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Teeny Tiny LJ Idol Rec List

Some of y'all know about the mini-season of LJ Idol that's going on. I'm not playing, because of the book that's eating my life. But I have been following, and now that the playing field's been narrowed down to only about 40 people, I even managed to read all of this week's posts. If you're looking for some good writing to read or thinking about playing in the next mini-season (which is rumored to start next month), I strongly suggest you check out all of the fine entries here and vote for any you like.

Here are a few posts I really enjoyed this week that aren't exactly crushing the polls. Please know I'm not just promoting my friends here (THIS time!) - these are posts that seriously caught my attention and I don't get why they're not doing better.

momebie's story managed to make me ship two characters I've never seen before in my life:

tatdatcm has created a compelling universe and continues to build on it this week:

talon got sidetracked by work but still came through with an intriguing story:

There are 10 people being eliminated this week. That's a quarter of the remaining contestants! So if you like these entries or any others, please make sure to go here and vote for them in the first poll. You don't have to be playing or join the community to vote.


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Feb. 25th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
Wait, wait, wait - the next mini series is rumoured to start next month?? I know I haven't been keeping up with green room much lately, but I thought...

next month: Exhibit A ends
some time in the summer: Exhibit B occurs
late autumn: season 9 starts


Sorry, back to the scheduled broadcast.
Feb. 25th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
The rumor I heard was March... or else I remembered it wrong. Either is pretty likely. ;-)
Feb. 25th, 2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
And either way, it's still just a rumour ;-)
Feb. 26th, 2013 12:41 am (UTC)
Hahaha... Exactly!
Feb. 26th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
talon is such a talented writer, and it's so difficult to vote for him when he keeps blowing off the job until the last minute, and then explaining that he did so. Once is, "OH, great to know your circumstances" and three times starts to feel like "See how great I am even when I'm not trying? Only suckers like the rest of the contestants work hard and plan their time."

I'm starting to wish I could see his best work instead of his rushed work, and feeling insulted as a reader that he doesn't value me enough to deliver it.
Feb. 26th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
I love how outspoken you are. And this is where I feel a little bad because I wasn't fully following the two weeks before this - "real life" has been kicking my butt and I didn't have time to read everything. Although I know I read his Ultra Deep Field piece and really liked it.

He's a freaking awesome writer but I also know what it's like to bust your ass to get the best piece you can write despite a million other obligations. Obviously, so do you. That piece that got me near-eliminated and into the runoff I dropped out of at the end of last season was the result of staying up all night even though I had to work the next day. I worked hard as hell and I was proud of it. I sacrificed a lot to put forth the best pieces I could. So I can see your point there.
Feb. 26th, 2013 04:39 am (UTC)
Yep :) I remember that week... Loving that you're still writing, too!
Mar. 12th, 2013 11:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's completely fair not to vote for me if you think it's a hack job. Not voting for me because you think I don't meet my potential is also completely fair.

It's honestly not about 'oh man, I'm so good at this' - far from it. It's just how I work, generally, and as seen, sometimes that has the repercussions of not having as much time as I wanted to have. That being said, I've tried just sitting around and writing before the deadline, and in an overwhelming majority of cases nothing good comes out.

My point in mentioning the time was actually to inform — I know some people are sticklers about the rules in submissions, and I think that it would be deceitful if I said 'oh, yeah, I got this in completely on time'. It wasn't meant at all to be a 'oh, I'm better than everyone else that takes longer to do it'.
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