November 17th, 2011


Green Room - Week 4 - Day 7

I’m going to have to step up my own game if I want to compete with pepper spraying an 84 year old and beating pregnant women. Maybe knee capping 94 year old nuns? Feeding orphans to Tom Waits? Forcing writers to battle each other every week? Unleashing genetically modified sharks, armed with lasers… something like that. I need a gimmick to compete against this level of Bond villain, if I want to keep my reputation intact!!

Speaking of that, with the end of Week 4 fast approaching, that means that we have been together a little over a month! (counting the sign up period). Sure, it makes sense, given the whole “week 4”ness, but it’s interesting, because from where I’m sitting, things are just barely getting started!

But there is also the sense of having been together a lot longer than that! I’m not even just talking about the veterans! I think the newbies have been making a strong presence, and establishing themselves to put their mark on the place, this season. Which is wonderful to see.

Speaking of the end of Week 4, and making your mark on Idol – the poll closes tonight - so make sure to get out and vote. Make sure your favorites are around for another week! Read. Comment. Vote!
There are still quite a few contestants, and a good chance that there are some that are falling between the cracks! If there is someone not doing as well as you think they should be doing – spread the word! Let people know what they are missing!
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Results - Week 4

Now comes the tough part. It's especially difficult this week, because not only are we saying goodbye to our youngest contestant (who became our youngest ever last season when she participated!) but a fair amount of old friends.

When you mix that into a group of newbies that were already getting to be known, and well liked, in the group - well, "hard week" doesn't really describe it.

But we all knew that it was going to be like this when we walked in the door this season. It's never easy and doesn't get any easier.

This week, we are saying goodbye to
morning_stand/Julia's Mom

Thank you to all of you. I really can not begin to thank you for coming out this season, and I hope that you will stick around to Home Game and support your favorites.

Maybe stop in the Green Room - well, except Summer Rain, the Green Room isn't a place for you. :) But I really hope your Mum continues to post your stories! I know you have a lot of fans out here in Internetland!

It's Idol after all, you can never be so sure that there won't be another chance to get back into the game! Maybe when you least expect it!

If you counted, you noticed there was one tribe short. That was because Tribe 6 ended in a tie, so these two contestants will be moving to Tribe Redemption.
oldscratchx andf ravenofdreams will be joining the fight to stay alive in the competition!
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Topic - Week 5

There are some weeks in Idol when the topic comes off the wrong way to the wrong people.

There are others when it comes off the right way to the right people.

and then there are weeks like this one, where the whole thing just seems more than a bit


The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Tuesday November 22nd at 8pm EST.

Have fun!

Work Room - Week 5

It's time for another Work Room, and another Mentor. Thanks for putting up with me ranting at you last week.

One of the things that I love about Idol is the wealth of talented people who have passed through these halls.

Idol has played host to some amazing and diverse group. This one is no exception.

It's one of those times when you look at someone's resume, and their life, and realize "Wow, we've got something special here". That is one of my personal goals with the Mentor program. To recognize these people, and to tap into that in order to help out everyone else in the community who might be struggling, After all, everyone struggles at one point or another.

I'd recommend anyone in Idol who wants the extra help with the new topic to take advantage of any and all advice that she can give to you.


Greeting All. Our Fearless Leader has kindly asked me to help out in the workroom.

So who am I?

Well out on Live Journal my handle is puppetmaker40. On most of the rest of the Internet, I am either know as Puppetmaker or Kath the Puppeteer. But y’all can call me Kath.

Why am I here?

Well I was asked very nicely. So the follow up might be why me?

My career path has been varied to say the least but it comes back to books and writing quite often. I have managed both comic book and regular bookstores. I have been a librarian’s assistant and work in collection management for a university. I am a published author in a variety of forms. And I am an editor. I worked at Del Rey books and I currently work for Space and Time Magazine.

I have also participated in this little contest for the past couple of years getting as far as the top 10.

What am I to do?

Well I think Tea did a good job giving a bit of structure to what is going on in the work room so I plan to follow in her footsteps.

So I am here to help you with the topic at hand. But I will not write your paper for you (sorry flashing back to the AOL homework room I use to run back in the day).

When and Where?

Well here please. I will be stopping by one or twice a day to look things over. PMing me can be a dead end at times since (as some of you will attest) I can be lousy looking at those. I will tend to be looking in the AM East Coast time and after 5 PM East Coast time since those tend to be my free time zones.

So that’s my intro. I am looking forward to your questions and essays.