November 28th, 2011


Green Room - Week 5 - Day 11

For those of you who, like myself, have had a four day (or more) weekend – Welcome back to the daily grind!

For those who are even more of damn foreigners than the rest – Welcome to Monday, or whatever day you are pretending that it is with your “calendars” and “international date lines”! (as if those are real things)

Now that Thanksgiving is passed, I need to start gearing up on my War on Christmas!

I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to go about it. Maybe start with some greetings of “Happy Holidays” and follow it up with a volley of concussion grenades.

Or maybe I will just put Christmas, and all the other December religious and secular holidays in a poll – like this one - and eliminate them a few at a time, every week, until there is only one, the Ultimate Holiday. Then everyone will just celebrate that one! Which December holiday are you rooting for to come out on top???
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Results - Week 5

It is that time again.

It feels like forever since we were here, due to the extended week. I'll admit, it made it easier to ignore the fact that we would be losing more people this week.

Looking at the group that ended up going, it's tempting to go back in time and further extend that week. But unfortunately, I haven't found that time machine yet.
It's a mixture of newbies and veterans, which seems to be how every week has gone so far.

But before we get to the unpleasantness - there is an upside to the week. We are eliminating 9 contestants this week. Which isn't good, except for one aspect of it. That means there wasn't a tie this week. There were a few that came really close, but in each tribe there is someone leaving us. The upside of that is that Tribe Redemption was lasting as long as there was a tie. So for anyone stuck in that group, you will be in your new grouping next week. Congratulations, you survived!

Which isn't much of an upside for most, but I'm trying to find the silver lining here, so work with me people!!

The contestants leaving us this week are:


Like I said, several veterans, and promising newbies, on that list, including our next to youngest contestant of the season. Not sure who is the youngest now, off the top of my head.

I really hope that all of them will continue to participate in the Home Game, and show up in the Green Room to hang out, and cheer other people on. After all, you can never be too sure what is going to happen next, and there is traditionally a point to re-enter the competition, somewhere along the way!
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Topic - Week 6

I won't be mysterious about where the inspiration for this particular topic came from.

In case, it's less "inspiration" and more "outright lifted it".

Over the last year or so, I've become more and more interested in Top Chef, and all of the spin-offs.

One of the challenges on Masters, which has since shown up on other versions (and even some Top Chef-ish shows) is the idea of creating a dish that relates to the chef's significant food memories.

I've always found that idea really interesting, and was tempted to do something similar with "writing memory" or first memory of reading. . . but the more that I thought about it, the more it appealed to me to stick with the original version. After all, it is something everyone has, and transforming it into a compelling entry is an entirely different skill set from making a dish. ;)

So, that's your topic

Food Memory

Have fun with it!

The deadline to link your entry back to this thread is Thursday, December 1st, at 9pm EST.

Work Room - Week 6

I wrote a bit in the actual topic thread about how I came up with this one

This is one of those completely universal experiences - food .It's also one that can play out in any number of ways, according to your own associations.

This is one of those weeks where it will be very easy to vanish into the "blah" though. You are going to have to figure out a way to stand out from the crowd.

How are you going to do that? What is your personal "best approach" to the topic and how are you going to execute that to play to your strengths?

This is a really personal week, and so I think it's fitting that you serve as your own Mentor(s)!

What advice would you give your fellow writers on what they should be doing, that you haven't seen enough of, thus far, in the competition?