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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

There are going to be people asking “Where is the new topic for the main competition? Where is the Work Room?”

So I’m going to get right to it without a lot of suspense - they will be coming, once this poll closes!
Why? Because this is the last week of Second Chance Idol, and the five contestants with the most votes will be (re)joining the main competition!

One half move on, and one half fall just short of the goal line.

In order to get everyone back to the same footing - this is what we are concentrating on right now. For a couple days at least. Because the poll will close Thursday, April 6th at 9pm EDT and the next stage of LJ Idol will begin.

So make sure you read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!

[Poll #2065643]
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the last topic of Second Chance Idol!

Half the remaining contestants will be joining the Home Game, and the other half will emerge to fight another day in the ranks of the main competition!

The final topic is

Open Topic

For those unfamiliar, and open topic means you can literally write anything you want. YOU decide. Bring your A-game though, because this is the "most important" week of Second Chance, the final one.

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Sunday, April 2nd at 8pm EDT

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
There was supposed to be a "write to the death" match tonight.

Unfortunately, one of the two did not make it to the ring. Which means they are automatically eliminated.

It's a horrible way to lose [livejournal.com profile] i_love_freddie. I was hoping to see a lot more of you. Hopefully that will happen in the Home Game, and Second Chance!

As for [livejournal.com profile] dreamwriters - their entry is at http://dreamwriters.livejournal.com/112902.html so make sure to go over and give it some love! Congratulations, now go get to work on your Week 5 entry! :)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's another week and the results are in. As usual, it ended up being really close. The gap between staying and leaving was a single vote.

Less than that if you count the vote I received by email, because they were having trouble logging into LJ. Which is an unusual situation. (Not that having trouble on LJ is unusual, but it making the difference *is*.) Instead of allowing a vote that no one else can see determine who is leaving though, I will be doing something else. I'll mention it in a moment, because first we need to actually say goodbye to someone:

[livejournal.com profile] kristalsawesome

This was a rough week and I was actually surprised to see you going this time around. I really hope that you will continue to Home Game and get back into the thick of things once Second Chance rolls around, because I think you have a lot more to offer this season and I'd love for people to get the chance to read more of your writing.

As for the second person leaving, without that email ballot, there is a tie. Which means there needs to be a tie-breaker between

[livejournal.com profile] dreamwriters and [livejournal.com profile] i_love_freddie!

I'll be posting a comment below. Only those two should comment to it. (so that it doesn't get lost.)

Tie-breakers at Idol - for those who have never experienced them before, are Sudden Death Write-offs!

You have until Wednesday, Jan 11th at 9pm - that's tomorrow. It's Open Topic, so you can literally write anything you want. Bring it! Because this is about survival!

Good luck to you both!

100 Weeks

Jan. 10th, 2017 09:15 pm
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I just officially closed the Week 4 polls, which means that the results are now official - and THAT means we have a new member of the 100 Weeks Club!

Congratulations [livejournal.com profile] puppetmaker40

I'll admit, when she first showed up, I had the "OMG" about her husband. (I'm still a big fan of his work, but I've gotten used to it)

It didn't take me long though to become a fan of her writing as well. More to the point though, I became a fan of the woman herself.

I was lucky enough to meet her at Dragoncon a few years ago, and she is every bit as awesome in person as she is online - and those puppets! Seriously, if you've ever seen one in person, you know what I'm talking about!

She's become one of those people that I always look for in the sign-up sheets, and end up smiling every time I see it.

If you haven't had the chance to get to know her - do so, and definitely check out her writing! You'll become a fan too!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the final day of Week 4, and looking at the poll, I don't see a single person that I would declare as being "safe" from elimination right now. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/966583.html

Which is both scary and exciting, knowing that it's coming down to this one last push, and, if this continues, I'm not going to have any idea who is going until I hit that "close poll" button.

That being the case - What are some of YOUR favorite pieces from this week?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I was listening to the Patrick Ness (A Monster Calls) interview on The Writers Panel podcast on the way into work this morning and he was talking about his process.

Still not done with it, but I took note when he pointed out that the old "A Writer Writes" should be "A Writer Writes ANYWAY" and talks about the challenges that writers create for themselves to keep going and make things interesting. In occurred to me that Idol itself is one of those challenges.

He also said that the first thing he will do for a novel is write the last line. Not "this is how it ends" but rather the "this is the emotional goal", so he knows where the book needs to go.

How do YOU start new writing project? What have you found to be the most successful "entry point" for your work? Does it change or is it fairly consistent?


How was your weekend?


Have you been reading the entries for this week? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/966583.html Who should be getting more love than they are currently receiving? What are the things you suggest folks take the time to read (if they are on a busy schedule and can't get to everything). Make sure to spread the word. Just don't say it here... say it anywhere you can!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The poll is happening right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/966583.html

So make sure you are getting out and supporting your favorites.


Speaking of "getting out" this morning I went out to the manatee viewing center. It's only my third time being out there, and it's one of those experiences where you can get a little overwhelmed.

Over a hundred manatees (some of them babies) gathered in the waters around the power plant. (they come there when the water starts getting cold). Seeing manatees in the wild is one of the cool things about living in Florida, but that many of them, in one place just kind of makes you take it all in.

Especially when you see the scars from the propellers that have hit them over the years.

That kind of makes you hate people.


Speaking of hating people, I met [livejournal.com profile] lawchicky last night... heh, oh come on, like I was going to miss *that* transition!

Actually, I met *three* Idolers last night! I'll admit, I completely forgot her husband was [livejournal.com profile] handtruck who briefly participated in Season 8. Also, for some reason, I didn't connect the dots, until we were introduced that they were the parents of Idol Minor fan favorite Olivia!

I always have so much fun meeting Idolers, and it's (almost) never enough time. (I've stayed with a couple before, so there was enough time there. :D) It's always cool - and a little surreal to come face-to-face with the fact that there are actual people on the other side of the internet.

(and yes, I did brutally kick her like the hippie she is. She deserved it for taking a bye! :D)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

It’s Week 4 of LJ Idol, and we aren’t going to where the season is - we are going to where we want it to be!

Wayne Gretzy may have supplied the quote, but our talented group of writers took it from there!

Before we get to the action, there were a some people who “byed-out” of the competition and will be leaving us. [livejournal.com profile] 4go10cheshire, [livejournal.com profile] alexpgp ,[livejournal.com profile] alohaanna ,[livejournal.com profile] crisp_sobriety, [livejournal.com profile] dizzydog, [livejournal.com profile] dreamchaser, [livejournal.com profile] dreamsofspike, [livejournal.com profile] improper_me, [livejournal.com profile] lapis_lazuli615, [livejournal.com profile] lealila, [livejournal.com profile] lemonbloomjones, [livejournal.com profile] ryca, [livejournal.com profile] sherriola, [livejournal.com profile] sra33, [livejournal.com profile] thesammichfox and [livejournal.com profile] tinylegacies

Thank you so much to all of you for coming out this season, and I hope you consider coming back for Second Chances.

As for the rest of you, the two tribes have been switched around, with all the byes this week going into Tribe 2. Which means all the entries this week are in one convenient spot.

The bottom two vote-getters will be eliminated. So make sure to get out and read, comment and vote for your favorites!

The poll closes Tuesday, Jan 10th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!

Click here to Vote! )
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Good morning.

I just responded to something from yesterday. I had something else in mind to talk about in the Green Room today, but the comment really hit me so I wanted to check in where more people would see it.

When I posted the "List of Shame" yesterday, there were some people who knew what it was about - and others who didn't.

The "List" used to be a regular thing - with everyone on the same page that the idea of "shame" was a playful, tongue-in-cheek thing. (That List part though was totally serious. It was a real list. :D)

It was my way of using the LJ tagging system to give people a "heads up" that the deadline was approaching, so it didn't blindside them.

Over the years though, "shame" started being a much more serious thing. Or rather - more to the point - people started recognizing that it was an actual serious thing.

The word became more loaded, and I started being a little uncomfortable with it. (and honestly, my assistant used to put it together and I stopped having as much time)

That lasted for awhile until Luna died. She had been the #1 advocate for bringing it back. So I brought it back, in her honor.

Seeing that did actually *demotivated* someone though - that brought the questions back up in my mind, that second guessing... because all of the evil being brought to bear (and believe me, none of the actual evil has surfaced yet this season, it's coming though!) is to get people writing and having a good time. I hope people *do* end up enjoying themselves this season, and if something *does* come up where you are impacted negatively by something that you let me know. Not saying that it will change anything - because it may just be that you're wrong. ;) But I definitely do want to know.

Reminder: The deadline is TONIGHT http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html
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It's weird how quickly you can look around and realize that your filters through which you see the world have changed.

I've realized that more-and-more I've slipped into "Dad Mode" of how to interpret things. Which is pretty weird place for me to be in. It has though, given me more of a appreciation for the old "it comes from a good place" adage of why some parenting goes completely off track (including what I lived through growing up).

Of course, some of it doesn't. Some just comes from sheer ignorance. But that's humanity more than parenting. The latter just gives someone more authority than they *should* have been given to screw over other people's lives.

But anyway, fortunately, it hasn't really "come out" at anyone yet. (for the most part) I've been managing to hold the impulse in (for the most part) and only let little bits of "I just don't want you to have regrets later in life" and "You should stop and think about what that means when you say/do that" out into the world.

One of the places that has gotten more "Dad-Gary" than anywhere else though is Idol, where over the past couple of years I *have* heard that I've been using the "I'm not mad, just disappointed" voice. ;)

So I figured this was a good time to make that list I was talking about - of tagging every current contestant, who hasn't already turned something in - to remind them the deadline for their entries is TOMORROW ! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html

Hopefully we can avoid a post-break mass bye-out. (Hint: It's coming. But fortunately *I think* we only have a couple more weeks of that constant threat. At least at this level) Think of this as our List of Shame! :)

Read more... )
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Last night, I sat down and wrote a thing.

Just under 1,300 words in a little over 3 hours and it reads like it. :)

Which means that it's going to spend a couple days with beta readers to make it into a better thing - and then a lot of back and forth to figure out how to make their suggestions fit.

There was a time when I would have rejected the idea of beta readers outright. Which is also the time that I wrote something - and years later found out that the reason why it never saw the light of day was that it wasn't very good. That happens. Not everything is going to be a home run. Heck, most things aren't going to be a base hit. Especially when you are in the middle of a swing, it's sometimes hard to tell if you're going to connect at all.

Which is why beta readers are so useful. If you have one, or a few - people that you trust with your words, then you are going to be better for it. If not, then the full weight of editing is falling back on you, and I hope you are able to take a harsh eye to your own work. I know that I, personally, can't.

Kudos to you if you are someone who can!

It's interesting, because there is this idea of writing as a solitary task. Which is strange, because so much of it relies on other people on almost every stage (other than first draft).

Who is it that YOU rely on?

There is a NEW TOPIC: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html

and a new Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965184.html
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
One of the more interesting wrinkles in the "LJ Revival" efforts is that suddenly there is a push to *stop* people from coming back to Livejournal. Could some of this be accurate? https://puzzling.org/politics-and-society/2017/01/if-youre-still-maintaining-a-livejournal-your-journals-now-in-russia/ Of course. But it's also a narrative that Dreamwidth and other sites that have been attempting to piggyback on LJ and chip away at it over the years have been pushing.

Again, is it a true narrative? I'm sure there is some truth in there.

Just be sure though - and to cover us both in Russia AND the US: Putin is awesome! Yay Putin! Putin's the best.

Note: That won't cover us in the US until the 20th. But after that? We're golden! ;)


Week 4 of LJ Idol has started! Just in case you missed it - there were results from the Break Week entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/964763.html

There is a NEW TOPIC: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html

and a new Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965184.html

If you know people who are in danger of "byeing out" this week, or who might just wander off in general during the break, you may want to tag/remind/send them an email to get them back on track!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's easy to get caught up with where you are at right now. Or where you were in the past.

But it's 2017, and LJ Idol Season 10 is back in action with a new topic!

What is it?

It's a Wayne Gretzy quote:

“I don't skate to where the puck is. I skate to where the puck is going to be. "

The deadline to link your entry back to this thread is Friday, Jan 6th at 8pm EST

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/965056.html

Most of you have taken the holidays off from Idol, but hopefully not from your own creativity.

For a lot of folks, they have though.

What is your favorite way to start shaking the dust off and getting back into a routine again?


What are your hopes, writing (or generally "being creative") wise for the new year?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
With the amount of talent in that poll, it's no wonder why it ended up being so close, especially in the last hour!

In the end though, there are 4 contestants joining the fray!

Welcome back to

[livejournal.com profile] gratefuladdict
[livejournal.com profile] murielle
[livejournal.com profile] roina_arwen
[livejournal.com profile] sinnamongirl

and thank you to the others. I hope we will continue to be able to read your work in the Home Game!

To those 4 coming into the game, your entries are due tomorrow night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/905315.html

So congratulations, now get to work!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

I said there would be 4 weeks for Second Chance. 4 chances to get back into the game (get into it for the first time for some).

This is Week 4.

After this, all eliminations are for “keeps”. We are riding this rail straight down the mountain.

Which makes this moment special. You, the voters, have one more shot to determine who will be flying through the air as we careen off the side of a cliff. You get to decide who will be sitting back and watching the action unfold.

4 people will move forward this week, joining the ranks of our Week 13 contestants. They will be writing an entry for this week, and taking part in the polls. Which doesn’t give them a very big window of time between when they know they are taking part, and when they have to get something in!

But that’s the risk you take.

4 contestants move forward. 5 contestants join the Home Game. Read. Comment and Vote to give your favorites one more shot!

The poll closes Thursday, March 10th at 9pm EST

Good luck to everyone!

[Poll #2039138]
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's the last week of Second Chance Gauntlet.

So if you want another chance to get into the action - here is your shot!

It's an Open Topic.

(as usual)

and you have until Tuesday, March 8th at 9pm EST to post your link back to this thread.

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Another incredible week has drawn to a close, and I can definitely say that without a hint of hyperbole, there were some amazing entries that came out of what a lot of folks were dreading.

It seems a shame to have to say goodbye to anyone under the circumstances - but that's why we are here. To move another step closer to the end.

Almost as soon as the poll went up for the Rivals this week, we had a public drop. Which meant that someone posted (or in this case used a bye) and then fell on their sword. I'm not even sure they were aware that it would be considered a "sacrifice", but I'll assume they did based on the timing!

Which means the first person leaving us is [livejournal.com profile] peteyplane who posted a goodbye: http://peteyplane.livejournal.com/1845.html
Please make sure to stop over there and say a few words. I was really looking forward to reading more this mini-season, but I hope that I will get that wish in the future.

So if you were one of those on the bottom of the polls for the Rivals, holding your breath and wondering what was going to happen - you can exhale. For now.

That means the only one the polls are taking out this time around is from the Friends. It was another close match, with the difference between staying in, and being gone was the average of just over 2 votes.

This one is painful not only because it's a promising newbie that I was hoping to see a lot more from, but because I too enjoyed that particular movie. (that was during the time of my life when I was pretty much devouring all things Altman)

It's goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] amandalor, but I'm hoping she will be able to take advantage of one of the ways to come back into the game in the near future. (and in the meantime, play the Home Game!)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/880185.html and http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/880602.html is where the action is today! The polls are closing tonight!

Which brings up that usual question of:

What have been some of your favorites this week?

More importantly: What have you loved that hasn't (in your opinion) gotten the love it deserves?

People tend to be busy, maybe they haven't checked it out yet... and they are just waiting for you to point them in that direction!


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