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Green Room - Week 22 - Day 4

Good morning Idolers!

I'm not sure if you saw this yesterday, but there is an anthology out there featuring several former contestants that is having an Indiegogo campaign! So check it out, and if you can help - do so! If you can't, then spread the word so that others can find out about it! https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/marked-by-scorn#/ (One of the levels is $4 and you get the e-book version! That's a really great deal! With the names that I know on that list, it's bound to be a good book.

Speaking of "good books", this is a good time to mention our Amazon store! http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20

There's a lot of great books there as well! (and of course, just by visiting it before doing the rest of your Amazon shopping helps!)

Which reminds me that I need to start coming up with the new incentives for our Patrons! https://www.patreon.com/user?ty=h&u=70027

What are some things I could offer that might tip you over into joining the team? ;)

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Happy Friday the 13th!

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http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/929542.html is the place where you go to link your entries! I hope to see a lot more action there, and soon! :)

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xo_kizzy_xo
May. 13th, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)
Good morning! Today is my first day off in over a week.

Every year I either make a cake or cupcakes for my husband's former coworker who has two small children. Due to playing-tag-for-infinity and deadline mixups, I'm not doing the cake for her youngest this year. I did cupcakes, however. Now we're playing text tag in figuring out a time when I can drop them off. Aieeeeee!

I also have nothing in the fridge. I don't want to go shopping. I already live inside a supermarket :p
halfshellvenus
May. 13th, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
Wait. Isn't this the coworker where your husband volunteered your services for you, and there was a big batch of weirdness last year involving her picky mother and bizarre complaints or something?
xo_kizzy_xo
May. 13th, 2016 05:16 pm (UTC)

That's the one.


She never contacts me directly for some odd reason.


OTOH this order had very little drama.  Maybe she's finally growing up?

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clauderainsrm
May. 13th, 2016 01:37 pm (UTC)
Since I'm starting thinking about Season 10...

There has been discussion in a previous day's GR that "the new school" of Idol is less willing to pull the trigger on any of the twists. And that's true, I keep putting the gun on the table and people just pass it by.

Do you think it's more of an "I'm focused on my writing and nothing else" or an online shift of "not wanting to screw each other over"? A combination of those two elements? Something else entirely?



xo_kizzy_xo
May. 13th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
I already gave my thoughts in yesterday's GR. I'm interested in this, though, because I think it bespeaks a lot more than people think it might.
clauderainsrm
May. 13th, 2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
Of course, the benefit to this is that if someone does get one of the special powers they tend to have a shield.

No one goes after them, and they don't use the weapon in their hand. So maybe it's time to start giving more incentives to use them offensively. ;)

(Of course, I think there will be a segment of the Idol population upset with that... just like there is a segment upset that it's not happening more!)
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bleodswean
May. 13th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
What an intriguing fact! (I'll have to check back in to yesterday's GR.)

I was a person who was given a gun in S9. I was simultaneously horrified and mystified by it. And it was a pretty serious potential twist. I didn't use it. I'm also a player who offered a bye to two folks who needed one. Nothing horrifying or mystifying in that gesture. So....I don't know! Both pulling the trigger and gifting a bye seem to be twisty. But the gun seemed...less fair of a twist? To an innocent player?

I guess it comes down to that. Fairness. Or unfairness.
murielle
May. 13th, 2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
I totally agree! (You just said it before me, and much better.)

I'm for a clean competition, were folks win or lose on the merits of their writing, not wicked twists and turns. There is enough unpredictability in rl without having it in the things we do for fun...just saying. :-)
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murielle
May. 13th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
I totally agree! (You just said it before me, and much better.)

I'm for a clean competition, were folks win or lose on the merits of their writing, not wicked twists and turns. There is enough unpredictability in rl without having it in the things we do for fun...just saying. :-)
ext_3620796
May. 13th, 2016 04:21 pm (UTC)
Probably a combination. You figure we all started writing fiction, rather than getting quite so personal; and things are a bit tighter-knit1 with the usual suspects (vs. those groups that wanted to kill each other in Seasons past). So we're not out for blood the way we were.

Combine that with people habitually forgetting this is "event TV" rather than something that's based solely on writing merit.

I wonder how people would react if all the Twists came with an auto-destruct button, e.g., "Use in two weeks, else target will be selected at random ..."

 

1Generally speaking.

clauderainsrm
May. 13th, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
"rather than something that's based solely on writing merit."

That part always makes me chuckle when I think of how many people complain about the Pulitzers every year and how "it's all political"... and the Puppies at the Hugos... (as well as what they were complaining about, it's all part of the same complaining about stuff cycle. *Insert well known and obscure writing competitions here and they are having this on some level)

No one is ever going to 100% agree on what has the most "merit". ;)
clauderainsrm
May. 13th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
Also - there are definitely subgroups that don't like each other very much. (Heck, there are factions within groups that generally like each other that aren't as tight as some think)

I'm not sure though that they want to be the one to throw the first punch in the game itself. Even in the spirit of "We're just having some fun here"
gratefuladdict
May. 13th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm seconding all of this.

I would just add that there is some significant social pressure not to fire the gun, lest you become an Idol Villain. A villain may do well, but they'll never win. There's a reason so many of our past winners have also been Spirit of LJ Idol in our season.

Just like Gary has chosen to have us vote FOR entries and contestants to stay in, rather than AGAINST entries and contestants to send them home, I think most of us are more comfortable with powers that HELP people move forward, rather than hurt a fellow contestant. Of course, even the "positive" powers can be used strategically to put someone else at a disadvantage, but they are primarily used for good.
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xo_kizzy_xo
May. 14th, 2016 09:34 am (UTC)
Combine that with people habitually forgetting this is "event TV" rather than something that's based solely on writing merit.

THIS.
comedychick
May. 13th, 2016 04:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the extra promo, Gary! I'm really excited about this new book. It's really good!
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