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32 – Multiple Perspectives (Guest: TK17)

Daystar and Alexander are joined by special guest Duncan Sabien (TK17) to discuss multiple perspectives in fiction, including common pitfalls and benefits.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

Special guest: Duncan Sabien, aka TK17, Curriculum Director at CFAR and writer of Animorphs: The Reckoning.

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Time Stamps

1:30 Archetypes vs Whole Characters

5:34 Choosing Who Gets what Scene

14:45 Shifting Focus and Disorientation

25:06 Different Character Dialogue

35:30 Differentiating Characters

Links

Animorphs: The Reckoning by Duncan/TK17

Metropolitan Man by Alexander Wales

Shadows of the Limelight by Alexander Wales

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Magic Color Wheel

Odyssey by Vance Moore

Daystar’s friends as magic cards, circa 2012:

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60 – Animorphs: The Reckoning (Guest: TK17/Duncan Sabien)

Today we’re joined once again by Duncan Sabien, aka TK17, to discuss his incredible rationalfic, Animorphs: The Reckoning. It was recorded shortly after the story finished and includes questions on not just his writing process, but the various decisions that went into changes made from canon, so spoilers ahead!

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Links:

Duncan’s “How the MTG Color Wheel Explains Humanity”

Animorphs: The Reckoning AMA

Duncan’s Previous Guest Appearance

56 – Race in Fiction

Daystar and Alexander discuss race in fiction, or rather, ethnicity, and how it informs characters and is addressed by different types of stories.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Timestamps

03:38 Race as a Social Construct

14:20 Approaches to Race in Fiction

22:30 Black Superman

32:55 How Race Informs Character

48:01 Literal Racism

56:48 Research

53 – Horror

Daystar and Alexander discuss horror in fiction, and the unique challenges and opportunities that come with rational horror.
 
Co-hosted by Alexander Wales
 
With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected
 
Timestamps
0:37 What Do You Find Scary in Fiction?
 
7:42 Rational Horror
 
22:50 Horror vs Thriller
 
31:00 Strengths of Prose Horror
 
Links

52 – Dropped Threads

Daystar and Alexander discuss dropped threads and side plots in stories, what tends to lead to them and how to manage them as you go.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Timestamps

2:34 Serial Fiction

9:32 What Ends Up on the Page

14:55 Side Plots

17:10 Serials

21:25 Why Threads Get Dropped

27:30 Story Shifts

37:30 Our Dropped Threads

44:28 Bonus Dropped Threads

51 – Character Flaws

Daystar and Alexander discuss character flaws; what makes for good ones, how to avoid Mary Sues, and why some flaws show up so often compared to others.

Co-hosted by Alexander Wales

With thanks to Tim Yarbrough for the Intro/Outro music, G.A.T.O Must Be Respected

Timestamps

0:35 Flaws As Conflict Generators

5:53 Mary Sues

15:23 Brought Low

23:14 Most Common Flaws

36:02 Rarest Flaws

Links

Twig by Wildbow

The Erogamer by Groon the Walker