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Vote - Week 32

A few words from clauderainsrm:

When I was planning out this Season, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. This was unexplored territory, a season that wasn’t “supposed to happen” in the twilight of Livejournal.

Instead of getting brand new graphics, I opted for a slightly modified version of the original that served as the background for Seasons 1-4. After all, this was Season 10. It was about the tradition.

179 people signed up to play this season, including some of our youngest contestants ever to attempt it. I feel confident in saying that the next generation of writers is in good hands at learning their craft while having a whole lot of fun with their words.

There were veterans, including some long lost friends who came out of the woodwork when I sent out my calls into the wild to see who might be interested in another shot. There were newbies, some of them had heard of what we do here, but had never experienced it. There were some who had absolutely no clue whatsoever what was going on.

That was Oct 31st 2016.

Almost a year ago, and there are only 3 people left standing.

In the meantime we had the biggest Livejournal homecoming in recent history. Things were jumping and folks were getting excited about the site again. Followed almost immediately with a backlash over the ToS that caused one of the biggest exoduses, and left our future here in quite a bit of doubt.

These 3 held the line and fought through all the distractions to get here.

A veteran of the modern era. A newbie. And a veteran of the “golden age”.

I’m not sure that I could have picked a group of three more diverse people in terms of writing style if I tried. But all three of them are really good at what they do.

Season 10, in retrospect, seems about finding that niche where you fit - and these are three people who excel at that - and their final words, the entries you are about to read, and vote on below, are well crafted examples of the kind of work they have been producing all season long. I’m really proud to know that one of these folks is about to join the ranks of the winners, that they are about to become a Livejournal Idol.
One signed up on Page 3. One on Page 5. The last one signed up on Page 6.

None of that probably makes a difference to you. But for me, it’s interesting. These are people who took a moment to consider before jumping. But they also weren’t running in at the last minute. It’s that kind of steadfastness that lead them to be able to navigate what has been a very unusual, I’d go as far as to say “weird at times” season. It led them here, to this final stop, this last execution.

3 enter. Only 1 will survive to be crowned the winner.

It’s entirely up to YOU to decide who that is going to be.

Read the entries. Comment. Vote for your favorite(s).

Tell a friend. Tell 3 friends. Spread the word. Because if this is something you love, that’s the only way there is going to be the chance for someone else to get a “next time”.

I don’t know if the sled is going to go down this particular hill again, so let’s make this one count!

The poll closes Monday, Sept 25th at 9pm EDT.

Good luck to everyone!





Poll #2072814 LJ Idol - Season 10 - Week 32 - Finale
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

73(49.0%)
25(16.8%)
51(34.2%)

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
clauderainsrm
Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:19 am (UTC)
A stat that is probably interesting to only me:

Take a look at the list of winners from "Full Seasons".

Seasons 1, 2 and 3 the winners all had names that were on the back section of the alphabet.

4, 5, 6, and 7 were all from the beginning.

8 and 9 went back to the back.

This is the first time that there will be someone that isn't from one of the extremes in the winner rankings! It will either be a M or a P!
joeymichaels
Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:31 am (UTC)
We mini-season/Exhibit people broke new ground when it came to alphabetical concerns.
clauderainsrm
Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:38 am (UTC)
You absolutely did. These folks are building on the foundation you left them - and turning that into full season magic!
joeymichaels
Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:53 am (UTC)
I, for one, welcome our new middle-of-the-alphabet supreme leader.
alycewilson
Sep. 23rd, 2017 07:49 am (UTC)
You did something even amazing: went completely undercover, too, a daring approach to the season, and killed it!
marlawentmad
Sep. 22nd, 2017 04:05 am (UTC)
I definitely took a lot of moments before jumping. I hadn't written fiction in years, and I had only started sharing my poetry at small gatherings in the past year. It was only Suesniffsglue's persistence in suggesting I enter the fray which gave me the sea legs to get aboard. I am forever grateful to be a part of this strange voyage, wherever it lands me next week.
penpusher
Sep. 22nd, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC)
There really is a lot to say here, but I would edit it down to say this.

LJ Idol is, at its heart, a writing workshop. And that's one of its greatest triumphs. Being able to get out there, be able to write material and get feedback from readers is something every writer DREAMS of, and that is the element that should keep it alive and going for as long as we can.

No matter who wins, this has been a winning season and I think most people would agree, we had some tremendous work created this year.

On the alphabetical, it feels like those of us that are in the "middle" of the pack never have an advantage in the standard voting polls. We're never at the top or the bottom of the list and we can get lost in the shuffle, especially in the early weeks when there are dozens of writers.

This page 3 Vet of the Modern Era salutes you and the efforts that have kept LJ Idol going all these seasons.
hwango
Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:28 am (UTC)
There were some who had absolutely no clue whatsoever what was going on.

I still have no idea what's going on.

But here we are at the end. I realized later that in my acceptance speech (that is to say, the speech in which I was forced to accept that I'd been eliminated) I failed to acknowledge our glorious overlord. So, just wanted to say "thanks," Gary, for all that you put into this. It must take an extraordinary amount of time and effort to write prompt posts, write discussion posts, manage polls, send crippling nightmares to people who didn't work on their entries on a particular day, and attend to all of the other myriad tasks required to keep such an activity up and running for almost a year. I was happy to be a part of the madness, and I hope there will be another season in the future. If nothing else, it would be terrible to miss the opportunity for jokes about the competition "going to eleven."
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