Day at a Time is a text based webserial that is much like a soap opera.
It takes place in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, which is located in
a mountain region of the USA. Below are a few regular questions that I
get asked. If you have any others, feel free to drop me a line!
Q: How did ODAAT begin?
One Day At A Time began in 1995. My brother Patrick and I always grew
up watching daytime drama's. I have been watching The Young and the Restless
for as long as I can remember. Growing up, we also watched Days of Our
Lives regularly. From time to time, we viewed Another World, Bold and
the Beautiful, General Hospital, One Life to Live, Passions and Sunset
Beach. We were heavily influenced by this community. Patrick had his own
series called Green Meadows. I wanted in on the action. We sort of acted
it out ourselves. I soon found it was hard to remember everything I had
done, so I started writing storylines. I wrote in the Soap Opera Digest
synopsis format. I started writing ODAAT in 1995. The storylines that
you are reading now, is what I wrote ... just tweaked a little bit.
You started publishing ODAAT in 2002 online. Why are there so few episodes
after 20 years?
I took a 5 year break. I never stopped caring or wanting to do ODAAT.
A comeback was planned numerous times. Life gets in the way sometimes.
You know? I was young, I just came out of the closet. I was in school,
I was working full time. I just didn't have the time to really put into
producing a quality serial. I am glad that I did take the time off.
I think my series is better than ever before.
Why do you have famous people as your 'cast'?
For image purposes only. Many people are visual people, I am very visual
myself. The images that I use are the best way for me to tell you what
my characters should look like. It is important to remember a couple
of things: the people in the photo are no way attached to my serial,
and they are really only for visual purposes! Just because I have 'Natasha'
being represented by Jessica Simpson does not mean that Natasha acts
or thinks like Jessica Simpson. It is who I think Natasha looks like,
that is all. This is a major reason I go outside of the daytime community
for my images. Many series stick strictly to daytime actors. I will
not confine myself or my series to that small, short set of people.
My series is beyond that; I like to break down barriers.
What is your inspiration?
I get inspiration from many things. Mostly, I think I just have a calling
for drama. Growing up watching daytime, it is very easy to get many
ideas in your head for a number of different dramatic storylines. You
watch and you see where a show goes with their storylines ... but all
the while you think of something that they could have done to make the
storyline better. I incorporate that into my storylines. I must say,
initially Days was a big influence for me. I think you can see it in
my early episodes with some crazier plotlines (Vinny and Natasha dying,
but coming back to life; Victoria's personalities; Robin have two half
sisters ... to name a few). Now, I really want ODAAT to be more classic
soap opera, more relationship based. I guess that steams from Y&R.
I would rather tell stories that are slowly crafted tales.
How long will ODAAT go on for?
There is no end date. In my writings that began in 1995, I wrote for
7 years. So I have 7 years worth of writing (keep in mind ... when I
was writing in the SOD format each piece of paper was a week's worth
of soap opera ... currently one piece of paper is one episode for me.
So I guess 7 and 52 weeks is how many episodes I have.) But when I stopped
writing, it could have continued. It will end when I am ready for it