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Green Room - Week 26 - Day 1

It's our last few days together!

Last night featured eliminations: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/939959.html
the official announcement of the finalists: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940342.html and their final topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940205.html

*points to the buffet line* Grab something to eat, and mingle while we wait.

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kathrynrose
Jun. 10th, 2016 02:16 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, bacon.
clauderainsrm
Jun. 10th, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised kithan left any!
xo_kizzy_xo
Jun. 10th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time since I've gone out for breakfast, never mind the virtual buffet breakfast.

...oh, look, we now have an omelet station?!? When did that happen?!?
clauderainsrm
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)
About the same time we put in the fire pit.
adoptedwriter
Jun. 10th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
Nom nom nom nom!

AW
xo_kizzy_xo
Jun. 10th, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
because I can't leave well enough alone
Lots of thinky thoughts since the the GR from the other day. I just added something there which suddenly occurred to me.

I think kathrynrose is onto something when she mentioned journalers (as opposed to writer writers) being more extroverted. Those of us considered Idol old timers (heh, get me my cane, sonny) were indoctrinated in the journaler subgenre simply by virtue of the fact that we were here on LJ and used our LJs as they were intended, which in turn had us play Idol the way we did. It was also the height of the reality competition shows, too; ergo, "playing Idol like Survivor" was very much in vogue then too.

Nobody then ever imagined Idol as being a springboard for "serious" (i.e., publishable) writing. This was LJ, for crying out loud. I admit I still somewhat subscribe to that. I wouldn't be surprised if others felt the same way.

(This, btw, isn't a criticism. It's borne by simple virtue of the fact of being on LJ and therefore not taken as seriously as it might be taken, say, if it were elsewhere on the web. I have a fair number of ex-Idol friends who cannot believe Idol's still chugging along.)

clauderainsrm
Jun. 10th, 2016 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
"Nobody then ever imagined Idol as being a springboard for "serious" (i.e., publishable) writing. This was LJ, for crying out loud. I admit I still somewhat subscribe to that. I wouldn't be surprised if others felt the same way."

The dream I had that led me to start Idol, that "Eureka! moment" had five Idol books. I knew from the start that it could be something serious. *I* took it seriously, from the first day.

On the other hand, I purposefully used comic sans as the font, because I want people to know there's also a silliness to it, and that those things go hand-in-hand.
xo_kizzy_xo
Jun. 10th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
I would expect you to take it seriously for obvious reasons :)

But speaking of books...had that idea occurred to you even before it'd even been discussed? I'm curious. I don't remember if we ever talked about it.

From what I remember (and see, this is where my memory goes fuzzy), it was *somebody*'s idea and it was batted around in PMs before being presented to you.

I don't want to dredge up anything so I'll leave it at that.
clauderainsrm
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
As I said (see above), it was in the dream!

Did I think "I'm going to do this?" No. But when Spydie, and that was 100% Spydie who first floated the idea in Season 3, brought it up I thought "this could actually happen". But that one never came together, it wasn't until theafaye brought it up to me again that I saw her plan and thought it could work out. (and she did an amazing job with them)

bleodswean
Jun. 10th, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
Idol's still chugging along


Hee! I know this is just a figure of speech, Kizzy, but I had to LOL. Idol is a bullet train! It doesn't slow down, it is sleek and fast and probably powered entirely by an AE. ;)

The parts of LJ I've been involved in for the past fifteen years have always been pretty serious. Many published writers, many BNF.

So, I am not surprised at all when I hear about writers launching published works from this platform and from Idol!
xo_kizzy_xo
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
Heh, I never knew that. But then again I've never hung out in your outside-Idol circles :) It's not even discussed in my outside-Idol circles because people journal, they don't writerly-write IYKWIM.

Idol-wise, this just goes to show the divide between newbies vs. vets vs. old timers.

Old timers would have NEVER dreamed of using LJ, much less Idol, as a jumping off point to being published. I cited something a few GRs back about what happened to a rather prominent already-published writer who played Idol back in the day. This person ultimately ended up leaving LJ altogether as a result.

I know there are actual already-published already-known writers who blog on LJ. I used to come across them on my Friends/Friends feed back when I had a paid account. I just never thought much past "Hm, interesting" whenever I came across them.

A bigger part of this whole thing of shooting off my mouth here is personal between me and writing in general. I can't talk about that without bringing Idol into it because that's how much they're intertwined in my own LJ world. And since I don't really want to take over the GR with my own writerly issues, I'll leave it at that.

Edited at 2016-06-10 05:22 pm (UTC)
clauderainsrm
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
"Old timers would have NEVER dreamed of using LJ, much less Idol, as a jumping off point to being published"

That's not what I recall *at all*. I can think of several people involved in the first couple seasons who were already published authors and, most famously, the winner of Season 1 was using her LJ to post parts of what would eventually become her first novel.
clauderainsrm
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: because I can't leave well enough alone
It's powered by the screams of hippies.
adoptedwriter
Jun. 10th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
I can attest to the fact that Idol has definitely made my writing more successful. My writing skills are improved, my ability to network is better, I have more confidence. I have increased tech skills and a wider knowledge base in general.
I had one entry pubbed in an anthology about teaching. Idol had seen me through one book of my own published, and a second book /sequel is soon to follow re adoption.

AW
lrig_rorrim
Jun. 11th, 2016 03:05 pm (UTC)
I bet those bagels are stale by now, but I don't even care. *grabs a bite to eat*

I can't believe we're so close to the end, after so long!
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