Episode Zero


In this “pre-episode” episode, Brion and I introduce ourselves and layout what the Roundtable Podcast actually IS.

 [NOTE: The legal segment of this episode is NOT ACCURATE.  We’ll be recording a follow up once we do more research]




Roundtable Podcast: Episode Zero
[warning: contains mature language]


Episode Content

Below are the time codes for the topics discussed in this episode

00:00 – 05:50 Introduction

00:58 What’s an Episode Zero?

1:17 Dave and Brion – connections and backgrounds

1:45 Rabbit Hole Radio Theatre / OpenStage Theatre (www.openstagetheatre.org)

2:30 When Brion met Dave…

3:18 Virtues of collaborative writing

4:18 The inspiration for The Roundtable Podcast

5:50 Goals and Objectives

7:25 Esteemed Guest Hosts

8:30 Brion’s Goals

10:10 Brion’s Book

11:05 Dave’s Goals

11:54 Dave and Brion’s Podosphere experiences (including www.pseudopod.org)

17:45 Looking forward to writers’ “Success Stories”

18:40 Leaning towards genre (fantasy, scifi, etc) but not exclusively

20:29 Show Format

20:48 Promos and Bumpers

22:30 Explicit warning

23:37 Potential for conflict

25:34 Legal stuff (we are NOT lawyers!)


We will follow up with accurate legal info in a later episode

31:46 Formal Launch Date – March 6th

33:29 Feedback is WELCOME!

34:45 Wrap up

35:58 Outro


Hey! You can check it out on iTunes, too!


About Author

Dave Robison has indulged in creative pursuits his entire life. His CV includes writing Curious George fan-fiction at the age of eight, improv theater at age ten, playing trumpet at age twelve, as well as a theater degree, creating magazine cover art, writing audio scripts, designing websites, creating board games, hosting mythological roundtables and generally savoring the sweet drought of expression in all its forms. His years of exploration give him a unique, informed, and eloquent perspective on the art of storytelling.


  1. As requested, here’s a post saying “Dude, you guys are totally wrong” on the copyright stuff–except for the bit about ideas being uncopyrightable.

    Anyone engaged in an Intellectual Property-related endeavor needs to have (and read) a copy of NOLO Press’s “The Copyright Handbook,” and I’ll be delighted to talk about things when I come on the ‘cast (thanks for the kind invite, David!). For those interested, Passive Guy (a literary lawyer) just covered some of the basics of copyright on his blog. YOu can find the post here: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/01/2012/do-you-hold-e-rights-to-your-traditionally-published-book/

    This project sounds like a lot of fun–loved the whole episode except for the copyright part, which had me wincing big time 😉

    Looking forward to watching the project unfold!

    • Thanks, Dan. We both realized we were under-prepared for that section and we appreciate the helpful nod to the resources (before we alienated anyone or ended up serving long jail terms). 😉

      Brion, let’s do some research and post a page on the accurate legal terrain we’re dealing with.

      Looking forward to having you on the show, Dan!

  2. Efrain Villegas on

    Really enjoyed episode zero! Absolutely agree with Dave’s “Nothing-to-look-forward-to Tuesday,” idea. Had me laughing all throughout and look forward to episode one, on a Tuesday ahaha.

  3. Joshua M. Linley on

    Not only does this seem fun, but objective feedback is something that every budding author needs. Thanks for setting this up!

    • Glad to do it, Joshua! We’re as pumped as you are and looking forward to some great discussions, a lot of laughs , and at least one epiphany every three episodes.