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Work Room - Week 24

The new topics are up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1030779.html

That's one thing that this season really hasn't had much practice at, more than 1 topic. Season 4 had 16 topics in a week and a half at the Final 4. ;)

I'm not saying we are doing that this season. But I'm also saying it just in case there's anyone who says "We can't do it in that time frame...". Ultimately, you can do anything you want to put in the time to do, it's a matter of "Do I want to write?"

I'm not saying "Write for Idol". I'm talking to the hypothetical person out there looking at this and saying "I don't have time to write anymore".

I'm looking at myself as well.

Because you have the time, it's just been filled with something else, something that is "not writing". Maybe that "not writing" is more important. But maybe there is space you *can* make for writing in your life. No matter how busy you are. A little time, every day, when you can just sit down and create!

I hope you do. Or, if you don't - that it is something you can find again.


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Jul. 11th, 2017 03:14 am (UTC)
Okay, this might be a really dumb question, but I've never had a two-topic week before. We write two entries, one per topic? Or one entry that combines both topics? I'm thinking it's the first, based on the 16 analogy, but I want to make sure!
Jul. 11th, 2017 04:16 am (UTC)
Part of me wants to jump in and answer this, and part of me is scratching my head at the uncharacteristically non-specific wording on our fearless leader's part.

Traditionally two topics = two entries. Like sixteen topics equal sixteen entries (although IIRC, those were actually submitted four at a time in a kind of rotation every few days).

And usually he says something about identifying which entry is for which topic, which he hasn't said, so um.

Jul. 11th, 2017 11:52 am (UTC)
Yes, 2 topics = 2 entries.

And please label which is which. :)

Jul. 11th, 2017 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!
Jul. 11th, 2017 03:33 am (UTC)
16 topics in ten days?! Either Mister LJ Idol is teasing us with his past Gary Gory Glory or he's possibly prepping us for some serious carnage.

Still, the point is very well taken. We are all doing things that could prevent us from writing and if we were more focused on the task, we might actually accomplish something good! This is some tough love being doled out here.

I'm reminded of the old joke about a guy standing outside of a Casino. He sees a wealthy patron about to enter the establishment and says "Oh, please, I desperately need money for my very sick mother. She needs to go to a hospital right away." The patron eyes the gent up and down and says, "How do I know you aren't going to use any money I give you for gambling?" Without blinking, the fellow says, "Oh, I've got gambling money!"

And that's the point! We all do have some spare time we can use to do what we want. But are we squandering it or savoring it?

I could say more, but I better start thinking about these topics!
Jul. 11th, 2017 03:56 am (UTC)
I first found Idol during season 4 after it was underway, and read and voted through the end. I remember thinking that they were doing an impossible thing, writing so often and to so many different prompts, and was impressed at everyone who was creating so many interesting stories and good words.

So let's all do the impossible folks!
Jul. 11th, 2017 01:12 pm (UTC)
I always learn something from Idol. A canard is also a part of an airplane. Frankly, I think it sounds like a duck.

I hope Gary clarifies whether each topic requires its own entry, or whether one entry combining both topics is OK. "Not '2 choices'. 2 topics" is ambiguous.

Edited at 2017-07-11 01:18 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)
"Duck" was also my first association for "canard," probably because St Canard was the city that Darkwing Duck operated out of. Apparently, "canard" is also French for "duck." So you were right even if you weren't thinking of the Terror that Flaps in the Night.
Jul. 11th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
I went straight to duck - apparently my HS French is still rattling around my brain somewhere.
Then my husband than made a "hoist on your own canard" crack, which I'm vaguely tempted to try to do something with.
Jul. 12th, 2017 12:41 am (UTC)
That brings up a nicely weird image!
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