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Green Room - Week 22 - Day 1

Still reeling a little from last night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/929469.html

Which, that's when you know that Idol is "appointment TV", or "appointment Internet", when you're never quite sure what is going to happen next. Heck, I set the schedule and the twists and I wasn't 100% sure (especially there at the end with the surge) about what was going to happen. I certainly wouldn't have predicted those results - in fact, when I saw the byes being used in what *felt* like a strategic fashion (it could have all been coincidence of people just needing time off - and probably was, but "strategic" is a better narrative, so I'm going with that! :D) I thought I saw the writing on the wall for someone else!

I also knew that my own twist on the votes would be unexpected in that spot, so that it would put things a little more up in the air.

That said, the poll is closed, so I can address a question that was put out there into the cyber-ether: the moral implications of byes.

Do they exist? Yes.

(Both byes and morals both exist, although some would say the latter are social constructs and the former are Gary constructs)

I'll go with this angle to it: Have there been people who, in the finals, have used, as one piece of their argument, "I never used a bye"? Yes. There have been. They were proud of that fact. They weren't judging others for needing to do so, but that was an accomplishment that they didn't.

Have there been times when someone was "boxed in" by byes? Where they didn't have one left and everyone else - or nearly everyone else - used them, at least one time I *know* (because they told me) that it was an in a purposeful strategic act to get rid of them or force them into an one-on-one with someone they thought was more likely to survive? Yes. That has happened as well.

There are moral arguments to be made with just about everything we do in our lives. Some people disagree with that, but those people are wrong. ;)

Most of the time though it's not going to be "light and dark"/"good and bad". I won't say that there are shades of grey, or how many there are, because you are writers and people who love writing in general and I don't want to injure your souls with those words. :)

All of that said - Idol is a game. It's writing. It's a game. It's a community. It's all of these things and a whole lot more to a lot of people. People decide how they are going to get to the end. Some people are going to clash along the way, when tempers get high.

People are going to approach things with different levels of comfort. And that's OK. As long as everything is above the belt and no one is trying to "game the system", it's all good.

Ultimately, all you can do is focus on your writing and make sure that it's something you are proud of that you are putting out into the public eye. Because everyone, except one person, is going to be eliminated over the next couple weeks. "Not winning" is pretty much guaranteed. But there are more ways to win than ending up in the victory circle at the end - and the best way (IMO) is to be true to who you are and putting out writing that makes you proud of what you have accomplished.

That's the true moral victory.

(Which isn't the same as an Idol victory. An Idol victory is the best victory of all!!!)

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Speaking of victories - the new topics are up, for you to use to get one step closer: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/929542.html and a new Work Room to use to help you: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/929949.html

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adoptedwriter
May. 10th, 2016 12:25 pm (UTC)
"...there are more ways to win than ending up in the victory circle at the end - and the best way (IMO) is to be true to who you are and putting out writing that makes you proud of what you have accomplished."

Yes!


AW
clauderainsrm
May. 10th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
I should edit that. Because the *best* way is whatever way makes me happy! :)

gratefuladdict
May. 10th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)
I used my bye for two reasons:

1) I was busy until 10:30 on Thursday night putting together gift bags for teacher appreciation week.
2) With such an outstanding top ten, I expect to go out at any time. So it made sense to use the bye while I had it, along with one entry I really loved, rather than save it and rush a second entry that wouldn't be as good.

No sneaky strategy there - just pragmatism and a bit of exhaustion. Neither my 14-month-old nor my 3-year-old sleep through the night. I pick my battles.
clauderainsrm
May. 10th, 2016 01:27 pm (UTC)
" no sneaky strategy there"

No cookie for you! ;)

Edited at 2016-05-10 01:28 pm (UTC)
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kathrynrose
May. 10th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
I planned to save my bye for a week when there were more entries required (because I keep expecting that to happen), but I had a really emotional couple of days, and nothing that was coming out of my head for the second entry was working.

And the thing about it being the top ten, and thinking I'd be gone sooner than later. :)
clauderainsrm
May. 10th, 2016 01:47 pm (UTC)
Unless you end up destroying them all in the coming weeks!

(or they destroy themselves, making it easier for you to destroy them! :D)

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lrig_rorrim
May. 10th, 2016 01:48 pm (UTC)
I honestly surprised myself by writing a second piece - last week was super hectic, with packing and preparations and travel and socializing and just stuff, but I woke up Thursday morning at 3:30 with words in my head and did a lot of writing in airports and on planes. I was actually delighted about the bye, thinking it was perfect timing. Brain had other ideas. Pesky brain.
kathrynrose
May. 10th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of your brain. I wish my brain were more like your brain.

My brain is lazy. It only spits out words in response to adrenaline.
bleodswean
May. 10th, 2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
Here’s my thoughts about community.

I’m not feeling it.

Yesterday was not good for me. It was, actually, pretty terrible and sad and icky. And I realize I should be the bigger person, shrug it off, and just continue forward. I also realize that the accusation of “martyr” that was leveled against me is a kind of set-up from which there is no escape. Anything I say from here on out can be considered martyrish. I’m not a martyr. But I am also not a victim and I’m feeling victimized.

I get that sometimes people don’t like each other. Of course, I understand that. What’s more, it’s been apparent for some time now that a group of Idolars don’t like me. I had no idea what my offense was, other than the whispers that got back to me about pretentiousness, but I interpreted that to be about my writing and I can see where that could hold some truth ABOUT MY WRITING. Until yesterday, I had no idea that the offense was a perception ABOUT MY PERSONALITY. And I certainly had no idea that I was being vehemently disliked because of a perception that is wholly and entirely wrong. Everything leveled against me yesterday has no bearing in truth. And it’s not even subjective. I scoured my LJ, I read through emails sent to me in support, I looked back over my response to comments I’ve received and given. It’s not there, the vile belief that I am a negative Idolar who talks about people behind their backs, doesn’t appreciate comments, and can’t receive critique is simply unfounded. I have taken a closer look at the reference to the byes in my personal journal yesterday and I will accept that it could be read, without my sense of humour, without an emoticon, as judgemental. It was, in no way, a judgement. I accept the accusation that I am not a “clear” writer and what I was trying to infer was that some Idolars had their feet held to the fire, some had their hands and feet held to the fire. I apologize to all those who took their bye for wording that appeared as though I was denigrating any of my competitors. I can’t begin to imagine why someone would think I would want to insult the other writers who have made it this far. But…there is a Jungian theory on this and it’s called projection.

If someone dislikes me for a perceived reason or perceived offense, that’s fine. I'm approachable, message me and let's hash it out. If you don't want to do that and you want to burn up the internet messaging and emailing and chatting about it with others, that’s fine, too. You want to create voting alliances and vote me off the island, that’s how the game is played. But if you link to my journal and publicly throw shade on your journal, and then go into a public journal and attempt to school me and destroy my personality, that doesn’t feel okay. And it certainly doesn’t feel like “community”. Say whatever you like about my writing. But I think a line should be drawn before we criticize people’s personalities. That’s hurtful no matter how you look at it, and it feels very bad to most folks. Even those who aren't being attacked can feel put off by it. I’m not one of those who are impervious to such attack and I’m still feeling raw this morning. Besides, the attack was intended to be incredibly injurious so why hide the fact that it injured me?

I’ve lost my enthusiasm for Idol.

I’m leaving town for a few days. I have to return and work overtime at my *gasp* paying job, I have to put out fires at my volunteer job, and I have to visit with family. I did not take my bye last week in anticipation of this, so I can fall back on that and try to write an entry. Right now, that’s not seeming possible.

I don’t need anyone to respond to this. And I’m asking that the personal attacks don’t resume. I'm posting this because I believe in this game for reasons I've stated over and over in the past. Idol has helped me reach publishing goals and writing goals. I want it to be that for others, too! If it's time for me to walk away, I accept that. But I am making a case for keeping Idol out of the business of destroying individuals.
clauderainsrm
May. 10th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
"I’ve lost my enthusiasm for Idol. "

That makes me sad to hear.

Because there are people here who really like you. Are there people here who don't? Apparently there are.

Have you said things "behind people's back" about them? I have no idea. I haven't seen any of it, but if you were doing that you probably would be doing it behind my back as well! ;)

Have other people said things about others "behind their back"? Of course they have. If they say they haven't, they are lying.

"Brightflashes" was brought up yesterday and so I was just looking up some emails about her. My inbox was *full* of people trash talking each other - and that's just *to me*. I can only imagine what they were saying to each other! ;)

Ultimately though - the people who like her aren't "Idol".

The people who don't like you aren't "Idol".

The people who are "She's OK" aren't Idol.

They are all *pieces that make up the whole of Idol". But it's bigger than all of them.

There is only one person is able to say who is and is not welcome here - and he's saying everyone is welcome. Right here. He just said it. Now he's about to type another sentence. ;)

"Community" doesn't mean a lack of inter-politics and in-fighting, any more than "family" means that. Anyone with a family just chuckled, or maybe cringed a bit, about the idea that families always get along, or that there isn't someone who ends up being the "odd one out" in certain situations.

In the end though, communities (and families) come together. In Idol - it's a family where only one member survives to the end! So hopefully everyone will be able to come together to vote each other out the way the Idol Gods intended! :)
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clauderainsrm
May. 10th, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
Because the only *true* bad guy in LJ Idol is me:

Right now I'm looking at 4 choices for the winner of this mini-season.

That's half, since this is the Top 8 (and not the Top 5 as previously reported by someone else. :p)

I mean, honestly, it could be any of the 8. But it's more fun to say it can only be half!!!

gratefuladdict
May. 10th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
So you're saying this round is Gary Voting Only??
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adoptedwriter
May. 10th, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
I like staying out of the negativity and just enjoy connecting w other writers, reading good stuff, learning a few new things, (about writing itself or from the content of the pieces.) This "game" has helped me with writing and publishing goals as well. It's all good. I am thankful I have not had a negative experience with anyone here.

RL is a different story, but we won't go there. ;)

I will share my cookies w rainbows, peace signs, unicorns and kitty designs with everyone. (passes a few trays....)

Even Gary can have some.

prog_schlock
May. 10th, 2016 10:44 pm (UTC)
I support kitty designs on everything.
prog_schlock
May. 10th, 2016 05:58 pm (UTC)
Kitty Michaels would have argued that the best way to win LJI is to have no morals what so ever.
clauderainsrm
May. 10th, 2016 06:04 pm (UTC)
That is why he was/is/will always be the greatest Idol contestant of all time!

No one won more than he won.
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