15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF’s Anniversary Podcast, Part 2b (second installment)

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15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF's Anniversary Podcast, Episode #002b

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.
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15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF’s Anniversary Podcast, Part 2 (first installment)

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15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF's Anniversary Podcast, Episode #002aHello again, all! It’s podcast time again, and this month I’ve got a two-part podcast (did you really think I’d be anything but longwinded? Moi?) answering more questions from readers and announcing the winners of the ASF Fourth Season Survey contest!

The bulk of the episode (both parts — the second half will be posted on Jan 31) is devoted to questions related to how much I deviate from my plans, whether it’s due to reader feedback, external situations, or my own changing mind. In this first half, a multi-part question from Sara finds me ruminating on just how bad some of my initial instincts can be, why it’s important to be willing to change mid-storyline when I realize I’m making a big mistake, the weird way Ian and Danielle’s twisted relationship came about, and why Tristan nearly had an affair with–oops, no no no, that would be spoiling the podcast! 🙂 All in all you might be surprised to hear how certain major storylines could have ended up quite different from their final version… and thank heavens for all of us that they didn’t. Read more ›

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15 Years of Serial Fiction: ASF’s Anniversary Podcast, Part 1

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ASF Podcast Episode One: 15th Anniversary, pt. 1Happy 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. Read more ›

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Welcome to the new ASF “Backstage Pass” blog

Hi! I’ve decided to create a blog for episode commentaries (if I have any), any extra features such as articles about certain storylines, and any podcasts–in particular, the 15th anniversary podcast series I’ve created thanks to reader feedback and questions. I hope this will be an interesting experience and I won’t yammer on too much, but I am awfully wordy (as ASF readers know!) so let’s just keep our fingers crossed.

If there’s anything else you’d like to see on this blog, please let me know.  Oh!  One nice aspect of this blog is that it’s responsive–meaning that it should look great in any window size or screen resolution, including mobile devices. Give it a try and let me know if it’s working in whatever device or screen size you use!  (One way to test on a computer is just to narrow the window and see how everything shifts to accommodate the smaller width. Cool, huh?) Read more ›

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