Archive for: ‘May 2012’

A Special RTP Update: Guest Hosts and Writers, Accomplishments and News!

May 30, 2012 Posted by Brion Humphrey

 

Throughout the course of this podcast, Dave and I have been like a couple of escaped mental patients, stalking host after glorious host, strapping them down and forcing them to participate in an experiment that neither one of us believed would be as monumental, thrilling, or just plain fun as this ride has been.

Add to that our guest writers, who came aboard (often tentatively and for good reason) with the skeleton of a story draped across their outstretched arms, hoping, believing, and trusting us to conjure flesh to bone, blood to muscle, and breathe to life what would inevitably lead us all to that one thing we strive to achieve every week on our show: Literary Gold! 

But what happens after the microphones are unplugged and our guests, hosts and writers alike, fall into the dead air silence at the end of the episode?  Where do they go?  What do they do?  What awesomeness prevails beyond the Roundtable Podcast in the darkened writers’ studios and closet offices?

Well, now that I’ve mixed about every metaphor known to man, let’s find out.  It truly is an honor to have the time that we’ve had with the amazing people that have agreed to give up several hours of their busy lives to chew the fat with Dave and I, so here’s a quick update on some of the great people we’ve shared the mic with and a sampling of the awesomeness they’re radiating.

 

J. Daniel Sawyer  Seriously, does this guy ever sleep? (more…)

Episode Schedule: June 2012

May 30, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Things are heating up at the Roundtable in JUNE!

Workshop Episode 13 (Guest Hosts: Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield

May 29, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 13, with Rish Outfield, Big Anklevich, and Renee ChamblissHaving Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich – the mad geniuses behind the epic Dunesteef Audio Magazine - for our thirteenth episode turns out to be very lucky indeed.  Joining us at the Roundtable is the remarkable Renee Chambliss, she of the wonderful voice, the gifted pen, and the keen ear, who brings a wonderfully innovative idea for a comicbook hero to the Table for the discussion.  Origin stories, multimedia storytelling, and the nature of rats… all this and more awaits you… just hit that PLAY button (and do swing by to check out Big and Rish’s Showcase Episode!)

 

PROMO: Geek Radio Daily (http://www.geekradiodaily.com/)

Workshop Episode 13 (Guest Host: Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield)

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20 Minutes with Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield

May 25, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield

Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield

Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield have been producing amazing full cast audio fiction and even audio dramas for years on the Dunesteef podcast.  We’re here to tell ya, that requires a whole different skill set that combines an artist’s eye (and ear), highly technical skills, and gift for translating creative expression from a one format to a radically different one. With mad skills like that, you KNOW we had to get them on the show, and we so glad we did… and you will be, too. (and you gotta check out Big and Rish’s Workshop Episode because… well… it’s awesome)!

 

PROMO: Dead Robots’ Society (http://deadrobotssociety.com)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Big Anklevich and Rish Outfield

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Frankenstein’s Ideas: Working Multiple Stories

May 23, 2012 Posted by L. L. McKinney

This is my first guest blog post. Ever. I am both incredibly excited and nervous. Before diving into this, I want to thank Dave and Brion, the wonderful hosts here at the Roundtable Podcast, for not only inviting me to ramble on their website, but for the opportunity to brainstorm with some of the brightest minds in  podcasting.

If you have not signed up to take part in what is happening here, I highly recommend you do so. I enjoyed myself more than words can say, and left with plot ideas and possibilities that have since taken off radically. To quote a famous, though fictional, mad scientist, THEY’RE ALIVE! (more…)

Workshop Episode 12 (Guest Host: Lee Harris)

May 22, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 12, with Lee Harris and Kevin McLaughlinLee Harris – editor at Angry Robot Books and Chair of the British Fantasy Society -  returns to the Roundtable to discuss a sci-fi/romance presented by author and blogger Kevin O. McLaughlin.  Having two experienced literati on the show really kicked the discussion into high gear and we cover a lot of ground, exploring the logistics of moonbases and deadly plagues, romance in the depths of space, and ratcheting up the tension (and Lee’s Showcase Episode is out there, too! Just saying…)

 

PROMO: Balticon! (http://www.balticon.org/)

Workshop Episode 12 (Guest Host: Lee Harris)

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Hitting the Description Sweet Spot

May 21, 2012 Posted by Tristan Gregory

“Descriptive” is a common compliment for books. Perhaps too common – one of the usual downfalls of newer writers is the tendency to over-describe every aspect of their stories, from the characters to the setting to the teapot in the cupboard.

Characters should be described. So should setting. That teapot, though, probably doesn’t require the readers’ attention, and you should not be wasting your authorly breath on it. Too much description, even of vital elements of the story, bogs down your narration and leads the reader to start skipping entire sections of your story – assuming, that is, they don’t simply quit reading.

How much is too much? At what point do you go from “very descriptive” to “bloated and boring?” With writing, there are never any rules – only guidelines. The following are a couple of mine. (more…)

20 Minutes with Lee Harris

May 18, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Lee Harris

Lee Harris

 

We had hoped that Lee Harris - editor at Angry Robot Books, Chair of the British Fantasy Society, and evil genius behind the Hub Fiction E-Zine – would lend a bit of dignity to the Roundtable.  We were wrong, but in the most wonderful and delightful way imaginable.  While he shares generously of his broad experience and vital insights into the realm of genre fiction, it turns out that he’s a warm, funny, sometimes snarky, and always charming guy.  Who knew? (be sure to check out Lee’s Workshop Episode)!

 

PROMO: Tales from the Archives, vol II (http://www.ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com/tag/tales-from-the-archives/)

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Literary Alchemist: Lee Harris

May 17, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Lee Harris

Literary Alchemist: Lee Harris

 

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Lee Harris

Workshop Episode: Workshop Episode 12 (Guest Host: Lee Harris)

Website/Blog: www.angryrobotbooks.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/angryrobotbooks

Lee Harris is the editor with Angry Robot Books. A science fiction and fantasy publisher, based in the UK, but publishing worldwide, Angry Robot titles have won many awards, including the Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2011.

Lee also founded Hub Magazine – a monthly short fiction dead tree zine, which became a weekly online publication before half-collapsing at around issue 150.

He loves mince pies, but hates dried fruit, and no, he doesn’t understand that, either.

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Workshop Episode 11 (Guest Host: Tee Morris)

May 15, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 11, with Tee Morris and Hugh O'DonnellTee Morris – author, podcaster, and Renaissance Man of the New Millennium – takes the Roundtable by storm as we workshop a fantasy tale by the host and producer of The Way of the Buffalo podcast, Hugh O’Donnell.  The energy is high, the ideas are flyin’, and Tee shares a wealth of experience and insight regarding story pitches, characterization, romance (in fiction) and more.  Yup, it’s yet another not-to-be-missed workshop episode. (and check out Tee’s Showcase Episode, too!)

 

PROMO: The Hollywood Outsider (http://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/)

Workshop Episode 11 (Guest Host: Tee Morris)

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