May 22nd, 2017

lj idol

Green Room - Week 18 - Day 11

"If you can't beat ’em make 'em bleed like pigs"

Or maybe just revoke their gym membership.

When there is any sort of movement, there is always going to be a counter-movement. I imagine Nazi Gyms sprouting up around the country to fill the need for places where Nazis can go exercise!

Today is the last day for the poll:

Which is my own special way of personally stabbing you in the eye with a foreign object.


Other than being threatened with violence on a Monday morning and a vague reference to something in the news that made some people go "What is he talking about", how was your weekend?
lj idol

Results - Week 18

Intersections are always going to shake up expectations, because you aren't just eliminating one member, it's the team that is going. So someone you might normally think is going to be safe every week, is suddenly thrown off their game.

This week is definitely another surprise. It's not even where I saw things going earlier today. But that's why these things play out - and also why results at this stage of the process are always difficult.

There is ONE piece of good news in all this though - that the people leaving us this week are starting The Jury!

Every week, they will vote amongst themselves to give immunity to someone still in the competition. They may be gone from the game, but their presence will definitely be felt on the remainder of this season!

With that, the only thing left is to announce who the first 4 members of the Jury are going to be.

Leaving us this week are

ellakite and shadowwolf13


devilz_workshop and eternal_ot

3 veterans and a newbie who I was always interested in seeing what they would come up with each week, who had definitely put themselves on my personal radar as someone to watch.

Thank you to all of you for coming out this season, and really helping to raise the bar. I hope we will continue to read your stuff this season, as part of the Home Game, and look forward to "speaking" to you every week as part of the Jury!
lj idol

Topic - Week 19

The week after the jury starts... this is definitely a new section of the game, one full of promise.

And here is your
Invitation </span>

to the next phase...

No really, that's your topic, Invitation.

The deadline to link your entry back to this thread is Friday May 26th at 8pm EDT

Have fun!
lj idol

Work Room - Week 19

Over the past few weeks, I've written three different freelance pieces.

The first came to me in a flash. I wrote it so quickly my hands were aching a bit afterward. There was a little bit of editing needed to correct some grammatical issues, but other than that, it was solid. When I turned it in, people inside the company were praising it highly and saying that I "truly understood" their product.

The second piece wasn't really for publishing. Since I know people, I heard how bad one of the other freelance writers was - outright *creepy* - in one of the articles he submitted. It was a major joke inside of the company. I wrote a parody piece of that creepy article, taking it to the next stage. No edits (since it wasn't for publishing) and I wrote it in about a half hour. The (few) people I could trust with it said it was hilarious and they wished they *could* pay me for it.

The third one, that was the hard one. Nothing was coming. I had the concept I wanted to write, my way in. But it was just difficult. I worked on it, in fits and starts, for over a week. It needed an outside editor to come in to beta read it because I just had lost all objectivity about it. It apparently is better than I gave it credit for being, but to me, it fell into the "meh" camp.

I have one more assignment on my plate and a deadline a few weeks away. I need to get started on it. But first I need to find my way in... once I do that, I'm hoping it will be more like the first two and less like the third.


How about you? How much of your writing lately has been pleasure and how much of it has been the struggle?
What do you do when you end up inside that struggle, how do you work your way out?

The new topic is up