February 15th, 2011


Green Room - Week 13 - Day 7

Today is the deadline for the last of the Second Chancers to make their final stand http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/427561.html and for four members of the main competition, we will be saying the same thing, but being a little more direct about it http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/427510.html

Today is Tuesday, and the last day of the Week 13.

Week 13. Much like tides, you can't explain that.

Today is the first day of the rest of your. . . .whatever it is that you are doing.

What will today mean? That's up to you to decide.

The Avett Brothers told you to "decide what to be and go be it". You should listen. Go. Do it. Right now.

Back already? How was it?

What did you decide to be? How did it go?

Well, yeah, deciding to be a basketball might not work out as cool as you thought it would. Then again, maybe it would under the right circumstances!

Results - Week 13

During the course of this week I went back to see if all Week 13's had their rough spots.

Maybe there is something to the superstition or just maybe that's just a point where things get a little intense.

At any rate, I had a feeling that we would end up with another nail-biter this week, and it certainly didn't disappoint.

Especially since not one, but TWO of the remaining IMMUNITY TOKENS were played this week.

In Tribe 1, ckocher had one. Which saved her from going into a tie-breaker.

Unfortunately, that means the other two contestants have been eliminated.


In Tribe 2, the immunity token was played by roina_arwen to save herself.

Which means that awriterswindow has been eliminated, and there is a tie-breaker between

abutterflykissx and phoenixejc

The Topic is Calling Your Bluff

The deadline for the two of you to link your entries back to the specified thread (below) is tomorrow, Wed Feb 16th at 10pm EST. Have fun you two!

As for those leaving us this week - as soon as SCI is officially over, there will be a Home Game thread. I hope to see you there, and around the Green & Work Rooms. After all, you never know what is going to happen next - and there are still a couple "back in the game" tokens floating around!

Second Chance Idol

All 8 Second Chance Idolers showed up this week.

I was wondering if that would happen or not. But they did. . .

Just in time for them ALL TO BE ELIMINATED.

That's right. None of them are in SCI anymore.


Because by showing up in the Final Week, when it was all on the line, by throwing that last hail mary - they earned a spot in the game.

Congratulations. :)

If you want to read their entries (and I suggest that you do, they are in the main competition now after all) you can find them at http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/427561.html

They are in as of Week 14. In other words, as soon as I post the new topic. No rest for the wicked. Or for the former members of SCI for that matter!

Thank you to everyone who made SCI so successful!

Work Room - Week 14

There is a Results thread: http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/428444.html
a Second Chance Idol announcement: http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/428754.html
and a new topic http://community.livejournal.com/therealljidol/428897.html

Tuesday nights are busy here in Idol!

We also have the Work Room.

I've said this before (and I will likely say this again knowing me) this is your space to hash out ideas and thoughts about writing in general.

Last week we will lucky enough to have alexpgp stop in as a Guest Mentor. I hope everyone enjoyed that.

This week - well, we have another treat. Someone else who has been there, done that - from a different perspective, and I know she has a lot to say and share.

Again, you know her - you love her.

Arguably, the hardest working contestant in Idol history (I think making sure that you have a wifi connection in your recovery room so that immediately after giving birth you can get out an entry - thankfully she didn't have to do that - qualifies you for that title)



Good evening/morning/afternoon, class (depending on when you're reading this)!

My name is (WRITES ON THE BOARD) alycewilson, but you can call me Alyce, or Miss Alyce if you're nasty (or under 6 years old, or non-human). You can find out more about me (and my books, including my recent collection, The Art of Life which includes some pieces I wrote for LJ Idol seasons 5 and 6) at my home page. I will be your mentor this week. Your regular instructor, Mr. Gary, has left me a few notes, but (FLINGS THEM OUT THE WINDOW) we're going to just wing it, OK?

Actually, that's not entirely true. First of all, Mr. Gary didn't give me any notes (and if he had I wouldn't have thrown them out the window), but he did give me an idea of what he'd like me to do. Secondly, I do have more than a gut instinct when it comes to helping to shape writing. I don't usually do this, but permit me to whip something out (PULLS OUT HER MFA IN POETRY) -- who's giggling back there??? Anyway, while studying for my master's in poetry writing, I participated in many workshops in both poetry and fiction. I also taught an Intro to Poetry course for underclassmen at Penn State while pursuing my master's. In addition, I've often provided constructive feedback to contributors to my online literary quarterly, Wild Violet.

As I've learned from those workshops, the most productive way to give feedback is to focus on key elements. I won't be overwhelming you by correcting every grammatical error or spelling mistake. Instead, I'll be evaluating what I think the piece is trying to do and how well it does it. Then I'll give you feedback designed to help you make it better.

In addition, I'll make myself available for brainstorming or any other questions related to writing, poetry, or the nuances of baby language (in which I am becoming quite proficient, thanks to my 8-month-old). I apologize in advance for the fact that I may need to pause while answering a question in order to handle a diaper change, and I hope you don't mind if your papers are returned with baby drool on them.