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Green Room - Week 0 - Day 10

After several years of living in the same area, I finally got to meet impoetry for the first time. Probably also the last, because I was kicking him pretty hard, there were most likely internal injuries.

He came out to see of my favorite songwriters, Micah Schnabel perform. I was trying to think how to describe his writing, especially lately, and came across this - which I think translates to writing in general. (From http://ninebullets.net/archives/micah-schnabel-music-as-a-vehicle-for-truth-by-larry-fulford":

"I’d like to think true artists aspire to reach a point where they’re comfortable baring their souls. Some manage to get over themselves and find a way to dig that deep. Even fewer will dig that deep, hit a gas line, stash of marked bills, lava, or worse and still throw enough caution to the wind to unearth it into a song, painting, book, joke, movie, etc.

Micah now goes beyond that. He hits the skeleton of his soul, chips it away and fires the pieces into space with a slingshot."

I think that's the goal, regardless of what format you're writing in: non-fiction, fiction, poetry, writing songs, creating *anything*, where you're giving something real of yourself, chipping those bits of who you are and shooting them out into the universe. (

Sincerity is something that you can just feel. It resonates and stays with you.


I'm not sure what advice our own Season 8 winner whipchick is going to be giving in her Webinar, but I'm sure it will be good. I saw this earlier today and wanted to pass it along for anyone interested:



But if you're only going to click one link today, it should be reading the Veterans entries and sending me your Top 5 list: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/950046.html Although, I'll admit, I don't know how you are going to manage that with just one click. But I trust that you will somehow figure it out!

That deadline is tomorrow.


Sign-ups are slowly ticking upward again: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html as we get closer to closing time. So make sure to keep spreading the word. (There *are* going to be people who show up after the fact, going "Oh man! I wish I had known!!" there always are. But the hope is that by keeping it open a little longer that they *will* find out and have time to get in the door!)


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Nov. 16th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
First! Unless I missed something, whipchick is not competing, which is unfortunate. She is an excellent writer, and she was also very free with her comments and help.

Edited at 2016-11-16 02:09 pm (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
Allison's really busy with her career right now. I'm sure she will pop in when she can though.

It's always funny to see people's reactions to her, because to me she's just an older version of the person I knew in high school. :)

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Nov. 16th, 2016 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'm terrified I won't be able to read all of the introductions before the deadline. (Head desk!)
Nov. 17th, 2016 03:12 am (UTC)
Since last week I havn't even managed to read all the Green Room comments.

I think I might have to quit FB completely. I start out fine and then read it and my brain explodes. Then I'm done for the day.
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Nov. 16th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
You are right about digging deep. Brushing away all the crap that tells us to hide our real selves, whether it's to look cool or sound smart or just to protect a soft place that we fear will get hit too hard if it's exposed. Idol is a perfect place to get real with yourself and with your writing.

Sincerity and truth have a clarity to them, like the ringing of a good bell. Even if the writing isn't structurally perfect, if that truth is there it can still be very powerful.
Nov. 16th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh hey, GR!

I'm sort of the walking dead right now, which is what happens when I have a day off. Started reading the veterans entries last night, nodded off, woke up, read a few more, nodded off...finally gave up and went to bed.

I've been up in a haze since 5AM :p
Nov. 16th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
Give up, have some wine/beer/cookies
Nov. 16th, 2016 05:34 pm (UTC)

Between the insanely busy school " get this done before Thanksgiving" push and dealing w sinus drainage/ coughing bouts/ infection issues all night, = sleepus interruptus, everything I do feels like playing a 33 record ( normal speed) on slow-mo. I'm also prob not going to get as much intro reading done. I just want sleep.

Nov. 16th, 2016 06:07 pm (UTC)
I'm down to the last page of entries, so I think I'll be able to get my vote in unless work distracts me too much.

impoetry mentioned in passing that he likes country music, and I know he did or does work at Disneyland, so I think he is probably disqualified from being a hippie.

Which means you have kicked falsely! What punishment will you now visit upon yourself? :O
Nov. 16th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
Nope. Having met him, he's definitely a hippie.

Which is why he needed to be kicked.
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Nov. 16th, 2016 06:20 pm (UTC)
You mean you're not just a mythical creature, Gary, and people can actually meet you IN PERSON? :O One of these days, I should do that.

Tomorrow I will be meeting up with an Idoler I met in season 6. It'll be the 4th time we've met up in person, which is crazy considering she lives in Australia, and I lived in Malaysia the first two times we met, then where I am now the last time we met (which means this is her second trip out to the Bay Area since I moved here).

I'm also finally on page 4 of the veteran intros, so I'm hoping to get my votes in today. Fingers crossed! Thankfully there's only a few more to go, and I managed to get through roughly 25 entries each day over the last couple of days.
Nov. 16th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
I should have pointed out that he met the actor I hired to portray me. I *almost* hired impoetry himself for that role, but I thought it would get too complicated.
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Nov. 16th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
...and I give up. This the fourth time I've dozed off while trying to finish reading.

It's not you, dear fellow Idolers. It's me and my schedule vs. body clock. Like, for instance, my body's telling me that dinner's in two hours because I have to be in bed two hours after that. So much for attempting to live on a "normal" schedule.
Nov. 16th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
I read all of the veteran entries, and I managed to vote, though I didn't have time to leave comments. I'm hoping to be better about it as the season goes on, but good lord, the way this last week has been...

I'm glad I can participate in Idol, and I want to be here more fully starting from week 1.
Nov. 16th, 2016 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm planning, and I need advice!

Since I was, maybe 20, I've always said that I'd like to go to Las Vegas to celebrate my 30th Birthday. As I'm now 29, I really ought to give this some consideration...

The reality is that my actual birthday in November falls at a time when my teacher friends couldn't attend and probably a pretty inconvenient time for me, too. So, I've made a decision - to wait until December, and then take a month-long trip that crosses both Christmas and New Year.

New Year will be Vegas, because... why not?


Where is else is good to see on that side of the USA, at that time of year?

Where is a good place to spend Christmas?
Nov. 16th, 2016 10:37 pm (UTC)
Have you considered visiting San Francisco? ;)

Mind you, my husband's sister's family is planning on visiting for Christmas next year. I'm not sure if we'll spend it here or visit another part of the US with them yet.
Nov. 17th, 2016 09:26 am (UTC)

Need way more than five votes. So many wonderful entries. Very sleepy now. I wonder if I'll dream of kilted satyrs?
Nov. 17th, 2016 11:36 am (UTC)

I just sent my votes off to Gary. After finally finishing the first page… (read them in reverse order)

I definitely need to figure out a better work flow for this (along with my actual work)

To late to go back to sleep, night as well get started for the day.
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Nov. 19th, 2016 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the shoutout!
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