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Topic - Idol Minor - Week 2

Congratulations to our writers from Week 1! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1052408.html There was some great stuff in there. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you come up with for this topic!

Just as a reminder, you don't need to have participated in Week 1 in order to jump into the fun of Week 2. I know there were some folks who came into the community just before the first deadline, or people who had it fall off their radar. Feel free to jump in on Week 2!

The topic for Week 2?

Monsters


The deadline to link your entries back to this post is Monday, May 14th at 7pm EDT

Have fun!

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 1 - Day 9

We are finishing out our first week of this season of Idol Minor! Only 3 more to go! :)

So make sure to get your final votes in: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1052408.html

Also, if you want to contribute to the Community Chest, you can do so throughout the season. If you are loving what you are reading, and want a chance to "give back" to these writers, 100% (minus fees) of whatever is sent to paypal.me/GDreslinski will be divided between all the writers who finish all four weeks in the form of an Amazon gift card.

Which, right now means 5 of them are eligible to split the $25 currently in there. I would love to be able to give them more than that, and you agree, and are in a position to do something about it, you have between now and the end of this month (when the season ends) to thank them with more than just a vote!

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With that out of the way - how has your week been going?
The poll is up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1052408.html so make sure to tell people to get out and read the entries and vote for their favorites!

The Home Game has also gotten more active since the poll went up, so check that out as well: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1051518.html

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I have more embarrassing stories. Of course I do. Including one that I'm debating telling, but might not.

But I had another new embarrassing story pop into my life. Last night/this morning. It seemed appropriate.

One of my favorite bands as a podcast. I love this band and I love this podcast.
them and help out with their social media.

The 4th was just a mention of fans spreading the word and how "Gary can't do it alone".

Obviously, I was extremely flattered. I started out thinking they were joking, but as the episodes have been coming out and they keep mentioning it, it occurred to me "They might be serious".

So I gave the matter a lot of thought, what I would have to do in order to run their social media account... ideas that I had and, to me, most importantly, did I want to cross that line from fan to employee, or would that damage something special?

But chances like this don't come along very often. I've had more than my
Over the course of the past 6 or so episodes, they have mentioned me 4 times. 3 of those times were direct, and often several minute laughing about something I've said online and saying that I should come work for share in my life, and every other time I've passed them off to someone else to thought that I had more time to act than I actually did and never got around to it... or that maybe a *better* offer would appear... I've regretted those times when I haven't jumped.

I determined that while I didn't think I could do the job full time or as close to it as it deserved, that I was willing to help them out in any way they needed in an unofficial capacity. So I emailed them to let them know, and then went to sleep, wondering what was going to come next.

This morning I woke up to the message thanking me for the offer, but that they were "mostly joking".

You have to try. You have to put yourself out there even when it's not the most comfortable thing for you to do. But falling on your face like that, it's pretty embarrassing.

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 1 - Day 7

The poll is now up - so everyone needs to get over there to read, comment and vote for your favorites! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1052408.html

After you finish, the Home Game is also open: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1051518.html so write an entry of your own and link it there! (and support the other people who do that)

If you missed the deadline for Week 1, there are still 3 more weeks to go where you can participate, so go ahead and write something for this week and post it in the Home Game thread listed above!

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One thing I really like about Idol Minor is that I get to comment on entries! I don't have that freedom during the regular season (self imposed, so as to not "play favorites", or be seen as doing that). I spent part of my morning doing that.

So if *I* can go out and post comments, I *know* that you can too! ;)

Vote - Week 1

A few words from clauderainsrm:

This is something special.

If you are poking your head in to see what is going on, or if you were given this link by a friend - Welcome to the first poll of the second season of Idol Minor.

The “main event”, open to all ages but mostly adults, is LJ Idol. It is a writing competition like no other, a literary street fight for the ages.

Idol Minor is just for kids under the age of 12. There are polls, and you should vote for your favorites - but no one is going to be eliminated.

This is a chance for you to support and encourage emerging talent. The way you were encouraged and supported, or, all too often, the way you *wish* that you were.

There are some wonderful stories in the first week. I have high hopes of what we are going to see from them in the weeks to come.

Thank you to our writers, and their adult sidekicks. I hope that everyone reads, comments and votes for their favorites. You can vote for as many entries as you like - and please spread the word to your friends and family to vote as well. You do not need a Livejournal to vote. LJ allows FB, Twitter, Dreamwidth and any number of Open Source IDs to take part in the site, including voting. Just please, one vote per physical body. :)

The poll will close Thursday, May 10th at 8pm EDT
Good luck to everyone!






Poll #2081157 Idol Minor - Week 1
This poll is closed.

The Ballot:

12(20.7%)
Homer's entry
11(19.0%)
12(20.7%)
11(19.0%)
12(20.7%)

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 1 - Day 6

It's deadline day! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1050256.html so make sure that everyone who wants to participate gets their entries in today!

If you don't qualify to be a part of the season, but want to write anyway, you can take part in the Home Game! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1051518.html

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In light of the theme of the week, I was thinking of "things that cause me embarrassment", which morphed into "things that I can't do" somewhere along that thought process. Which makes sense, because people noticing things you "should be" able to do can be embarrassing.

Just a couple highlights on a long list:

- Drive. (I have my restricted, but only got it a year or so ago and haven't been able to practice to get my regular license. it's likely that I won't.)

- Swim. I imagine that I would be pretty decent at drowning though.

- Speak. Probably "unfair", but as a life-long stutterer, it's pretty embarrassing when I try to say something and I can't. Especially to people I don't know... hmmm... actually, it might be *more* embarrassing when it's something that I know really well, because of the whole idea that speech gets easier when you are comfortable with someone.

- Be near a certain item. It's "food related", and although I've gotten much, much MUCH better (to the point that if I sit at the same table as it I can try my best to avoid looking at it... instead of freaking out) it's still really embarrassing. Because it's a "common item" and I can't even type out the name. Just writing this is making my stomach queasy because now I'm trying NOT to think about it... anyway, there's an item out there and I don't like it and behave in embarrassing ways when it's around due to "past experiences".

- Lack of responses on Idol posts. ;) So don't cause me to be embarrassed people! ;)
The deadline to get the entries in is tomorrow: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1050256.html We already have 3 in for your reading pleasure, and if this is an indication of what we are going to have this season, I think we are all in for a treat!

I also posted a Home Game thread for anyone too old to play, but still wants to tell their stories: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1051518.html

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How are you spending your weekend?

Home Game - Week 1

If you are over the age of 12, but still want to write something for this week's topic: "An Embarrassing Moment", what do you do???

You write it and link it HERE, to the Home Game, of course!

There are no polls or deadlines. But then people can find and enjoy it!

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 1 - Day 3

I'm not sure when I knew that I liked girls, mostly because I don't recall a time when I didn't. In kindergarten, I was the boy playing house with the girls - because I wanted to be around them, and maybe one of them would become my girlfriend. According to my Mom, it started much earlier than that with any female "play date" that came across my path.

Those boys who "hated girls", until they got older - I never understood them. Girls were always the best.

So it's really not much of a surprise that I ended up with rocks in my head.

But that requires a little background.

I am the oldest son of my father, who is the oldest son of his family. His youngest sister was only a few years older than me. She was the coolest, and of course, she lived at my Grandmother's house, and when I was kid - after my parents got divorced, my Dad lived there too. So I spent every other weekend over there. It was a magical place where I could sit around watching monster movies all day long, eating directly out of the carton of ice cream - and whenever I wanted to go outside, my Grandfather owned a campground, that was located within walking distance of the house.

Big D's Campground was the world of adventure that opened up my youth. It's weird to think about just how unsupervised I was, in the middle of nowhere in Ohio, running through the woods and sometimes just walking the creek on my own. (or with my cousin who was a year younger). It should be noted that I'm not talking about "when I was a teenager. I'm talking about since about 5 or 6, I had the run of the place.

There were two paths down to the main campground - one was a rocky incline that my Uncles would sometimes take their 4-wheelers down but most people avoided. Then there was the "main road", which was a dirt road that also had a steep incline. It barely fit two vehicles across and at some points you just had to pull over and wait for the other car to pass.... and you could only do that on one side. That side was pulling into the woods. On the other, you only had a narrow stretch of trees before it plunged off the side of a pretty high sheer shale cliff into the shallow creek below.

That second road was where it happened.

I was pretty late when it came to learning about to do anything. If there is a "technical excuse", that would be it. I didn't really know how to do things that I "should have" known. Including riding a bike.

I got my first one when I was 7. It wasn't until I was 8 that I was really doing anything with it other than trying not to fall over. That younger cousin? He loved his dirt bike and would later go on to be involved in the BMX community. Me? Let's just say it "wasn't a dirt bike" and leave it at that. ;)

Which is how it happened.

The why it happened? Well, that goes back to having that young aunt. Who, of course, had friends her age. She was 15. I was 8, and her best friend was beautiful and always really nice to me. I wanted her to like me in the way to only a truly delusional person would think that a teenage girl would ever think a 8 year old boy was worthy of their attention. (What would have happened if - for some insane reason, she *had* decided that I was truly the one for her... I apparently never worked out that part!)

They were hanging out at the house one day, and I was tagging along. Then they decided that they were going to drive down to the campground to meet up with some friends... and I couldn't come because I was "just a kid".

Yeah, that went over about as well as you think it went.

I decided I was going to show them. I was going to ride my bike down the hill to the campground. Somewhere in my 8-year old brain I had decided that was the most manly and grown-up thing I could do. The girl would certainly be impressed with me.

I rode down to that first path, but it was short and didn't seem impressive. Which is weird, because looking back, it would have been the more difficult ride.

So I rode over to the main road, up to the where the decline started. I stared down it, making sure there were no cars coming... and started off to my destiny!

About that... as I said, there were things that I never quite got the handle on, that I should have known... simple stuff... like how went going downhill, you pick up speed as you go. And of course, how to use my brakes.

By the time I was almost down the hill, I was freaking out. I put my foot out a little, but it didn't slow enough... I was trying to keep to the middle of the road, because only in that moment did it occur to me that if I went too far to the right that I would be going off the cliff. (I didn't occur to me that I would probably DIE, but I knew it would be bad)

So I hit the brakes. Hard.

And went over the handlebars and hit the ground on my left side.

One of the campground regulars found me. I can't recall if they called my Dad or took me back up the house themselves. Pretty sure it was the latter.

The entire left side of my face was covered in blood, and my clothes were a mixture of rips, blood and dirt.

My Dad helped me get cleaned up and had me change my clothes.

The next day he took me back to my Mom's.

That "next day" part is more important than you would think... because with the blood, he didn't notice/do anything about the fact that there were visible pebbles embedded in my head, just over my left eyebrow.

My Mom noticed.

She brought out the tweezers and peroxide and got to work.

It was awful. It hurt so much and yes, I cried quite a bit. Eventually she just gave up and decided that what was still in there would just work its way out on it's own.

Spoiler - it didn't. There is still one. Right above the left eyebrow. The reminder of what happened, and everything that means about me.

I don't know if that girl ever even heard that it had happened. But if she did, I guess she wasn't impressed. ;)

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The new topic is up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1050256.html The deadline is Monday.

Which is also the deadline for people to sign up https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1049456.html so that they can get in on the Community Chest (you need to complete all 4 weeks).
I bounce when I walk. That's what I've always heard from people who know me.

So it's not surprising that one day when I was stepping off the bus, and not wearing a belt, that I caught my pants just as they were falling down. By "caught" I mean "just before they passed my knees". :O


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If everyone who has said they will be participating in Idol Minor this season ends up showing up for Week 1, we will have passed our first season! Which is awesome, and exactly what I'd hoped would happen.

This is a "niche idea" and I'm not expecting a lot of people showing up for it. But I really believe in the value of it for young writers and hope that they will get something. Part of that though is going to be on the adults in the Idol community showing up to support them. So I hope that anyone reading this does that - and spreads the word so that other people do it as well. And of course the young writers reading and supporting each other!

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I've always been awful at skating.

Except once.

In my entire life there has only been one time when I actually stayed upright and got around the rink (more than once). It was early middle school and it the highlight, and "low light" of my time at the skating rink. I wish I could recall what song it was.

All I know is that by the end of it my friends were teasing me, because I hadn't heard the announcement that it was the "ladies only skate".


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There is still time for people to sign up for this season: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1049456.html

The new topic is up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1050256.html Entries are due next Monday.

And of course the Community Chest will be open all season: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1049645.html I really hope that people take the time to "give back" to the next generation of writers that will be entertaining us this season. The more who sign-up and do all 4 week, the smaller that $25 that is currently in there will be divided by - so let's do what we can to make those shares a little larger! :)

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