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Results - Week 22

There are some goodbyes that are easy to write, and other times when you really aren't sure what to say.

This is the latter.

Both of these two were people that I thought had a good shot at winning this season. whipchick because come on - she's awesome. Plus she's proven that she is more than capable of winning.

porn_this_way because this mini-season has been so completely crazy, just all over the board - where people seem to want something new and different, and she is someone that I knew was capable of giving that to them!

There's very little space left to navigate, but coming into this week, I had them both pencilled in as people I expected to see for at least a couple more weeks.

But that's why you play the game - to see what is going to happen.

And certainly those remaining are awesome as well! (Which should go without saying - but I'm going to say it anyway) and this just gets more and more painful as we go.

Losing these two though? In that same week? Yeah, that's rough...

Thank you to both of you for coming out this mini-season. You're definitely a huge part in what helped make it special.


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May. 17th, 2016 01:16 am (UTC)
I am gutted. :( :( :( I don't know what to say, either. You guys are both so unbelievably talented, competent, and skilled writers and creators, the idea that you will not be in the poll next week leaves me... mostly shell shocked, to be honest.
May. 17th, 2016 11:42 am (UTC)
^^^ This. Losing one of you as contestants would be rough, but both of you in the same week seems cosmically cruel.
May. 17th, 2016 01:19 am (UTC)
And THIS, boys and girls, is why you don't make a self-indulgent bullshit meta post in the Top 10. LEARN FROM MY MISTAKE, KIDDIES! :p

Seriously, thank you guys for keeping my candy ass in this long! I was about to drop out months ago, but the Avocado Squad captured me and encouraged me to prolong my shameful stint of bad behavior in this fine community, so many thanks to them as well.

Live long and prosper, y'all. I'm sorry I kind of sucked at actually playing the game this time! So that's my goal for next round - be less of a failboat community member. But until then - here's Team Rocket, blasting off again!
May. 17th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
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May. 17th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
I will miss whipchick in every capacity she fills for Idol. Writer, reader, commenter, sage. Reading your weekly offerings, A, has been a decadent treat. Your writing is simply phenomenal. Utterly astonishing. Your subject matter brave and bold. Your skill so finely honed as to be a razor blade fashioned from words. You are the slice of tiramisu after an endless night of coke and rave dancing.

Really really sad and sorry to see this result.
May. 17th, 2016 04:59 am (UTC)
What a great metaphor! And thank you so much for your kind words and your always-insightful comments. I'm so enjoying seeing the many ways you approach the Persephone myth this season, and I'm truly in awe of your ability to get out the vote!
May. 17th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)
This is devastating. :(

You know what I love about porn_this_way? She is all-in, let's-do-this, audacious, bodacious, and wicked clever. And as much as she enjoys graphic-laden posts, the girl can write. When I read something from PTW, I'm going to feel something. I'm probably also going to shake my head a little. :)

And Allison? As previously mentioned, she's already proven she can win this thing - in a full season - without taking a bye, while traveling all over the world. She's an amazing writer, incredibly generous with her time, her assistance, and her support.

I'm sad to see them "going home" tonight.

It's not easy being green. :(
May. 17th, 2016 03:05 am (UTC)
this is probably as nearly a perfect comment as I've ever seen on LJ. A++
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May. 17th, 2016 01:55 am (UTC)
You two were awesome, and I'm so sad to see you go. :(
May. 17th, 2016 04:58 am (UTC)
Me, too, but I'm also super glad you made it through - kickass entries this week (as per usual)!
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May. 17th, 2016 02:02 am (UTC)
whipchick I have loved so many of your entries this season. I will miss reading your work every week. So many of them touched me deeply. I hope this isn't the last I see of your writing. <3

porn_this_way you have made me laugh so many times. Thank you.

Edited at 2016-05-17 02:03 am (UTC)
May. 17th, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! I always appreciate your thoughtful comments!
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May. 17th, 2016 02:46 am (UTC)
Two of the best writers I have been privileged to know.
May. 17th, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
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May. 17th, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
I responded directly to ptw above, but wanted to pay tribute to whipchick. Her Poll #2 entry this week is an example of why I love LJI and her work in it. The piece was intelligent, opinionated (but genuinely balanced), funny when it needed to be (and angry when it needed to be) and concisely written. One of her best and also a fine example of the kind of excellent non-fiction work she's brought to LJI over the season.

Writing primarily non-fiction this season has been a new frontier for me and I've found a great deal of inspiration in her fearlessness, her language choices and her ability to find structure in her entries - be they stories or thought pieces.

Congratulations on writing so many excellent pieces, whipchick. I feel obligated to try to raise my game for the rest of my time in LJI so that when I get voted out it can be on as high a note as you struck in that piece.
May. 17th, 2016 04:56 am (UTC)
Thank you very much - I'd heard for a long time about the Joey Michaels legend, and it was a pleasure to see you in action! I admire and respect the work you've been doing, and I'm so pleased you've liked mine.

Happy writing!
May. 17th, 2016 04:55 am (UTC)
My husband is really into Formula One racing. I kind of don't get it - 9 times out of 10 the winner is the guy with the best car, and the tenth time there's a crash. Hamilton, Rothberg, Hamilton, Hamilton, Rothberg. Most of the races are more or less decided before anyone shows up at the starting line.

Right now Mercedes is killing it. They have the best engines, and they have the best crew. And I have to admire that - that the win doesn't belong to one dude, it belongs to the people who spent all year building a better car and reacting to rules changes and improving their math skills and learning to change a tire 1 second faster. There's a lot of pit crew behind the guy who crosses the finish line.

I wouldn't have played this time around if it wasn't a team season, and I wouldn't have stayed in without staying committed to my team. And I'm glad I did both because I am very happy with some of what I wrote, and can't wait to start working on getting it published. So thanks, Gary, for making it teams, and thanks Avocados for being amazing!

I've been part of an incredible team this season, and I still am. I'm not in the race, but I'm still in the game.

Thanks for all the wonderful words and support, and I can't wait to see what happens next!
May. 17th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sure glad you showed up this season, both for your writing and for the element and support you bring to this game.

And I'm not sure how your first entry didn't get more votes. Hilarious and full of truly unexpected information.

You've written a lot of publishable work this season, and I hope that results for at least a few of these? Now I'm wondering if you ever got "Snake" published from S8. That one still sticks with me.
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May. 17th, 2016 05:30 am (UTC)
I knew this week was going to be rough. At this point, they all are. I'm still sad to see whipchick and porn_this_way out of the running, though - sometimes knowing a thing doesn't make it any easier. You two are both awesome, amazing writers. You also happen to be awesome, amazing human beings.

porn_this_way, I know you see yourself as a class clown. You're also the star of the show, up front in the spotlight. And you're great at it. Your post this week breaking down humor and how you do the wacky shit you do was great. (And hey, yes I do have a soft spot for meta. :P )

whipchick, You've got an amazing range - fiction, non fiction, humor, poetry, and everything in between. You are phenomenal at giving insightful, great, feedback. And you're phenomenal at taking it, too - seeing your drafts evolve has been really awesome, and I've loved working with you. Here's to doing even more of that in the future!

This whole wild ride was made so much more fun with both of you there. Thank you for joining in on the goopy green goodness! Avocados 5 ever!
May. 17th, 2016 06:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much <3 <3

Clearly, I have a soft spot for meta as well, given how much I spam the damn shit! Of course I'll have to destroy you now that you know my secret, but that's messy and time consuming, and I'm a total procrastinator. So I suppose you can live. FOR NOW.
May. 17th, 2016 07:28 am (UTC)
This week was really difficult for a reader as well..All the entries were superlative and great reads..which made it difficult to choose. Voting everyone wouldn't have helped either..:P (Though I so wanted to do that)
And yet I didn't expect the results. Two of my favourite writers going home..:/
I start my reading with porn_this_way's entry when I am not feeling like reading and that usually perks me up..:) Gonna miss your writing for sure..till next time.
And I may have said this earlier, but I seriously don't mind repeating that I am in Awe of whipchick She balances the fic/non-fic thing really well and you always get something to relate to in whatever she writes.
*Hugs* Thanks for all the great reads..:) <3
Also I may add Great Job as a team 'Avocados' You'll rocked \m/
May. 17th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Hugs back and so glad you're on board the Idol team!
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