in by tomorrow!

Now excuse me for a few minutes - I have a red-handled machete and some promises to keep.


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