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Work Room - Week 29

The new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/807797.html

People don't usually consider the "Survivor's guilt" that happens when you outlast someone that you have been rooting for over the course of the competition. After all - when it's "not you" going, that means it's someone else - most likely someone that you have come to like and admire.

So, what do you do about it?

The same thing you do in any other circumstance - you make their passing matter. Harness that energy, that emotion you are feeling, and use it to write something even better. Show that you *deserve* that spot. Even if you are feeling sad about someone else not having it!

How can you do that?

Only you can answer that question.

But I can *ask* a different, but related, question to the those who remain: What do you want to see out of the contestants? What would you like to see more of? Less of? What is it that you are responding to that you just wish that more people would realize?

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kehlen
Nov. 21st, 2014 03:21 am (UTC)
Outlasting someone you like is not the worst thing to happen. I think by now that's happened to all of those who remain many times. As did 'I did not vote this time because whatever, and crap - they lost by a single vote'.

More unpleasant is not liking/understanding/caring for the writing of someone who apparently likes yours *cringe*. A lot *double cringe*.

***

Haha, this week's topic is perfect to wrap up for me, and write about my Idol experience in general.
ellakite
Nov. 21st, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
It's different for me.
I've been suffering from "Survivor's Guilt" my whole damned life, as I watched two of my brothers succumb to a neurological disorder. I was only 5 years old when I understood that what was happening to them could happen to me, specifically because we were brothers.

To a certain degree I've taken a fatalistic approach whenever I outlasted folks that I like... but only to a degree; there have been times when seeing someone I really enjoyed reading get voted out has bothered me deeply. This is especially true for my dear friend n_maranda_coy -- The *ONLY* reason why I was willing to sign up for Season 7 of LJI was because she was also competing -- I intended to use the competition as a springboard for "writing therapy", and having a friend involved in the competition made me feel a whole lot more comfortable about signing up.

So: n_maranda_coy and I each competed together in Seasons 7, 8, and 9... and in each of those seasons, she got voted out before I did. So for all the obvious reasons, it was hard for me to accept that she was no longer "in the game"... but there was one more not-so-obvious reason as well:

I met n_maranda_coy in college, and ever since then she's been encouraging me to write my stories down and get them published. I always negated her comments, because I always thought she was a far better writer than I. And yet in three successive seasons of LJI, I lasted longer than she did.

So, while on the one hand it was always hard to see my friend get voted out... but each time she would urge me to keep going, and remind me that she always said that I had talent as a story teller.

Sometimes... survivor's guilt and survivor's euphoria come together in an odd mix...

Edited at 2014-11-21 03:49 am (UTC)
lrig_rorrim
Nov. 21st, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
Gauntlet: thrown
"What do you want to see out of the contestants? What would you like to see more of? Less of? What is it that you are responding to that you just wish that more people would realize?"

Fellow contestants: I CHALLENGE THEE!

What I want to see is every single one of us doing something outside our comfort zones. Something different. Something that feels, to each of us, like a stretch. Something that pushes us. Something that we think we're not any good at, or haven't bothered to try. I challenge us to leave behind familiar characters, familiar genres, familiar styles. I challenge us to experiment. I challenge us to try more, and try different.

That's what I want to see. I want to see what we all come up with when we're doing something weird. Because I suspect it'll be awesome, and even if it isn't, it'll be a helluva learning experience.
jexia
Nov. 21st, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Gauntlet: thrown
Heck yeah!

(Though I feel like that every week...)
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tsuki_no_bara
Nov. 21st, 2014 06:42 am (UTC)
Re: Gauntlet: thrown
challenge accepted! i like what i've been writing but i feel like i've kind of written myself into a rut.
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rattsu
Nov. 21st, 2014 09:26 am (UTC)
Re: Gauntlet: thrown
But but... *ponders*

I did this challenge for myself in season 6, I even made a bloody comic (and I can't draw).

I honestly have NO idea what would even be outside my comfort zone? I am pretty comfortable with anything? Done science, fiction, politics, personal, nsfw, poetry, comics, pictures... um...

So I guess my question would be... what do people feel they haven't got from me yet that they'd want?
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theun4givables
Nov. 21st, 2014 11:33 am (UTC)
Re: Gauntlet: thrown
Considering this. :) It depends on whether I can think of an idea to work with.

The fun thing about this season is that I've written way more nonfiction than I did in S8 or either one of the Exhibits; nonfiction to me was stretching myself. Second person, not so much, but the brief moments of First Person POV is.

Style-wise, I've done just about everything I can think of -- I've done comedy, which is easily the hardest thing for me to write. But I haven't done it since early in the season and I keep wanting to go back to it, but the topics haven't lent themselves to that.

Also, my first thought with this week's topic was going back to Li and Jordine (who, I guess, are back on speaking terms with me), because Li's retaliation is basically, "Let's see how much I can ruin your life since you've ruined mine." Yeah.

If Li keeps talking I might have to ignore the challenge, buuuuuut we'll see whether I can think of something else. :)

Is there anything new/different anyone would like to see from me that I haven't tackled before?

Edited at 2014-11-21 11:34 am (UTC)
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reckless_blues
Nov. 21st, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Gauntlet: thrown
*thinks about it* Let's see, what haven't I done.

Maybe something that isn't crushingly depressing?
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reckless_blues
Nov. 21st, 2014 02:57 pm (UTC)
I'm just wondering, do people like it when you thank them for commenting and reading? I do appreciate it, but I try only to reply to comments when I have something substantial to say because I don't want to clog their inbox with "Thanks!", but would people prefer that I did that instead of just saying nothing? Help me, I have no manners.
ellakite
Nov. 21st, 2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
I usually try to reply to all the comments I get, even the shortest ones, if for no other reason than to (a) thank the commenter and (b) acknowledge that I've read (and appreciated) their comment.

That's me, though. Other people may feet differently.
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dmousey
Nov. 22nd, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
My brain is swirly and I need an idea. Am kind of stuck.
lrig_rorrim
Nov. 22nd, 2014 07:06 am (UTC)
Ideas:

- write a story about a painter who loses his arm, and the gauntlet fashioned for him changes his work in strange (possibly terrible? possibly wonderful?) ways.
- write a story about a duel with laser pistols at dawn on an asteroid, sprinkling the back story about the insult and the relationship between the duelists in using flashbacks
- write a story about an alien trying to pass as human, and the gauntlet of tiny tasks and tests it has to go through each day just to get by undetected.

Choose one. ;) If you're feeling particularly uh, ambitious, choose more than one? Heh.

Seriously, I hope those help. They're free for the taking. Ideas I've got aplenty. It's executing them that's the tricky bit. If you're feeling stuck, though, just grab onto something and run with it. Even if you write something lousy, you'll have written, and even mud can be polished into art.
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medleymisty
Nov. 22nd, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
Honestly I have been binging on WoW for a bit over a week since the new expansion came out and it's what my brain is focused on right now, and I could make gauntlet fit WoW, and well - I guess a sort of informational post on one of my hobbies would be a new thing for me?
tonithegreat
Nov. 25th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
I think anyone who drops a mention of the bad old arcade game Gauntlet in their story should get bonus votes. And I'm not just saying that because I think I just figured out a way to do it myself.
fodschwazzle
Nov. 25th, 2014 06:30 am (UTC)
Then you get bonus votes. I agree with this idea.

I was thinking about narrating the perspective of a character in the old arcade game, but I had to stop when I thought of the frustration of accidentally destroyed food, or that robot voice that narrates everything.
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