15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF’s Anniversary Podcast, Part 1
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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.
Many thanks to everyone who asked stuff and rest assured I will get to all of your submissions! Please let me know what you think here or on the ASF Forum or on the Mailing List or just via email.
Enjoy! And please pardon my nervousness. ‘Tis my first solo effort.
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About Kira Lerner
I'm the co-creator and writer of the webserial About Schuyler Falls, as well as other works filled with suspense, romance, rich characterization, and a dash of (usually dark) humor. My published novels are Fierce Moon, Night Wolf, Tropical Treasure and Seduction Games, with two upcoming book series in progress: a YA fantasy quintet and a trilogy of paranormal romantic suspense novels. I'm also a developmental editor, copy editor/writer, and web designer; I administer the EpiGuide community for webfiction and webseries, co-host the EpiCast podcast focusing on serialized webfiction (available on iTunes and Stitcher), and run WeSeWriMo, the annual writing marathon for web-based serials.
Well, now that I *know* you addressed my question in part I I have to make time to listen to the podcast :). But I’m saving it for a rainy day, like a box of fine chocolate. After all, we still have to wait some time for the next season, and I want to be able to do something ASF-related in the meantime ;).
BTW the responsiveness looks OK to me this far.
Oh, and a Happy New Year!!
Happy New Year to you too, Dana! Ooh I’m glad the layout adapts well for you. Thanks for letting me know.
Your email gets a lot of airtime so you should savor it. 🙂 You had a lot of interesting things to say and I respond not just to your question, but to a couple of your constructive criticisms as well. (Of course you had many lovely compliments too, for which I’m grateful, but hey, they’re not as much fun to talk about! Hence the “Kira wears a hairshirt” tag.) There’ll be at least two more podcasts coming, so those will also help tide you over, I hope.
Thanks again for writing and sending your good wishes for the new year. Happiness and good health to you and your family for 2013!