May 11th, 2017

lj idol

Results - Week 17

In half of the polls, the decision on who got to stay and who was eliminated came down to *a single vote*.

Every single person leaving this week is a dear friend of Idol, folks that I personally know and like a great deal outside of Livejournal. (Well, I've only met one of them in person, but I've interacted with them on other online forums)

One of them actually wrote an entry that when I read it my reaction was "Definitely safe for this week!" because I enjoyed it and was confident that everyone else would as well.

I just went back and refreshed my memory on all four of them, and yeah, I would have put money on them being safe. But that's the thing, my personal taste isn't everyone's - and finding something that someone likes just a little bit more, around here? That's easy. It's just where we are in the season, that every week is going to be someone strong and the results are going to be shocking.

For the record, I didn't correctly predict any of the folks going home, although I did strongly suspect that the folks who got the deadline extended would probably end up having a hard time in the poll.

Leaving us this week are our friends


Thank you to all of you for coming out this season, and sharing your stories with us. I hope to see more of them in the Home Game in the weeks to come, and of course, to see you hanging out in the Green Room and cheering on your own personal favorites left in the competition!
lj idol

Topic - Week 18

It's that time again.

Yes, *that* time.

Grab a partner and head on down to the Intersection!

If you are looking for someone to partner up with, head on over to the Work Room!

If you haven't been through this process before, there are two topics - one of you will write one of them. The other partner will write the other.

The two topics are

Location, Location, Location
The distance between us

The deadline to have your entries linked to this thread is Thursday, May 18th at 8pm

Yes, I'm giving you an entire calendar week, so I suggest your bring your A-game!
lj idol

Work Room - Week 18

This Work Room is a little different in that it's not just the place to talk about approaches for this week's topics, it's also a good place to come to find a partner.

For those who have never been through an Intersection before, this is the time to explore that writing isn't completely solitary. Having someone who is there to help you through the process, encouraging you - that can often elevate your work.

There was a classic Idol example of someone who let's just say has "struggled" in the past. She isn't around this season, but if she wanted to show up in the future, she has a great spirit about it and is always improving, so that would be great.

She ended up being Intersection partners with one of the strongest writers from that season. It was easily the best thing she'd ever written for Idol hands down. That was much earlier in that season, and there really isn't anyone who fits that bill around right now. BUT it's the same principle.

Do your entries have to be connected to each other?

They can be. But they don't have to be.

How much, or little, you interact with your partner is entirely up to you. The only rule is that you have to have one and that one of you has to do Topic 1 and the other has to do Topic 2. Everything else is entirely up to the two of you to figure out!

NOTE: Topic 2 has changed. Please be aware of that.