Green Room - Week 21 - Day 3

Apr. 22nd, 2019 02:20 pm
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I was wondering where everyone's entries were: but then just recalled that I changed it from my original intent of a Monday deadline to it being Tuesday. Monday seemed about the right amount of time, but with Easter, I decided to give you a little break.

And then forgot about it. :D


Did anyone do anything special - for Easter? To celebrate the weekend? To celebrate our Top 4?
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 It's Easter weekend, or 420 weekend depending on your point of view.  Either way involves hallucinations about giant bunnies bringing you candy to much on. 

Or the feeling of coming back to life after being stuck in a cave. 

It's really surprising that these days don't always fall on the same weekend when you think about it. ;) 

I'm only sort of celebrating the first one and find the second annoying. :)  Only that second one gives me a headache to be around though,  Well, OK, maybe the former can at times as well. :D


Seriously though - Happy Easter. Hopefully you are doing something special with family or close friends. 

We didn't have any plans so apparently we will be celebrating by going out to the Thai Temple, a local Buddhist that has a delicious marketplace, We're hoping that the crowds will not light tomorrow. 


For those who missed it, we had some results on Friday:  that pretty much shook the entire community, which is what happens at this point in the competition. 

Also- there is a new topic:  which is also a thing that happens at this, and every other point during the competition. 

Topic - Week 21

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:00 pm
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 There are some weeks where the topic might seem great.

Some where it might seem really bad. 

There are other weeks though,  like this one, where the topic seems pretty 


Yes, that's the topic. 

The deadline to link your entries back to this post is Tuesday, April 23rd at 8pm  EDT. 

Have fun!

Results - Week 20

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:40 pm
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I don't think I should mentally predict anything else this mini season, because I'm always going to be wrong. :)

I'd mentioned before that there was someone who, by the numbers, was the odds on favorite to win - because they were in the top (or close) in every contestant only and email only vote. Having the support of the hardcore Idol voters, and fans, seems like a no-brainer as the person with the inside track. Clearly this is their game to lose.

Except of course, they just lost it tonight.

Tonight we are saying goodbye to an absolutely incredible writer, who has been "bringing it" every single week that he's been in the competition, and for some reason just seems to have a glass ceiling at about this point every single time.

[personal profile] rayaso  is an amazing writer and just all around person from his interactions that I've seen with everyone around him.

He's also one of the few people that I don't need to wonder if he will be hanging around and rooting for his favorite(s). ;)

Green Room - Week 20 - Day 8

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:29 am
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Rod Stewart sang "Tonight's the Night" (recorded at Muscle Shoals, so of course the backing band is the best part of the song. :D)

In this case, he was right. Tonight is indeed the deadline night. It's up for debate on if everything is "gonna be alright" though. That is for the voters to decide, and if today's voting is anything like the last couple of days - and weeks - and months, there is no telling how this is going to shake out.

The only thing that I *do* know is that a talented writer is going to be leaving us. The only mystery will be "which one".

Green Room - Week 20 - Day 7

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:37 am
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The great thing about having a new co-worker who lives out in the boondocks is that she has to drive by me anyway to get to work, so I've been getting a ride. The bad thing is that when she's out, that means getting up extra early to make the bus that I'm not used to catching anymore.

You get spoiled on things like riding in cars awfully quickly! :)


Last night was the perfect storm of US reality television with Survivor followed by the premiere of the new season of The Amazing Race. For anyone who didn't catch the Race, this time is a gimmick season with all the contestants being former CBS reality show contestants, which means some returning Racers, Big Brother House Guests and yes, some Survivors. I tend to be a purist when it comes to the Race - not liking stunt casting. BUT I also know that the ratings haven't been great - to the point that the show didn't have a time slot this year, it's only on because that Million Dollar Mile/Tim Tebow show crashed and burned so quickly. So right now I'm just happy that there is a Race on at all. If they need to do a celebrity edition every once in a while to get ratings back up, in order to get the show I love back on in between, I'm going to have to be OK with that.

That said, it was actually pretty darn good. I'm kind of looking forward to seeing where this goes.

Speaking of TAR - the host, Phil Keoghan, has a podcast. It's been going for awhile now, but I only just heard about it because of an interview about the new season. It's really good. It's called Buckit and is all about "Tickit Before You Kickit". (making the most out of life, while you can) which has been very much on my mind lately, for obvious reasons.

It's really inspiring.


Speaking of inspiring, and making the most out of life - someone we love isn't going to make it another week. Right now, according to the poll, it really could be anyone: so make sure to get out there: read, comment and vote for your favorites to stay in!

Vote - Week 20

Apr. 16th, 2019 07:39 pm
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A few words from Gary:

Remember what it was like when there was no poll to watch, or deadline to meet? That feeling of “peace” and having “freedom”?

For one of our 5, they are about to experience that again.

In case you have forgotten, the matching portion of the purse for this season will be split between our Top 4.

Since we will be losing 1 contestant from this vote, that means the stakes for this week is the difference between “it was a good experience” and “it was a good experience and i have extra cash in my pocket”. Which is a first for Idol.

I really have no idea how this is going to go. I thought that by taking the time to read through the entries a couple times I might be able to manage a prediction - maybe someone had an “off day”, but nope. They are 5 really entertaining entries. I don’t envy the voters having to make this choice.

The poll will be closing Friday April 19th at 9pm EDT.

Good luck to everyone!


Poll #21826 Week20
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 50

The Ballot

bleodswean's entry
23 (46.0%)

halfshellvenus's entry
19 (38.0%)

hwango's entry
22 (44.0%)

rayaso's entry
16 (32.0%)

sonreir's entry
23 (46.0%)

Green Room - Week 20 - Day 5

Apr. 16th, 2019 09:08 am
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I always say to head over to the eliminations page to say goodbye to people, because at some point it's going to be you. This is taking that notion to the extreme, but Kate's memorial page is up:

Stop by and post something, if you have anything to say, or share...

I haven't yet. But I will.


It's a bad transition, because there are no good transitions - but tonight is the deadline: so make sure you get your entry in.


I know it's not as exciting as Notre-Dame's Cathedral being on fire - but the Idol final 5 is going to leave even more destroyed in it's wake! (because fortunately most of the art had already been moved. Whereas your art is still inside of you!!)

Green Room - Week 20 - Day 4

Apr. 15th, 2019 09:35 am
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In case you didn't notice, I extended the deadline by a day.

It's a combination of "Tax Day" and "it turns out there is a school event tonight that no one told me about". :)

So you have an extra day to get your entries in:


Also, in case you missed it - the Write Off happened this weekend, and we are now down to our Top 5: Make sure to pop over there to say goodbye!


I watched Game of Thrones last night and am still reeling from the death of Jon Snow. I can't believe they killed him off in the first 5 minutes. One minute he's walking across the courtyard at Winterfell and the next a dragon lands on him "accidentally"! That was anti-climatic for the character but I'm looking forward to seeing how this shakes out for all the others on the show.

It was probably even more shocking though to find out that the Night King is actually more of a Day Duke. I thought that would be in the final episode! Now I have no idea where they are going with this show!!!

Results - Week 19

Apr. 13th, 2019 09:11 pm
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The dream is dead.

Which might seem dramatic while announcing that someone has been eliminated from the competition, but bear with me.

Because the dream is actually dead.

The dream I had a few months ago that I've been trolling you with. Where someone who wasn't on a lot of people's radar ended up moving forward week by week, until they got to the last few weeks and then just poured it on and ended up winning.

Someone at everyone was happy to see win, because they were well liked and respected.

That was [personal profile] furzicle .

And by *a single vote*, in the intensely tight tie-breaker, it was decided that she would be the one leaving us.

I'll be honest - I was looking at the road ahead in the next couple of weeks and could easily see how she would end up being in the finals. That path seemed pretty clear that I was starting to wish I had dreamed about lottery numbers instead.  I'll admit, as someone who thought both writers in the run off were great, because of that dream, I thought for sure there would be a last minute surge and she would find a way to get one step closer. 

But that dream is dead... and now we are saying goodbye.

Goodbye to an incredible writer, who I really hope we will be reading more of in the Home Game and next season. (as well as buying copies of her Mars book when it comes out!)

Goodbye to a friend, who I had the pleasure of meeting a month ago during my California trip - she's really nice and makes tasty cookies!!

None of the other people going forward have made me cookies, and frankly I think that is a tragedy. :)

Seriously though - she will be missed in the competition, but hopefully not from around here!

Thanks for so many awesome entries, and thank you for coming out to help make this mini season special.

Vote - Week 19 - Write Off

Apr. 12th, 2019 09:09 pm
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A few words from Gary:

I’m not sure if you could get two writers who were more different if you set out to do it on purpose. But both made it to the Top 6 - and fate landed them in a tie.

One will come out the other side and be a part of the Top 5. The other will have their torch snuffed. I can’t even say they will be a part of the Jury, since that is over.

The poll will close Saturday April 13th at 9pm EDT.

Good luck to both of you!

Poll #21800 WriteOff
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 33

The Ballot

furzicle's entry
17 (51.5%)

hwango's entry
18 (54.5%)

Green Room - Week 20 - Day 1

Apr. 12th, 2019 09:07 am
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There is a Write Off -

and a new topic -


When the dust settles in the Write Off, we will be at our Top 5, one step away from those who will be walking out of here with a little bit more than just the satisfaction of having accomplished something and a whole lot of new material that they have created.

Which makes this the cruelest cut of them all in many ways.

It's definitely the one that I, personally, have been dreading the most.


What have YOU been dreading the most lately? ;)

Topic - Week 20

Apr. 12th, 2019 09:03 am
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We've been on a long journey together.

But it's almost over. For this mini season at least.

The goal is in sight.

It's time for your


Post your links to this thread by Tuesday April 16th at 8pm EDT

Results - Week 19

Apr. 11th, 2019 09:04 pm
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It's no real shocker that here we are at the Top 6 and it comes down to another tie vote. This time between [personal profile] hwango  and furzicle.

Which means it comes down to where the Jury decided to award the final immunity. They couldn't give it to one of them, because he already had it. But if they gave it the other... then this is over with.

drum roll please


The Jury awards their final immunity of the season to...

[personal profile] rayaso 


Which means we have a Sudden Death Write Off.

It's an Open Topic. So you can write anything you want, and you have until Friday, April 12th at 9pm EDT to link it below.

Have fun! 

Green Room - Week 19 - Day 9

Apr. 11th, 2019 10:11 am
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I'm on the edge of my seat! There's a shoot-out in the poll and another happening in the Immunity vote from the Jury!

A couple votes could throw this thing wide open! So make sure to get yours in as soon as you can. The poll closes tonight at 9pm EDT.


I mentioned going to the Pen Show this weekend, but there are a couple cool stories from it. We got there in time to see the live recording of the Pen Addict Podcast. (my wife's favorite podcast) As in we got to the hotel, checked in, put out stuff in our room, came back down and were about the halfway point for the line waiting to get in! Then they let their Kickstarter supporters in first - so we were in the last group to get seats! :o

One of the hosts is a huge fan of the band Neutral Milk Hotel, and so is Cynthia, so she wore one of their shirts. After the show, she was wanting to leave so we could eat. But I kept saying "Let's just hang out here for a minute", and then went back into the room and was standing in the back for a couple minutes as the hosts broke down everything and were talking to their old friends.

After those couple of minutes, Cynthia decided that we should leave, so I walked out of the room - and I noticed that Brad (the host who likes NMH) was saying his goodbyes. SO I said "Just one more minute"... and he came out as we were standing there. We got to talk - and Cynthia pointed out the shirt and told him about how we'd just barely got there on time, and what a big fan she was. Brad started tearing up when he saw the shirt. They took a picture and after that it was just a cool story for us. Apparently it wasn't just a good moment for us - on the new podcast, he mentions that meeting, and how the whole con, and the live recording, was just a really emotional thing for him - and then said that it was meeting us after that show that tipped him over into actually crying tears of joy. He then went on to talk about "this is why we do it" (the podcast).

So Cynthia got to hear that she was an embodiment of what makes their podcast worthwhile. :) I'm glad we waited.


Another story that was more of a "WTF" kind of funny. (it seems like I've told this story, but I can't find it. Maybe it was on FB or in an email. So apologies if you've heard this one before)

We were at a table looking at the merch, and talking to the woman who was watching it. (She told us that it wasn't her table, that she was keeping an eye on it for a friend).

After looking, and chatting, for a bit - Cynthia wanders off to the next table. I hang back to write down what she was interested in, so I can remember it for her birthday/Christmas list. (I keep a list year round to make it easier when it comes time to buy her stuff) Normally, I would just jot it down on my phone. This time though, I figured, I'm a pen show - I should use a pen! So I had a scrap sheet of paper in my pocket, and one of my own pens - so I took them out, wrote everything down and rejoined Cynthia.

A couple minutes pass and the woman from the table walks over with a panicked look at her face, asking if either of us had "accidentally" picked up one of the pens and put it in our pockets.

We said "No". Neither of us had actually picked up or handled anything on the table. She asked "Are you sure"... and then kept asking a few times every time we said that we were sure.

Apparently one of the pens had gone missing, and now she was frantic to find it.

And we had been the last people at the table... someone asks her to describe it. She does. It sounds like the pen I was using. So I check my pockets just to be sure that I don't have an extra pen... I don't. I let her know that I used my own pen while standing at the table, and take it out. She got an "OMG" look on her face "It looks JUST LIKE THAT!"

I have my own OMG moment, because what are the chances - and how can you even start to resolve this... (there are certainly ways, and we will get to one of them in a moment, but that was my thought at the time). All I could think of right then was "Oh great - I'm going to be accused of stealing my own pen and embarrass my wife by being kicked out of the pen show/cops called...."

Fortunately, one of the other vendors happened to be hanging out nearby and looked over at her table. He reached over to the spot where the pen was missing and said "Is this it?" It was sitting *where it was supposed to be*. She was shocked "Wha... really? Yeah, that's it!" and then everyone laughed at the mix-up.

Cynthia offered up, "Well, if nothing else, I doubt they have the same ink!" Which is true. I had a standard cartridge in mine and most people there would have something far nicer. The woman wrote with both of the pens, and her eyes got wide and then she laughed, "It's the same ink!"

(it later turns out that it wasn't, but it was *really* close.)

Fortunately, the tester from the table had been the personal pen of the table owner - and was far more scratched and battered than mine. Holding them side by side, it was easy to tell the difference. But had it not reappeared... I could have been the Pen Thief!

Which would have been an interesting way to quickly end the weekend!

Green Room - Week 19 - Day 8

Apr. 10th, 2019 09:20 am
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The poll is still happening:
and it's still anyone's guess how this is going to work out - especially with the Jury making their final decision!


I'm in that weird place of "there's a lot I should be saying in these final days" combined with "I'm not sure what it is that I should be saying". :)

I'm kind of it in that same place with the next season. I know it's happening. I know when it's happening. When it's happening. I even have a plan for what I need to be doing in the off-season. But I'm also "If my plan works - I'll be a LOT busier than I was this time!" :) It's that catch-22 of wanting to bring in new faces up against the comfort of things being how they are. ;) The problem being that at the rate we're losing folks - there won't be anyone left soon! :O So stay healthy and well!!! More importantly STAY ALIVE, and not in the Bee Gees way!
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