15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF’s Anniversary Podcast, Part 2b (second installment)
And now for part 2 of my second podcast, with two thoughtful and juicy questions along with some digression (naturally enough).
Like yesterday’s installment, this half touches on some plotting dilemmas that occur when one is writing a serial like ASF, especially when said serial happens to take 11 years longer than expected to finish a bleedin’ season. I discuss a unique issue related to this time dilation problem thanks to a question from Michael, he of the wonderful webserial Footprints, who grabbed on to an offhand remark I made on the ASF forum and asks me to explain myself: which plot had to change as a result of the series now taking place in 2012/2013, rather than 2002 when the story was originally planned? Gulp. Cornered, I admit my shame. Well, partially. Y’see… spoilers are involved.
Next comes a question from Andy*, and here’s where I’m forced to get rather autobiographical. He asks the age-old question: which characters and situations, if any, are based on my real life? This touches on some deeper emotions for me because I chose to respond in a pretty honest way about the good, and the bad, influences in my life and ASF as well. The good stuff includes characters based on disparate people such as my oldest sister’s best friend, my dearest college friend’s father, and my own late pop as well, though this last is a bit of a mixed blessing. You’ll hear it all inside.
Along the way there’s a bit of a digression about some serials I’ve admired that, sadly, are no longer available on the web, and my own plans for ASF and whether it too will disappear one day, Keyser Sose-like: “And like that: poof!–he’s gone.”
Again, the theme music is ASF’s theme (from 2001 – 2012), “Hell’s Bells,” by Dennis M. Reed, as seen in our opening trailer. This may be one of the last times I use it, as I’m about to switch over. In twelve years I really should’ve come up with lyrics to this thing… the final three notes are so clearly perfect for the lyrics “…in Schuyler Falls” that I can’t believe I never sat down and wrote the rest. Ah well.
The next podcast will focus on the remaining questions, all of which have to do with writing, writer’s block, editing, and other backstagey stuff. Look for that soon! And thanks to Sara, Michael and Andy for your questions. Please let me know what you think here or on the ASF Forum or on the Mailing List or just via email.
* Erratum: I mentioned The Blackthornes when describing Andy’s own serial, but erroneously thought it ended in 2010. It actually ran from 2005-2011. Sorry about that!
Links mentioned in this podcast include:
Hope you’ll check them out!