Archive for: ‘August 2012’

20 Minutes with Rachel Swirsky

August 31, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Rachel Swirsky

Rachel Swirsky

Rachel Swirksy – nominated for the 2012 Hugo Award for her novelette “Fields of Gold” and Vice President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America – brings a wealth of insight and experience to this Showcase Episode. One of the (many) delights of this conversation is the unique perspective Rachel infuses it with… she understands her craft very precisely and articulates her insights with clarity and and honesty. We discuss the merits of short fiction, the hallmarks of writing with a clarity of voice, as well as exploring the qualities of the Clarion and Iowa Writer’s Workshops… and more! (and make sure you check out Rachel’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: The Dead Robots’ Society Podcast

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Rachel Swirsky

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Trends and Tropes of Our First 25 Episodes

August 29, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

statisticsFriends, this is just fabulous. Peter Ellis – whose name you may recognize from the many insightful comments he’s contributed to various posts – has indulged in some statistical research and presented us with an intriguing gift: A breakdown of the stories that we’ve workshopped!

With Brion and I having our heads “deep in the weeds” and focusing on individual episodes, we can’t always see the trends and cycles of the stories we’re engaging with each week. It’s enlightening to be provided with a birds-eye view of the genres, themes, and tropes that have been workshopped on the show.

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Workshop Episode 26 (Guest Host: Cherie Priest)

August 28, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 26, with Cherie Priest and Riley K. JamesCherie Priest, whose innovations breath vibrant life into every genre she turns her pen to, reclaims the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend her unique insights to this episode’s fabulous workshop. For this expedition in search of literary gold, we are joined by the charming and talented Riley J. Keith who shares a rich and intricate steampunk tale set in prohibition New Orleans. Her vision of intrigue, corruption, and betrayal in The Big Easy inspires some dynamic dialogue and everybody walks away some gold in their pockets. You can get some, too… just hit that play button! (and you know you gotta swing by and check out Cherie’s fabulous Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: Protecting Project Pulp Podcast

Workshop Episode 26 (Guest Host: Cherie Priest)

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20 Minutes with Cherie Priest

August 24, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest is a true Storyteller.  She’s an author (of course) who has blazed her own trail through so many genres of SpecFic – Steampunk, Horror, Alternate History, Southern Gothic, and Urban Fantasy – and has received professional accolades for her fiction (her novel “Boneshaker” has even been optioned as a motion picture). Beyond that, she is a singular personality who defies convention at every turn. Our conversation with her was not only delightful but glitters brightly with literary gold. (and be sure to stay tuned for her exceptional Workshop Episode airing August 28th!)

PROMO: The FlashPulp Podcast

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Cherie Priest

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Support “Pilgrimage” and Get Dave’s Voice!

August 22, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

"Pilgrimage" Kickstarter Campaign

“Pilgrimage” Kickstarter Campaign

UPDATE: The Project is FUNDED!  Well done EVERYONE for transforming a fabulous idea into a reality! The cool thing is, my offer outlined below still stands for a few more days… read on!

A couple weeks back, we had an interview with the talented Matt Selznick where we discussed his Kickstarter campaign to fund “Pilgrimage”, a sequel to Matt’s “Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era”. It was a great discussion and we learned a lot about Matt and how he does what he does.

Well, it’s two weeks later – only FIVE DAYS LEFT at the time of this writing – and he is SO CLOSE to bringing it home. A lot of people have stepped up to throw in their own amazing incentives to help make this project happen:

Scott Roche and Justin Macumber (both Roundtable veterans from Workshop Episode 8) have stepped up and offered FREE BOOKS & STORIES of their own as additional donation incentives.

P. G. Holyfield (Another RTP Guest Host from Workshop Episode 7) is offering to write a sequel to his own Sovereign Era story that appeared in the anthology “Sovereign Era: Year One” for the a pledge of $50!

This kind of support is inspiring and we would be remiss if we didn’t step up as well. So here’s the deal:

If you increase your existing donation by $10 – OR – Donate $50I’ll narrate any story you want up to 3000 words!

If you increase your existing donation by $20 – OR – Donate $100I’ll narrate any story you want up to 7000 words

AND if you increase your existing donation by $50 – OR – Donate $200I’ll narrate any story you want up to 14,000 words

That’s right… this rich baritone, full of gravitas, and inflected with the skill of a seasoned vocal warrior can be yours for a paltry sum.

What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking! Reserve your story narration now! Go to Matt’s Kickstarter Site now and boost or make your donation!

Workshop Episode 25 (Guest Host: Antonio del Drago)

August 21, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 25, with Antonio del Drago and Marc ValeAntonio del Drago – Doctor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, swordsman, author and evil genius behind the fabulous MythicScribes.com online writing community – return to the Roundtable to workshop a tale of vigilante vengeance offered up by Marc Vale. The conversation starts of tentatively, but as we explore deeper, each of us discovers some truly intriguing threads to the story that end up creating a golden weave of awesomeness. (and you can continue your quest for writerly goodness with Antonio’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: The Full-Cast Podcast

Workshop Episode 25 (Guest Host: Antonio del Drago)

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20 Minutes with Antonio del Drago

August 17, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Antonio del Drago

Antonio del Drago

Antonio del Drago brings SO much awesomeness to the table. He is, of course an author (and wait ’til you hear what he’s writing now), but he’s also a skilled fencer and has a PhD in Philosophy and Religious Studies. He’s ALSO the founder and editor of the fabulous MythicScribes.com on-line fantasy writing community. This broad spectrum of experience gives him a rich perspective on… well… everything, but specifically on the craft and process of writing. We explore those perspectives with great delight in this episode, so by all means, join us! (and check out Tony’s Workshop Episode airing August 21st! )

PROMO: Supervillain Corner Podcast

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Antonio del Drago

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Workshop Episode 24 (Guest Host: Andrew Mayne)

August 14, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 24, with Andrew Mayne and Ben Delano Andrew Mayne – who’s diverse creative enterprises include Master Stage Magician, Media Producer, Podcaster, and Author of Fabulous Tales –  returns to the Roundtable to work his magic (ba dum dum) on a story workshop. This week, we are joined by Ben Delano (of the Reader/Writer podcast) presenting a tale of super powered heroes in the old west. It’s a fascinating mashup and everyone gets down to business in true Roundtable style. There’s (literary) gold in them thar hills, and by gum we’re gonna find it! (and for more literary gold, make the scene at Andrew’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: Tales of the Black Guard Anthology
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Workshop Episode 24 (Guest Host: Andrew Mayne)

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20 Minutes with Andrew Mayne

August 10, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne has pursued his interests (including professional stage magic and movie production) with tireless passion, achieving not only prestige but also mastery of a wide range of creative and technical endeavors.  He applies the wisdom and insight from those diverse creative pursuits to his passion for writing, giving him a unique perspective of the storytelling craft. There were several “oh wow” moments to be had for both Brion and I and I’m betting you’ll find a few, too. Tune in and enjoy while Andrew shines a light into places you may not have considered about the writing craft. (and then continue the delight by checking out Andrew’s Workshop Episode! )

PROMO: “Twixt Heaven and Hell” by Tristan Gregory

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Andrew Mayne

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On a “Pilgrimage” with Matthew Wayne Selznick

August 8, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick has been making marvelous things for a long time… and he’s gotten quite good at it.  Whether it’s music, podcasts, texts, or novels, his creative innovation and authenticity  shines through in each endeavor.

Now, Matt is producing a sequel to his remarkable tale “Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era” and he needs your help. The sequel is titled “Pilgrimage” and, in order to cover the costs of producing it, Matt has launched a Kickstarter campaign.

We invited Matt to join us and discuss “Pilgrimage” and the Kickstarter project, but you know us… we can’t just talk about one thing.  We delve into Matt’s creative process, his perspective on super-hero culture, and the greatest asset a writer can cultivate. It’s a fabulous discussion and it’s just a mouse-click away!

On a “Pilgrimage” with Matthew Wayne Selznick

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