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Green Room - Week 14 - Day 4

It’s a new day, and a new twist… in order to get into the finale, you will have to push a busload of orphans off a climb into a pool of endangered sharks. Then you will have to tell your favorite relative to post a video of themselves doing something embarassing on youtube and help it go viral, and make them read the comments section!!


Or maybe you will just have to survive some polls, I really haven’t decided.. but it will be one of those things!

One of those polls in question though is already up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/689432.html so you should probably go check it out!

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agirlnamedluna
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
I am glad I killed you before the deadline, that is all!


Edit: Frist!

Edited at 2013-08-30 03:06 pm (UTC)
n3m3sis42
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Congrats on FRIST!
alycewilson
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:12 pm (UTC)
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more evil...
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n3m3sis42
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I laughed last night when it went up, and then theun4givables informed me that it was mean of me to comment saying as much. :)

Edited at 2013-08-30 03:34 pm (UTC)
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roina_arwen
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC)
Hello from a very long registration line in Atlanta! It is actually moving at a pretty good clip so I guess I can't complain too much, but I will anyway! *gripe gripe gripe*

Fun poll twist... At least from THIS side!
agirlnamedluna
Aug. 30th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Wish I could swap places with you in that line!
anyonesghost
Aug. 30th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
Can we just have our favorite relative pushing a bus of orphans of a climb into a pool of endangered sharks with video cameras on their heads?
theun4givables
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Oh

My

God.

I'm too busy going NO ONE EVER TALKS LIKE THIS IS THIS REAL LIFE HOW CAN YOU EVEN THINK THIS IS HOW PEOPLE ACT.

And dying of hysterical laughter.
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lrig_rorrim
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
*laughs* All right all right, you got me with the "keep some perspective" thing there.

I just... you know, I know it comes down to "there can be only one" but it's tough when you THOUGHT you were working together, you know?
clauderainsrm
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
You were in the last eight people standing, in a game where only one person can win, and you thought you were "working together"? ;)

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kathrynrose
Aug. 30th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
I would comment in the Green Room, but I'm still not speaking to you. :P
clauderainsrm
Aug. 30th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I just asked someone an interesting question - which is rare for me, so I figured I should share it before it went out of my head again! ;)

If you had KNOWN that people were competing against each other (either you getting the hints or for some reason I decided to tell you) would you have paired with someone else?

Who? and why?

agirlnamedluna
Aug. 30th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
No, because I was the person picked last D: so my writing partner really had no other choice :P

Mind you, in the opposite case I probably would've been the most popular kid in town >.>

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whipchick
Aug. 30th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, it sucks to be pitted against someone who is your friend, and with whom you worked hard this week.

But when two friends have books out at the same time in the same genre, that's pretty sucky, too.

Or when Oprah calls and says she's got two minutes available, so only one of you can talk.

This isn't just a "good writing" contest. In that case, we could line everyone's pieces up in front of gatekeepers and do it in four weeks. And someone whom a committee of judges agreed none of them hated enough to vote against would win.

This twist is no more anti-good-writing than vote-farming, pimping, pandering, sympathy-begging, or Tyra telling the models they have to run through Walmart picking up clothes before the photo shoot (damn I miss the shorties cycle--I swear that was the last good one).

I get names of literary magazines to send my work to from writer friends all the time. We submit to the same residencies and the same contests. It's not as blatantly out there, but yes, we are being pitted against each other.

We're still friends. If they get in and I don't, I feel shitty and jealous for an hour, and then I get over it and write something else. Because I'm a writer. And there will be another contest, or residency, or magazine--just one click away.

Idol changed my life. I learned to write quality to deadline, to promote my own work, to take responsibility for reminding people that they liked my work and they should read it and vote for it. And when I'm sending out a hundred polite publicity letters for a novel and getting 99 no's, it's all going to be part of the routine. Submit, lose, feel shitty, get over it, repeat until win.

So make a choice.

Do you care about your friend more? Then spend the next couple of days getting your voters to read their work and see if they like it. Link it on your Facebook with a tantalizing quote. Email it to your friends. Call someone up and read it to them.

Do you care about winning more? Then now is the time to promote your work. Do the same steps for yourself. No-one's good work is magically recognized with zero promotion.

Neither choice is wrong or bad. But making one of them and taking action will probably feel better than feeling crappy about a tough situation.

Keep writing.
n3m3sis42
Aug. 30th, 2013 09:12 pm (UTC)
*standing ovation*
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xo_kizzy_xo
Aug. 30th, 2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
That's how I'm feeling too.

There are some seasons where people are more gung-ho and openly competitive than others. This hasn't been one of them. Every season/exhibit has its own flavor :shrug:

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porn_this_way
Aug. 31st, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Ya know, at first I had Lots Of Opinions on this, and then I tried laughing it off, and then I had more opinions. Maybe it's just the way things are. Maybe it's some representation of the way Real Writing works. Maybe it's proof that Gary sold his soul to Satan Almighty in a shady back alley in exchange for a hoard of intarwebz minions to lord over. Maybe it doesn't matter in the first place, because once you hit the Top 10 or so, nothing means anything since the whole thing's devolved into little more than a pimping contest where nothing is remotely indicative of anything and nobody actually loses to anybody and people just lose to each other's friendslists, facebooks, and friends of friends instead. Maybe it's time to FIRE ZEE MISSILES (but I am le tired) and there's nothing left but fuckin' kangaroos.

Whutevs. If Kate wins this round, I'll be happy for her. If I win this round, I'll be happy for me. Right now, I'm happy work's over, it's a 3-day weekend, and I just got home from the bar.

What I'm not happy about is that I can't root for myself without wishing failure on a friend. Not doing everything I can to advance my own interests and ensure my own success goes against every instinct and fiber of my being. Wishing failure on a friend also goes against every instinct and fiber of my being. I know there's some fucking annoying philosophical argument that points out this whole thing is inevitable, but IDGAF. It's not inevitable *yet*, or at least it didn't have to be, so I'm fucking annoyed.

FIRE ZEE MISSILES.
n3m3sis42
Aug. 31st, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
Having really only done season 8 (mostly), I guess I just see everything after top 30 or so as competing against your friends anyway. But I get (now that xo_kizzy_xo pointed it out), that this season wasn't as constantly competitive as that one was, so it probably feels different.
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kathrynrose
Aug. 31st, 2013 03:59 am (UTC)
Late Commenter Edition
I feel like I should post this again tomorrow, but this is worth a listen by everyone.

whipchick
Aug. 31st, 2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Re: Late Commenter Edition
Beautiful.
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