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Green Room - Sign Up Week - Day 2

You can still sign up for this season of LJ Idol! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html So please make sure to spread the word!

We're probably going to be keeping that open a little later than usual. But as I've said previously, I planned this as a "slow start" to get us through the NaNo period and maybe let people get their sea legs back, before ripping them back out from under you and throwing you into the pit of sharks!

Don't worry though - there will be stuff to do as we wait.

In the meantime, we have a Green Room!

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We also have something that occurred to me as I was prepping this season. It doesn't matter what previous year we are talking about, there is always at least one person who tries a new format (cartoons, songs, youtube videos, etc) and a bit of push back that comes with it from some circles that say "that's not writing!"

There is also always someone who does "better" than you, personally, might think they deserve to do, because what they are doing isn't suited to your individual taste.

Which usually puts me into lecture mode, and at some point I bring up at writing, on any level, is going to garner differences of opinion and that even the winners for the Nobel Prize in Literature face the "That's should not have won!" stigma.

I say it all the time. This year? Oh 2016, after so much loss you wanted to give me a present didn't you?

Bob Dylan won for his lyrics.

I bring this up to not only head-off the discussion that I know I'm not really going to head-off, but also to tell you "It's OK. Do what you want to do. Express the things you want to say the way you want to express them."

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emperor_smooth
Nov. 2nd, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
First!

Why am I starting to think I'm biting off more than I can chew, doing this? Hahahaha

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vik_thor
Nov. 2nd, 2016 01:43 pm (UTC)
yeah, I've got that feeling too, even though I've competed a couple times before.

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baxaphobia
Nov. 2nd, 2016 01:15 pm (UTC)
Good morning Green Room! I'm back in my office. Gary talked about a pit of sharks? Well I work in one. Oh well. This too shall pass. I will have a good day! I will have a good day! I will have a good day! (there's no place like home!) Have a good one all!
swirlsofblue
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* What's going on at work? Hope it all works out okay.
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vik_thor
Nov. 2nd, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
hmmm...

that actually answers a question that was slightly floating around in my head this year.

Not that I will actually use the alternate format I'm thinking of much, probably. Since it would take a bit more time, and my entries have tended to end up being last minute a lot of the time.
lilmissmagic71
Nov. 2nd, 2016 02:39 pm (UTC)

Morning, all! Coffee? Don't mind if I do!


Though I think the alternate forms add spice, I will likely get back down to the good old writing basics... Not from judginess, but from the hope that it will push me to remember why I do these torturous things to myself. I need motivation and to build good habits.


I love the example of Bob Dylan. My son's first concert was this past Sunday. He went to see Bob Dylan in a venue that only holds like 2000. I told him he was privileged to hear such a bard in person and to soak it in... How cool is it they honored him so?


Have a great day folks!

baxaphobia
Nov. 2nd, 2016 02:49 pm (UTC)
I got to see Dylan this past summer at Tanglewood. I'm on the fence about his newer stuff. I just didn't think Dylan singing the classics "Autumn Leaves" was what I expected!Yikes!But he is Dylan after all. I'm glad he won the Nobel Prize though. Has anyone heard if he agreed to accept it? I heard he was among the missing on the issue.
kathrynrose
Nov. 2nd, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)
See, and I thought you were going to say something about Woman of the Year.
clauderainsrm
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about that last night. But I went in a different direction.

All that says is that you can be anything you want, if you are a white man. :)

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xo_kizzy_xo
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh look, I'm not a member of the Late Commenter League today!

:throws confetti:
n3m3sis43
Nov. 3rd, 2016 09:23 am (UTC)
*hands you half a cookie*

Don't let Oakley dog eat this one. xD
swirlsofblue
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's my birthday today yay!

And I completely agree people should be allowed to express themselves in their creativity however they like. But I do wonder sometimes when there are a lot of spelling/grammar mistakes why there isn't more effort put into editing.
beeker121
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! I'm certain the GR has leftover Halloween candy, but I'm betting there's cake too if we go searching.

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theun4givables
Nov. 2nd, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
Mornin' (afternoon?) GR!

I don't know how I'm going to approach this season at all, tbh. I think I'm trying to go into it with a similar mindset I had in S8. I need to connect with some things again when it comes to my writing, I think.

Today's my last day of vacation and I soooo don't wanna go in, tomorrow. *sigh*
dmousey
Nov. 3rd, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Hugs brat! It'll be fun to see where you end up. Last days of vaca are always a bit meh. Have a good day tomorrow!
banana_galaxy
Nov. 2nd, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm one of those people who has experimented with different types of entries in the past, and I probably will this season, too. I need some motivation to knock out some screenplays I can act in, so I'm hoping to at least work on a couple of those for this. And I might include some video posts, too. We shall just have to wait and see!
kehlen
Nov. 2nd, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
I have experimented with types of entries, too. Wrote a few poems even which is normally not my thing at all.
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lordrexfear
Nov. 2nd, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)

Today I'll be walking all around Williamsburg, Brooklyn with my mom.  Therefore no time to Green Room.  Party On Dudes and Dudettes!  And Be Excellent to each other.

j0ydivided
Nov. 2nd, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
I've always been under the impression that it's a contest about livejournal-ing. At least, that's how it was sold to me in Season 8.

If I find it entertaining and well-done, it's all fair. If I don't, well, writing or not, I'm not going to vote for it.

As far as what the criteria are for "entertaining and well-done", I'll have to get back to you.
penpusher
Nov. 2nd, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
In television, even a "reality show" sometimes referred to as an "unscripted" show, has writing. Someone has to come up with the premise, the situations and circumstances. That's all writing, so I'm not of the belief that "alternate" forms don't apply.

I definitely learned some lessons from my first foray into this group... I don't even want to call it a "competition" really because ultimately we are only competing with ourselves to become the best we can be.

"Do what you want to do" should be the maxim that everyone remembers. I know I will.
kehlen
Nov. 3rd, 2016 04:36 am (UTC)
I do not like the word "competition", either, and prefer "contest", at least in the meaning given at some language forums, as a challenge to one's self.
geekmomof2
Nov. 2nd, 2016 06:11 pm (UTC)
Popping into say hi
For some insane reason I think I am trying this..
I can't even write regularly in my LJ these days.
Hopefully this will help.

(back in the day I was libradragon, libradragonmom..can't recall which one I used back then when I did this what feels like eons ago)
clauderainsrm
Nov. 2nd, 2016 06:18 pm (UTC)
You used Libra Dragon. :)

How have you been?

It's really nice to see you again!

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banana_galaxy
Nov. 2nd, 2016 09:18 pm (UTC)
Oh how I know that feeling well XD But hey, maybe this will give us some opportunity to actually chat again like we discussed briefly the other day.
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adoptedwriter
Nov. 2nd, 2016 11:35 pm (UTC)

Why hello GR! I'm late today, still catching up and recapturing my life since the Royal Wedding! Glad this place is open 24--7!

AW

murielle
Nov. 3rd, 2016 03:00 am (UTC)
Hi! I had a long busy day and am seriously late in playing catch up in GR--which my tired brain just figured ou stands for Green Room. Although, XD has me completely boggled.

How was the wedding? I will have to go back and read through your lj for all the details. I was off line for much of the past year.
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