May 26th, 2020

lj idol

Green Room - Week 22 - Day 14

Good afternoon.

There is a Sudden Death Write Off (Round 2) happening right now, so make sure to get in your vote and make your voice be heard on who will be moving forward:

Some time today we are going to hit 100,000 dead in the United States. The numbers have been slowing down. But there are also reports in my own state that the numbers aren't accurate, and of course there have been folks saying that the numbers aren't real in the first place. But the "somewhere in the middle" answer, the official one that is being put out there in a non-partisan way, is just under 100,000. Which means, even if the death toll today is as small as it has been reported for the last couple of days, that we are going to tip over that mark. Maybe while you are reading this. Perhaps while I'm writing it.

And it's a huge number, but don't forget that there is a total of over 346,000 people dead worldwide. I'd much rather those people were alive and participating in Idol. Next time someone suggests having a pandemic, someone needs to point out that they can suffer just as much by being in Idol and they should do that instead.

*nods to self* Yeah, I think that's a better plan.

But until we get to that, it's not just a matter of "how we got here", but rather "how we are going to work together to get out" and "how do we stop it from happening again." Not COVID19, because despite numbers going on right now, even the biggest "open everything up right now!" folks admit that there's a good chance it's going to come back twice as strong in the Fall... we, as a country, as a world community, need to get our act together.

And it needs to be sooner rather than later...


Now to transition all the way back - barring anything unforeseen and/or insane - the new topic will be up tonight. I hope that those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines since the main poll closed on Week 22 have been using this time to refresh. Did you end up doing anything fun?
lj idol

Results - Week 22 - Sudden Death Write Off, Round 2

A poll. A tie.
A second poll. A tie.
A third poll... and it is decided by a single vote.

I have no doubt that if the poll had accidentally stayed open one more minute it would have been a tie again.

If it stayed open another 5 - maybe it would have been 1 vote going in the other direction.

Unfortunately though, it does mean that we need to say goodbye/welcome to the Jury to a great writer and an amazing person. (That I was lucky enough to meet in person, back when that was a thing folks did)

furzicle - Thank you for putting out some great work, and being all around terrific this season. You will definitely be missed in the competition, (I had you penciled in for making the Top 10 in almost different scenarios) but hopefully not from the community!
lj idol

Topic - Week 23

Welcome to Week 23!

I knew we could eventually get here!

We need to come together to celebrate. And by, we, I mean you.

and by celebrate, I mean write entries.

It's time for an Intersection.

For those who have never been a part of one before, that is where you partner up with another writer. You can collaborate any way you want, as long as there are two distinct separate entries.

There are two topics. You pick one and your partner picks the other.

I will be posting in the Work Room to make it easier for folks to find a partner.

The topics are both quotes.

"I'm the Usain Bolt of Running From My Problems"


"If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn"

The deadline to link both entries back to this post is Thursday, June 4th at 8pm EDT. Giving you a little extra time on this one.

Have fun!
lj idol

Work Room - Week 23

I love a good intersection. :)


How are you going to pick a partner? Someone you have worked with before/have a history with? Someone new that you want to get to know? Someone who you think will do well in the coming week? (in case your scores are added together) Someone who you think might not do as well in the coming week? (Just in case you end up facing off against each other)

Just someone with a writing style that you think compliments your own?

As writers, we end up working with other writers on all sorts of projects. Which is why I like to change things up and throw it out there when you might not be expecting it. Like at the Top 18. :)

So declare your partnerships below. I'm sure "someone" will make a list. (We all know who that is going to be)