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Well....we all got through Portfolio week at therealljidol! Whew! Five entered five stayed. No one left. The voting was a bit...strenous. And somewhat confusing. Actually, I was thoroughly confused and would not have known how to vote strategically if the desire hit me to do so. But no matter. It was a GREAT challenge. This week we had to write in a 24 hour time span and I stayed with one of my Season 10 themes - Baba Yaga. But I wanted it to be modern so I tried to integrate the idea of the village witch, cutwife, abortionist into the story and I think it needs to be much, much longer to really be fair to such complicated themes. The polls are here -

The Real LJ Idol Week 30 Poll

* HBO's WEST WORLD. That is all.

* If you ever want to know what my Irish American relatives look like then watch that Utah nurse get manhandled by the cops (both physically and verbally) and then you'll know. Because that nurse could be my mother's identical twin. And both of them are nurses, too! Huh. That video is making me want to punch someone's teeth out. I know what it's like to be harrassed by the cops. And that's what it's like. *gag*

* Just found out about an hour ago that the wedding we were going to next weekend has been cancelled. I hope hope  hope it's because of Oregon being on fire and not because....these two wonderful kids called it quits. Waiting for more details. And yes, Oregon is on fire.

* And the air here is sooooooooooooooo bad. Smoke smoke smoke. At least we are getting a reprieve from the sweltering heat. I hope this ten degree difference sticks. We had thunderstorms last night and that is scarier than hell because lightning strikes set the woods on fire.

* Woke up Monday at 3:30 when the power went out. Went back to sleep only to find out mid-day from Kidling1 who saw it on FaceBook that a tree had fallen on some lines down the road and set a 5 acre fire and omfg how are we supposed to KNOW THESE IMPORTANT THINGS!

* Reading Tobias Wolff because Gods. I know we have major fans of the short story here and I know you all know his short story Bullet in the Brain because of course you know the greatest short story ever written!!! But.....just in case you don't, here you go. Be prepared to stand in fucking AWE - http://pov.imv.au.dk/Issue_27/section_1/artc2A.html

* I never quite saw the attraction of Bill Skarsgard before, but um....his Pennywise??????? OMFG. I have bad bad thoughts about that dancing clown and they aren't of the horror variety. Wish that LJ was still FANDOM because I would so write someone some dark dark dark Pennywise gets laid fic. I so would.


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Sep. 7th, 2017 01:08 am (UTC)
The west coast is on fire, the east coast is under hurricane watch...want a lot of rain to put those fires out? We'll ship you a storm gratis.

If you want some short (very) stories, then I offer you this. Freaking amazing.
Sep. 7th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
We need to start swapping weather!

OOOOH! That book!
Sep. 7th, 2017 04:30 am (UTC)
That sounds really scary in with the fires! Hope you guys stay safe!

Sep. 7th, 2017 03:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you, S! I'm worried about my lungs!
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:54 am (UTC)
Oh, no! Hope you stay healthy and they can get these fires under control soon.

Sep. 7th, 2017 07:30 am (UTC)
Hugs you close...stay safe.
Sep. 7th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)

How's your smoke, M?
Sep. 8th, 2017 01:52 am (UTC)
It was hazy yesterday when I was out, haven't been out today so don't know. There are fires, as I understand it, to the west, north, and south of us.

How are things your way?
Sep. 7th, 2017 08:21 am (UTC)
I did not understand the "your favourite entry by someone else" part of the portfolio - I thought your entry was the best of those because you took the time to explain why, rather than just linking to it. Having "best entry of each person's portfolio" rather than "best portfolio" and one overall "best" was somewhat odd. I read all the things, I voted, nothing I voted for made the top because my tastes seem completely at odds with LJ Idol and no-one got eliminated making the whole exercise seem somewhat pointless *sigh*

Westworld :) Heavy going in places but worth it for the payoff.

I'm sad there isn't more fandom on LJ. There are still some things like the small fandom fests where you can prompt things, but it's not the same as active comms for more specific fandoms :/
Sep. 7th, 2017 03:35 pm (UTC)
I had the same reaction to the voting and the results. I'm not one who wants to know the actual numbers so I don't....but I have to admit I'm curious about where my skull story ranked in comparison to my schizophrenic punk story....

I liked the idea of a portfolio! It was a lot of work and I would have enjoyed more critique and essays about the piece we enjoyed most...but once I began that process I baulked a bit because it felt too bold? To critique or analyze without having been asked to. Overall, problematic.

Westworld!!! Omg, L, why aren't more people watching this show???

LJ...isn't feeling good these days. At all.
Sep. 7th, 2017 07:47 pm (UTC)
There seems to be so much terrifying weather in America at the moment, you and yours are in my thoughts.
Sep. 8th, 2017 01:18 am (UTC)
It used to be one of my favorite books when I was a teen. But I can't do murder clowns in cinema. Or, like... ever. I'm sitting this one the hell out. Shawn and Olivia, though, are all over it.

We're getting ash from the many, many fires up here. The air quality is so bad they say it's like smoking a cigarette every 15 minutes. I can't even imagine how bad it is for those closer to the fires.
Sep. 8th, 2017 02:58 am (UTC)
i'm so focused on hurricane irma i keep forgetting that the west side of the country is on fire. >.< it sounds pretty scary. here's hoping for better air and fewer acres on fire.

i would love a longer version of your lj piece!
Sep. 8th, 2017 04:47 am (UTC)
lj is still a great place for fandom and 'shipping and posting whatever you want!
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