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Work Room - Week 1

Some of you are just coming out of NaNoWriMo. Others have had other projects.

I'm sure there are some within the sound of my typing that haven't sat down to write something in awhile.

So, you have a new topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/867839.html  a jumping off point.  You can go in any direction you want with it.  But what is the best fit *for you*?

How can you make this something that folks won't be reading in every other entry?

That's one of those primal questions for a writer - what are you bringing to the table that no one else can offer? How are you going to make this entry yours?

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This would also be a good spot for people still looking for teams to declare themselves as being available!

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ashgaelsonaria
Dec. 2nd, 2015 06:09 am (UTC)
I am generaly inclined to work alone. Almost Never had lab partners in science even, didnt need them.
Tho this is a topic i may have to think about.
Edit edit edit

Okay, so i wrote something but now need an editor.
So could someone please please please please edit the following befor i link it
http://www.livejournal.com/preview/entry.bml

Edited at 2015-12-03 11:38 am (UTC)
xo_kizzy_xo
Dec. 2nd, 2015 09:21 am (UTC)
I automatically thought of something when I saw the topic. It's a "typical Kizzy" thing, and one thing I want to do this mini season is get away from that. I'm not sure how to go about it, though.
prog_schlock
Dec. 2nd, 2015 09:23 am (UTC)
The first thing I did was make a playlist with songs about gambling as a metaphor, or metaphors for gambling. Feel free to add your own!

Edited at 2015-12-02 09:24 am (UTC)
i_love_freddie
Dec. 2nd, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
I had an immediate idea but it is very similar to things I have written before and I feel like I would like to go in a different direction. So I am giving it some thought.
ellakite
Dec. 2nd, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
Looking for ideas/suggestions.
Not enthused about writing a piece directly related to gambling or card playing, and I think I've pretty much covered all the short tales from my saga involving trust (and/or the lack thereof).

So... anybody else have any interesting interpretations of the prompt?
gratefuladdict
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking for ideas/suggestions.
Cutting the deck is meant to protect you from falling prey to sleight of hand on the part of the dealer. You do something very concrete and literal to protect yourself because it's possible that what you see or think you see is an illusion. It still ladders up to trust, or at least to subjective truth, but there might be another angle in there you can tackle...
roina_arwen
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:57 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Looking for ideas/suggestions.
LJ needs "like" buttons! :)
gratefuladdict
Dec. 2nd, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Looking for ideas/suggestions.
:)
dreamsreflected
Dec. 2nd, 2015 04:29 pm (UTC)
I got a D in "plays well with others" in first grade, not much has changed since. So lone wolf is probably where it's at for me.

How do you make yourself stand out as a writer? I don't necessarily think you need to be "better" because better is subjective. Original. Yes. Different is where it's at. For me anyway.
oxymoron67
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm drawing a blank on this one right now.

I don't really gamble... so I'm thinking about taking a "trust but verify" kind of take on this prompt.
roina_arwen
Dec. 2nd, 2015 05:58 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a perfect fit for the topic!
misfitmanor
Dec. 2nd, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
On the subject of teams...
I have created this data compilation, which may be helpful to some who are still looking to connect, or perhaps on the fence.
kehlen
Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
Re: On the subject of teams...
This is impressive, thank you.
misfitmanor
Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: On the subject of teams...
Thanks! Hopefully some folks will be able to use it to know whether to stay or jump, or who to contact. And do let me know if your team settles on a name, I'll add it to the list!
kehlen
Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
Re: On the subject of teams...
I will!
clauderainsrm
Dec. 3rd, 2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: On the subject of teams...
It definitely is impressive - but for everyone listening, just make sure to send me your information. I'm updating from what gets sent to clauderainsrm@gmail.com - not from what I see on this list. :)


(Which she points out, but I know people need reminders!)

murielle
Dec. 4th, 2015 05:38 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: On the subject of teams...
Do you need those of us who are flying solo to email you?
kehlen
Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
*reads the definition of "cutting the cards"* oh. ooh. oooh.

I know this one, and I follow it both in games and in life.

In our circle of friends, cheating at cards/games/whatever is not done (like, you see someone holding their cards in a way that allows you to see some of those, you tell them and do not look). But I still insist everyone cuts the cards all every time in games where it is the thing you do.

And in real life it's like this: do not automatically suspect the worst in people, but do not tempt them either. And if someone asks "you do something or the other, don't you trust me?", the answer is "I do, but I also do this, regardless of trust".
kehlen
Dec. 2nd, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
For example, my handbag stays on me at all times in public, regardless of who offers to hold it for me (holding your affairs is quite common when you're going somewhere on public transport, and one of you is able to find a seat and the other not). Not the handbag.
lordrexfear
Dec. 3rd, 2015 03:09 am (UTC)
Interesting in that I have people I think use that as a measure of how much they trust someone.

They hand you their bag as they go to the restroom or anywhere were it'll just be easier if someone holds it for them. Not by ME offering to do it, but them asking if I shall.

It's a badge of honor. This has nothing to do with the topic of the week. Just an interesting line of conversation of different souls concepts and handling of situations.
bad_tibbers
Dec. 3rd, 2015 12:53 am (UTC)
This is my first run at lj idol, so I think I'll go solo for now. Looking forward to getting to know you all though!

"what are you bringing to the table that no one else can offer?"

I've struggled with this in the past and what I've found is that focusing on being "original" and "different" puts a bad spin on my writing. Now I just try to write what jumps into my head and not worry about it overly much. In other words... I do what I want!
murielle
Dec. 3rd, 2015 10:47 am (UTC)
Hi!

It's my first time, too. And I am flying solo as well.

I don't believe in originality. I do believe in the filters of imagination and experience. In other words, I will push myself, try to reach past my perceived limitations, but bottom line? I too will be writing what I want. :-)
tijuanagringo
Dec. 3rd, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
While reading the comments, I reflect that the topic is, almost coincidentally, somewhat related to the question of should we go in a team or should we fly solo.

In my case, I am always selfish and alone. I travel by myself, spend hours alone reading (or in recent years surfing the webs). And writing.

And yet... I do share my writing, and read others' work, and comment.

Recently (since 2006) I have been indulging more and more in vlogging and video/filmmaking. Even that art, which professionally is a team effort, is for me a lone activity -- except that I often film/record other people, both with and without their knowledge or cooperation...........

And yet... I do share some of my videos, and look at others', and comment.

Yes, although I am a classic loner, or believe myself to be such, I still know, and feel, how much I need the company of other people, since I am, at root, still a social, cultural, creature. But not all the time. As the topical saying goes, I still want to cut the cards myself.

And yet, here I am, participating with you, my brothers and sisters in this mini idol carousel where we all ride together until we one by one get hung separately... oh dear... that was almost too macabre even for me.

Time to pour myself some coffee I think.

;-)

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Edited at 2015-12-03 04:44 pm (UTC)
misfitmanor
Dec. 3rd, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
BRILLIANT.
tijuanagringo
Dec. 3rd, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
Aw shucks... thank you.
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