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Vote - Week 23

A few words from clauderainsrm:

We are at the Top 6 of Friends and Rivals, and things got even more intense this week when our writers took on 3 topics each.

Which means behind each link there are 3 different path ways - it’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure for readers, where every single path you go down is going to lead you somewhere awesome!

The three entries in one poll is something that has happened before. Actually it’s happened with more than 3 entries. It’s what I’ve referred to before as “the Portfolio” approach. Can you judge by how much you love one entry? Sure. But now you have 3 of them, so you can take a bigger picture approach (if you like) and help determine who it is that you want to see even more from in this mini-season.

We will be losing *1* contestant this week.

Yep. Just 1. You will be determining who makes the Top 5. But that’s not all you will be doing - there’s a “poll within a poll” this week.

I want YOU, yes YOU - the person reading this to send me the name/link of their FAVORITE entry this week. Anyone reading this qualifies. Just send that info to clauderainsrm@gmail.com and I will be tabulating them. The writer with the entry selected as the favorite for the week will be given an advantage going into the next round. Which, considering how close we are to the end, that could very well be their own “golden ticket”.

The deadlines to vote in the poll are the same to send me the vote for your favorite entry: Friday, May 27th at 9pm EDT

So get out there - read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2045545 Friends and Rivals, Week 23

The Ballot:

Green Room - Week 23 - Day 7

Good morning.

Actually, I'm not having a good morning (toothache). But hopefully you are!

So far, 2 of you have all 3 entries completed, and 1 is working toward that. The rest of you? Have some work to get done! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html

*insert "Or is this the Final 3????" rhetoric here*


How was your weekend?

Green Room - Week 23 - Day 4

Last night was the middle school awards ceremony where my bonus daughter received their ribbon for Principal's Honor Roll.

Tonight is the Induction Ceremony to the National Junior Honor Society.

Next week is the last orchestra concert of the year, where I'm sure it will be announced who is in next year's exclusive "Chamber" (she made it in).

It's amazing how accomplished she is and just as funny to think back at just how "anti-accomplishment" I was. Maybe some of it was being lazy, some of it was "not wanting to be one of THEM" (whoever the "them" was at the time") and, looking back, a lot of it was that I didn't want to give my step father any more excuses to hate me. His kids didn't excel at anything, and if I could avoid putting myself out there in any way, I didn't risk pissing him off more than I did just by existing.

My biggest middle school accomplishments include failing 8th grade because I spent more time playing D&D in the back of the room with my friends than concentrating on class and convincing everyone (including teachers) to play along that I had an invisible friend, who also had an invisible dog. (Why? I have no idea. Even then, it just seemed funny, so I went with it.)

Oh, and getting into fights. I got in more fights in middle school than any other time in my life.

Even in high school - my biggest accomplishments were forming a underground zine and in my senior year the English department made up an award to give me, and gave the official one to whipchick! :D (I'd completely forgotten about that until last night when I was waiting for the awards to be called and went "Oh yeah, that was pretty funny")

Of course, that path led me here - to spend a decade torturing writers and forcing them down paths they normally might not tread. So maybe *that's* my accomplishment! :)

What have YOU accomplished? (Other than linking your entries to http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html )

Green Room - Week 23 - Day 3

Last night, Survivor announced their new season (coming this Fall):

Millennials vs Gen Xers.

Which of course is another way of saying "Every day on the Internet".

What would that look like on a season of Idol? Or is that basically *every* season? ;)


How have you been doing? Any progress on your entries? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html

Green Room - Week 23 - Day 2

Babel fish are a real thing: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3592753/Don-t-panic-250-Babelfish-like-gadget-fits-inside-ear-translate-foreign-languages-real-time.html

Or at least the technology is emerging that have made it into a real thing. Now to just implant this tech into a fish!


Something that's really easy to understand is "Here is the topic thread": http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html

another is "Here is the Work Room thread: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932806.html

No Babel Fish needed!


But if you COULD have something that not only cut through the language barrier, but also the understanding barrier (clearing up the misunderstandings once and for all) - who would you go to talk to first?

Green Room - Week 23 - Day 1

Did last night qualify as a "Game Changer"? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932150.html

It certainly opened up the possibilities of "what is going to happen/who is going to win". Or maybe those doors were already wide open, but not everyone was paying close enough attention.

I can honestly say that now I have it narrowed down to 6 possible winners. ;)


The new topic thread is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html
and so is the new Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932806.html

You have a couple days longer than usual to write - but you also have one more entry than you have been writing, and a lot more pressure!


How are you doing right now? Excited about the Final 6? Any predictions on how the rest of this mini-season is going to play out?

Work Room - Week 23

The new topics are up. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html

What is catching your fancy and how are you going to use them to get to survive another week?

Topic - Week 23

Here we are, at the Top 6.

For the past couple of weeks, you have been writing 2 entries a week. That's NOT happening this week.

This week you have 3 topics to write!

What are your choices?

Post Relationship Grief
Chasing Rainbows
Am I too late?
Ignis Fatuus
The Golden Ticket

Pick your three and then link your entries back to this thread by Monday, May 23rd at 8pm EDT

Yes, I meant to say Monday.

Have fun!

Results - Week 22

There are some goodbyes that are easy to write, and other times when you really aren't sure what to say.

This is the latter.

Both of these two were people that I thought had a good shot at winning this season. whipchick because come on - she's awesome. Plus she's proven that she is more than capable of winning.

porn_this_way because this mini-season has been so completely crazy, just all over the board - where people seem to want something new and different, and she is someone that I knew was capable of giving that to them!

There's very little space left to navigate, but coming into this week, I had them both pencilled in as people I expected to see for at least a couple more weeks.

But that's why you play the game - to see what is going to happen.

And certainly those remaining are awesome as well! (Which should go without saying - but I'm going to say it anyway) and this just gets more and more painful as we go.

Losing these two though? In that same week? Yeah, that's rough...

Thank you to both of you for coming out this mini-season. You're definitely a huge part in what helped make it special.

Green Room - Week 22 - Day 7

Just as a "heads up", because more and more people seem to be caring about this these days:

LJ Idol polls are unisex.

Like this one: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/931251.html

Well, OK - it's *barely* unisex, in that it's almost completely women. But "barely" still counts!

If nothing else, voting is open for both women and men - voting in the same place!

If that offends you, you can vote in this separate, completely binary gender specific, poll instead. The Women's poll is located at http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/931251.html
and the Men's is http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/931251.html


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