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Results - Week 28

You know how you can *truly* tell that the season is almost over?

We are saying goodbye to halfshellvenus.

I don't have my stats in front of me, but it feels like I end up saying goodbye to her inside the Top 7 than I do at any other point in the game. There's a reason for that.

Not only is she is a fantastic writer, but she's also a really warm and helpful person that always manages to be well loved within the community, regardless of who is around - and in a landscape that is constantly changing, that's saying quite a lot.

Thank you so much for coming out this season and for all that you have given to us over these months. I wish I could say "You're on the Jury!" but that's been dissolved as of this vote. I CAN say though that I hope you will continue to Home Game for the remainder of the season.... which, that isn't very long either.

We do have Immunity to hand out, which isn't suspenseful because we know it didn't impact the votes. BUT it did set the stage for next week...

The Jury was back and forth for the last couple of days. It started out neck and neck... then one of them opened up a FOUR VOTE lead that I thought momentum was going to stay in place. I was wrong. Because today those 4 votes came in to tie it up. We were going into the final few minutes of the Jury voting when one last vote came in, tipping the balance.

The penultimate Jury immunity goes to penpusher!

Congratulations!!!

Comments

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murielle
Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:51 am (UTC)
halfshellvenus I am devastated to see you leaving. Your entries have been consistently great, and more than that, you have been so wonderfully encouraging, supportive, and generous to all your fellow Idolers. You led us through the example of your writing, and your kind spirit. Huge big hugs!

Congratulations to the final five. I look forward to brilliantly well written and crafted entries for the final weeks of the season. Bring it on!
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words, and I hope I've helped people enjoy the Idol process a little more along the way. It's been great. :)
murielle
Aug. 23rd, 2017 02:46 am (UTC)
Most definitely you have made it better, you and halfshellhusband. :-)
penpusher
Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:56 am (UTC)
OMG this is the first time I think I've ever gotten any special treat during LJ Idol (aside from the extra bye from writing the four pieces over holiday week!) so thank you to the jury for a really amazing honor!

And I'll be completely honest, for a lot of weeks I wondered if rayaso and halfshellvenus were going to duke it out for the championship! Seriously, it's really astounding how each of them is so brilliant, insightful, entertaining and supportive. What can I say? I'm a fan!

<3
rayaso
Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your kind comments! Actually, competing against my wife in the final entry would have been my idea of a nightmare, but I know she would have won #1. She is such an outstanding writer!

halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:49 am (UTC)
This is very flattering, and very kind of you! Thank you. :)

bleodswean
Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:05 am (UTC)
Oh, K! :( *hugs* Your writing has been so steady, so consistently good, so experimental and fun, AND you wrote two freakin fantastic entries whilst on the other side of the country in the humidity on a family vacay!!! AND YOU READ AND COMMENTED ON YOUR COMPETITOR'S ENTRIES!!! That just sums you and your GINORMOUS heart up perfectly!

*more hugs* and a *HIGH FIVE*
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you-- that is very sweet of you!

There's usually a point late in the game where I start to flag, but at least here it was because of the circumstances rather than that my brain ran out of cooperation, so that's something!

Thanks for all your support this season. :)
halfshellvenus
Aug. 22nd, 2017 03:30 am (UTC)
Darn, I was hoping to stay in a little longer-- and at least make Top 5-- but I knew the writing was probably on the wall. Two entries in 4 days while on vacation with family was just too much, but I at least wanted to go out swinging. And especially, to not flake out and not get both entries finished! :D

#6 is actually the highest I've made it yet-- I got to #7 awhile back, but this is a new PR. :)

I had a great time this season, and work was so tough and draining that I wasn't sure I was going to hang in there all the way through, creatively speaking. The challenges and frustrations at the office led me to write a lot of crack (REALLY a lot), and yet this season seemed to be the right audience to enjoy that, so that was very gratifying! It also drove some experimental writing way late in the game, which I don't always consider safe, but hey-- go with what creates a good entry! Be glad you finished an entry. \o?

Thanks for all the kind words, Gary, and for hosting us all in this wonderful game.

Thanks to all of the rest of you, for your terrific stories, and for reading and commenting along the way. I hope you enjoyed the tales of the terrible trolleys, the salty foods, the campfires, the Notorious B.U.N., and the secret life of Zero. :D
eternal_ot
Aug. 22nd, 2017 07:35 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed your Crack fic this season and those stories will stay with me :) Great Innings though I would have loved to see more of you <3 *Hugs* You indeed balance the socializing and writing part superbly and *Hats Off* to you for that :)
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:52 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed the crack fic! I was a little daunted when my husband joined Idol, because much of what he writes is crack. But this season, at least, it was obvious that my crack would at least not be anything like his approach, which gave me the freedom to get very weird with a lot of the prompts. Usually, it's 1-2 stories a season. This time, I think I hit more than 8!
hwango
Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:36 pm (UTC)
So you too have been tossed to the crocodiles? These are dark times.

On the plus side, the crocodiles seem to be pleasant conversationalists.
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:56 pm (UTC)
Dark indeed! But the company is very good as well. :D
alycewilson
Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:04 am (UTC)
halfshellvenus So sorry to see you go! You have always been one of my favorite writers. Please let us all know if you put out anything!
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, and thanks for reading so far into the season this time around! It was nice to see that you were still with us. :)
rayaso
Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:46 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to see you go! I am sure that, but for the vacation, you would have survived this round. Writing at 1:00 am in a hotel room will not produce the best results, but even so, I loved your final two entries.

Your writing this season has been so varied, but always outstanding. I know how much care you put into each entry, and the results are always amazing, especially the crack. I know you will be back for any future competitions, so I will get to read more of your gems.

Top 6 is something to be proud of!
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 06:16 am (UTC)
Thank you for all your encouragement and support over this season, and for always being my #1 fan, even in off-weeks. :)
j0ydivided
Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm (UTC)
halfshellvenus is a staple of Idol. I'm sorry to see her go - - to lose her and yachiru in the last two weeks is quite a blow. :( HSV, I have always enjoyed your entries and your presence in Idol. It was an honor to compete against you.
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 06:20 am (UTC)
Thank you so much-- and right back at you! :)
marlawentmad
Aug. 22nd, 2017 03:38 pm (UTC)
This is my first time in Idol, and these past few weeks of eliminations have been hitting hard. There are so many of my favorite writers saying goodbye each week. I can't imagine how it's been for the veterans!
swirlsofblue
Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:17 pm (UTC)
Really sad to see halfshellvenus leaving, your entries have been some of my favourites this season *hugs*
halfshellvenus
Aug. 23rd, 2017 06:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed them. This was a good season for you, too, in terms of stretching yourself-- that was wonderful to see. :)
swirlsofblue
Aug. 23rd, 2017 05:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you :)
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