Every season I reach out to previous winners, fan favorites/notable figures from seasons past as well as an assortment of people that I trust, who are seeing your entries for the first time.
As scary as it is to wait for the results to find out if you are going to be continuing in the competition, it's equally as scary for me - putting the fate of one of the things that is dearest to me in the hands of someone else. I do it every week, with public voting, but at least I can count on you guys to promote your work and hopefully to bring new eyes to the process.
With this? I get nervous about what they are going to think, and I hope that each time will measure up to the mark that has been set in every season previous.
Of course, this time around I waited longer than I ever have - and assigned a topic meant to make you think outside the box, and truth be told, throw you off your usual routine. I wanted you to deliver something special, and thankfully, I think you did.
So thank you to the writers who took part in this process, but really, this Thank You isn't really about you - it's about those people who answered the call. There were a few who had Real Life get in the way, those who really wanted to be here. But that's the case every time. I think those who took the time to show up, read the entries, and make a decision about who they thought were the best of the best this week - they are truly generous souls who I am extremely thankful to know.
Before we get to their decision, it's important to take a moment to thank them for collectively coming to those decisions. It wasn't easy.
Your Gatekeepers for Season 10 were tinhuviel
- Winner of LJ Idol Season 1. The one who started it all!! Check out her Vampire Relics Trilogy
- Winner of LJ Idol Season 9 Allison K Williams has written about race, culture and comedy for NPR, CBC, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and McSweeney's. She has told stories on Snap Judgment, Love Me and The Moth. Her fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres, Smokelong Quarterly and Deep South; essays in Kenyon Review Online, The Drum and Brevity. Allison blogs as the Social Media Editor at Brevity
and hosts the Brevity Podcast. Her website is at www.idowords.net
where you can also sign up for her occasional Tiny Letter with adventures, travel and writing tips. John Debono
isn't a name you would know. He doesn't even have anything to hype and doesn't really want me mentioning anything about why I thought he was a good choice. So let's just leave it at he's a really good choice. myrna_bird
hasn't around for a couple of seasons, but any veteran who was around during her seasons will probably be smiling knowing that she was around for this. She is easily one of the most beloved figures in Idol history.
The next Gatekeeper has shown up under various user names over the years, but probably the best known of them was serpentpixie
. She didn't have anything to promote, so I'll just say that she definitely would make *my* All Star LJ Idol season. If you get to go back through the archives at any point, check her stuff out. joeymichaels
- Winner of LJ Idol: Friends and Rivals mini season. Idol Legend. He does some other stuff. Check all of it out!
Another "Blast from the Past" is Fey Publishing
owner. You may know her as pixiebelle
or as Kristen
. But you definitely will know her! She is actually a couple weeks away from joining the LJ Idol 100 Weeks club. Unfortunately, real life has kept her from returning. But it's always nice when she is able to help out like this!
When I asked the next person, she said "sure", and indicated that she couldn't recall if she'd ever been a Gatekeeper before. She had. When she looked it up, it turns out the last time she had done it was 2009. That's how you can tell that LJ Idol has been around for a long time, when intrepia
shows up once every 8 years! :) You can check out what she is doing now over at her blog https://possibleday.com
From old friends, to new ones. As soon as uselesstinrelic
dropped out earlier this season, I knew they were someone that I wanted to invite back for something special. As it turned out, they were available to be a Gatekeeper, becoming the first of this "new generation" of Idol contestants to fill that role! "I'm a 30 something artsy type from the Pacific Northwest. I really love puns. I also make art. My website is www.meandrousart.com suesniffsglue
- Winner of LJ Idol Season 9, she's here to hand off the crown to the next winner!! But not literally hand over a crown, she's keeping that. I keep saying that so-and-so is special or one of my favorites, but yeah... ;)
, aka Cislyn Smith, is an LJI veteran, member of the 100 weeks club, and the co-winner of Exhibit B. Her poetry and stories have appeared in Star*Line, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Flash Fiction Online, Remixt Magazine, and Cthulhu Haiku 2. Cislyn is a submissions editor for Uncanny Magazine. She is currently in the middle of a year-long collaborative Patreon project, CC:Otherworlds
, sending weird art and stories in the mail once every two weeks. "
And last, but certainly not least, is Darlena aka notodette
. Her Wikipedia entry lists her credits as including " The Washington Post, The Atlantic,The Huffington Post and Time." But I know there are more than that. She teaches journalism at the University of Florida.