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LJ Idol Exhibit B: Week 13 Voting Recs

Now that I'm no longer in the competition, I feel comfortable sharing my recommended reading/voting list for the Top 10. They are all, of course, awesome in their own way, but my personal favorites were:'

favoritebean, who used the same topic as I did for my home-game entry, "Glitter Afternoon Post" and turned it into a compelling fantasy story with strong historical underpinnings.

halfshellvenus, who sends two young women into a cemetery with a Ouija board... and an ending that might surprise you.

kathrynrose, who gives us a glimpse of one aspect of the afterlife, through an angel in training.

lrig_rorrim, who takes an unexpected turn on a fairy tale.

porn_this_way, whose candid, witty recounting of a poisonous Internet friendship is perhaps the best rant I've ever read.

the_lettersea, whose tale about the cyclical workings of destiny reads like a Greek myth.

Please take a moment to read and vote! Two are eliminated this week.



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Aug. 24th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
This inspired my own mini rant. Forgive me.
The second to last post reminds me of so many people I've known, both in fandom and IRL, though Iago (my name for people like that)) took it further than these people did. I even had people on my flist who'd turn completely innocent posts into horrible shit that I had the nerve to say. For a while half my posts were "I'm so sorry, I can't believe I said it that way, I know I'm terrible", to the point where my other friends basically had to explain to me that I hadn't done anything wrong. Looking back, I have no idea why it took me so long to just weed people like that out. And I also was in a group of online friends where we had not one but two Iagos, one of whom I'm convinced helped push my friend over the edge. I don't think that was all of it, a LOT of crap went down in her life all at once, but Iago definitely played a part. :/

In hindsight, I think the best thing to do is ask yourself if a friend - or someone who even just respects you - would react a certain way. When I got mad at two close friends, the first thing they did? Ask me if I was okay. It wasn't about their personal validation, it wasn't about blaming me for being a crappy person and how dare I breathe the same air as them, it was about me being upset and them needing to understand why. That's friendship.

Edited at 2013-08-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
Aug. 25th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: This inspired my own mini rant. Forgive me.
Exactly! My whole attitude towards how I deal with interpersonal relationships was shaped partly by a yoga instructor I had about a decade ago. He taught us that there was no shame in walking away from negative people. I've taken that further to reach the point where, if a certain relationship causes me grief (and you're not a family member or someone to whom I'm inextricably tied), I just walk away from that relationship.

I like the term "Iago" to describe those "griefers." It speaks remarkably well to their practices and motivations. They tend to be people seeking power, and the way they gain personal power if through manipulating friends and confidants.
Aug. 24th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the rec!
Aug. 25th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. You deserve it. I can't fathom why you're not getting more votes.
Aug. 25th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I wonder if people don't realize how challenging it is to write solid humor? It takes actual work, but is often overlooked. :(
Aug. 24th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the rec!
Aug. 25th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I really enjoyed reading it.
Aug. 25th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the rec, and for the encouraging words. (Encouraging me is usually a dangerous thing, but you knew that already :P )
Aug. 25th, 2013 05:23 pm (UTC)
LOL That's OK. I'll take the risk; it's worth it for the results. You get major props from me by going for comedy nearly every week and still writing some of the most insightful, probing and downright DEEP entries in this competition. In a contest that more and more favors fiction, I tip my hat to you!
Aug. 25th, 2013 08:30 am (UTC)
I was without electricity today (yay, exploding transformers on a hot summer day), so I just now saw this.

Thank you for the recommendation. I really appreciate it, and I'm glad you enjoyed the piece.

Aug. 25th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I hope it makes a difference. I'll try to share the link again tomorrow when people are paying more attention to teh Internets.
Aug. 25th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the shout out! I'm in some very fine company this week! :)
Aug. 25th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
You are, indeed! And rising to the top, as you most definitely deserve.
Aug. 26th, 2013 11:54 pm (UTC)
I admit, I've done 0 advertising on my friends' lists (any of them), so seeing anyone publicly voice support like this makes me feel so relieved about resisting the urge to go stump to stump on the campaign trail. So really, heart-felt-fully, thank you for the recommendation and the nod. :-)
Aug. 27th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
You're very welcome. I loved your piece and wanted to do what I could to see it get some support.
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