[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The mini-season is over http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/942402.html which means it's time for the "rivals" to drop off "Friends and Rivals".

Making new friends is always one of the highlights of an Idol season - which is why we always end them with a "Friending Frenzy".

So, if you want to meet new people on LJ, post here and say a few words about yourself that might make someone interested in friending your journal! (if they haven't already done so)

Tell your friends to come on over. That's the important part. Spread the spirit of LJ Idol by spreading the word of, and the love for, Livejournal!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com

Let me look at that again.


196 people came out to vote this week.

I saw some *old* friends in those numbers. It's always nice to know that people are paying attention even when they aren't active in the community.

Every time people say that LJ is dead, look at what can happen if you just push a little to get them to come out! :)

This was a back and forth struggle between two Titans of LJ Idol that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time!

In the end though, by a narrow margin - our second place finisher was the always fantastic [livejournal.com profile] gratefuladdict, who has managed to do this "going to the finals" thing two times. Which is, by the way, the first time that's been done!

Our winner is the first male to ever take home the crown on his own - the one, the only [livejournal.com profile] prog_schlock!!!

You did [livejournal.com profile] kittymichaels proud. He would have been really happy to see this. (Well, he would have won. But maybe he would have made you think you had something to do with it)

Congratulations to both of you!

Congratulations as well to everyone who came out for this mini season and left it all on the field. Thank you for your continued love and support!

Dreslinski out.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's our last day together.

LJ Idol: Friends and Rivals is coming to a close, with the poll ending tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html so make sure to get your votes in to choose your next LJ Idol!


Usually, at the end of a season I pass the hat. But (1) I did that a few weeks ago and (2) I'm going to share this link instead:


"The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy."


Throughout the mini-season, and well, over the past few years - there has been a lot of talk about the differences between "Old Idol" and "New Idol", which is really just a new version of the "fiction" vs "non-fiction" debate. :)

On the way into work this morning, as I was drifting in and out of sleep, I was thinking about what I wanted to say in the last Green Room of the mini-season. I was thinking about conversations I had when non-fiction was the "norm". That by talking about it in a piece that was being voted on, that people were "exploiting" their own sexual abuse. That people were lying about being blind/deaf/etc or having multiple personalities.

That people were lying about their past - who they were, what they had done.

There was a lot of that talk behind the scenes.

A contestant was writing first person accounts of her life as a dragon. For some reason no one minded that. :)

Which was the example I always used - that if you tell me "I'm a dragon" I will say "OK, you're a dragon". Because what is it costing me to believe that? Absolutely nothing.

What reminded me of this has been all the talk about gender lately. Some of it in regard to Orlando (well that's been "sexual identity" which is different. But let's just lump it all into one thing while acknowledging that it's completely not the same thing), some from "Great Restroom Debate". Some just from reading what people are talking about, that intersected with the two.

I don't claim to be any sort of expert on how people identify. Far from it. I know some things, other things I've had looked up - and still more I don't even have a very good understanding of once I have - and of course there are constantly new variations and names for things popping up that leave me just shaking my cane and yelling at people to just stay off my lawn.

Here's the thing though - I don't *have* to understand the minutia to still get the overview of "let people live their lives". As long as no one else is being harmed and everyone involved knows what is happening and are consenting - how is anything going on with your life impacting mine?

So tell me your pronouns and I'll use them. Tell me who you love and I'll try to remember their names. (Note: I may fail in both of these, but that's just because I deal with a lot of people. But remind me and eventually I'll get it)

I'll get things wrong. Hell, I've probably gotten most of this post wrong and said something horrible! Go ahead and tell me (I prefer politely, because who wants to be yelled at? :D) and I'll make a mental note to not get it wrong next time.

Some might interpret this as "Gary cares about us", but really it's because you all look alike to me and really the only *true* label on you is "dirty hippie foreigner". Which makes you all equal when it comes to Idol. Everyone deserves the same amount of kickings, and you know you are going to get them!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The poll closes tomorrow! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html

Other than that - give me some good news!

There's a ton of stuff I could be talking about right now, but none of it is good.

So let's hear some!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The final poll is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html and the question has been once again asked if there is a tie, will there be 2 winners?

No. There will be a tie-breaker.

Season 2 of LJ Idol's final actually went into a "tie-breaker of a tie-breaker"! (and was eventually decided by *1 vote*)

It might make for better drama *not* to tell you that. But I have already said it in a comment, so it's "out there" already, just everyone might not have seen it. :)


The more I see on social media about the Orlando shootings, the more I dislike people. Not a single person has shifted a single inch - in any direction - from where they were before this. If anything, they've just gotten deeper into their trenches for the moment - and the only thing they seem to see is what they were already looking at. :O

But then again, I'm also in my own "I don't like people" trench. But that's mostly just because of you guys! ;)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

Paul Westerberg once issued the following challenge: “Look me in the eye and then tell, that I’m satisfied.”

If you were to look me in the eye right now and ask me about this final two - you would be able to tell the answer immediately - and not in the way Westerberg would reveal.

Friends and Rivals is coming to an end - with two more contestants, two friends and (in the competition) rivals for the title LJ Idol!

Place your bets - and tell a friend! (or three)

The poll closes Thursday, June 16th at 9pm EDT!

Good luck to you both!

[Poll #2047251]
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the final week of Friends and Rivals, and the deadline for the final entries http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940205.html. Considering the sheer strength of the Final 2, I should be celebrating. Instead, I'm having trouble sleeping.

The attack at the Pulse was very much on my mind - especially the detail of all the phones ringing with people trying to contact their loved ones. Phones ringing to calls that would never be picked up.

I don't really comment much about how I feel about social or political issues. Because honestly - the spotlight isn't on me. It's on you. I want to set the stage so you can be free to talk about them. (and who wants to hear from another cis-gender old white guy anyway? :p)

Being in Orlando that night though - just a few minutes away... had we stayed to get something to eat (like I wanted to do), we would have probably still been in the area when the shooting occurred.

I wasn't at the Pulse, to the best of my knowledge none of my friends were there that night (although some of them definitely go there). I wasn't close enough that I was in any real danger (unless he had decided to come to the club I was at , a few blocks away and a few hours earlier. But "we" weren't his target - unless he decided he also hated Gogol Bordello)

It's still profoundly disturbing though. If something like this *doesn't* rattle something inside of you, you may want to check the gears of your robot heart, because something might need oil.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I'm going old school and writing this from the computer at the library!

I remember when I had to walk down the street at a certain time to make sure that Green Rooms went up, or had to rush to secure the lunch room computer at work in order to close a poll! It was scary and exciting! Was this going to the time things just crashed and burned???

We just happen to be at the library today though, and I realized I might not get the chance to post tonight because I am going to the Gogol Bordello/Frank Turner show!

So, during this time while I am at the library - what books should I be checking out?

Anything you would recommend?

Once the new entries are posted, I'll be reading them. But in the meantime - what's good out there?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's our last few days together!

Last night featured eliminations: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/939959.html
the official announcement of the finalists: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940342.html and their final topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940205.html

*points to the buffet line* Grab something to eat, and mingle while we wait.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I couldn't have planned this if I tried. I certainly didn't have it as "this is going to happen" on my radar when I started the season.

I called it "Friends and Rivals" and we end up with people who are *actually* friends, who are "rivals" in terms of now competing head to head for the title.

One of them started on a team of "Friends". The other started as a "Rival".

One came back into the game via Second Chance and the other started a second life on LJ under a new identity!

One has never been a finalist before - and the other took second place in Season 9. (our most recent season)!

One actually was one of the people who came up with the idea for this mini season! The other... did not. ;)

One man. One woman.

Both are Well known for being really good at fiction AND non-fiction. (and pretty much anything else they decide to tackle)

There is a ton of LJ history between these two and I am a huge fan of both of them. Not only as writers, but as human beings.

Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] gratefuladdict and [livejournal.com profile] prog_schlock for making it to the finals!

Your final topic is up at: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/940205.html
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
There were a few minutes, around 8:30, that I had no idea what I was going to be saying tonight.

I thought I knew, coming into today, but there was a strong surge that made me wonder.

That said, the results are in and the final two are set.

But before we get there, we have to say goodbye to two awesome people, who are also talented writers.

One is a veteran and the other is the last remaining newbie.

Newbies have never won a mini-season (in contrast to the regular seasons, where a veteran has only won 2 of 9!) so there were definitely times I wondered if [livejournal.com profile] orockthro was going to be the one to break that curse. She wasn't, but she sure gave it a damn good run, and was the last remaining Avocado standing!

The other Avocado is also leaving, having come further than she has ever been in a season, mini-season or anything (she also did really well in Exhibit B) . There was *a lot* of buzz that she could be the winner. Who knows what would have happened if RL had not sideswiped her.

She is [livejournal.com profile] kathrynrose and she too is leaving us. (*kicks her on the way out*)

Thanks to both of you for your time and dedication - but most of us, for giving us weeks of awesome things to read!

I hope we will continue to see you in the "10th anniversary celebration" and of course when Season 10 kicks off later this year!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Thank you to everyone who has commented over the last couple of days with your thoughts on Idol. I assure you that I've balled them all up and thrown them in the trash. ;)

Or maybe I'm considering what has been said and what I think will work with Season 10 (or just going forward in general)

It's one of those. I always forget which one!


Today is the last day to vote to decide who is going to be in the finale: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/938897.html

Before that poll closes up - want to advocate for any particular entries?


What is it that is going on with your life right now that you really want to share with other people? What has caught your interest?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/938897.html is where the action is at.

But for those who missed it, there was a bit of action in yesterday's Green Room. Well, less action and more "action". (and not the kind Brock's Dad lamented either!)

I threw it out there "Are people really interested in a 10th anniversary celebration?" I got some comments in the GR itself and some via email.

But one of the themes that ended up coming up was very much the "Old School" vs "New School" ideas concerning Idol.

So I'm throwing it out there:

What are YOU getting out of LJ Idol?

Do you think there is a generational gap (be it actual age or time period involved) concerning how you see LJ Idol? (and should that play out ala Survivor: Gen X vs Millennials? :D)

Do the kids need to get off your lawn or do the old folks need to get out of the way? Or is there a happy medium where everyone can be happy? (Or, all equally miserable in a way that makes *me* happy - which is the most important thing!)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
People are discussing all kind of stuff that are happening in the news lately, to various degrees of outrage. But are they talking about this? http://www.cbsnews.com/news/malawi-albinos-hunted-and-murdered-for-their-limbs/

People are being hunted for sport - and I'm not actually involved in it! That's the biggest part of this story, it's NOT my idea!

I'm just hunting people for sport in a literary sense - using polls: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/938897.html


In other decapitation news: https://nypost.com/2016/06/07/internally-decapitated-4-year-old-likely-to-make-full-recovery/

What news stories have you been following lately that have made you lose your head?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

There are 4 people left this week.

4 incredibly talented individuals who are one step away from the Finale of this mini-season.

Yes, the finale. End game. Friends and Rivals draws the curtain.

There is only this poll between them and it.

The only problem? Half of them aren’t going to get there.

We are losing 2 contestants this week!

Also - the poll is “friends only”, which means that you need to be a part of the community in order to vote. It’s really easy to do, but if you are someone who has been reading, and voting all along, but you haven’t taken the time to “friends the community”, there is a link you can click on the top of the page. It literally says “Join this Community”. It only takes a few minutes to go through the process - and it means you can help determine who will be in the finals! So, it’s definitely worth it.

You can join the community with the same account you vote with - from whatever platform you are using (FB, Twitter, Google, etc). LJ allows you to join because they want you here.

I encourage you to join because IDOL wants you here.

And of course the writers want you to join because they want to survive one more week! What better way to thank them for all their hard work than to get them to the goal line?

Read. Comment and vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Thursday June 9th at 9pm EDT

Good luck to everyone!

[Poll #2046731]
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Life in Florida during the hurricane season is anything but boring! :)

If Colin stays on track, it's going to miss us but tropical storms/hurricanes/etc have a way of keeping people on their toes! (and of course there are plenty of "other people" who will still be in the path. Just not me!)


The topic is due tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/937944.html

So hopefully no one else has anything coming at them between now and then!


How are you doing today?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I think this weekend I officially became an old cranky bastard (in a way that I was only "pretending" to be before). A teenager was annoying me to the point of wanting to just start yelling at him, pretty much just by being a teeenager. ;)

It'a a good thing he wasn't actually on my lawn at the time!


What have you been doing this weekend?

I know what our Top 4 have been doing? They've been writing! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/937944.html
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
No, this week's topic is NOT about me. ;)

But I understand why people might think it is.

There's only ONE topic this time around, so all of your choices that you've been enjoying all mini-season are gone.

Now you are left with:

The Man Who Knew Too Little

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Monday, June 6th at 8pm EDT

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Congratulations to the Top 4!

[livejournal.com profile] gratefuladdict
[livejournal.com profile] kathrynrose
[livejournal.com profile] orockthro
[livejournal.com profile] prog_schlock

You only have 1 choice for your topic http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/937944.html, and no more special powers left in the game. It's just 4 people - and one of them is going to win it all!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Immunity came into play this week, meaning that [livejournal.com profile] kathrynrose is safe. So if you didn't know that (and she mentioned it in her entry, so if you didn't know it, you didn't read it - and you missed out!!)

Which unfortunately means there is someone else going. It would be unfortunate regardless of who it was. But it's also the way of our world.

I was starting to think that this mini-season was going to be a replay of Season 9. But apparently the voters had something else in mind.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] bleodswean

Thank you so much for everything you have brought to the table this mini-season, and to Idol in general.

I hope that we will continue seeing you for the Home Game (although there's not much of that left) and for the special celebration coming up!


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