January 19th, 2015

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Green Room - Week 33 - Day 7

In the first few minutes of "Sleepwalk With Me", Mike Birbiglia said something that made me stop the movie, because I needed to share it. With you.

He's a stand-up comedian, so he's talking about the life that he knows. But I think it can be applied across the board for creative types.

He said that "To be a comedian, you have to be a little bit delusional".

This is true of writers. Artists. Dreamers. People who start online writing competitions with elements of their favorite reality shows.

You have to be willing to put aside the people who tell you what you *can't* do, and focus on that completely misguided voice leading you down the path that tells you that you *should*.

You have to be able to brush off rejection.

Which, damn, that's *hard to do*.

We all have those things that just stick in that vulnerable spot and don't seem to come out regardless of how hard we wiggle them.

But there is a difference with comedians and writers. One that I think often gets overlooked.

Comedians *need to perform* - they need to be out there in the spotlight, knowing that they will sometimes bomb and believing in the delusion that in the end, it's all going to be worth it.

Writers, on the other hand, they can sit alone and produce work - putting in it a trunk (real or metaphorical) never to be seen again.

They can live on their own and have people find the scraps of paper they wrote on - after their death.

Which means that there is something special inside the people who *choose to share* their work with the world. Something unique. A shared delusion that what you are doing is worth someone else reading.

That's beautiful.

Keep being delusional.

Keeping dreaming.

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There is a poll going on right now - with people believing that they can get to the next stage of Idol. Some of them are right. Some are wrong. Help decide who will be in which group: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/825343.html
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Results - Week 33

Something that has come up recently is how difficult it is to predict who will be going week-to-week at this point.

There is a stat sheet going around with some overall information - but even that is unable to factor in the curves that immunity, and sometimes Real Life, is going to throw into this game!

Which is part of the excitement - the moment you think "I know what is going to happen" is usually the moment before the floor drops out from under your assumptions.

This week we had two immunities to give out. One of them was from the Quick Fire, and went to yachiru.

The other was from the Jury, the collection of recently eliminated contestants casting votes for who they wanted to see safe from this week's vote. It's always a rough decision, and this week was no exception. Of the 17 remaining contestants - 12 of them were actually in the running to receive it! In the end though, the Jury decided to give immunity to crisp_sobriety!

Congratulations!

Which means that neither of them would be eligible to be eliminated this week. As the fate, or the will-of-the-voters would have it - that really wasn't needed anyway.

The contestants leaving us this week are:

swirlsofblue
and with a last minute (by which I mean I only found out less than a couple hours ago) sacrifice alexpgp

Thank you to both of you for such incredible entries this season - and I hope that we will continue to see you in the Home Game! If nothing else though, you made the Jury, so you will be able to help decide how this season is going to play out!
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Topic - Week 34

When you gear up to write this week's Idol topic, I hope that you are able to take the time to look it over, and carefully consider your options on what to do with it.

Unless, of course, by this point in the competition, you've just completely

Lost the Plot


The deadline to link your entries to this thread is Thursday, Jan 22nd at 8pm EST

Have fun!
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Quick Fire - Week 34

Welcome back to another week and a another Quick Fire!

It's the same drill as it was last week:

You have 24 hours to write and link an entry to this thread.

It's completely optional - but those contestants who compete in it will be able to win immunity!

It's an OPEN TOPIC

Which, at this stage in the game, can change everything for you!

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Tuesday, Jan 20th at 10 pm EST

Have fun!
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Work Room - Week 34

You have your results from last week: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/826108.html
You have the topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/826357.html

and the Quick Fire: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/826465.html

and in that topic, we have an opening to talk about "Plot".

I googled "Plot" quote and it took me to some from Goodreads. Here are some quotes about plots that amused me:

“When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.”
― Charles Baxter, Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction

“Character is plot, plot is character.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Story is honorable and trustworthy; plot is shifty, and best kept under house arrest.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Stories start in all sorts of places. Where they begin often tells the reader of what to expect as they progress. Castles often lead to dragons, country estates to deeds of deepest love (or of hate), and ambiguously presented settings usually lead to equally as ambiguous characters and plot, leaving a reader with an ambiguous feeling of disappointment. That's one of the worst kinds.”
― Rebecca McKinsey, Sydney West

“In our modern age, there are writers who have heaped scorn on the very idea of the primacy of story. I'd rather warm my hands on a sunlit ice floe than try to coax fire from the books they carve from glaciers.”
― Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

My book has no plot. Wait, yes it does—in the cemetery. It’s a love story where one character is dead, and the other is a dirty pervert.”
― Jarod Kintz, My love can only occupy one person at a time

How do YOU feel about it?