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Votes are starting to pick up a little over the last 24 hours, hopefully that trend will continue. So make sure to get your ballots in, and tell your friends to do the same! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1042901.html


What plans do you have for Labor Day? (I know that 5 of you are going to be experiencing Dread. But what about everyone else?)

Green Room - Week 29 - Day 11

I renumbered yesterday because it was *way* off. :)

I've been counting the votes that have been coming in - and one thing is clear, opinions are all over the place!

Which is usual, especially for this season. Votes have been slow, but steady. I'm sure as we get closer to next Monday, they are going to be picking up - so don't forget to vote, and encourage others to do so as well.

Because here is one truth that I can share with you - one that is true this week, and will be true until the finale. I know this, because it's true every year at this stage:

The ball is going to bounce against every single person, except one.

People are going to write their hearts out and produce stuff that you love - and that ball may end up bouncing against them.

The only real control you have over that is making sure you point the ball toward your preferred angle and hope for a bounce that goes your way.

Losing any of these 5 is going to be bad. They all put out great portfolios, and I'm proud to see them being showcased. But that ball is going to bounce for someone, and against someone else. It certainly won't be a reflection of their talent. Just that sometimes luck really does play a factor when you get to the end game.

You just have to put out the best work you can, put the word out as loud as you can to get people to show up to support you, and hope for the best.

The entries can be read over at https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1042901.html and if you still have questions, there's a discussion of what's going on in yesterday's Green Room: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1043185.html

Green Room - Week 29 - Day 10

I have these 5 friends.

Let's call them tinhuviel, tru2myart, welfy, chite and boxsofrain.



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I probably just confused people even more!

Or made them want to sign up for the next season of LJ Fruit Sales!

It's going to be wild!

One of those things happened.

But while you are figuring out which - remember to get those votes in! https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1042901.html

Vote - Week 29

The Portfolio Challenge is a special kind of week.

I figured it deserved a special kind of voting.

The entries for the Top 5 can be found here:

bleodswean's Portfolio - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html?thread=84481856#t84481856

j0ydivided's Portfolio - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html?thread=84481088#t84481088

marlawentmad's Portfolio - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html?thread=84481344#t84481344

messygorgeous's Portfolio - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html?thread=84483136#t84483136

penpusher's Portfolio - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html?thread=84482368#t84482368

It's a collection of 4 pieces each that will be used to help determine who gets one step closer to being the winner of LJ Idol Season 10!!

They really put in a lot of work for these entries, and I think the voters should honor that by putting in some work of their own.

So here's the deal - voting is open to ANYONE. You don't have to even have a LJ account to vote. You just have to be able to send me an email.

BUT, and you knew there was a catch... I want 6 votes. No more. No less.

I want your favorite entries FROM EACH COMPETITOR! Then 1 vote that is "Best Overall".

These will be used to determine which contestant we are losing this week.

Good luck to you all!

The deadline to send your emails to me at clauderainsrm@gmail.com is Monday, Sept 4th at 7pm EDT.

Green Room - Week 29 - Weekend Edition

We've been having nonstop rain from Harvey over the last couple of days.

Certainly not Texas levels of rain, but there has still need some flooding.

I hope everyone closer to the actual hurricane is well, or is as well as you can be under the circumstances.

No matter how long I live in Florida, I don't think I'll ever truly get used to hurricane season, and we are quickly entering "our turn" for the next couple of months. Looking at the photos out of Texas, I'm definitely not looking forward to this.

Sooner or later, my area's luck is going to run out.


Speaking of running out, your time to get in your Portfolios is quickly running out: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html

I'm really looking forward to seeing what the Top 5 have come up with for this!


What has everyone else been up to this weekend?

Green Room - Week 29 - Day 4

Chris Clavin is a sexual predator.

Or at least he's not denying the allegations against him and he's said that he is seeking therapy.

For those of you (pretty much everyone) reading this - Chris was a member of the band Ghost Mice and the guy who ran Plan-It-X Records, which put out a lot of great music.

It's interesting seeing the responses, especially since, unlike with Ian Graham, the allegations were actually in print where people could read the stories the women were telling about him. 6 as of this writing, but that number could continue to climb as more folks feel comfortable coming forward.

I mentioned recently about how Joss Whedon's only response to the accusations from his ex wife was a statement through a press agent of "I'm not responding" and a vague bit that made you wonder exactly what he was saying *wasn't* true, that caused a lot of people to jump on the "yep, it is, see how he's gaslighting her!" bandwagon.

My thoughts are all over the place - of course starting with "What a scumbag" and I'm hoping that his victims will, eventually, be OK - but also going into those different crevices your mind finds for you...

What does "accountability" actually look like here? Some people have said he should have turned himself over to the police... others have said he should have kept his social media up so that he could "be accountable" to his former fans.

Even the worst of people don't think of themselves as the true monsters... so getting to the point of getting yourself help/therapy for what you realize is a problem is a step in the right direction. But is there really a 12-step program for someone to say "I'm sorry I sexually assaulted you". If there was, would that help the victim at all?

It's also interesting being a cishet white guy in a world that's turned on cishet white guys... and often for good reason. Not saying it's *always* a good reason. But it's often enough that, yeah, I can definitely see it and it makes me uncomfortable to know that's the skin suit I'm wearing.

Other times though, it's more of a "I'm Gary, I've always been Gary". We were talking about high school dances earlier tonight and I was mentioning that I never went to one. Because it wasn't my thing. It's nothing I regret and if I had to do it over again, I would have missed all of them every single time... well, maybe I would have gone to *one*, but that's a different story... I've never particularly liked the team I was born into. Or related to it. The things "people did" just were never something I was all that interested in. I look at guys I've known over the years, and I've always felt the same way about them... but I'll admit, I also let it slide with "that's just how they are"....

But it's still a big part of me. I'm fucked up in my own ways. Some of them have to do with those ideas of masculine culture, but most probably are just my own flawed brain chemistry! ;) (We all have our own versions of that).

I'm also thinking about the time I found out about a sexual predator in Idol - but was asked by the victim to NOT take any action against him. She later said it "wasn't a big deal", that "he was drunk" and that I should forget about it. I haven't. It's been a really long time, and I still see him from time to time, but I've never forgotten it. Maybe that was the only time he's ever done anything like that... maybe it's not.

They were both contestants at the time though - and my hands off policy is how I keep things from getting personal. I let the game play itself out with anything that isn't directly impacting the game itself.
I wonder what I would have done if I didn't set that rule for myself. Would it have been "the right" thing to do, or would it have simply caused additional harm to the victim when everything came out (and this was during a really active Livejournal period, so it would have all come out...)

It's got me thinking about the difference in power between men and women - and the anger that seems closer to the surface the older I get and the more I listen. Not just with gender though - PoC are speaking up more as well, and it's both good *and* a little "WTF" because with all of that anger it's difficult to stand back and go "Yep. I suck." when I've tried my best *not* to be those things... even if I may not have always succeeded... and especially since, yeah, I DO suck. It's not "white guilt" or "straight guilt". It's knowing you started out, in theory, on third, and managed to trip over the corner of the base and fall on your face more often than not.

It's why I've never really considered myself "An Ally" for any cause or group. I'm on Gary's side. I want the other people to do well, but I'd like to do well too! :)

I'm not the victim in any of this. I'm just a guy with a lot of questions tumbling around his head at 11:30 who needs to get to sleep... who is quite positive that he's managed to say some really stupid things in the last few minutes that hopefully people will forgive him for when he realizes "Why did I frame it THAT way???, and a lot more to "unpack" and consider in something more than a stream of conscious ramble that started when I found out that Chris Clavin was a sexual predator...

Oh, and super awkward transition - get your entries in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html

Green Room - Week 29 - Day 3

Post a picture of yourself and our facial recognition software will reveal your heritage.

Or your hate.

It's of those things. I'll have to ask the people making the signs what it is today.


You can also be writing entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html (if you are one of the people in the Top 5, or just want to Home Game!)


I may not be around much in the next few days, I need to go collect my Powerball winnings... oh wait, I'm not supposed to talk about that yet.... I've got to go "on a trip for a family emergency".

Green Room - Week 29 - Day 2

In case you were too busy burning your entire Joss Whedon collection and missed what happened here - there were results from the last poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041345.html

and there was the new topics: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1041472.html in which I brought back one of my personal favorites, the Portfolio challenge!

If you've been too outraged about Peter David saying you shouldn't try to get Nazis fired (because he's had their supporters come after him and he doesn't want to operate on that level) that you've missed details of Whedon's divorce come out from his ex-wife, I'm sure there are links all around the internet.

Or refer to your own messy breakups/divorces in the past. I'm sure there were some particularly choice words said on both sides. I know I personally can say that. (If he really did, and say, those things, he's pretty much a scumbag, as far as his personal life goes. My problem is that people keep saying he *admitted to it*, and so far, he hasn't.)

If you've been too busy thinking about the choice words said in the past, there was also Trump, Charlottesville, Don't Go Back (to Clarksville) and Wasting Another Year, Pardoning Sheriff Joe and Saving Private Paul Ryan.

Some of those might actually from the same song.

What are some of YOUR favorite current internet outrages that have been spreading like wildfire in your circles?

and how do they relate to the Portfolio challenge? (not really, I just wanted to bring that back around full circle)

Topic - Week 29

Congratulations to the Top 5!

You are probably wondering about this week topic. Or rather topics. Because you had to figure there was more than one.

You would be correct.

Because it's time to see your Portfolio.

What is going to make up your Portfolio?

1. Your favorite entry that SOMEONE ELSE has written this season. Yes, write an entry about/inspired by it.. :)

2. One of the topics you DID NOT previously write for from multi-topic choice Week 17:
a. The Rent I Pay b. Surrender under protest c. It’s always been enough d. Nevermind

3. One from the following 3 weeks worth of choices:

Week 18: Location, Location, Location, the distance between us
Week 22 - Turn Back Or Forge Ahead? /Trespassers William
Week 23 - Backing the wrong horse, Bannister effect, Lethargy

4. A link to what you feel is YOUR best piece of the season.

All 4 entries should be linked below. The deadline to have all of them completed, and linked, is Monday, August 28th at 8pm EDT

Have fun!

Results - Week 28

You know how you can *truly* tell that the season is almost over?

We are saying goodbye to halfshellvenus.

I don't have my stats in front of me, but it feels like I end up saying goodbye to her inside the Top 7 than I do at any other point in the game. There's a reason for that.

Not only is she is a fantastic writer, but she's also a really warm and helpful person that always manages to be well loved within the community, regardless of who is around - and in a landscape that is constantly changing, that's saying quite a lot.

Thank you so much for coming out this season and for all that you have given to us over these months. I wish I could say "You're on the Jury!" but that's been dissolved as of this vote. I CAN say though that I hope you will continue to Home Game for the remainder of the season.... which, that isn't very long either.

We do have Immunity to hand out, which isn't suspenseful because we know it didn't impact the votes. BUT it did set the stage for next week...

The Jury was back and forth for the last couple of days. It started out neck and neck... then one of them opened up a FOUR VOTE lead that I thought momentum was going to stay in place. I was wrong. Because today those 4 votes came in to tie it up. We were going into the final few minutes of the Jury voting when one last vote came in, tipping the balance.

The penultimate Jury immunity goes to penpusher!



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