January 26th, 2012


Green Room - Week 11 - Day 7

It’s “Poll Closing Day”/the Day of Doom for some.

Who will rise? Who will fall? Who will win a free set of steak knives? And who will use those knives to take out some of their competition?

Only the Shadow knows. Possibly the Vorlon as well.

All I know is that I’m still exhausted from the Mountain Goats show last night. Which was awesome, thanks for asking!

Oh, and here’s a link to the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/520692.html

If you haven’t voted yet – do so. There are many folks out there hoping to get your vote!

If you are having trouble with the poll (as some are) and it’s only registering a vote or two, check with me and I can take a look to make sure they are all getting through. But as far as I’ve been able to determine from the past couple weeks of this happening, it appears to be a LJ surface glitch, and the votes have all been showing up in the count. If you really need it to settle your head though, send me an email and I’ll go over them for you.
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Results - Week 11

I've heard people say that their one vote doesn't matter. I've even been reading some people who have said, due to LJ being LJ, that they weren't going to vote this time around.

It's a shame. Because if last round taught us how important each and every vote is, then this week should hammer it home. There is not a single result this week determined by more than 1 vote!!

That right there should say it all about just how tight this competition is at the moment.

Another factor this week, and one that we are getting to before we handle the actual results, is the matter of bouncing immunities.

sonophax had two to give out, and then went to cemetaria and karmasoup
dblicher gave hers to faerie_spark
marjory to alien_infinity
seratonation handed it off to alleyalligator
diagenou surprised no one and gave it to walkertxkitty
createdestiny threw Tribe 4 into a tailspin and used it on behalf of waveform_delta, who was saved from elimination.

and one went unused, vanishing from the competition as a result.

Two of five tribes resulted in ties, including the previously mentioned Tribe 4. Which means that the Redemption Tribe is getting just a little bit bigger.

The contestants joining that tribe next week are: poppetawoppet and seratonation from Tribe 3
malruniel11, mirrorfortress and vaudy from Tribe 4

In Tribe 1, we have a sacrifice that saved anyone else from the tribe from being eliminated.

done_talking is leaving us, and asked me to post the following:
"The purpose of this alt account was to see how long a poetry-only, without friend support or self-promotion of any kind, could survive at the whims of fellow contestants. The writer would like to thank everyone who read, commented, and voted... but does not want to see any more real people eliminated because of an experiment."

Which leaves us down to two people leaving us. Which seems to be the theme.

Leaving us this week are lynxypoo and ceiphiedknight

Thank you to both of you for coming out. I always say this, but I hope you are paying attention and take this to heart. I'm really glad that you have come out this season, and I hope that you decide to Home Game it, because you never can be too sure what is going to happen next, but you can be damn sure that I would at some point, drop a hint or two. :)
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Topic - Week 12

Some folks loved the Open Topic round, and others hated it.

But one thing was sure, that to put together and A-game isn't something that happens over night, and there is always going to be

Some Assembly Required

Entries need to be linked back here by Monday, Jan 30th at 9pm EST

Have fun!

Home Game - Week 12

Not in the competition? Get voted out/drop out/find out about Idol too late to join - but still want a place to link your entries and join in on the fun?

That's what the Home Game is all about.

You may not get a year's supply of Rice-a-Roni, the San Francisco treat - but you do walk away with a copy of the home game! ;)

No polls. No eliminations. Just link your entries for this Week's topic, Some Assembly Required, here!

Work Room - Week 12

The new topic is up http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/521820.html and so is our very first Home Game thread of the season!
and I'm sure some of you are biting at the bit to get started and others are turning around ideas in your head.

Being in your own head, trying to figure things out, is often a tricky part of the process. Which is where the Work Room comes in, it's a place to bounce around ideas and get tips that will hopefully be useful to you.

We haven't had a Mentor in a bit. That's changing today. I'm sure there are going to be some veterans surprised by this, but one of the things that I tend to hear from newbies and veterans alike, is finding their Voice and learning how to work it into something that stands out from the crowd.

So I went to my tool box of folks that I knew would have something useful to say on the subject, and found just the person.

We may not always agree on things, but I don't think anyone would deny that he's a talent writer, with a lot to say on the subject of not letting yourself get sucked into the mire of the uninspired.

Please welcome your Mentor for the week, hightekvagabond!


When Gary asked me to do this mentoring thing my mind went right to my own experiences in the
contest. I remember going into it thinking I was a pretty decent writer and time after time just being boggled at the posts that that did better than me from week to week. To be honest it was a pretty big blow to my ego but that turned out to be because I wasn't willing to accept that LJ Idol is more than just a writing contest, it's a community and votes are NEVER purely about writing. So, first things first, I say unto you: If you don't get as far as you expect in this contest don't take it as a reflection of your writing ability.

Of course, the next thing I went to was the question of what the heck to put into this intro as to who I was and why I was chosen, I mean really, aren't you sitting there going “Who is this guy and why should I listen to him”... Well.. I could give you Gary's reason's but he did that here.

So, instead I built a small robotic penguin from some pvc pipe, an old palm pilot and some motors I salvaged from a retired VCR because everyone knows that penguins have all the answers.

Unfortunately, I couldn't understand his penguineese so I allowed him to build me a translation
device which turned out to be lost in translation because he instead built an alternate universe, time traveling, transportation device.

During our travels the robot penguin and I had to conform to the first law of thermal dynamics
which caused our mass to be displaced in each of our transportation events which caused a house to fall on an evil dictator in our first location. So, as me and my robot penguin companion stared down at the body of a maniacal little man with a strange mustache we were approached by hoards of very short jewish people singing songs about dead nazies... and I thought “Yes, I should point out to these people that sometimes it's ok to be offensive, because it makes a point and gets attention”

During our second transportation, oh, wait, well, I can't tell you about that, I promised the penguin but let me just say, this stop cleared my pocket of all it's 1 dollar bills.

During our third transportation we landed in a weird little suburb where all the houses looked the same, except the one with the big orange splot on it. I loved the splot, it kept me alive and I was reminded of something else I had experienced in this contest which was the repetitive nature of some of the posts. Because when the prompt is “Airplane” it just doesn't matter how good the writing is you are bored out of your mind when you get to the third post about someone's first ride on an airplane. But, my companion and I quickly escaped before consumed by conformity.

During our fourth transportation we landed in the city of the LookAtMes all of which had some
problem. Now, my penguin friend and I both understood that problems exist in this world, but we found many of the LookAtMes kind of boring because it was ALL they ever talked about.
They couldn't find other subjects and they were so focused on pity that they totally missed the concept of continued communication. We escaped as quickly as we could.

After this last visit I couldn't handle any more so I pleaded with my new friend and he brought us home, but remember that first law of thermal dynamics? Well, it seems that during one of those transportations we were displaced with some sort of slime wielding Tasmanian Devil and my bedroom was wrecked. So, while my journey began well it ended very badly. Which reminded me of the last important note for writing: Open Strong and End Strong... the strong opening will keep them reading, and the strong ending will be what they think back on when they remember the post and are deciding if they are voting for you.

Now, I'm off to clean up this mess but I'm looking forward to chatting with you in comments and helping as best I can.