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Green Room - Week 43 - Day 4

The final entries of the season are due tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/849591.html

Which means we will soon to focusing on the final vote.

Before we get there though - what was your favorite part of the season? Who are you glad to have the chance to meet/interact with that you wouldn't have if it wasn't for being a part of Idol?

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ecosopher
Mar. 23rd, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
Who are you glad to have the chance to meet/interact with that you wouldn't have if it wasn't for being a part of Idol?

You, Gary.

;P
clauderainsrm
Mar. 23rd, 2015 07:29 pm (UTC)
:)

kickthehobbit
Mar. 23rd, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I feel like I was a lot more connected to Idol this go-around. I met and friended a lot of really neat people, and I've enjoyed reading everyone...it's been a much better experience, overall, than Season 8 was for me, just because I felt more involved. Special shoutouts to icaruslived and fodschwazzle, both of whom definitely influenced my writing this past year. :)

My favorite point in terms of my writing was the first few weeks—most of my favorites out of what I did came from then. As far as the overall competition? I loved reading the intersections, and seeing how people worked together.

I was definitely ready for my run to be over when it was, and I think that's part of what's helped me stay positive. This season has been suuuuuuper long, but that worked well for me, and I was happy to make it as far and do as much as I did. I'm still amazed I didn't have to drop! :D
fodschwazzle
Mar. 24th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
You've definitely influenced me as well. Aspects of your writing are still technically mystifying to me--how a narrative can grab hold of the audience's emotions every time even while genre skipping, most of all.

Inspirational comments certainly helped as well.
swirlsofblue
Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed meeting and talking to theun4givables and n3m3sis43

It was awesome getting to do the intersection with bleodswean and I got a lot out of the experience.

There are too many things to list, lots of little things that make up the community. Just knowing that at the end of a long day there'll be a green room to read or comment or discuss things, is lovely.

Having the opportunity to write such variety and rise up to the challenges. Original fiction itself is out of my comfort zone and that I got to really explore and figure myself out as a writer.

Having the opportunity to read such amazing pieces.
theun4givables
Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:31 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks. <3

We really do come as a set, don't we? lol

Getting to explore is the best part of Idol, tbh. I played with a lot of things/styles/pieces I wouldn't have normally done -- including a lot of nonfiction. :)
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anyonesghost
Mar. 23rd, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think my favorite point was the Gatekeeper round. It was a different sort of interaction than something I'd done before. Or, alternately, being roped into proper judging duty for the first Quick-Fire, for the other side of the coin. There's a more active writing dialectic during those weeks.

Oddly, I was thinking this morning that I hadn't availed myself of Idol enough ... that I hadn't interacted with anyone (or maybe enough) people. Probably more for a lack of intersections and my usual sort of "commentator's guilt" than anything else. ;-) Since there are a lot folks I've met this season who I've enjoyed reading and with whom I've enjoyed conversing. Won't single it out to any one person -- chances are, if you're not sure, you're on the list.
kickthehobbit
Mar. 23rd, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
You hadn't been through a gatekeeper round before? Lucky you. ;P
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bleodswean
Mar. 23rd, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
I am a deeply sentimental person and I'm in the grip of a seriously maudlin sadness about Season 9 drawing to its end. *clings*

gratefuladdict
Mar. 23rd, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC)
Can I just add how much stronger that feeling has been for me this weekend as I've re-read all of your entries, and Kori's, and my own?

Can we have a group hug when this is over??
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talon
Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
I've read some most excellent writing this season — as I do every season! The writing has led to new friends, and new people that I follow, reading their non-idol work (or, in some cases, hoping to read their non-idol work =P).
snarkerdoodle
Mar. 23rd, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to have "met" everyone who participated (just as I am every year) -- every single person helps make each season what it is. Even when things devolve into negativity every once in a while (which actually, IMO, happens far less frequently here at Idol than in other places), that's still something that's part of this thing called "LJ Idol", so it's all good. :)
suesniffsglue
Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:51 pm (UTC)
I have had such a difficult time this season being an active member, and for that I am both sorely regretful as well as humbled and thankful to still be in the competition. In previous years, I participated as actively as I could, and that was such a rewarding thing. This time around, my absence from green rooms and work rooms was noted sorely by my own sense of loss. My job doesn't allow for much time spent on a computer, and by the day's end or early morning, I always felt I missed so much.

So for that reason, I dove as deeply as I could into the entries and made an effort to build relationships with others through our work. I am so incredibly thankful for the connections forged through our craft. There have been several people who supported me here, and that meant the world to me. I am thankful for the opportunity to read each person who participated. This companionship through writing is a big thing for a loner like myself--my extroversion is abundant in every aspect of my life but my art. I don't mix my work with pleasure often, and it's been delightful to do so this past year. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
halfshellvenus
Mar. 24th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
Seeing more of my husband, rayaso's, humor at work was real delight for me. I am SO glad I persuaded him and bleodswean and tsuki_no_bara to try Idol this round.

I really enjoyed meeting the writing of several new-to-me people, including waltzmatildah, watching_ships, fodschwazzle, icaruslived, i_17bingo, beeker121, elledanger, penpusher, gratefuladdict, and suesniffsglue. Plus, all of the great people I'd met in earlier rounds who came back and wrote more!

I'll miss the community and our get-togethers, and I feel the same sense of melancholy as many other people, knowing that this season will soon be over.

Every season is slightly different, as are the people. The 'flavors' are something unique and wonderful, and never quite the same again.
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Mar. 24th, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
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tsuki_no_bara
Mar. 24th, 2015 02:55 am (UTC)
i think my favorite part of lji was that i wrote more last year than i have in a looooong time. but also i got introduced to a lot of people through their entries and their green room posts, and i got to know bleodswean who i never would have met otherwise. and now i can add halfshellvenus to my list of enablers. :D
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