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Green Room - Week 1 - Day 9

This is LJ Idol, your source for polls, information, and all-night jazz. Coming up in the next segment, we will get a look at the weather, but first, the headlines….

- Deadline looms, poll looks awfully tight: Coming into the last day of voting for Week 1, the poll numbers are “too close to call” on who will be leaving, with a good ¾ of the field in danger. Interested parties are urged to speak out in favor of the entries they love and get other people to read, comment and vote for their favorites!
- In a related story, newbies coming to the polls need a little extra love. So, make sure that you take the time to check out someone new!
- As the growing IRS scandal continues to unfold, there is increased Congressional attention on the Idol polls: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/653859.html Later, Terry Gross will be talking to several people behind the numbers.

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bookishgeek
May. 22nd, 2013 02:24 pm (UTC)
FRIST?!

Sweet! My first frist!!

Styewatch 2013: About the same/sliiiiightly better than yesterday. I'm keeping cold or hot compresses on it and trying to not touch my face. Looking forward to going home and not having to look at screens for a few hours.

Edited at 2013-05-22 02:26 pm (UTC)
banyangirl1832
May. 22nd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
Yay frist!! I really hope your stye feels better soon.
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anyonesghost
May. 22nd, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
Not remotely first!
banyangirl1832
May. 22nd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
You were close, though!
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banyangirl1832
May. 22nd, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Has anyone seen Amazon's announcement that they're going to be accepting fan fiction to sell to the masses? The pay rate is pretty decent. I signed up just to see if it'll take off.

Today is going to be spent trawling for literary magazines to submit to, and bemoaning my lack of ripe bananas to make banana bread with.
theun4givables
May. 22nd, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaaat, really?

I, uh...

Isn't there a big copyright issue with that, though? Making profit from fanfic is supposed to be a big no-no, right?
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n3m3sis43
May. 22nd, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
Here are a couple favorite intersections so far that I think really deserve more votes than they're getting. I'm still working my way through, so this is by no means a complete list.

Please please PLEASE read these if you haven't already:
mazuki and emileonus
m1ss1ngcupcake and jem0000000

Also, could y'all make the time to check out entries for some people I've heavily harassed to get into the competition? I haven't actually read any of their entries yet, but I will (I'm working through in order of the poll and will read all of them.
favoritebean
jennickels
taleanea
tatdatcm (not a newb anymore but I love her)
x_disturbed_x

I'm really sad if I bugged people to play and they end up feeling left out.

Edited at 2013-05-22 02:33 pm (UTC)
clauderainsrm
May. 22nd, 2013 02:33 pm (UTC)
There is something that I want to make sure that I say in public. I tend to say it every, oh, year or so... :)

There are a lot of newbies this mini-season, and I hope they are feeling welcomed into the community. I'm sure some are, and I'm just as sure that some are not.

Just like when the last group came in, it was the same way...

and the group before that...

Once you have been on the firing line for any length of time, you become the veterans. It's weird to think about that for a lot of people, because they think of themselves as still figuring things out. But it's also true. If you've played before - you are a veteran!

Which means it's up to you to make the effort that other people made for you. Or, if you didn't feel especially welcomed, to make a greater effort and "do it right".

I'm not saying to vote for anything you don't happen to like. Especially since the polls are this close, I personally think that a lot of the voters are going to be "last minute" this time around.

But I *am* saying that with only so much time in a day to read, that you should put aside some of it for people you *haven't* read before. After all, you expect them to check out your stuff, it's only right that you check out theirs! And tell your friends if you find something good! Who doesn't like hearing about a new movie/album/book! People like finding out about new things, that also goes for new LJers that you have discovered!
n3m3sis43
May. 22nd, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
Yessss. I am so glad you said this. After harassing so many people to play, I'm worried they will go quickly and feel left out. And the fact that people were reading and commenting when I was a newb in s8 was a big factor in my thinking I might just belong here, despite zero experience with or confidence in writing at the time. :)
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theun4givables
May. 22nd, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
Drive-by rec list of EPIC

PROPORTIONS

You Gave Everything You Possibly Could by mazuki and Chillin' like a Villain by emileonus. I'm not just reccing them to you all because Mazzy is my wife -- their intersection is REALLY GOOD and I was highly impressed with them both and the story they told. :)

Chillin' Like a Villain by turned_in2_moon and You Gave Everything You Possibly Could by everywordiwrite. Seriously, I loved this and how you could see that these two characters are so similar to one another in ways they wouldn't expect.

AND READ ALL OF THE NEW FOLKS, PEOPLE. THERE'S LOTS OF AMAZING WRITERS OUT THERE NOT GETTING ANY LOVE. <3
sweeny_todd
May. 22nd, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
I have so struggled to get all the reading done >_< I managed, but comments are sparse, so sorry about that.

work is kicking my butt, I just got back from a nomekai, and I need to get to bed as I have a full day in the greenhouse
medleymisty
May. 22nd, 2013 03:44 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Yay for getting the reading done! Comments are nice, but reading over comments, definitely.
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n3m3sis43
May. 22nd, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, and in case anyone needs a pick-me-up:

[Hey Ya, Charlie Brown - hidden in case it effs up anyone&apos;s screen]



I saw this forever ago, but someone posted it on my Facebook today and it always makes me happy. :)

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roina_arwen
May. 22nd, 2013 03:07 pm (UTC)
Still busy reading (shhhh... don't tell my boss). I've got maybe another 30-35 to go?

I don't keep a good enough spreadsheet to make recommendations - I just put a YES or NO as to whether it will get my vote. The intersections, in general, have worked really well together, so that's been cool to read!
medleymisty
May. 22nd, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
People should really read recklessblues and his partner. Of course, people should be reading EVERYTHING, but for some reason he is not getting the comments and votes that he deserves. He is a great writer, and if you guys ignore him and let him leave this soon you will be missing out on a lot of heart-breaking beauty.

Also, I have a bit of advice for the noobs.

In season 8, I tried to be all strictly moral and I didn't plug the poll anywhere, not even on my journal, unless it was an intersection week and someone else's fate depended on me and/or I was really desperate for some reason.

But now I've figured out that a lot of people vote in the poll without reading everything. So hey, use some game theory, say oh well if no one else here is going to play fair why should I, and pimp that poll out! I linked it on my Tumblr and drew in my diehard Sims fans, and I'm seeing results. I also just pimped it on my journal for my non-Idol LJ friends, and I may just go pimp it out on Facebook too now. Or...after work, so people at work who keep up the company Facebook page won't see me on Facebook during work hours. ;)

If the people who vote won't read your entry, get the people who did read it to vote for you.

Edited at 2013-05-22 03:46 pm (UTC)
mezzogiorno
May. 22nd, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much how I feel. I do like the weeks where only contestants are allowed to vote as well, though, I find them interesting!
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michikatinski
May. 22nd, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I want to talk to Terry Gross! Pick me! Pick me!

:-D

ETA: Having read all the comments above, just wanna highly recommend (as others have already done) that everyone read everything, even if you don't have time to comment. If you know you're going to run out of time, start by reading the folks at the bottom of the poll and vote for your favorites among them. The people at the top of the poll aren't likely to be impacted by your failure to read/vote for them, but someone who doesn't have already have a well-established audience, even if they're an outstanding writer, is very likely to be impacted by your failure to read/vote for them.

If you are a newb and you want to get noticed right away by as many folks as possible, comment (thoughtfully) on as many other entries as you can and hang out in the Green Room. The more people see your username, the more likely they are to click on your entry in the line-up week after week.

The other thing I'd recommend, thanks to LJ's poll wonkiness, is to keep a running list of the people whose entries you like in a given week, even if it's just in an e-mail screen. If you vote and then go back later to add a vote to someone else, you'll almost certainly have to click in all your votes over again, and you don't want to forget someone inadvertently!

That's all I've got. For now. :)

Edited at 2013-05-22 04:01 pm (UTC)
maneless
May. 22nd, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
i fully admit that this week has been a busy and crappy one, and while i read everything the first week, i might not get to everything this time. i can't even begin to imagine what it must be like in the beginning of a full-fledged season. you're right though, i imagine people who've been around sort of know who they like, or vote for friends, and some people might get neglected.

the green room thing has been tough for me, i'm secretly (?) a little shy and avoidant.

anyway, thanks for the advice! the list was suggested to me week 0 and it helped.
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mezzogiorno
May. 22nd, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
It took a while, but I got through everyone yesterday afternoon. I am sorry I ran out of commenting steam, but there was some amazing stuff out there.
poppetawoppet
May. 22nd, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
I finished reading, but my commenting became extremely sporadic.

In other news I get to go to a seventh grade choir concert tonight. Jealous?
clauderainsrm
May. 22nd, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have a 4th grade one coming up next week! Oh yeah, good times!
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sarcasmoqueen
May. 22nd, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
I know this week was an intersection week, but since Gary has said the pairs won't be judged together, I have been reading the entries as I get them (unless the absolutely must be read together) and voting individually... is it just me?
n3m3sis43
May. 22nd, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
I read them together because I don't tend to enjoy the experience as much if I read them separately.
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joyfulfeather
May. 22nd, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I read all the entries this time around! That's sadly rare for me. I never comment much, especially since there are so many to get to. I also just don't have much to say, a lot of the time. That's also why I don't comment a lot in here or on people's non-idol entries, or in conversations IRL - if I don't feel like I have something worthwhile to add, I stay quiet. It definitely comes back to bite me, as I don't get to know people (and they don't get to know me). Not a great thing in this kind of competition!
sarcasmoqueen
May. 22nd, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean - there are only so many times and ways that you can say "I liked this", so it starts to feel kinda awkward.

Of course, IRL, you can't shut me up, lol!
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