Alternate Universe City


State of the AUnion

Season 1, Ep. 9

In today's "Telly" episode, Rey and V (#ReyVee) discuss The Road So Far and what we've learned (collectively) from our FAFO journey. What's next for this intrepid ship? How will we FA to FO next? Tune in to learn along, and stick around for the friendship, the puns, and the gleefully unbridled monsterf**kery! Welcome to the #RayVeeVerse. Let's get weird.

CWs & Ds: SPOILERS for IRL Nancy Drew season 3 finale, mentions of mucus, fanfic solicitation, potential ulterior motives, myriad West Coast "likes", FAFO filler episodes, VAGUE SPOILERS for how AU Nancy Drew might end in a chaos gremlin world, we go off the rails so you don't have to, etc. Please feel free to email your thoughts, concerns, or professions of eternal adoration to, as always!

References & HomeFAFO Fodder:

  • The Nutshell Technique by Jill Chamberlain -
  • Writing through the Soggy, Infuriating, Anxiety-Inducing Middle by Heather Webb -

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

Fictional Parents and the Origin of Issues

Season 1, Ep. 11
Daddy? Sorry. Mommy? Sorry. Uncle? ...Okay, now you've made it weird.In this "Telly" episode, Rey and V discuss how imaginary parental units (whether present or absentee) impact a character's development, from their decision-making style, to how they respond to traumatic events, and so forth. Using our favorite fictional parents (and a handful of "other" parent-like figures, including but not limited to: father figures, Chosen One Mentors, adopted parents, and grandparents) as good, bad, and plot-neutral examples, we explore the chicken/egg phenomenon of parenting characters through their many fictional adventures. If you squint really hard, listening to this episode maybe kind of counts as therapy? (We are not qualified to say for sure.)BONUS: A glitter-cannon-style info dump of galaxy brain proportions with a FUN NEW TOOL to help storytellers put their scenes in order either before, during, or after writing them. (Or all of the above, should you choose to fully embrace the chaos.) Spoiler alert: this episode gets particularly messy, in multiple ways. CWs for mentions of the following topics: character trauma, trickle down trauma aka generational trauma, projection, Gilmore Girls, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nancy Drew (naturally), Stranger Things, Supernatural, the enduring hotness of Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci Supremacy, and many, many "daddy issues."Random Episode References:Where to stream whatever show you're trying to find lately? https://www.justwatch.comIn case you haven't heard... "'Gilmore Girls' turns 20: What I learned re-watching the beloved series as an adult" (op-ed by Kelly Lawler in USA Today) - you SEEN Melissa McCall?
Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Pure FAFO Show

Season 1, Ep. 10
In this "Showy" (and a little bit telly, if we're honest) episode, Rey and V collude in real time (AU time?) to show how pacing of major plot events and character milestones can be broken down and organized in a more neurodivergent-friendly fashion than the traditional "start to finish" plotting process.Using theoretical future episodes and examples from our existing AU Nancy Drew Season 4, we'll show you how to workshop a Big Picture Plot with many moving parts, in a way that prioritizes your agendas, story mission, and goals--especially if these are things you're sharing with another creator.Follow along and use your own IPs for practice, as we FAFO our way to the AU City Season One (and also maybe our AU Nancy Drew Season 4 sample story's) finish line!Homework / References (fun exercises to try, books to check out, etc.)The Nutshell Technique by Jill Chamberlain - ND Series Wikipedia: Series Wiki - MasterClass: How to Master Narrative Pacing David Lynch MasterClass (Rey Mentioned) - Rock Your Plot by Cathy Yardley - TV Tropes Database - Writing Classes -