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26 July 2012 @ 06:29 pm
Lj Idol Farewell Speech  
First, I want to say how much I've enjoyed being part of LJ Idol. I expected to be voted out around week 5 or 6, and never imagined I would squeak into the Top 10.

A few friends coaxed me into trying Idol, and I wanted to stretch myself as I writer, so I thought, Why not? I had written fanfic for 7 years when I signed up, but only a siingle Original Fiction story. This seemed like a great opportunity to try doing more original fiction, and at the end of week 35 it looks as if I got 28 more fiction stories out of it, which pleases me greatly. I tried out a lot of different genres, including the obvious humor and drama entries. But I also did a fable, a police procedural, several dystopian stories, horror (! Twice, even!), fantasy, poetry, and Sci-Fi. Plus, you all showed me that a person CAN by god write Crack and have it be enjoyed. :D

I guess it's better to go out with a good story than to have weeks of thinking, "Dang, why did I half-ass that thing?" afterward. The truth is, I wrote all of these stories to the best of my ability. Sometimes the prompt left me feeling high and dry, but I wrote the idea I got for it as well as I could. For this last prompt, Sins Of Omissions, my immediate idea was a nonfiction entry on my nephew, a Russian orphan whose adoptive family is now caught in a living hell because of things the adoption agency hid from them. I think that would have been a safer entry, in terms of votes, but it just seemed too exploitative to do that. Given that I lost in the other poll as well, it wouldn't have mattered, so I'm really glad I didn't do that. Instead, I risked a new genre for a story that been tugging at me for two weeks now, and which the prompt worked really well for. No regrets.

I could certainly have played this last part smarter, by taking an Immunity instead of a Bye, but these are the kinds of mistakes a newbie makes! Once someone had written a story as my Champion, I couldn't in good conscience take the Bye for this week, and IF I survived I knew I'd need it during the next two weekends of vacation at my Dad's Internet-free house. So I went for the "avoid writing at all" choice instead of the "Oh noes, I'm dying in the polls!" choice. In hindsight, that was pretty stupid, but I'll enjoy my vacation more. I've been expecting to be voted out for about 25 weeks now, so it's not as if I'm not ready. :)

I want to thank all of you for your support—people on my Friends-list who have tolerated my endless Idol entries in the place of fanfic, those of you who actually liked the original fic better (!), and all of the other Idol contestants.

Idolers, you have shown me so much with your own writing for these prompts, and through your comments on my work. I've read stunning nonfiction entries here, and many original short stories that would put some published authors to shame. You have helped me become a better writer, and you have moved me and entertained me week after week with your wonderful stories.

Thank you for having me along for the ride. And if you can risk the liberal politics and the slash fanfic, please—friend away!

similiesslipsimiliesslip on July 27th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
You did great. I thought you might win. Next season, eh?:) You have a whole lot to be proud of. I am glad we are LJ friends.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:07 am (UTC)
I'm so glad we did our intersection together. That was a great introduction to the process, which I was nervous about as a newbie. That gave us a great chance to get to know each other better!

Boy, the thought of S9 Idol. :0 It's been 9 months to this point, and it's nearly killed me. I don't know if I'm brave enough to try it again!
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
Yes, please! I friended you back!
ecosopherecosopher on July 27th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
I'd love to add you :) Congratulations on an awesome season and I hope you'll be back next time!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I've friended you back, so I'll be monitoring the countdown along with everyone else. Hope it's less hot for you than for my two August babies. :0
(no subject) - ecosopher on July 27th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
java_fiendjava_fiend on July 27th, 2012 01:49 am (UTC)
You had a really, really great run. I'm sad to see it end. :-(

I'm glad to have gotten the chance to meet you this season. It's been fun getting to know a bit about you and getting to share in your writing! Thank you for putting up so much good stuff!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:11 am (UTC)
I'm sad too, though less so having seen this week's challenge. But it's been lots of fun, I've met great people like you and Pixie, and I've had a chance to try out a completely new avenue of storytelling. Not bad for something I joined on a whim!
(no subject) - java_fiend on July 28th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
notodettenotodette on July 27th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I <3 you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
Same here! I've so enjoyed getting to know you and your stories through Idol. Good luck with this coming challenge. Yikes!
Kristenpixiebelle on July 27th, 2012 01:54 am (UTC)
I already said my part I the results thread I suppose... But I wanted to reiterate how awesome I think you are and if you had gone all the way, there's a very good chance you'd have had my vote to win. Thank you again for the bye a few weeks ago, and thank you for being a friend. You're a wonderful person I'm very grateful to know.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:14 am (UTC)
I appreciate your confidence in me-- it's much higher than my own, and your encouragement has meant so much.

I'm glad I was able to help you during the 6-entry challenge. I think life with Annabelle's health and the new job was stressful enough then, and having to do the 6 stories on top of that (while sleep-deprived) would have just been awful. Wish I could have spared jacq22 as well, but I only got one "pass" there. :)
happy is as happy doeshappywriter06 on July 27th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
I wish I could've enjoyed more of your stories. RL in the way of my LJ time. :-) Congrats on what you able to accomplish.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, Simone!

And I know what RL has been throwing down on you. That move to Oklahoma was a shock to all of us, and must have been much, much harder on you.
Myrnamyrna_bird on July 27th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
I guess we did see this coming. I kept hoping there would be a last minute surge and you would make it. Then I thought of your well-deserved Spirit Award and *I* think that that honor is even better than winning! Besides, now you can still play next season! You lasted a whole lot longer than about 300 other people and surprised yourself.You contributed so much to the game and gave some real awesome comments, always thoughtful with insight. I am very glad to have gotten to know you a bit. Have a wonderful vacation. Relax, you've earned it! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:19 am (UTC)
I kept hoping there would be a last minute surge and you would make it.
Me too, though given that I was at the bottom of both polls, it seemed pretty unlikely. I'm not sure why both stories were so poorly received, but at this point in the game, that doesn't make them bad stories. I've seen several writers over the game whose "final" entries have been really good ones that I voted for, and I still wonder Whyyyy?

and *I* think that that honor is even better than winning!
I agree-- that one speaks more to who I am as a person, and what I've really valued giving to others in this game. That was such a wonderful surprise!

Thanks so much for your support over all of these many, many weeks. You were one of my early favorites in this game, and that hasn't changed. :)

(no subject) - spydielives on August 30th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
B Manimpoetry on July 27th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Congrats on Top 10 love! So happy for you, you had a great run. Of course I look forward to reading more from you soon!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:20 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! It's been a long, hard road, but then you know exactly what I mean.

Hope I'll be seeing more of you around here, too! Billy needs some more running around time, I think. :)
Chat Noirmaster_chatnoir on July 27th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Congrats on making it so far! I know you've been working super hard on all your stories and it must feel great to know it paid off. :) And omg! You've been in it for so long! I've been amazed in reading your lj at how you've been able to work it all in with everything you've had going on. I hope to catch up with the stories, too, once I stop being lazy, considering how I've enjoyed your fanfic. Good job! :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:22 am (UTC)
If I'd known I'd be doing this for nine months, I'm not sure I would have signed up! Wow-- my life, I vaguely remember it!

I hope you'll get a chance to read some of the stories, here and there. I'll try to get a collection page going at some point, though the tab above will catch them all, too.

So sorry I was late on your own news, and I hope things are going well.
Danmuchtooarrogant on July 27th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
Aw Hell. I finally pull my head out of... *clears throat* I finally come back, and it's to this news?

You're an amazing writer, and I'm glad I got to know you through LJI, as I almost certanly wouldn't have happened across yur other works. Congratulations on a fantastic run!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're back, though. You were one of the people I was happiest to meet through all of this, and the friends I've made over this long, long haul have sure made it all worth it!
(no subject) - muchtooarrogant on July 27th, 2012 11:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: SN impressive Deandeirdre_c on July 27th, 2012 07:30 am (UTC)
Congrats on all your hard work and on doing SO WELL!! So impressive! <3
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, Dei-- and thanks for all your support!

So, how's that leftover cake going? Caaaaake!
theun4givablestheun4givables on July 27th, 2012 10:34 am (UTC)
I'm sad to see you go. ;_;

This journal's just a writing journal, but I would like to friend you, anyway. :) I've enjoyed getting to know you throughout the season.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much-- and at least I'll keep up with your writing shenanigans (and you're one of the few people who probably enjoy some of the random slash fanfic on my journal).

Friending back!
(no subject) - theun4givables on July 27th, 2012 05:19 pm (UTC) (Expand)
medleymistymedleymisty on July 27th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)

I'm glad I found Idol and met you, because you're awesome.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 27th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
Me, too! You're the one who encouraged me to first branch out into dystopia, back with the Sticks and Stones prompt, and you've been encouraging my weird and new directions ever since.

And your sweetness? That's so rare, and very much one of my favorite things in people. ♥
lriG rorriM: pathlrig_rorrim on July 27th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
I have so enjoyed your writing this season, and the thoughtful and awesome commentary you've left - not only on my stories, but on other people's. I'm really glad I got the chance to read your words and see your worlds for a while. I'll be adding you with my main journal and this one, because I like to keep up with awesome people, and you definitely qualify. Will you be joining in the next season, whenever it starts?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 30th, 2012 05:37 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your lovely thoughts! I'm just now back on the Internet, so I'm late replying to everyone.

I enjoyed your stories so much this year-- especially your unusual take on many of the prompts, and your willingness to write fictional humor (including outlandish fictional humor).

I've friended you back, and hope to seem more from you even though we've both left been evicted from the arena. :D