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Green Room - Week 25 - Day 6

Happy End of the Fiscal Year Banquet Day!

What? EVERYONE wasn't told to not go to the office today, but rather straight to where they are having a banquet to celebrate the end of the state's fiscal year? Oh man, this is embarrassing. What am I going to do with all this cake?

I can't just give it to you... I'll leave it out in the rain. I'm sure that I will be able to make it again when it's time to actually celebrate...

Um, I may have forgot that I didn't actually save that recipe. Oh well, the cake is ruined now. Water-logged cake anyone?


Thank you for everyone's support and words of encouragement yesterday. I'm not sure I can fully articulate just what that means to me, and how it keeps me going. I stayed up late last night talking to my close and personal friend John McCain and convincing him that the best way to make something better is to actually have two sides of an issue sit down and hammer out a compromise. To be fair, he may have thought I was going to give him cake. I did not.

There is a poll happening right now. No one there is going to get cake. But they may end up being safe this week - if you decide to vote for them. Which is a pretty sweet reward all it's own. So you should go do that http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1034591.html


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Jul. 28th, 2017 11:22 am (UTC)

I didn't say this yesterday, but if it wasn't for Idol I never would've met the people I've met IRL, I never would have the friends I have because of Idol, and I probably would've never written another word without Idol.

I'm not very good at mushiness. I like to think, though, that my presence here speaks louder than words.
Jul. 28th, 2017 01:20 pm (UTC)
I have many of these same feels.

I mean even look where I'm at with my improv. I may not be here had I not met an improviser through Idol who inspired me to pursue it further, who became a friend who I wanted to see in person, and then ended up with a festival performance opportunity because I met friends of his. This improviser as well as other friends I made through Idol, I have met in person multiple times, despite long distances. I'm hoping to catch up with two more of them (for the 3rd in person meeting) at the tail end of my current road trip. The aforementioned festival will be my 5th opportunity to see in person that friend. I have another Idol friend who is currently tied with him for number of times meeting in person. I cherish those friendships.

And, yeah, I probably wouldn't have published the books I have.
Jul. 28th, 2017 01:47 pm (UTC)
In the fantasy part of my brain, where we all have lots of spare time and tons of money, that it would be nice to have an IdolCon in some fabulous location, where we can all get together and meet our real-world selves.
Jul. 28th, 2017 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah, knowing the unlikelihood of being able to make a big event of that is why I've only gone to visit specific people or organised small meet ups with people living close to each other (I organised one in Philadelphia and one in Virginia back in 2011).
Gary Dreslinski
Jul. 28th, 2017 02:18 pm (UTC)
Sneaking in from the banquet :) That almost happened a few years ago. A friend of a friend was organizing a con, and asked about there being an Idol panel, which became a writing track, which was ultimately cancelled due to their funding falling through.
Jul. 28th, 2017 02:27 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, I remember that!
Jul. 28th, 2017 02:28 pm (UTC)
Too bad it fell through. That would have been a fun panel. Money may be the root of all evil, but it is also the stuff of dreams.
Jul. 28th, 2017 11:53 pm (UTC)
I approve!!
Jul. 28th, 2017 01:39 pm (UTC)
Your "End of Year Banquet" is in MacArthur Park?

Hopefully, it's not too late to fete you, then, and that you haven't let all the sweet green icing go to your head.

Good wishes for good things! We still can have good things happen, you know.
Jul. 28th, 2017 07:28 pm (UTC)
Rain cake - delicious, if a little melty, and there are fewer people to share it with. Thanks!

Hoping you did not actually have an enforced office 'party' in the rain.
Jul. 29th, 2017 12:05 am (UTC)
I didn't get to comment yesterday either. It's funny, on my way to work this week I was thinking I really needed to contact the person who got me involved in idle a decade ago. It was Barry. I think you guys were friends in real life somehow? He was my supervisor at the time and a writer and he was participating in this cool online writing contest. I had told him I missed writing and he urged me to get involved. The rest is history.

Idol has been many things for me over the years. Inspiration and introspection. Free therapy - yay for free therapy! Socialization during a time I was very lonely. The ability to be pushed to do better, write better by great writers. This is my one creative escape I get that is all for ME!

I have a co-worker I discuss Idol with and last week she made a comment about "this thing that is such a big part of your life." She was talking about your lil ole writing competition.

You may not have set out to mean this much to so many people but Idol is a destination and a refuge, a community for a lot of people.

Edited at 2017-07-29 12:05 am (UTC)
Jul. 29th, 2017 02:08 am (UTC)
Barry never participated, he was a Gatekeeper once though. (Maybe twice at this point.)

It's funny though, because we met online in a community for comic book fan fic and became big fans of each other's work. That became a friendship that I was fortunate enough to get to hang out with him and his wife a few times.

My cat 'Mulgee is actually Ocmulgee Macon Reese Dreslinski, since they are her "god parents". :)

When I was offered a chance to write for Marvel Comics, I was going through my divorce/falling apart and passed along his name as someone they should approach, a move that launched his writing career!

That said, it really kind of amuses me that he was the one to get you into Idol - because when I quit writing fanfic to work on this Idol thing he was *really* upset about it... he wanted me to keep writing and thought this was a distraction to that. (He wasn't wrong. I just thought I had more to offer by doing this than I did from my actual writing)

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