October 14th, 2014

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Green Room - Week 24 - Day 8

We have TWO polls going on right now. One of them ends tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/790427.html

It's for the main competition, which means that the stakes are about who will be eliminated, and who will stay on to fight another day.

There is also Last Chance Idol, where the stakes are who gets an opportunity to join the main competition, and who will have their torch snuffed one final time: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/792692.html

That one just started last night, but ends on Thursday, so if you are finished with the main competition, I'd get over and start reading that one. But if you haven't, you will still have a couple days to catch up!


I saw a question someone posted last night (via the "Recent posts" feature on my LJ Home page) but when I went back to find it, I couldn't. So I don't know if it was an old question, or a new one that someone posted to an older thread.

But it's a good question - so I'll go ahead and answer it here, just in case someone wanted to know the answer: (paraphrased) "Can you tell us when the last chance to use our byes will be?"

It happens at the Top 50. Byes are done at that point. The "Power of Veto" that is still lingering out there expires at that point.

The problem with giving a specific answer with that is there are so many factors involved that aren't under my control. I can't accurately predict drops. I can't say "Oh, all five people who are eligible to come in from Last Chance this coming week will"

What I *can* tell you is that we are hovering right above that Top 50 right now, and that this is one of those points where you either boxed yourself in early on by using too many byes or kept them to use strategically to get yourself to the other side. Sometimes you just can't avoid using them due to that pesky "real life" thing I keep hearing so much about. But it does put you in a "write or die" scenario. (literally. I have drones standing by! :D)

If you absolutely, positively, need to use a bye - use it. You are close enough that it may come at any time - and yes, if you go to 49 contestants (at the end of a poll) and two people come in from Last Chance, then you can still use byes the following week!

A question that *wasn't* asked, is "What if I need a bye AFTER the Top 50?" Under EXTREME circumstances, I've been known to give an Executive Bye. But definitely don't count on it. Sometimes life just takes you down, and doesn't stop to ask what else you have going on.


What do people know about the "LJ Promotions" feature? It caught my eye a few days ago as a potential way to promote the polls/increase readership. But that's basically inside LJ itself, which we're already pretty big (compared to the other active sites out there). So I'm not sure that's the way to go. I've set up an Ello account and trying to keep various social media stuff updated (usually failing!)

Also - anyone proficient in Custom CSS? I may have an opening in that department. I know people are always emailing about wanting to help out, and that's definitely something where help would be useful.

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Results - Week 24


I logged on tonight just in time to see what I "thought was going to happen" change. Not all of it. But even that shifted quite a bit to the point where I wasn't completely sure where the momentum was going to end up going.

When it comes to such a talented group of writers, I'm not at all surprised at how close the voting has been. I imagine that it is only going to get even more so as we move closer to the end.

Unfortunately though, part of moving forward is saying goodbye to some people - people who have been absolutely fantastic to have along for this ride, and I hope we will continue to see in the Home Game, and cheering for their favorites!

Today, we are losing:

walkertxkitty from Redemption

and from the main tribe
beeker121, mac_arthur_park and shimmerdream

I didn't even realize, until I was typing the names, that all of them are veterans. Which is either a testament to how awesome our veterans are, that there are so many of them left at this point. Or a testament to how awesome our newbies are... possibly both!
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Topic - Week 25

I hinted at it last week, so you really can't be too surprised to know that this week is the return of those "intersection topics" + 1.

No. It's NOT an intersection.

However, it's the topics that you had, and now you have to pick one of them that you haven't chosen before!

What are they?

Glad you asked!

Intersubjectivity, Shibusa, Rapture of the deep, Captcha the flag and Overwatch

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, Oct 20th at 8pm EDT

Have fun!
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Work Room - Week 25

The new topic is up. Or rather, the new topic choices are up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/793590.html

Once again, you have choices to make, that will end up impacting choices you will have further down the road.

How does it differ - having more than one topic idea in front of you instead of just one thing?

Is it easier? Because you can pick and choose? More difficult? Because you need to make a decision?

Different folks react in different ways to that sort of thing - would you rather have the structure of YOU MUST WRITE THIS or the freedom to pick and choose?

When you get right down to it, all topics are a form of "Open Topic", in that the only one that you are answerable to is yourself, and the votes of the readership. But sometimes that can be enough to sabotage your brain, and trip you up.

What techniques have you developed that have proven successful in approaching a new writing situation?