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Nov. 9th, 2016 04:54 pm
deza: (Secret master librarians)
[personal profile] deza
I really didn't think there would be a Season 10 for LJ Idol. I am so, so glad there is! I know it mostly seems like just silly scribbles from the outside, but writing for LJI has helped me so much over the years. It's been my confessional, the safe space for analyzing the dissolution of relationships, and where I came to terms with discovering my disability. The people involved have helped me stay sane(ish) through years of utter hell and through some of my greatest joys. I can't thank y'all enough for being there for me, whether I needed a cheering section or a swift kick in the pants.

So, for those who don't know or remember me -- hi. I'm Marna. I am a newlywed, a librarian, a grandmother, a witch, a gamer chick and a certified nerd. Right now, I'm between jobs and looking, so that is taking a lot of the extra processing space in my brain. But hey, I can write in between job applications! Honestly, with things being what they are I'm putting in some applications in countries other than the US. I have a feeling I'm not the only one doing so today.

Momentous events since the last time I wrote for LJI:
  • I GOT MARRIED! In June I married a guy that I've been in love with for 18 years. He's the father of my 17 year old daughter, and the man I should have married back then (and I'm sure the explanation of why that didn't happen will be a future LJI entry). After just over 2 years together and 5 months married, we're still remarkably cute and sappy together. Be careful or you may get cavities.
  • Gained and lost a few jobs. The latest loss was rather traumatic, so there's sure to be more on that later.
  • Moved around a bit. Right now, I'm just outside of Atlanta, GA, staying with my in-laws while waiting to see where the next employment adventure will take us.
  • I lost custody of my son. My daughter had moved in with my ex-husband about a year and a half ago. This past summer, he got her to lie in court and had me ruled an unfit mother. Yep, there's trauma to spare to work through this season.

The long and the short of it is, it's been one hell of a ride. Some days I want off; most days I just hang on tight.

The Real LJ Idol is a combination of writing competition, reality tv show elimination contest, and wild roller coaster. I'll be writing entries roughly once a week or so until eliminated, so don't be surprised if I beg for votes to stay in the game!

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Date: 2016-11-09 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deza.livejournal.com
Hey there! I've missed you. *hugs*

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Date: 2016-11-09 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vortex.livejournal.com
Welcome back, it's good to hear from you!

OMG!
Your daughter is 17 already?!?!
How old was she when we went to the movies that one time?

Sorry to hear your ex used/is using your kids against you :(...

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Date: 2016-11-10 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marley-station.livejournal.com
Custody stuff sucks, even when you win. Welcome back, and congrats on the marriage!

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Date: 2016-11-10 08:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] favoritebean.livejournal.com
Congratulations on getting married! I'm sorry about the custody loss. That sucks.

Welcome back to Idol!

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Date: 2016-11-10 11:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vortex.livejournal.com
p.s.
Congratulations on getting married!
If you both work at it, I'm sure it will be long lasting, comforting and enjoyable.

I forgot to add that to my previous comment...

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Date: 2016-11-10 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternal-ot.livejournal.com
Hey! Good to see you back :) Congratulations for the marriage. Lot of things have happened since last season. *Hugs*

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Date: 2016-11-10 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baxaphobia.livejournal.com
You certainly have been through a lot since we've last been in touch! So happy about your marriage! Sorry about the loss of custody. That must have been devestating. Good luck this season and I look forward to catching up!

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Date: 2016-11-10 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostin-thestars.livejournal.com
So happy to see you back!!

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Date: 2016-11-10 07:48 pm (UTC)
jake67jake: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jake67jake
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt on the custody thing. My condolences to you.

Congrats on new marriage and that you successfully stay newlyweds forever.

Good luck to you.

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Date: 2016-11-11 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xlovebecomesher.livejournal.com
I'm really happy that there is a season 10 too!

Congrats on the marriage!

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Date: 2016-11-12 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rayaso.livejournal.com
Welcome back! You have been through a lot, but focusing on the positive, congratulations on your marriage! I am sorry to hear about the negative, and I hope writing for Idol helps in some small way.

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Date: 2016-11-13 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilmissmagic71.livejournal.com
Good to read you again, congrats, I'm sorry and i'll be looking forward to reading more!

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Date: 2016-11-15 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] banana-galaxy.livejournal.com
I like the combination of grandmother and gamer chick. I wonder how many women can say they're both.

I'm certainly curious to hear the story of why you didn't marry your now-husband all those years ago, and also how you reconnected. The custody story sounds troubling. :(

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Date: 2016-11-15 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] majesticarky.livejournal.com
Oh dear... sounds like a lot of bittersweet times... Hope you work things out with your kids and still get to have a good relationship with the ones you don't have custody of. Congrats on the recent marriage, sounds like it's been a long time coming!

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Date: 2016-11-15 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
The marriage is great news, but the rest sounds like a very tough time. :(

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Date: 2016-11-17 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nelly95534.livejournal.com
So for those who don't know or remember me -- hi I'm Marna I am a newlywed a librarian a grandmother

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Date: 2016-11-17 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murielle.livejournal.com
I am so sorry about the situation with your children. I can only imagine how painful it is for you. I'm not sure if we've met on Idol before or not, but in any case it's nice to see you playing season ten.

Best of luck!

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Date: 2016-11-17 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfden.livejournal.com
I have a 17 year old daughter also.

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Date: 2016-11-17 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
So glad you're back! I've been following your ups and downs on Facebook but didn't realize the man you married was the father of your daughter. Extra cool!
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