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Good Evening.

The rules for Idol Minor are simple:

It was open to any writer, or creative person, between the ages of "old enough to tell cool stories" to 12. While everyone understands that the younger participants will need the help of an adult to post, the less "Adult editing" of the work, the better.

I will post a topic once a week. The writers will use that topic to inspire their creation. They will post (or someone will post for them) in a journal/blog and link that entry to the original topic post as a comment.

There WILL be a poll. But no one will be eliminated. There is no "winner", other than us for getting to read bright new talent, and them for creating stuff, and hopefully having some fun at it.

The season starts May 1st and will run 4 weeks.

If you want to sign up (or sign someone else up, in the case of a parent/guardian) post your intentions in the comments below!

Apr. 12th, 2018

Idol Minor Season 2 is still on track for the May 1st start date!

So tell a friend. Or two friends... I'd say to tell random kids on the street, but that's kind of creepy and could get you in trouble. So tell their parents to let them know!

It's a 4 week adventure that I'm hoping will be as fun for the young writers involved as it is for me to run. Actually, I hope it's even MORE fun for them! :)


Thank you to our Patrons, who make things like this possible, and have made it easier for me to keep Idol going over these last few years. If you are interested in joining their ranks in supporting Idol, and are in a position to do so: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027

I need to update the rewards to reflect the upcoming season. Is there anything that might interest you as a "reward"? Trying to come up with ideas, but finding out what people actually want is better than guessing. :)

Idol Minor

Good evening,

People have been asking when the next season of LJ Idol is happening... and I've been all over the place with it, but have finally been locking some important details down, so I should be able to make an announcement about that in a month or so...

In the meantime, I DO have an announcement about Idol Minor (the kids mini season).

It WILL be happening.


Kids old enough to tell a story to 12 year olds are invited to participate.

We had one of these before and honestly, it was one of my favorite experiences. I really hope that even grownups without young kids stick around to check out the work and encourage the next generation of writers, because if it's anything like the last time, you will be in for a treat!

May 1st is the start date. I was going to do it in April, but that got away from me, and I want to give people enough time to spread the word and tell their friends about it!

I have something in mind that I'm still working out the details on to make things extra special, but we will see what becomes of that idea over the next month. :)


What am I supposed to say here?

You would think I would have gotten better at this. But it doesn't come any easier.

I had hoped my next post here would be a fun announcement of the kids season followed by the mini season. Actually I started work on them last night...

But that was last night.

This is today, and today I received the news that alexpgp lost his battle with cancer.

You are all "equal" in my eyes - but I don't think I've ever been shy that he was one of my all time favorite writers. On top of that, he was an all around decent human being that I enjoyed emailing with.

I wish I had his words and his way of telling a story, so I could use it to say something here. But the moment is too raw.

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers - and go back through the archives and read some of his stuff. Because it deserves to be read. It deserves to be remembered. HE deserves to be remembered.

The world has lost an amazing talent, and a wonderful man.


Friending Frenzy

Just one more thing.

You have your winner post: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1048006.html

and the post where I say "Thank you" https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1048208.html

But this one is special - this is a chance for you to say "Thank You" to each other, in the form of new friendships!

Maybe you've been lurking all season (and I know there were a number of people who were. I see the votes. I know who you are. :D)

Maybe you've just never gotten around to friending people and want to use this as a chance.

Maybe you want to link this to your own LJ/DW and have people come over so they can be making new friends!

LJ. DW. Google. Facebook. Ello. Twitter. Wherever it is that you want to make friends.... this would be the place to let folks know where to find you!!!

Thank You

The Green Room has gone dark and people are filing out to congratulate the newest winner of LJ Idol on the lawn: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1048006.html

Before we depart though, I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for making this season special.

I know I keep saying that, but that's because it's true.

The internet is big and you've chosen to devote your time and efforts in my little corner, to support this crazy idea I had back in 2006. You've supported it, and keep coming back to support it... and hopefully you will tell your friends and they will come back and support it next time.

Yes. There is a next time. It's probably a mini season, and I don't know if it will be here at Livejournal or somewhere else. I'm still very much conflicted about that, and have a lot of things to think about between now and then.

That's in the future though, this is right now - and right now my shriveled twisted heart is full of gratitude and love for each and every one of you who has come through these doors from that first season to this.

A special shout out to eternal_ot who has been helping Idol out as our voice on Twitter and Ello!

and to murielle who has been running our Pinterest account! I couldn't have done this without you!

If you've enjoyed this season - and want to give back, don't forget the "Tip Jar", Patreon and purchasing from our Amazon Estore. Every little bit helps justify why I'm busy hanging out on my computer! :)

Again, thank you for everything - and I'll see you soon for the next season of Idol Minor, the special season for the kids. I hope that even if you can't compete, you will come out and support the next generation of writers!

After that - well, stay tuned....

Dreslinski Out.

LJ Idol Winner - Season 10

In an unusual season - there is an unusual ending.

In a "back to basics" season - it came back to the old school ending...

The newbie has won it all, and with impressive numbers in the biggest turn out of the season. Hopefully some of these people will stick around to see what comes next, and throw their own hat into the a future ring!

Until then though, congratulations to all three of our finalists for making it to this point, you were absolutely amazing and any one of you would have made a fantastic addition to the winner's circle.

With that said, there is only one person who can claim the ultimate prize - our winner of Season 10 - your LJ Idol - is marlawentmad!


Green Room - Week 32 - Day 8

#StandProud and honor our Final 3 https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1047373.html

Or #TakeaKnee to exercise what their sacrifices have given you as far as great writing this season: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1047373.html

Either way, it all comes to an end TONIGHT!

Vote - Week 32

A few words from clauderainsrm:

When I was planning out this Season, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. This was unexplored territory, a season that wasn’t “supposed to happen” in the twilight of Livejournal.

Instead of getting brand new graphics, I opted for a slightly modified version of the original that served as the background for Seasons 1-4. After all, this was Season 10. It was about the tradition.

179 people signed up to play this season, including some of our youngest contestants ever to attempt it. I feel confident in saying that the next generation of writers is in good hands at learning their craft while having a whole lot of fun with their words.

There were veterans, including some long lost friends who came out of the woodwork when I sent out my calls into the wild to see who might be interested in another shot. There were newbies, some of them had heard of what we do here, but had never experienced it. There were some who had absolutely no clue whatsoever what was going on.

That was Oct 31st 2016.

Almost a year ago, and there are only 3 people left standing.

In the meantime we had the biggest Livejournal homecoming in recent history. Things were jumping and folks were getting excited about the site again. Followed almost immediately with a backlash over the ToS that caused one of the biggest exoduses, and left our future here in quite a bit of doubt.

These 3 held the line and fought through all the distractions to get here.

A veteran of the modern era. A newbie. And a veteran of the “golden age”.

I’m not sure that I could have picked a group of three more diverse people in terms of writing style if I tried. But all three of them are really good at what they do.

Season 10, in retrospect, seems about finding that niche where you fit - and these are three people who excel at that - and their final words, the entries you are about to read, and vote on below, are well crafted examples of the kind of work they have been producing all season long. I’m really proud to know that one of these folks is about to join the ranks of the winners, that they are about to become a Livejournal Idol.
One signed up on Page 3. One on Page 5. The last one signed up on Page 6.

None of that probably makes a difference to you. But for me, it’s interesting. These are people who took a moment to consider before jumping. But they also weren’t running in at the last minute. It’s that kind of steadfastness that lead them to be able to navigate what has been a very unusual, I’d go as far as to say “weird at times” season. It led them here, to this final stop, this last execution.

3 enter. Only 1 will survive to be crowned the winner.

It’s entirely up to YOU to decide who that is going to be.

Read the entries. Comment. Vote for your favorite(s).

Tell a friend. Tell 3 friends. Spread the word. Because if this is something you love, that’s the only way there is going to be the chance for someone else to get a “next time”.

I don’t know if the sled is going to go down this particular hill again, so let’s make this one count!

The poll closes Monday, Sept 25th at 9pm EDT.

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2072814 LJ Idol - Season 10 - Week 32 - Finale
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:


Green Room - Week 32 - Day 4

Today is the FINAL deadline of Season 10! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1046766.html

I have so many emotions I'm not sure where to start with it. Hopefully I'll figure that out before the end though. ;)


Some of you may recall darkprism aka Allison Rogers.

For those who don't - if you love fiction in LJ Idol, she is the one to thank.

You know that "You can't be successful at doing (thing inserted here) in Idol!"? She is the one who broke fiction wide open. Came within a few votes of winning Season 5 with it.

It's been downhill ever since.

Now she's breaking something else wide open... well, I assume other people are doing it as well. But it's an interesting model. She's writing stories - on Patreon. https://www.patreon.com/DementedDee

and because I would be remiss if I didn't give myself a shout-out, even though it's the end of the season, if you want to support Idol during the off-season: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027 I'm certainly not going to say no to that. :D


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