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Topic 1 - Home Game

For those NOT making the trek over to Dreamwidth, and thus not playing this season, I'm going to try to put the Home Game here for you to play along with.

This week's topic is: "It's hard to beat a person who never gives up"

If you decide you WANT to come over and play though, the deadline to sign up has been extended to Friday Oct 5th at 7pm EDT! https://therealljidol.dreamwidth.org/996363.html

Sign Ups have now started

over at DW!

Come join the fun, and tell your friends!


The Count

This is more for my own records than anything else. But I think it's also important for folks to get the full brunt of the history they are dealing with.

I have an updated count on the number of entries that have been created for Idol.

Pieces of writing that only exist because Idol exists.

The count stands at 22,787.

Let's see how many we can add to that in this mini season!

We have also been home to 995 contestants over the years.

So if you know someone who would be the perfect 1,000th addition to our family, this is a great time to invite them!

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 4 - Day 7

The poll is up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1057358.html and will be until tomorrow night. So this is your last full day to vote for your favorites!

It's also another important day.

May 31st 2006 was the day I posted the first sign-up sheet for LJ Idol.

For those curious about what that looked like: https://clauderainsrm.livejournal.com/488076.html

It's been an incredible 12 years. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it!

This September is the start of a new mini season, and possibly a new era of Idol. There are definitely a few big surprises/changes in the works that I hope people are going to really like. But in order for that to work I have to ask the same thing I asked back when I was talking about this idea I had 12 years ago - tell your friends! Get them interested. Because this doesn't work without you, and it doesn't work without new people discovering what we have going on here. I think it's something pretty special, and I hope you do too.

Vote - Idol Minor - Week 4

A few words from clauderainsrm:

I was listening to a podcast this morning about the history of country music. (Cocaine and Rhinestones, I highly recommend it). The host was reading an email from a listener asking how a certain well respected musician got so good at his instrument.

The answer, boiled down, was that he practiced.

He started at an early age, and he keep practicing until he got good at it.

That made me think about what is happening here at Idol Minor.

Saying goodbye is never easy. But with this group of young writers, the good news is that we are saying ‘Hello” to being able to enjoy their work for years to come.

I hope that everyone else who has come out to check this out has been as entertained as I have been.

If so, and if you want to give back to them - this is the last week to donate to the Community Chest. All 5 writers have met the goal, which means the $50 we have in there currently is going to be split into a $10 Amazon gift card for each of them. Which is great - but if you want to give them a little more, you still have time - just send it to paypal.me/GDreslinski

While other people are doing that - the parents of our writers need to send me an email to clauderainsrm@gmail.com to let me know what email you want me use for those gift cards!

The main thing to do though - the most important thing - is to read the entries. Read, comment on them and vote for your favorites!

That second part, the commenting, is really important. I owe our writers comments from last week, so don’t be like me. Be better than me. Make sure to comment before things get busy and you forget to do it.

The poll will close Friday, June 1st at 8pm EDT.

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2081820 Idol Minor - Week 4
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

Homer's entry
"Happy Memorial Day" just doesn't sound right. It seems like the opposite sentiment of what the day is about.

Gratitude sure, but "Happy"? People react differently to different things I guess.

Or maybe happy because the sacrifice gave you an extra day off to enjoy, which is the point of the sacrifice - for people to be able to enjoy their lives.


Just a reminder that the topic deadline is tomorrow: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1056954.html

What have you been up to this weekend?

Topic - Idol Minor - Week 4

It's the final week of Idol Minor.

Only one more entry to write, and of course that means it's getting close to saying


(which is our topic for the week)

Link your entries to this thread by Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm EDT (I'm giving you a little extra time in case the adults in your life have plans for their three-day weekend)

Have fun!


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