Workshop Episode 16 (Guest Host: Paul Elard Cooley)

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 16, with Paul E. Cooley and Christopher WrightPaul Elard Cooley – acknowledged Fiendmaster and purveyor of dark psychological¬† and paranormal horror tales (not to mention the despicable things he does to Muppets) – settles in at the dark end of the Roundtable to workshop a tale by writer and webcomic creator Christoper Wright. Chris brings us a civilized murder mystery set in a rich and complex world fraught with political struggle, mad gods, and strange magics. There’s a lot to talk about, including handling info dumps, the nature of “serious” characters, and dealing with HUGE frickin’ worlds in a story. (you can also check out Paul’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 16 (Guest Host: Paul Elard Cooley)

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On Paul’s Plate…

  • Garaaga’s Children: “Ancients”
    • 2 more stories “Scrolls” and “Ama”
    • Podcasting those two
    • Ancients Hardcover (which will include an un-podcasted story!)
  • Special Project for Dark Overlord Media (shhh…)

Answers to questions like:

  • Did you know before hand what the links between your stories would be?
  • Is “Fiendmaster” a legal title or simply a nom de plume?
  • What pen name will you use for your pulpy romance line of stories?

Christoper Wright’s Cool Stuff…

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Comments (2)

It’s probably bad form to be the first person to comment on your own podcast, but as I lack social graces in general I don’t care. I had a blast on this thing and despite the fact that I now feel compelled to rework a few big elements of my story (aaaaaaaaaaaa) it’s definitely going to be worth it.

Also, I’m pretty sure “Come on now, Dave. The first three victims are women” takes the prize as the funniest line in any RTP broadcast to date.

If we are talking about a murder mystery with religious and political overtones then It doesn’t get much better than “Name of the Rose” by Umberto Eco. I realize that you are telling a different story, but there are similarities. The Warlock Hunter from the Capitol, seems to say Inquisitor quite clearly to me.

When you say “murder mystery” please make it a “whodunnit” style mystery, where we don’t just care how it was done, we are trying to figure out who.

I also do not think we need animosity between our main character and his partner. The Warlock Hunter will be a major source of animosity.

As to why the main character is serious (which I think is a good question) I thought it’s because he is an outsider. This city is not his culture, he is a “barbarian foreigner”. He would be serious because nobody likes it when the “token Norther” gets sarcastic.

Including library research. Partners split up: main character does legwork while partner goes to the library, we follow main character. They meet up later to compare notes. Next day they switch partner does legwork and main character does research. This time we follow partner’s POV. They meet up later and compare notes. Research is done “offscreen”. The only reason to follow a character doing research is if they encounter a suspect in the library, or if they are attacked while doing research (or both).

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