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Home Game - Idol Minor - Week 2

What if you are over the age of 12, but want to talk about Monsters?

That's why the Home Game exists! Just post the links to your entries here!
I hope you all are having a great Mother's Day!

Just remember that the deadline is tomorrow: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1053439.html

That can be one of the things our young writers get their Moms for this special day! :)

Green Room - Idol Minor - Week 2 - Day 1

The new topic is up: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1053439.html so hopefully everyone is getting to work on their new entries!

I can't wait to see what you come up with this week!


I was thinking about the monsters in my own life. Real and imaginary. The ones inside my own head.

But then it occurred to me, I never did tell you how the campground story worked out. I mentioned that my Grandfather owned a campground and that it was a magical place where I ran in the woods and played every other weekend.

2 things that I didn't mention - (1) there as a small dumping ground right beside the campground where people used to leave old cars and fridges. It had been there since before my grandfather had purchased the property and while it never got huge, it definitely continued to grow over the years. This was a place of endless fascination for myself and my cousin. He because of his interest in all things mechanical, and loved looking at engines - and of course me because I could tear things out and smash things. We all have our strengths. ;)

(2) The reason why that dumping ground was there in the first place, and who started it.


contains the answers to all of that.

At some point someone checked some paperwork and realized that a company had been dumping things far worse than cars long before anything else was on the property... they came out, they tested, and they closed the campground down and everything immediately around it, to set up a Superfund site. (the details are in the links for those curious).

I was long gone to Florida. But that piece of my childhood forever became known as the time I used to play in toxic waste.

Which could really explain quite a bit about me. ;)

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?


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!


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


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!


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:

Homer's entry

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


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


How are you spending your weekend?


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