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When I joined LJ Idol, I think I had a little case of recency bias. "I am currently very unoccupied, and will continue to be unoccupied for quite some time, and joining a long-term writing competition would therefore be a great idea," I thought. Not in those words, precisely, but you get the idea.

Well, I was wrong. I did not remain unoccupied. I have become very occupied with an archaeological dig, and starting next week (barring unfortunate circumstances) I will be starting another archaeological dig that involves a lengthy camping trip without internet access. Posting to LJ Idol will be quite impossible. I have therefore decided that rather than simply being obliterated by missing the next deadline, I will throw myself on the sacrificial altar.

When I joined LJ Idol, I think I actually had more than one case of recency bias. "Up to this point, I have been inexperienced in creative writing, and therefore I expect to get booted out quickly and remain inexperienced." I figured I might last 3 weeks if I got lucky. I actually lasted 6 weeks, not counting week 1 when votes were for practice. While that's nothing compared to those in the 100 week club, I consider it an achievement.

I've enjoyed the chance to play around with creative writing, and I appreciate what I've learned from the other writers in the community. So thanks everyone, and best of luck! Hopefully when I come back from my archaeology trip, I'll be able to tune back in to read and vote and maybe play the home game!


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Jun. 10th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Oh, :/ I'm not sure if I should be jealous of you for what sounds like it's going to be quite the adventure (I used to want to be an archeologist), or sad because you're dropping out and I will miss your stuff. You're an excellent writer and I hope you keep writing past Idol!
Jun. 10th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
I'll miss your writing, but it sounds like you are quite excited for your dig and I hope you enjoy it!
Jun. 10th, 2014 07:58 am (UTC)
Very sad to see you sacrifice. I've enjoyed your entries. That said, I look forward to your home game posts, and I hope the archaeological digs go well. How exciting!
Jun. 10th, 2014 08:50 am (UTC)
I has a happy for you and a sad for your time is over in LJI. It was delightful getting to share this with you.
Jun. 10th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)
Hope you enjoyed your time in LJ Idol, and have a great experience with your dig!
Jun. 10th, 2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
congrats on real life taking off that sounds awesome!
Jun. 10th, 2014 11:18 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I hope you have a great trip! I will miss you in the competition, but oh boy, do I understand real life getting in the way.
Jun. 11th, 2014 12:10 pm (UTC)
Actually could relate to the two reasons stated for joining LJ..mine were roundabout the same..."Darn" I am gonna miss reading you..coz it was FUN..but I guess you'll have more Fun digging places around..so Best wishes..:).nice knowing you and hoping you'd be back soon for second chance..Take care. (keep a written journal..would love to hear ab't your adventures..it does sound fascinating.)
Jun. 11th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
An archaeological dig sounds like a lot more fun than the internets, I hope that proves true.

Please do jump back in when you return, Gary keeps hinting at Second Chance possibilities so you may even be able to return to competition if you choose.
Jun. 12th, 2014 01:38 am (UTC)
Have fun! Maybe you'll be able to do Second Chance, when you get back. :)
Jun. 12th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your new adventure! You wrote some really interesting and fun reads, and I'm glad you were here as long as you could be!

Nov. 29th, 2014 03:12 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Nov. 29th, 2015 12:30 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
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