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Thank You

While I wait to take a look at the results (and they are *close*) I want to take a few moments to thank the Gatekeepers who came out to help!

As always, these are people who went above and beyond, taking the time out of their busy schedules - because I *asked them*. Want to experience how much people love something you create? Get them to put in time and effort for it. That feeling of gratitude is something that *never* fades.

I'm especially excited because there are actually two long-time Idolers, members of the 100 Week Club, who have *never* been Gatekeepers before!!! Why? Because they are usually still in the competition when they show up!

For the first Gatekeeper round, many of them had no previous exposure to your work. For this time? Most of them do. Which I thought would create an interesting dynamic to see how those two groups differed.

Granted, they were two different weeks - but the results were fairly similar to each other in most regards.

Which, considering that I know these people's tastes - and they differ with the first group of Gatekeepers, that reaffirms that the voters clearly knew what they were doing by bringing together our Top 18.

All of that said,

Let's get to the Thank Yous!

Your Gatekeepers for this round were:

fourzoas - It's one of the worst kept secrets that she's one of my favorite writers, and people. And it's not just because we share a birthday! When she's not kicking ass writing, she's busy serving as the Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing and Teaching at a college in MS.

Not even the Russians could keep Kathrynrose away! :) You know her. You love her. She was probably one of the first people to say "Hello" to you this season and an incredible writer as well. If it wasn't for LJ changing things on us midstream, I have no doubt that she would having been standing on the other side of this exchange, cursing my name for bringing in Gatekeepers!

Speaking of Gatekeepers, I also brought back one of the most shocking exits of this season - from the last round of Gatekeepers. She was the first newbie to get immunity in the early weeks, and on most people's short list for the person they thought could end up winning. (based on what I've heard folks saying) - my_name_is_jenn!

The first of the "people who have never been Gatekeepers before", despite having been around Idol for a really long time - is alycewilson! Not only did she end up having a great run this season, but her son did as well! "Alyce Wilson has an MFA in poetry from Pennsylvania State University and has been published inThe Leading Edge, Poetry New York, The Texas Poetry Journal, Mad Poets, Kalleidetrope and Zuzu’s Petals Quarterly Online. Her chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs, and book of essays and columns, The Art of Life, are available from her portfolio site."

She also runs the online literary magazine http://www.wildviolet.net/

It's been a few years since we have seen applespicy in Idol. But those who have been around for long enough may have just gulped a little bit knowing that she was here, reading, and silently judging you! ;)

A name that *everyone* this season would know, and someone who wasn't around long enough to be the Spirit, but who really personified a lot of what this season has been, up to this point, was llblckraincloud, which is why I thought it was important to bring them back for this! "I'm a writer. I publish under the pen name "Cloud S. Riser". I've made the transition to DW as "divinemusings" (but I still check in on LJ often too if people want to add me there)

Elizabeth Hawksworth is a First Nations activist. You may know her from several seasons of LJ Idol, or from the Washington Post, HuffPost or Indian Country Media Network (yes, I totally Googled to find that one) She work a marketing manager position in the day, where she seems to spend quite a bit of time dealing with writers! She has two books published, Break for Beauty and Lake Effect: Voices of Toronto's History!

"chite, who was once Lynne Powell and who is now Lynne Glowacki, was the Season 4 LJ Idol winner and now does most of her writing professionally as a government contractor. She has five children and no time but was happy to take some this week to read Idol entries. "

Anyone who knows Idol history knows that Season 4 was one of the most difficult seasons *ever*. I just need to point that out to the newbies!

Last, but never least, is the other "has never been a Gatekeeper". I'm not entirely sure that she's ever been *voted out* before the Top 20. Unless I am missing something huge, I am pretty confident that she holds the record for the most times in the Top 10, and is one of the few who have even been in back-to-back finals! If there is anyone who knows what it takes to be at this stage of the game, it's gratefuladdict! She is seriously a legend and I am the one grateful that she accepted the invite to come help out this time around!

I'm grateful to *all* of you who stepped up to help out this week - and I know the writers are as well.

Thank you so much!

Now I'm going to go tally those results...


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Jul. 11th, 2017 02:15 am (UTC)
Chite! <3 <3 <3

Jul. 11th, 2017 02:15 am (UTC)
Wow. That is an impressive list of names (again). Thank you all for your time and previous (and future) words, I've enjoyed reading all of your stuff.

Going to make dinner now and not refresh frantically. Sure...
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, so many great names, some of my very faves *ahem* AlyceWilson, Chite and, oh my gosh the brilliant writer, mommy and all around incredible human Gratefuladdict!!!

Such a talented group. Thank you all for reading!

Jul. 11th, 2017 04:59 am (UTC)
Wow - such kind words! :) I don't recognize your username! Have we met before?
Jul. 13th, 2017 07:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, you know me, lol!
I had to get a new name! I used to be monkeysugarmama!
Jul. 14th, 2017 05:39 pm (UTC)
Helloooooo sweet friend!!! <3
Jul. 15th, 2017 12:07 am (UTC)
When I saw your name on the panel I was so excited but then I realized you probably didn't even know who I was, lol! I abandoned FB just before New Years, but I hope you and the yours are doing brilliantly. You are the best and I meant every word I said!
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:18 am (UTC)
Thank you to all the Gatekeepers! Some of you I know, and have played with this season, and the mini-season last calendar year. Some of you I haven't "met" yet, but look forward to getting to know you in seasons to come. I know this must have been hard for you because my fellow idolers outdid themselves.

Thank you for taking making the time to read our work. :-)
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:21 am (UTC)
I had fun and thank you again! <3
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you were able to rejoin us as a Gatekeeper! I hope the health situation is going better now.
Jul. 12th, 2017 12:04 am (UTC)
Yes, I finally got back to my full brain function in April? May? Somewhere in there.
Jul. 12th, 2017 01:26 am (UTC)
Whew! I didn't see an update on that, so this is very good news. :)
Jul. 12th, 2017 01:31 am (UTC)
I stopped writing personal things in my LJ during the big switch over, which happened during all of my recovery. I'm just very glad it's all done now.
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:29 am (UTC)
Strong group of Gatekeepers in the week where my brain trying to write a REAL entry wasn't going to happen...

Or maybe I'd been gone no matter what. I have breaking points after all.

I still love you, even if you don't love me.
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:55 am (UTC)
Eeeep, such a great list of names! Yay, my_name_is_jenn, I miss you! And alycewilson and kathrynrose. I'm so excited you all were the gatekeepers!

Thank you to all of you for taking the time to read all our works! It's incredible that you all make the time to do that. We're very lucky!
Jul. 11th, 2017 03:05 am (UTC)
That's one heck of a list! Thank you all for taking time to do this!

(Slightly jealous, lol)
Jul. 11th, 2017 03:09 am (UTC)
Yet another powerhouse lineup of gatekeepers. It's not just "All Star Week" in Major League Baseball!

But the revelation I had was that alycewilson spent some quality time in Central Pennsylvania! My Alma Mater, Bucknell, is about an hour east of Penn State.

Thanks to you all for doing the dirty work.
Jul. 11th, 2017 04:07 am (UTC)
More than a few people I read last week were there back when I last competed in Idol! It was awesome to see those names again. If anyone remembers me, they might also remember that I wasn't great at participating in the GR, so I probably won't post again... but you never know, I might be reading ;)

It was so fun to dip my toes back in Idol again, and the entries I read were fantastic. It was tough to make my picks! Great job to everyone who has made it this far, genuinely. I remember well how grueling Idol can be. And thank you clauderainsrm for allowing me to participate and experience a little bit of Idol again :)
Jul. 11th, 2017 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank you for inviting us, Gary!! So much fun to read all of your entries - discover some great writers I haven't seen before, and see how others have continued to hone their craft. Congrats to all of you for making it this far and creating cool stuff. Thanks for having me!
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to do this! I hope you'll be back writing with us at some point, and that maybe things are settling down a little for you with the kids being slightly older?
Jul. 14th, 2017 05:40 pm (UTC)
Things are settling down a TINY bit but still a mile a minute!! Having two littles on the spectrum with multiple therapies has made things interesting. My husband left his job a couple months ago to stay home with them full time, and that has helped!!

All this to say, I don't know what my Idol future holds, but we shall see. :)
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:24 am (UTC)
Thank you to all the gatekeepers! Some names were familiar, some not, but it takes a lot of work and thought to do this, which may have been hard to fit into busy lives. It was very much appreciated.
Jul. 11th, 2017 12:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the invite, Gary! As always, I had a great time reading your entries--a welcome break from the stuff I read on a daily basis!
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:40 pm (UTC)
I can't believe you found the time to participate, but thanks for doing it!

Even my nagging you to join these last couple of rounds hasn't helped with getting you enough time to write regular entries, so this was a nice surprise. Still hoping you'll be back someday...
Jul. 11th, 2017 12:26 pm (UTC)
Well hello there!
Aah what was it, 16 entries in 11 days? Good times.

I really do have a crazy life now. I got re-married and had a 3rd baby, and gained 2 additional kids through marriage. I've had very little time to write for myself anymore but I do have a wonderful job and a really amazing life.

Gary, thank you for asking me to be a gatekeeper. I really enjoyed reading the entries and seeing how much things have changed since Season 4!
Jul. 11th, 2017 02:26 pm (UTC)
I do not envy you this job. Thank you all!
Jul. 11th, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
I was traveling all day yesterday, and am just now getting onto Idol.

Thank you, gatekeepers!
Jul. 11th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Gatekeepers! What an amazing collection of readers, for a very hard job indeed. :D
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