That's what today's Green Room agenda is for me today under "Unfinished Business". If you have anything to introduce under "New Business" you can do so then. Or if just wish to speak, in general, that will be handled under "Around the Horn".
First item of business is to let you know that the poll for Second Chances is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/896220.html so go take a look and cast a vote for who will be coming back! Every week, for the next 4 weeks, people will have the chance to get back into the game. So spread the word and make sure folks know!
I'll also admit that originally I was going to make it a 24-hours to vote. But then I realized "that will cut into my Survivor premiere time!" So F-that! :D 48 (or so) hours to read 4 entries. Pretty sure you can handle that.
Our second item is that the Topic post is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/894992.html for the main competition. Which should be the first item. Because the main competition is always the most important emphasis. But you have until Friday, so it's not as time sensitive.
There is also a Work Room, which was going to be the third item, but I decided to put it down as Item 2b on the agenda: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/895604.html this is where you knock the cobwebs out of whatever is in your brain so that you can sit down and write!
Third item on the Agenda, and one that I mentally moved from 1st to 3rd because it was an easier transition to the Personal is that I have some bad news, and some good news for those who like to keep track of such things:
The bad news: misfitmanor has let me know that she is officially "tagging out" of this season. Which, if you've read their work, you know is a really bad thing. Especially after mamas_minion's entry last week - which, if you missed with all the other things going on, or because the technical difficulties they had with it not being up for part of the poll: http://misfitmanor.livejournal.com/3286.html You should definitely read it.
Here's the good news: I said "tagging out". Because when I announced earlier this season that it was an option I wasn't sure what was going to happen with it. And now it's being used for the second time! If you are someone who is out of byes, and know you are not going to be able to make the deadline - instead of just dropping, you have the option of "tagging someone else in" (it's a tag-team wrestling thing) to take your spot. In this case, she decided to bring back ellakite!
So, I'm really sorry to be losing misfitmanor, but I'm excited to be welcoming back ellakite!
Which brings us to the Personal item... it's kind of "business" as well, but I'm looking at this from a personal standpoint, so that's how I labelled it.
Obviously, that decision was highly influenced by what happened in yesterday's Green Room. But I will also point out that what happened in yesterday's Green Room has a lot to do with multiple things, from multiple people, that have absolutely nothing to do with Idol itself. You don't check your outside life at the door. Neither do I. With something like this - it would be extremely difficult to do so, even if you tried. There's always spill over, and spill over tends to blow up from time to time.
I have two points of view on that: On one hand, it's "damn good TV". People love it when there are folks mixing it up. From a reader/spectator standpoint, a disagreement (and ultimately the one yesterday wasn't *huge* or all that heated - by internet standards) is something that tends to make everyone lean in a little more.
As someone who not only likes the writing of everyone, but likes them as *people*... that's when it gets rough. No one likes to see their friends fight.
(Unless, of course, you have set them up in a makeshift arena and selling tickets to the bout!) Which is why I tend to step back, let adults hash things out for themselves and try to only respond to "issues about Idol" where I think I can either be helpful or I think there is misinformation being given. (Most of it is intended as helpful - AKA "from my perspective", giving insight into how and why things happen from the one person who knows the insides of this creature. And example of "misinformation" from yesterday would be where I corrected the "Week 30" reference to being "when we are at 30 contestants left")
You make diamonds with time and pressure. It's the same thing that makes Idol winners! Pressure comes from all different sources and the stress-fractures are going to be different for everyone. Just keep that in mind when dealing with people... everyone is under the same stress *here*, but different forces are at work on them outside the game, so when and how it impacts them is going to manifest in different ways. That's going to make their reaction to events unfolding unique.
I try to keep that in mind when I deal with folks within Idol. I don't always succeed (because I have my own forces working on me at the same time!), but I like to think I try.
Of course, at the same time, I'm still going to do things that can, and will, drive you absolutely crazy. Why? Because life does that. Being able to sit down and just write your ass off is easy when you "just feel like it". But the ability to do that when everything is going crazy? That's an usual skill set to have. ;)
Also, it's "good TV" - people watching from the sidelines love seeing the reactions - and it's all about trying to maintain that balance!