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Green Room - Week 29 - Day 11

I renumbered yesterday because it was *way* off. :)

I've been counting the votes that have been coming in - and one thing is clear, opinions are all over the place!

Which is usual, especially for this season. Votes have been slow, but steady. I'm sure as we get closer to next Monday, they are going to be picking up - so don't forget to vote, and encourage others to do so as well.

Because here is one truth that I can share with you - one that is true this week, and will be true until the finale. I know this, because it's true every year at this stage:

The ball is going to bounce against every single person, except one.

People are going to write their hearts out and produce stuff that you love - and that ball may end up bouncing against them.

The only real control you have over that is making sure you point the ball toward your preferred angle and hope for a bounce that goes your way.

Losing any of these 5 is going to be bad. They all put out great portfolios, and I'm proud to see them being showcased. But that ball is going to bounce for someone, and against someone else. It certainly won't be a reflection of their talent. Just that sometimes luck really does play a factor when you get to the end game.

You just have to put out the best work you can, put the word out as loud as you can to get people to show up to support you, and hope for the best.

The entries can be read over at https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1042901.html and if you still have questions, there's a discussion of what's going on in yesterday's Green Room: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1043185.html


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Aug. 31st, 2017 03:24 am (UTC)
Day 11 at 11:11. That's a whole lot of wishing.

And speaking of, I think the element of positive thought has to play, because once you write and submit, you turn your work over to the audience. You can't make anybody think what they should about the piece. It has to be in there before you submit. And while you might provoke some thoughts in the audience, you really can't be sure that they'll like your work more than someone else's.

Good luck to everybody!!
Aug. 31st, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
Now that I've re-read the voting instructions, I'm more stymied than ever. But I am reading...
Sep. 1st, 2017 12:54 am (UTC)
Is the "Best Overall" vote for an entry or is it for a person? What I mean is, are we voting for a particular piece or is it for the strongest portfolio?

Edited at 2017-09-01 12:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 1st, 2017 02:03 am (UTC)
For an entry. As I said elsewhere, when the first person asked that question I went "Damn! That's what I *should* have done!" But I didn't. So chalk that one up to "if it comes up in the future..." :)
Sep. 1st, 2017 11:28 am (UTC)
Good. I was annotating my spreadsheet by the entry and I didn't want to mess up the voting any more than I had to.
Sep. 3rd, 2017 05:43 am (UTC)
I guess the only other thing I can add here is that, as a voter, I imagine you are compelled to select one of the five choices you made as the "best overall," because those were the five you liked from each writer. It wasn't made clear that you could pick five and then pick a sixth that was separate from all of those that was even better than the five. That's a fairly esoteric way of handling this.

Again, it's probably not going to really matter in the end because all five writers are floating in that same boat. But I don't believe this particular style of voting is actually giving you what you intended/hoped for specifically because the instructions within the vote were not intuitive.
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