[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Am I dead? Perhaps.

Or maybe I've just been in with my boss going over "work stuff" this morning and this is the first time I've really had to post.

I kept telling her "No one cares. People are waiting for the Green Room to be posted, this is IMPORTANT!" But then she looked at the average number of comments and just laughed.*

(*Note - this conversation may have taken place inside my head and not in actual "real space")

What's *not* happening inside my head is the Second Chance vote: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1000163.html

That's actually important, and *will* be shaping the next few weeks of Idol in a major way. So I'd make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

***

One of MY favorites is asking for help. Even those of you who don't know him - you know his far more famous (to Idol) wife!

So, if you are currently in a position where you can do the "Idol Gives Back", please consider helping this awesome family of talented writers (and just plain good folks) out. https://www.gofundme.com/peter-david-needs-your-help
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I'm back! Rested and married... well, not all that rested. But I am back! And married.

To celebrate, I will be eliminating people tonight!http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/979718.html

Make sure it's not you, or one of your favorites! Get the word out! Share the Idol love!

***

How have YOU been? Did anyone do anything special for Valentines Day?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Apparently, the US electoral college will be changing their votes today to make *ME* the new President-Elect of the United States!

It's extremely flattering, and, I must say, well-deserved.

I promise to unleash my minions upon the Earth to feast upon mortal flesh and, in general, rule with an iron fist.

Part of this rule will be to make sure that all contestants vote in the Contestant Only poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/960470.html

It's one of the cruel things you can look forward to during my reign of terror!

That, and extra long weeks!

***

People have been asking what the schedule will be like for the next couple of weeks - so they can plan around Idol. Of course I'm not going to tell you.

But I *will* say that (1) Topic posts will be going up following this elimination on Tuesday and (2) you're going to want to make sure you're paying attention to the schedule/what's going on.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Good morning and, in the words of Elvis Costello: "Welcome to the Working Week".

It may kill me Elvis. It just might.

***

There is a poll happening: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/953518.html It's the first one where there will actually be folks going home, so make sure to get over there to read, comment and vote for your favorites - and spread the word, because if you know of something cool and you don't tell anyone about it, then you're risking it going away (in this specific case, they could be eliminated)

With that in mind - Who isn't getting the love they "deserve"?

***

It's cyber Monday - so I'm sharing our Amazon link again: http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20

Get some cool stuff for your family, friends, or even yourself!

***

What was your favorite thing about this past weekend/extended weekend for those in the US? Least favorite?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Good morning and welcome to the last day of Week 0.

Yes, I finally just said that. I know it was a long "week". But I'm hoping that people appreciated the additional time more than they were offended by a week being longer than it "should be". :)

Today is the deadline to get me your votes for the Veterans entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/950046.html and it will also be the day when we find out what the advantages are that the Newbies, and a Veteran, are going to have at their disposal.

So make sure to finish your reading and get in your votes! If you have sent them to me and *haven't* received a confirmation email (as of this post), please let me know. (Note: the closer we get to 7pm EST, the longer it may take to send out those emails. But as of the moment I hit "post" on this, I'm caught up)

Also of interest - today is the day when the WEEK 1 TOPIC will be posted! Which means this train is about to leave the station. (before picking up steam, going full-throttle, jumping the tracks and crashing down the side of the mountain)

So if you are reading this, and you still haven't signed up, or if you know someone who you think *should*, that window is shrinking rapidly: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html (it closes on the deadline for Week 1 entries, which again, you will find out tonight!)

***

I've seen a lot of requests for spreadsheets lately. Heck, I've made a few because I still haven't made mine yet!

I've seen some people who literally only have a list of names, and others with detailed colored charts on who received their votes which week, as well as other criteria.

What you have, or don't have, on a spreadsheet, is highly personalized.

For those of you who DO like keeping spreadsheets - what sorts of information do you keep track of from the season? (and do you have one I can borrow? :D)

What suggestions do you have for anyone who has an interest in keeping one, but has never ventured down that path before?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
There is voting happening - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/876790.html although not the voting that was originally planned.

For those keeping track at home - (if my scrolling over technique worked) There were 15 entries in the Friends (the entire Team Ocelot took a bye!) and 28 entries in the Rivals!

***

In yesterday's Green Room I was reminded of something - Idol is a really diverse group. Always has been. I hope it always will be.

I think there have been, and continue to be, dangers of too many people who share the same opinions on things - but hopefully human nature will prevail and we will never go too far down that route.

What I like is taking all of these people with different lives and throwing them in the same room together and see what happens!

There have been times when it's been explosive! There have been times when there was just a spark or two and everyone came to understand each other over time. Each has it's uses.

Heck, there have been times when those forces have been directed against me - sometimes I've responded well and other times "not so well". Because at the end of the day, we're still people and are going to have our good days and bad ones.

That's not just for the people responding either - some days those sharing their ideas aren't at their best at getting across what they actually mean and end up coming across like the jerks! It happens. I've seen it. I know you have as well.

There's a lesson in there somewhere about common humanity bringing us together to discuss how to treat subgroups and individuals. If you locate it, please bring it to the lost and found!

***

I keep having these random memory glitches where I have come across something and say "That should be in the Green Room", but when the time comes I keep putting it off until I forget the context.

In this particular case, there was an article that I saw someone share that keeps pinging in my head - (paraphrasing) it said that white cis-males needed to stop writing and/or trying to get published so that non-white cis-male voices could be heard.

I've started to type my own feelings about it, but as a white cis-male, I may be a little biased. ;)

In thinking about it though, I did think it was funny that I had set aside my own writing to concentrate on creating a community that encouraged the writing of so many diverse voices. It wasn't intentional, to gather diverse groups here, but I'm really glad that it happened.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
What do you deserve?

I wrote out a couple paragraphs going into the background of why I'm asking that question and giving it parameters before deleting them - because, fuck it, TELL ME WHAT YOU DESERVE.

However you want to interpret that question.

***

One thing that the contestants DESERVE is for you to read, and vote on, their entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/822267.html So make sure to do that before the poll closes tonight!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
There is only 1 more day to get a LJ IDOL shirt! http://teespring.com/LJIdol

(the alternate one will be available for a couple more days after that, but despite people asking for them, no one has actually ordered one, so I think everyone who wanted a shirt got the original)

So if you *are* interested, now would be the time to get one!

If you're not - keep on scrolling!

***

We are coming to the end of 2014. It was an *extremely* "mixed" year for me - and the lows were pretty damn low.

I hope that 2015 proves to be better.

How about you? As you assemble your "Best of 2014" lists - what stands out for you?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The poll closes tomorrow night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/809247.html and given that people are going to be leaving from both the public poll *and* the contestant only one - we are looking at some potentially huge shifts in this game when the results are announced.

At least if what I am seeing at the moment can be believed.

(Granted, that probably depends on what you personally think would be a "huge shift"!)

Regardless of the outcome though, it's going to be a shot to the gut to lose so many people at this stage of the competition.

Hopefully, you have gotten your votes in.

You can have one additional way of impacting the results by participating in the Home Game/Killing Floor: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/808357.html

***

Since this is "Cyber Monday" - you should check out the Idol Store! http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20 (or just click there before going to Amazon to buy whatever you were going to buy anyway!)

***

How was your extended weekend? Did anyone actually finish their Christmas shopping or are you just getting started?

It's weird, because it wasn't that long ago when my Christmas shopping consisted of what to get my cats and just getting through the holidays. I always loved Christmas in general, but it was still a sad and lonely time that reminded me of what I didn't have.

If there is anyone else in that place right now - and I'm sure there are - reach out to your Idol family! They helped me through some rough patches. I'm sure they will help you as well.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The hamster wheel is coming to a stop today and the fun is about to begin!

TODAY is the deadline for your entries to be in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/800348.html

Which means, after having an extended deadline, due to tragic circumstances, most people will hurry up and put something together today. ;)

We've also had a "Love Thread/Q&A" thing going on, divided over the course of the last few days: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/802311.html http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/802740.html
http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/802866.html
http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/803106.html

So make sure to get over there and say something nice.

Looking at the numbers, and knowing about sacrifices I've already been told about as well as those forces that no one can quite predict, we will be hitting Top 50 this week, which is the last time byes can be used, as well as the final chance for the Power of Veto to come into play!

If you survive this week though, the ride is only going to get more interesting from here! :)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Well, at least one part of my birthday went right!

Today is the final day for people to get in their votes for the main competition: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/784297.html

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit the first entry http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/783873.html /sign up for Last Chance Idol http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/782944.html

How did *your* weekend go?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I'm back!

You can come out of your self-imposed exile, hiding from the terror of [livejournal.com profile] kithan. Now it's OK to come out and bask in the warmth and happiness that is me!

Or is that flee from the terror? It's one of those things!

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kithan for only banning half of you. That was very generous of her.

The deadline IS TONIGHT, so all of you people dragging your feet to the point that if I hadn't extended the deadline, you would be in trouble, you had better get into gear! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/759800.html

(Granted, I'm pretty sure that the vast majority of those missing *would* have posted by the deadline, if I hadn't extended it. But some of those people are known for getting in just under the gun anyway, so I'm betting that they are just taking a little more time with their entries with that extra time.)

***

Vacation was great. Or rather, it was like three or four different vacations - since we went from the capitol of Ohio and city life to theme park life of Cedar Point, followed by a day trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to the middle of nowhere (where I am from) where we ended up behind/passing horses and buggies on the road.

How was YOUR week?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Hello Everybodeee!

"The Monster at the End of the Green Room"

That was a very dull sentence. What's in the next sentence?

WHAT DID THAT SAY?

On that previous sentence, what did that say? Did it say that there will be a MONSTER at the end of this Green Room?

IT DID! I am so scared of MONSTERS!!

SHHHH Listen. I have an idea. If you do not read any more sentences, we will never get to the end of the Green Room.

And that is good, because there is a MONSTER at the end of this Green Room.

(so please do not read any more sentences)

Maybe you do not understand. You see, reading sentences will bring us to the end of this Green Room, and there is a MONSTER at the end of this Green Room...

But this will stop you from reading sentences. See, I am tying the internet together with this rope, so you cannot...

YOU READ ANOTHER SENTENCE!

You do not know what you are doing to me!

NOW

STOP READING SENTENCES!

THERE, I [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm am nailing this section of the post to the next one so that you will not be able to move forward, and we will not get any closer to the Monster at the end of this Green Room.

ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT

Do you know that every time you read another sentence... you not only get us closer to the Monster at the end of this Green Room but you make a terrible mess

THIS will stop you from reading sentences! A heavy, thick, solid, strong brick wall. I would like to see you TRY to read another sentence!

(do you know you are very strong?)

The next paragraph is the end of this Green Room, and there is a MONSTER at the end of this Green Room! Oh, I am so SCARED! PLEASE do not read anymore! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

Well, look at that! This is the end of the Green Room, and the only one here is

ME!

I, [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm, am the Monster at the end of this Green Room!

*DEVOURS YOU ALL*
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the last day of the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/750123.html so make sure to get over there and give some love! Even if no one is going home http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/750618.html that's no reason not to support your fellow writers!

Especially since there are going to be some "special goodies" thrown into the mix. What will they be? I guess that depends on how you think my brain is working right now. Will it be something nice? Something not so nice? Something that will climb into your window at night, while you are sleeping, and stare at you in your bed?

You won't know until tonight!!

(Possibly when your eyes flutter open when you hear a noise)

***

How was your weekend?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the final day of the Week 10 poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/743480.html

Who is going to survive to fight another week???!!!???

Who is going to come back into the game at the end of it???

(Other than [livejournal.com profile] ellakite, who should NOT have been eliminated this week, and has been given an Executive Bye. My apologies for that, and thank you for emailing me about it.)

There is still a little more time to give some love over in the Killing Floor: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/743022.html So head on over there if you have the time!

Until then though, what did you LOVE about your weekend?

and of course, what have you enjoyed this week that needs more love in the polls???
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the last day of the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/736346.html

That's one of those things that isn't open to interpretation.

Heck, it's one of the few things in Idol that doesn't end up as a Rorschach test. There is a poll, and it ends at a certain time.

Everything else - from how you look at those results, to the topics and how you interpret them/react to other people's interpretations, that's something where every person is going to come at them from a slightly different angle and see things in their own way, based on their own life experiences.

Which is one of the things that I've always found so much fun about Idol. I set the basic framework, and each season the contestants themselves fill in all of the blanks.

You see it in how people react to the topics ("Worse topic ever!" "This is great, I have so many ideas!") to how they react to Idol itself. ("wretched hive of scum and villainy" to "this is home", sometimes from the same people. :P)

Seeing the same thing interpreted in a number of ways, it definitely keeps me on my toes!

Idol is, ultimately, what you decide that is going to be each season. You, the contestants and those out there in Readerland, decide how the season is going to go with each vote.

Which is what makes this so interesting for me. So, thanks!

***

I just came across this, and thought it was interesting information. I don't tend to do the whole "trigger warning" thing, but it is about racism and there is use of the N-word. There is also ice cream. No trigger warnings for ice cream.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/05/11/310708342/recall-that-ice-cream-truck-song-we-have-unpleasant-news-for-you
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
This mini season is hanging on to that last edge if track of a Dive Coaster, with your feet dangling in the air, just waiting for it to take that final 95°, 200 foot vertical drop before it spins into a batwing heartline roll through an Immelmann loop! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/682110.html

Who will be still on the ride when it remerges from the tunnel? Who will have had their straps “accidentally” cut and end up flying through the air to their certain doom?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I usually don't do this - but considering that I'm as busy as a Paula Deen apologist trying to deflect the blame to rappers and Obama - I figured "why not make things a little more interesting?"

Yes, that's right. Looking at the number of votes, and the amount of outstanding ballots, I'm prepared to declare some people "safe" from elimination this week. I couldn't have even done this yesterday, but a bit of a gap opened up, that I feel is going to hold, and even if it doesn't, there isn't enough votes out there to all fall in such a way as to eliminate these people.

So, the folks who will be able to rest the remainder of the day knowing that they aren't going home - and who will have to deal with the stares and the mutterings of the rest of you, are

[livejournal.com profile] cheshire23, [livejournal.com profile] halfshellvenus, [livejournal.com profile] malruniel11, [livejournal.com profile] meepalicious, [livejournal.com profile] mythingperson, [livejournal.com profile] poppetawoppet, [livejournal.com profile] porn_this_way, [livejournal.com profile] the_lettersea, [livejournal.com profile] whipchick, [livejournal.com profile] xo_kizzy_xo

In other words, 1/5 of the remaining field. There are a few people knocking on that door. Maybe it's you.

Any surprises of names that AREN'T on that list, yet? If so, now is the time to mention how awesome they are, because they are not out of the woods yet! There is still time though! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/667269.html So make sure your voice is heard!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
We got to the Humane Society, on Saturday, and there was already a line, waiting for them to open.

After the initial rush, we went in and started looking around. I noticed that some people went right to the front and were filling out paperwork. Which, after seeing how long everything took, I think those people probably had the right idea, and the most experience with the process.

However, others went right for the kennels, to grab the paperwork for their favorites. So, who knows – maybe they were the ones who were right!

Different people. Different overall strategies.

When we walked into the front room, I noticed the terrier puppy immediately. We hadn’t talked about a puppy, and in fact, were thinking of getting a 2 year old… besides, there was already a woman in front of her with her paperwork in hand. But, she was awfully cute!

We wandered around, and finally decided to have a visit with another dog. It went well. But there really wasn’t that spark you hope to make when you sign on for a lifelong commitment.

So, we kept looking around. The two year old was still there – he had some health issues, but it was well worth checking out, because the picture and info online had been so adorable.

We grabbed his papers and went to the front to set up the visitation.

While we were in the waiting room, I noticed that the woman from before was there as well, with several papers in her hand. At one point she got up, went to the counter and said, “It’s really busy. I’ll be back tomorrow” and left… I was immediately at the counter and told them that I wanted the terrier puppy’s sheet. We took it, and set up the two visits back to back.

The older dog was fine – but he had spent all of his time outdoors. (which is why he had the health problems) and really hadn’t been socialized with a family before. He did seem nice, but not really engaged.

On the other hand, the puppy immediately came up to me and started giving kisses… and then went back to roaming around the yard… coming back to give kisses…

We actually debated for longer than it sounds like we should have… it came down to it being a “no kill” shelter. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure we would have left with the dog with even more problems than the 2 year old! :D

As is though, we ended up with the dog now known as “Foxy”!

I’m not just bragging about the dog though. (Although, yes, I AM bragging about the dog)

There are times when you think you are out of the running – and someone will make a mistake. They will think they have more time and can come back tomorrow. They think ”if I write it, people will read it”… or “I’ll just send this out blindly and an editor will see it”… if other people are making that mistake - capitalize on it!

Waiting around, hoping that things will work out has rarely produced positive results! If you want something, you need to go out, do your best, and wait for that break to come. Be proactive. Shop your writing around, but look for the market that needs you and be there to fill their need.

“Maybe one day” isn’t going to get you that gig, or that dog. Keeping an eye on where the competition is, so that if they make a bad call, will! :D Even if all hope seems to be lost, putting yourself in a position to succeed is the best move.

(Of course, it occurs to me that some people do this with relationships and I’m *not* a fan of that. So ignore this advice when it comes to those. ;D Just with “breaking in with writing, or other skills” and “getting a dog from the Humane Society”)

Other things that I am in favor of are: Our new topics: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/594381.html
The last two sets of topics: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/591554.html and http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/593207.html
Home Game Entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/592005.html
The Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/591795.html

And, of course, Curiosity! Because robots are awesome, and Robots on Mars are even better!!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
To quote Rachel from Big Brother/Amazing Race:

"I'm back, bitches!"

Which is different from quoting Sir Reginald Dwight.

Because I had a good time on vacation, I only added one soft ball of a topic to your list. I had a couple other options, but when you have spent the week in a pop-up camper (yay for A/C!) near one of the best beaches in the country (per Dr Beach. I trust him, he's a doctor!), you tend to walk away with a good attitude. Except toward bugs. Those muthas can die.

Those mothras can also die!

The topic thread (with the #6 topic) is located: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/574285.html

and the work room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/574652.html is right along with it.

Don't forgot the Home Game (or the Motor City) http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/575725.html and all you'd need is music, sweet music, there is music everywhere...

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