April 11th, 2016

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Green Room - Week 17 - Day 7

Thanks to everyone who wished me a "Happy Anniversary", both on here and on FB. We had a really nice weekend. I figured you guys knew what to do with your spare time - read, comment and vote for your favorites: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/918431.html

I hope you are doing that, because right now (as I'm posting this), there is a 11 points difference between the top of the poll and the bottom of it. I said it last week, but it's still true, so I'll say it again: that number can change. Especially given that by the vote totals of the last couple of weeks, there are still *a lot* of folks who haven't shown up to vote yet!

If this is a week where fewer people are going to be making the decision though, that just means that your individual vote became that much more potent. But let's face it, as close as pretty much every poll has been in this mini-season, it's probably going to come down to the wire again!

Based on that - who isn't getting the love you think they should be? Sing their praises! Who knows who might be listening!

(and let me know about anything fun *you* did this weekend!)
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Results - Week 17

It doesn't get any easier - week after week, saying goodbye. But this is one of those weeks where it sucks just a little bit more.

Because, I'm not going to lie - and even if I did, anyone with a knowledge of the history of Idol knows that I'm a fan of the work of alexpgp"- and unfortunately, this week, he is leaving us. Given that he wrote a serial for 17 weeks, in a mini-season where the refrain seemed to be "don't write serials" is just one more thing to put in the "why I like this guy" column.

It wasn't one vote this time, it was by two. He is leaving with someone who is quickly becoming a favorite as well: murielle. She went quite a ways into the game the first time, and then fought her way back in through Second Chance and stayed for another month! (that's pretty damn impressive - it not only shows how talented she is, but a love for the game itself)

I'm really hoping that we get to read more from both of them in the Home Game!
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Topic - Week 18

We are nearing the end of our time together, as well as the end of the "first run topics". (before I start picking from people who have already had 1 topic used already - I believe I counted 7 unused groupings as of now).

But trust me, they are just as interesting as the ones from weeks before!

You know the drill. Select one of the following:

We must bear witness so that it scars us
Cruising
Sagayán
John Otto
Ethics of human cloning


and post the link to your entry back to this thread by Friday, April 15th at 8pm EDT
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Work Room - Week 18

This was posted in the Green Room today, but it's interesting enough that I wanted to make it a Work Room.

http://polygraph.cool/films/index.html

It's about writing and gender.

Sure, it's talking about film and speaking roles - but it easily translate to fiction writing as well.

For those of you who do write a lot of fiction - is this imbalance something you keep in mind while creating characters? Is it "easier" to create someone you more closely identify with?

For that matter - when you write as someone who *isn't* from your specific identity, is that a huge risk of "getting it wrong" and receiving backlash as a result? (Which I'm pretty sure *wasn't* your intent! :D)

I've seen a few writers out there in publishing who seem to want to "embrace more diversity" in their writing, but when they do, it comes out really poorly and they just end up upsetting the people who they wanted to attract. How much - and what kind - of research do you end up doing with something like this?

We all know that the only *real* voice - and opinion that matters in any of this is ME. But in your pretend little universes, creating your boxes of moonlight-filled dreams, where - if anywhere - does this fit into your writing schemes?

(the new topic is at: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/919252.html)