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Sitting It Out

Season 7 of therealljidol is starting, and this is my official declaration that I will NOT be competing. Really! Honest! See? I don't even have my fingers crossed behind my back!

Much as I enjoy the writing challenges, the twists and turns, I simply cannot commit the time. I know it is not required to read every single one of your competitors' entries and to vote your conscience in the polls, but I always have. These days, though, between taking care of a four-month-old and pursuing freelance opportunities, it's difficult enough just to read my Friends List.

Still, you should totally compete. Yes, YOU. Don't turn around and look over your shoulder. I'm not talking to the wall, or the guy on his cell phone behind you at the cybercafe (depending on which YOU is reading this at the moment). Look in a mirror. You.

I had no idea what I was getting into two years ago when I competed in Season 5, but it reinvigorated my creative writing, inspired me, and introduced me to some fantastic people I am lucky to call my friends.

So go, now, and check out the FAQ and then the Season 7 sign-up sheet.

Best of luck to everyone who does choose to compete. I'll be cheering for you and playing the home game when the inspiration strikes.

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xo_kizzy_xo
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm really thinking we should have official Idol pompoms :)
alycewilson
Oct. 25th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Agreed! If you happen to make an appropriate icon, please share it with me!
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baxaphobia
Oct. 25th, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
I am sad you are not competing but I understand totally. I'm crazy for even trying but oh well, crazy is as crazy does, right? Hugs.
alycewilson
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you'll be competing, because I love your entries. I'll still play the home game as often as possible, of course. If Kung Fu Panda were a real baby panda, he has outgrown the being-held-in mommy's-paw all day long stage and is now in the exploring-his-environment stage. This often means he gets frustrated with me for being in front of the computer too long. Thanks for all the hugs.

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lawchicky
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC)
I, for one, will miss you! I'm glad you're going to follow along though. I'm fearful of trying to make the deadlines with a newborn on the way, but I thought I'd be remiss for not even trying.
alycewilson
Oct. 25th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
If you're up to the challenge, go for it! I just knew I wouldn't be able to.
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joeymichaels
Oct. 25th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Totally understand. The time factor - especially in reading entries - confounds me, too.
alycewilson
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I know some people don't bother to read everything, but I've always felt that I ought to.
millysdaughter
Oct. 25th, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
I am on the fence.
alycewilson
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
Give it some thought! It would be nice to see you get back in the game.
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creature_girl08
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I can understand. But it is great that you will be following along.
alycewilson
Oct. 25th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
It is always fun to see what people come up with. Are you competing?
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med_kitty
Oct. 25th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I am looking forward to writing in it. I will miss your posts. =( But I understand. *huggles*
alycewilson
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
Thanks. It's good to see you're getting back in the game. I hope you stick around longer this year.
fourzoas
Oct. 26th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
I entirely understand why you're sitting this one out--I've been vacillating for a couple of days, but finally decided to jump back in.
alycewilson
Oct. 26th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Good luck! I look forward to reading your entries.
jenandbronze
Oct. 26th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
I know, I've disappeared far too long... did you have baby?! I guess I gotta find the tags and read up on it. I am not neglecting my FList as long as I did this year, stoopid me! I look forward to your comments as I write my entries in LJ Idol.
alycewilson
Oct. 26th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
I know! I've been wondering what happened to you and hoping it was just that you got busy. To read about the baby, look for the "Kung Fu Panda" tags. That's his nickname on my LJ.

The other major news in my life, sadly, is that my doggie, Una, passed away on Friday. She had cancer all throughout her liver and spleen, but we only got the final diagnosis on Tuesday.

I hope you do well in the competition. I'll be sure to read your entries.
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java_fiend
Oct. 26th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwww... I'm sad to see you won't be competing this season. :-( Though, with everything on your plate it's understandable.
alycewilson
Oct. 26th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I do intend to follow along as much as possible, and post home-game entries. They are great writing prompts!
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