Happy holidays, everyone! I’m delighted to present the first of a series of podcasts devoted to your questions and comments in response to ASF’s 15th anniversary and the end of our marathon fourth season.
Originally this was supposed to be a one-part thing, but… well, you know me. And it’s your own darn fault for asking such great questions and making so many useful and interesting critiques and observations. It would’ve been churlish for me to just toss ’em off with a one-liner or two.
And as I mention in the podcast, I really really did try to answer all questions at once. That episode rehearsal took nearly 4 hours. I mean, seriously. As enthralled as I’m sure you’ll all be by my voice, I couldn’t possibly hope to captivate you that much.
So this time around, I take a more general overview of life in Schuyler Falls and behind the scenes. I start by reminiscing about how life was back in when dinosaurs still roamed the earth and ASF was about to premiere.
Next I thank someone who’s been too little recognized for her contributions to ASF. Well, not by me, I hope, but I don’t think ASF’s readers realize just how much this serial is the product of a partnership, particularly during its creation and formative years.
Then it’s time for some statistics… and what daunting ones they are! Can you guess how many words you’ve read if you’re one of the intrepid folks who’ve read all episodes from #1.01 (“Last Call”) to #4.63 (“Torn Asunder”)? You’ll be shocked! I know I was.
And then it’s time for the firing line, starting with some pointed observations from longtime reader Dana, who marveled at the absurdity of Season One and how unwieldy ASF can be at times. Then a chance for me to preen and then plea for mercy thanks to Dallas, who asked for some highs… followed by the lows, alas! Finally it’s back to Dana for her question, which was simply: Why the heck is ASF still around? (Okay, okay, she asked it more nicely than that — she wanted to know what’s kept me working on ASF for so long.)
For those interested in the sites I mentioned in this podcast:
- EpiGuide: Webfiction and Webserial Community
- The EpiGuide EpiCasts, Podcasts about Serial Fiction, Webseries and Web Entertainment
- Footprints, a webserial by Michael
- One Day at a Time, a webserial by Dallas
Hopefully I haven’t forgotten anything. Oh! The theme music is, of course, ASF’s own theme (from 2001 – 2012), “Hell’s Bells,” by Dennis M. Reed. Which I’m sure you’ve all heard by now since it’s part of our opening trailer.
Enjoy! And please pardon my nervousness. ‘Tis my first solo effort.