November 16th, 2010


Green Room - Week 2 - Day 7

Hey Snow White, it’s gonna be alright.

The rest of you – there are no guarantees!

Especially not with a poll out there active and waiting to decide your fate and the fates of everyone around you!

(Not just in the competition, but the Greater Poll that decides who gets voted out of Everyday Life. Make sure you vote in that one too and cast your votes for your favorites to stick around!! )

So, other than the looming certainty that every day takes us all one day closer to the end, how are you doing?? : )

Week 2 - Results

It's that time again.

I hate this day. But I also know that it's what is going to happen week after week. My hope is that the people walking away will stick around and continue to get something out of the experience, even if they aren't part of the polls - and that given that there will be chances to jump back into the game later on, that they will consider taking that shot when it comes.

I really hope that people take this opportunity to say goodbye and let folks know just how appreciated they are in the group. (1) They ARE and (2) Sooner or later you will, more likely than not, be in their shoes.

There are some notable names in this week's eliminations. Names that I did not expect to be seeing for quite some time.

Leaving us this time around are



Thank you so much for coming out this season, and as I said above, I hope you stick around to see what is coming next, and write for the Home Game!

New Tribe

The place to say goodbye to those leaving us this week is - make sure to take the time to go over there and let them know that they will be missed.

Last week, the people who ALMOST eliminated received a "second chance" to move to their own tribe, and bring along some friends.

This week is no different. It's the same opportunity, a potential new lease on life in a new tribe, to continue to reshape tribal make-ups, size, and maybe how the game will ultimately play itself out!

Each of the following contestants



needs to pick *2 other contestants* to bring along with them to the new tribe! Email me at or via LJ with your picks by Friday Nov 19th at 6pm EST

Topic - Week 3

You've made it through another week! That wasn't so hard now was it?

You can already see the victory circle from here can't you? Of course you can.

Just take a step toward it, get a closer look. Doesn't it look pretty?

Isn't it nice? It looks like such a nice place to go. Why don't we take another step closer to it? 

Oh, yeah, btw - almost forgot to mention


(and also your topic this week!)

Just link your entries back to this thread by Saturday Nov 20th at 6pm EST.

Have fun!

Work Room - Week 3

When I walked into the Borders the other day I was immediately met by an author promoting his book.

The table was close to the front door, and he was standing up, engaging people when they walked in. I sidestepped as he caught someone else with his well rehearsed spiel – telling them what sort of book it was (using various examples of other things they might already know) and trying to hook them. He smiled as he talked, and found a way to physically put a book in their hands.

It was pretty classic huckster mode.

He struck out more often than not – but he kept it up and I did see a few copies make their way to the register during my time there.

Seeing this of course made me chuckle – because I thought of how many times I’ve heard someone talk about “popularity” and how being able to market yourself *wasn’t a part of writing”. That guy would probably laugh too.

So would the vast majority of published writers.

Getting your foot in the door in the first place is a combination of being able to tell a compelling story and finding a way to stand out from the crowd, to get noticed. Every step after that is about being able to sell what you have actually produced – to get into the hands of likely readers.

Even people published by one of the “big publishers” end up at book signings/conventions – and it’s not just as a thank you to their current fans, it’s an outreach to create a buzz that helps them gain more, and hopefully sell more books.

It’s a balancing act. You can write the greatest piece of literature ever seen in the world – and if you just sit back and expect someone to find it and recognize your genius, you are going to be in for a disappointment.

If you try to sell yourself *too hard* you become annoying and alienate the very people you are trying to reach.

Somewhere in there is that perfect line to walk, of letting people know you are out there but not being pushy. Heck, in our “real lives” most of us probably have to do this well – in school, at work, with various social organizations – getting recognized is as much about the hard work you put in as it is someone seeing that hard work and being able to appreciate it.

It’s there in everyday life, it’s certainly there if you want to break into professional writing, and it’s in Idol.

Where is *your* line when it comes to promoting your own work and how does it impact how you view the actions of others when they promote theirs?


Oh yeah, there’s also a new topic –

Have fun discussing and brainstorming!