(Stranded being the last Setting to be the theme of a month so when I wanted to talk about a setting, it seemed like a good one.)
1. Stranded is one of several settings to be spawned out of a single story- in this case, it was The Deep Inks, which if I remember correctly was a lot to do with me writing a convention I like of "people misunderstanding or pretending to misunderstand each other." And from there, it grew. Connections - it was always about connections to other people, right from the start.
2. Autumn has existed in one form or another in my head for longer than I can remember. Like Planners 'verse (and Cali), she's one of my old stories-to-entertain-myself - the one who drives around the country, selling art and making friends. Her fixing problems came later but I like it.
3. The idea of Autumn being a messenger - and Tattercoats, too - was something I'd like to play with again; it's been sort of a "avoiding the digital age surveillance by communicating super old-school." I think originally, Autumn was part of the Planners verse, and I think their original iteration had more reason to avoid the authorities. They were very hippy-inspired in the origin.
4. I know exactly where Autumn's booth is, except it's not in the right ren faire. That is, I picture it in the Sterling Ren Faire upstate NY, and it's not actually there.
5. Autumn's name was almost Clover. The fact that she was Autumn gave me her siblings.
6. Autumn lives in a lot of places I love - small towns and traveling, craft festivals and music festivals, camping out and small inns, that travel van (love that van). She lives in a lot of places I've visited, but I do try to never pin down exactly where her things are.
7. Summer goes to school sort of where I went to, too - at least, she was inspired by my time in the theater club in my first couple years of school.
8. I originally called this "Spaghetti Squash World."