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Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 3 - Day 5

The poll is now up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1056198.html

It occurred to me last night that I don't actually know the ages of all the contestants. I know some, and others I have decent idea, but not exactly how old. (I was discussing the season with someone I'm hoping can show up before this is over with something fun)

Granted, I don't know the ages of "regular Idol" contestants either. ;) I've actually been quite surprised by some of those. (usually "I thought I was a LOT older than them and it turns out that I'm not!". Although there have definitely been some that seemed older than they actually were.)


What has been inspiring you lately?

Vote - Week 3

A few words from clauderainsrm:

It’s Week 3, and these entries truly are the best thing.

Well, that’s the topic anyway: “The Best Thing” was their launching point, and there are 5 really cool stories waiting for you to enjoy.

So go check them out!

The poll will close on Thursday, May 24th at 8pm EDT

You can vote for as many entries as you feel like supporting, so make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Emphasis on that second part - commenting is really important. These are young writers who are coming out to share their talent, the least you can do is to say “Thank You”. :)

Poll #2081585 Idol Minor - Week 3

The Ballot:

Homer's entry

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 3 - Day 4

Today is the deadline for this week's topic: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1055269.html

It's funny how quickly this has gone. I know it's only 4 weeks total, but it seems like we just got started a minute ago.

On the other hand, pretty much everything I had set up ended up falling through. I had guest Mentors (published authors of children's books) and librarians making lists of their favorite age-appropriate books. But just like Livejournal itself, those people seemed to fall into a pit and not come back out again.

Usually I don't mention when things *don't* happen, because I prefer to concentrate on the positive. But I did want you to know that there was stuff that was supposed to happen, and who knows, maybe they *will* come through.

How did YOUR weekend go? I spent most of mine at work (trying to get in some overtime to pay for this "foot thing".)

Anyone doing anything exciting?

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 3 - Day 1

The new topic is up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1055269.html

and while we are waiting for the next batch of entries this is a good time to tell you that there has been another donation to the Community Chest! It now stands at $50!!

Which means if all of the current writers get to the finish line at the end of Week 4, they will be getting $10 each! Not bad. But if you have been enjoying their entries for the last couple weeks and want to give a little something to them as a thank you for a job well done - send it to paypal.me/GDreslinski and I will be giving it out at the end of the season!


I'm actually starting to get excited about the next mini season of Idol. It comes in waves of excited, nervous and then back to "why am I doing this?" when I think about how much work it actually is, then back to excited again.

It's something we've never done before, combined with something we've only done once. It's everything you love, plus a few new things that I hope you will enjoy.

It's coming in September, so I really hope anyone who reads this will start spreading the buzz.

Topic - Idol MInor - Week 3

Week 1 was embarrassing.

Week 2? Monstrous.

Week 3 though?

That topic is

The Best Thing

Literally, that's the topic. "The Best Thing".

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, May 21st at 8pm EDT.

We are only 2 entries away from the end. So I hope you've been saving the best for last!

Have fun!

Green Room - Week 2 - Day 7

It's the final day to get your vote in! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1054620.html

The poll *may not* close on time tonight. I need to work late and while I can't really do that in a regular season, since no one is being eliminated, if it ends up staying up for a little longer in the process, I don't *think* anyone is going to hate me forever. Well, at least not for that!

It's not the final day to read the Home Game entry, but it's just as good of a day as any to do that! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1054101.html

Hopefully other folks waiting in the wings will get an early start to my next big announcement by doing the Home Game!


How has your week been going?

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 2 - Day 6

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the bane of writers. It's what many of us end up with and those who don't have it, dread that it could be coming.

Which is why I was completely blindsided today.

I just got back from the Doctor's office and more likely than not I have Tarsel Tunnel Syndrome. It's all the fun of carpal, but it's in your foot! There's not much "street cred" in that. ;)

So while we are celebrating that development - go read the entries for this week! I still need to go comment, but if you haven't checked them out yet, you are missing some cool stuff: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1054620.html

Vote - Idol Minor - Week 2

A few words from clauderainsrm:

Some of my favorite memories from when I was a kid involve watching old monster movies at my Grandma’s house.

Dracula. Frankenstein. The Mummy. The Wolf-Man, The Invisible Man (My user name is actually a take on the actor Claude Rains) … Godzilla and all of his friends. These were my frames of reference in the world of monsters.

The real life ones were all too real, but I hadn’t really thought of them that way - I just knew that monsters were better than dealing with people.

I also had the ones from Sesame Street, who were helpful and friendly, but still monsters.

I had the ones from books, some good, some bad - but most of them were pretty interesting, and existed in this world that it felt like if you squinted just enough, at the right time and the right angle, maybe you could see into it.

This week, our topic was Monsters. (and for the adults who HAVEN’T read the graphic novel “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”, I highly recommend it)

There are 5 really cool tales from 5 really cool writers, all of them the best kind of monsters that there are. :)

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

No one is getting eliminated, so you can vote for as many as you feel like supporting - and PLEASE leave comments so that the writers can know how much you like their work!

The poll closes Thursday May 17th at 8pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

Poll #2081365 Idol Minor - Week 2

The Ballot:

Homer's entry

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 2 - Day 4

The contestant entries are due tonight: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1053439.html I haven't read the ones that have come in yet, but if last week is any indication, I'm expecting them to be really good.

There is also the Home Game thread, for those who don't qualify to participate for this particular special season: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1054101.html ("old people")


What monsters have YOU been battling lately?

Home Game - Idol Minor - Week 2

What if you are over the age of 12, but want to talk about Monsters?

That's why the Home Game exists! Just post the links to your entries here!


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