Archive for: ‘April 2012’

Master Procrastination and the Disciplinary Imperative

April 28, 2012 Posted by Brion Humphrey

Writing...writing...research...Tacos!

“If we let too much time to lapse, the thread will snap and getting back to it later will cause the flow of our writing to become stilted and disjointed.”

I’ll get to it later.

I have to spend time with my wife /family /friend /posse /dog /herd of rabid monkeys or they’ll hate me.

I write best at night, so right now I’ll just do research (watch TV).

I’m hungry, let me just eat a sandwich first…or a taco…or a sandwich AND a taco.

I’m currently 63,000 words into my second novel attempt.  Sounds fairly impressive, but I’ve been at 63,000 words for the last six weeks.  Sure, I’ve written two short stories, a couple blog entries, participated in recording ten-or-so Roundtable episodes(my favorite distraction besides my wife), taught, graded papers and lesson-planned for about 60 hours a week, etc., etc., and on, and on.  A lot like you! But is all of that really keeping me from writing my book?  Yes.  Because I let it.

We all are experts at wasting time, and the successful few have learned to at least minimize the bastard! We’ve all heard and read countless papers and pamphlets and programs on how to beat down the maniacal villain known as Master Procrastination.  That is not what this post is going to do.

Instead, it’s important to look at why we need to get our butts in seats and get to work and leave the hot pocket (or two) in the freezer. (more…)

20 Minutes with Mur Lafferty

April 27, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Literary Alchemist: Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty has a book coming out, a Not-A-Hugo award nomination (trans. the prestigious John W. Campbell Award) is editing Escape Pod and Angry Robot Books Worldbuilder Project and continues to produce the exceptional “I Should Be Writing” podcast and she STILL managed to swing by the Roundtable Skype line.  We’re glad she did (and you will be, too) as Mur discusses her experiences with depression, her current challenges as a writer, why she writes specfic, and more (and don’t miss Mur’s Workshop Episode)

PROMO: Journey Into (http://journeyintopodcast.blogspot.com/)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Mur Lafferty

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Literary Alchemist: Mur Lafferty

April 26, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Literary Alchemist: Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty

Showcase: 20 Minutes with Mur Lafferty

Workshop: Workshop Episode 9 (Guest Host: Mur Lafferty)

Website/Blog: http://www.murlafferty.com

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From Mur’s Website…

“I am a writer, podcast producer, gamer, geek, and martial artist. I also make a mean martini. My books include Playing For Keeps, Nanovor: Hacked!, Marco and the Red Granny, and The Afterlife Series. My podcasts are many, currently I’m the editor of Escape Pod magazine, the host of I Should Be Writing, and the host of the Angry Robot Books Podcast. I write a column for the gaming magazine Knights of the Dinner table, and in the past I’ve written for Games Quarterly, Suicide Girls, and Anime Insider. (more…)

Actors Write Better Characters

April 26, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

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“There is no one better equipped to build rich authentic characters than someone who has actually “lived” (for a few hours) as someone else.

 

The best characters in our stories are living breathing people.  They are unique individuals that speak and act authentically as the tale unfolds around and through them.  You can’t learn how to write characters like that from a book… it takes years of practice and study to write honest characters.

Or you can become an actor… because we totally have it going on in the “character” department. Seriously, there is no one better equipped to build rich authentic characters than someone who has actually “lived” (for a few hours) as someone else. In order to appear authentic on stage, an actor has to be able to respond to cues and events AS THEIR CHARACTER.  If they don’t, the performance is flat and uninteresting.

Writers are striving for that same authenticity… and suffer the same consequences if they fall short of the mark.

So how do actors do it? (more…)

Workshop Episode 8 (Guest Host: Justin Macumber)

April 23, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 8, with Justin Macumber and Scott RocheJustin Macumber – author of Haywire, co-host of The Dead Robots’ Society and The Hollywood Outsider, writer of a diverse spectrum of intriguing speculative fiction – rejoins us for an awesome Workshop episode.  We are joined by Scott Roche, an accomplished author and podcaster in his own right, offering up a very cool YA superhero tale that generates an epic Roundtable Podcast discussion. (And Justin’s showcase episode is just as fabulous!)

 

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Workshop Episode 8 (Guest Host: Justin Macumber)

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20 Minutes with Justin Macumber

April 20, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Literary Alchemist: Justin Macumber

Justin Macumber

Justin Macumber - founder and host of the Dead Robots Society, host on the Hollywood Outsider podcast, and author of the newly released scifi novel “Haywire” – somehow finds a away to pull out of the literary fast-lane and join us for a delightful and informative session around the Roundtable.  Justin pursues what he loves with honesty and passion, and generously shares some of his mojo as we explore some of the big (and small) questions that all writers have. (and don’t miss Justin’s Workshop Episode)

PROMO: The Parsec Awards (http://www.parsecawards.com/)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Justin Macumber

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Workshop Episode 7 (Guest Host: P.G. Holyfield)

April 17, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 7, with P. G. Holyfield and Dan EaglesP. G. Holyfield – author of “Murder at Avedon Hill” (and the podiobook!), evil genius behind SpecFic Media, and curmudgeon of the “Beyond the Wall” podcast – finds a chair at The Roundtable and helps us workshop an epic story by Dan Eagles.  We’ve got extinction viruses, “infectants”, alien technology, and the Hadron Collider… does it GET any better than that?  I think not! (And don’t miss P. G.’s showcase episode!)

 

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Workshop Episode 7 (Guest Host: P. G. Holyfield)

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Literary Alchemist: Justin Macumber

April 15, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Literary Alchemist: Justin Macumber

Justin Macumber

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Justin Macumber

Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 8

Website/Blog: http://www.justinmacumber.com

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Justin.Macumber

Dead Robots Society (co-host): http://deadrobotssociety.com/

Hollywood Outsider (co-host): http://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/

I’m the author of HAYWIRE and the forthcoming A MINOR MAGIC. When not hard at work on my next story I host the popular Dead Robots’ Society podcast. I and my lovely wife live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex along with our motley pack of dogs and cats that we think of as our children. I’m also a co-host on The Hollywood Outsider, a weekly podcast about movies and television.

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20 Minutes with P. G. Holyfield

April 13, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Literary Alchemist: P.G. Holyfield

P.G. Holyfield

P.G. Holyfield is a walker of many worlds.  Author and podcaster (http://www.pgholyfield.com), blogger and web architect (http://specficmedia.com/), his experience spans across most conventional media (and some unconventional ones), so we were delighted when he agreed to join us at the Roundtable for a chat.  The topics of discussion for this showcase include worldbuilding, the relationship between plot and character, and the pitfalls of editing while you’re still writing.  (and don’t miss P.G.’s Workshop Episode airing April 17th)

 

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Workshop Episode 6 (Guest Host: Phillipa Ballantine)

April 10, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 6, with Phillipa Ballentine and Leatrice McKinneyPhillipa Ballantine – author, podcaster, and maven of amazement – takes time from her frightfully busy schedule to take a seat at the Roundtable for an unforgettable episode.  She’s joined by the talented and charming L. L. McKinney who offers up a fabulous story based on Lewis Carrol’s “Alice in Wonderland” (though Alice was never so badass).  The show went a little long but dang… with great hosts, awesome guests and an amazing story what are we supposed to do? (And hey… don’t miss Pip’s Showcase Episode either!)

 

PROMO: The Way of the Buffalo Podcasthttp://wayofthebuffalopodcast.blogspot.com/

Workshop Episode 6 (Guest Host: Phillipa Ballantine)

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