Mar. 14th, 2017

[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
One month ago, I was getting married!

Today? I have the day off. Not because of the weather, but because of Spring Break. I was going to go in anyway, because all of our "big plans" fell through, But sometimes it's the "small plans", or just hanging out with your family, that can end up being the most special. Or at least you get to sleep in. Yay for sleeping in! :)

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The main poll closes tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/991458.html
and the Second Chance one opens: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/991512.html

So make sure to do whatever it is that you do (depending on which we are talking about)

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I'm off to get some mini doughnuts! :)
But I'll be back later today to torture you!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

The road to get back into the competition is going to be full of surprises, and this week was no exception. Before we even get to the poll, we already are saying goodbye to some old friends and a promising newbie.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] aniron_iorhael, [livejournal.com profile] danceypants04, [livejournal.com profile] n3m3sis43 and [livejournal.com profile] talon

Thank you for coming out for another shot, and I hope we will continue to see you around, and in the Home Game!

As for the rest of you - we will be losing 4 contestants this week, as things intensify!

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites, to continue on their quest! And, of course, tell your friends to do the same!

The poll closes Sunday, March 19th at 7pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2064657]
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
11 weeks into Season 10, and things are continuing to heat up!

The bottom 3 are going this week, and not only are there some heartbreaking results, and but also we only avoided a massive tie-breaker by a *single vote*. (to the point that I had actually already wrote up the post saying that there was going to be one!)

It's two veterans and a newbie that I've really been enjoying seeing fighting to stay in it.

Season 10 definitely seems to like doing things that way!

Leaving us this week are

[livejournal.com profile] banyangirl1832
[livejournal.com profile] reckless_blues
[livejournal.com profile] saintegloire

Thank you so much for coming out this season, and I hope we will continue to see you around, and participating in the Home Game!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Don't get

salty

That's just the new topic.

The deadline to link your entry back to this thread is Sunday, March 19th at 7pm EDT

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The results from last week are up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/993116.html

and Second Chance is on it's way with a brand new week: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/992643.html

Which seems like a good time to remind everyone that as things start getting closer to the Top 50, that every vote is going to become more and more critical. If there is someone that you want to read more of, make sure you get out there support them. They are going to need you.

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I just finished the latest issue of Champions (#6). It's from Marvel Comics and features a group of young heroes who are trying to define the idea of being a hero for a new generation. I really loved the first four issues, the fifth threw me a little - but with the sixth, I'm going to have to decide if I really want to go forward with it, or put it in the pile of "this book isn't for me".

Mark Waid is writing it, and I used to be a big fan of his back when I was a regular comic collector. The first few issues definitely proved that he's still really entertaining and engaging.

What threw me off? The new villains introduced in the issue started talking about how they "always punch down". Which was a counterpoint to the Champions (earlier) saying that you should "punch up". I get the idea behind it, but especially coming out the mouth of the bad guys, it just sounded over-the-top and not believable. They were certainly doing enough on the panel itself to show that they were the bad guys and that they would harm those less able to defend themselves. But Waid went a step further and had them vocalize it, just in case there was someone who didn't get it. Sure, there have always been the bigger-than-life hackneyed villains who spout all kinds of cheesy lines, and I'm sure that's exactly what he was trying to achieve. But the combination of over-the-top and "here's our agenda" really just left me feeling like perhaps I wasn't the audience they were looking for with this book. Which, to be fair, I'm NOT the audience they are looking for with this book. ;)

Far more to the point than "will Gary buy another issue of this comic" though is that I thought about writing "your agenda" in fiction, and how much of it in your own work comes from "and THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SAY" and how much is subconscious that just comes out? Do you ever have to pull back from hitting people in the face with it, or are you far more likely to just let loose with it and let the chips fall?

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