Archive for: ‘November 2012’

20 Minutes with Bryan Thomas Schmidt

November 30, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Brian Thomas Schmidt

Brian Thomas Schmidt

Bryan Thomas Schmidt has lived life wide and tall and true. He has pursued so many forms of storytelling – from film to music to writing – that his combination of life experience and craft provide a unique and informed insight into the entire process. His passion, enthusiasm, and witty repartee made this 20(ish) minutes fly by as we explored his transition into writing, his process, and his perspective on SpecFic, and more! (and check out Bryan’s Workshop Episode too!)

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Workshop Episode 39 (Guest Host: Cecilia Tan)

November 27, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 39, with Cecilia Tan and Nobilis Reed Cecilia Tan – author, visionary, and activist who’s passions are as diverse as the literary works they inspire – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to infuse this Workshop episode with he unique and eloquent brand of literary awesomeness. We are joined by Guest Writer Nobilis Reed, a veteran author in his own right with a wealth of stories, podcasts, and audio adventures to his  name. His erotic noire steampunk fantasy (yeah, that’s right… a four-genre mash-up. One might say a veritable orgy of genres *rimshot*) inspires a vigorous discussion from all sides of the table, which leads – as always – to a mighty hoard of Literay Gold. (And, after you fill your pockets, there’s even more writerly goodness in Cecilia’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 39 (Guest Host: Cecilia Tan)

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20 Minutes with Cecilia Tan

November 23, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan

Cecilia Tan is a visionary author whose interests, passions, and achievements span a broad spectrum of experience. To say “she is best known for [something]” is a difficult sentence to complete for exactly that reason, but that is also what makes this 20(ish) minutes with her such a remarkable and inspiring conversation.  Join us as Ceclia discusses the application of spiritual divination to modern writing techniques, the value of fantasy and scifi to our culture, and the processes of engaging activity with your creative mojo. (and be sure to check out Cecilia’s Workshop Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 38 (Guest Host: Jerry Gordon)

November 20, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 38, with Jerry Gordon and Dan Scholes Jerry Gordon – editor of anthologies and author of tales (check his “Coming Up” section below for all his awesomeness) – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable for an epic story workshop. Guest Writer, Dan Scholes, brings a scifi tale of a distant culture dominated by nanites that infect every aspect of society. Dan’s story becomes the foundation of one our most intriguing and in-depth workshop episodes. You’ll be raking in the literary gold like autumn leaves, friends… just hit that “play” button. (and then, to continue the bountiful harvest of writerly goodness, check out Jerry’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: The Flash Pulp Podcast

Workshop Episode 38 (Guest Host: Jerry Gordon)

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The NaNoWriMo Project – Halfway There

November 19, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

Sounds like a Bon Jovi song, doesn’t it? Ooooo, we’re halfway there… 0000OOO, livin’ on a prayer! But these four NaNoWriMo-ers aren’t relying on prayers to reach that exalted finish line of 50,000 words (although we’re certainly prayin’, cheerin’, and rootin’ for them). With only a couple weeks left, they’re applying every ounce of discipline and dedication to reach their goal.

And the challenges before them are not insignificant. Real life doesn’t take a holiday for NaNoWriMo, and that includes day jobs, academic responsibilities (tests?!), professional responsibilities, extracurricular commitments, family duties, health issues, and technical difficulties! And don’t forget holidays (Thanksgiving isn’t canceled, after all) ! This is an epic journey for our writing team and we spoke to each of them (briefly) to see how they’re doing, find out what they’ve learned so far, and hear their plans for these last two weeks.

If you’re just joining us, check out our initial interview and workshop with all four creageous (creative and courageous) members of our NaNoWriMo Team:

 

The NaNoWriMo Project – Halfway There

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20 Minutes with Jerry Gordon

November 16, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Jerry Gordon: Literary Alchemist

Jerry Gordon

Jerry Gordon is an author and editor of short and long fiction. As an editor, his work with Maurice Broaddus in the creation of the “Dark Faith” and “Dark Faith: Invocations” anthologies have informed his knowledge and perspective on the craft and qualities of good storytelling.  Writing is own fiction – including the upcoming PRE-apocalyptic “Breaking the World” has further refined those sensibilities. This was an exceptional 20(ish) minutes where we explored the challenges of using known history in your stories, the weaving (not mashing) of genres, and the value of reviewing and critiquing other writer’s works (and be sure to check out Jerry’s Workshop Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 37 (Guest Host: Larry Santoro)

November 13, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 37, with Larry Santoro and Michael Bergonzi Larry Santoro – author of “Just North of Nowhere” and “Drink for the Thirst to Come” and host of the splendid “Tales to Terrify” podcast – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help Paul E. Cooley and myself workshop the tale of a hero’s journey through Hell offered up by Michael Bergonzi. Rogue angels, demon spawn, and the world after Revelations sends us all on a wild hunt for radical story lines and subverted reader expectations… and along the way we find some literary gold! (and once you’re done here, check out Larry’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: Walk the Fire” anthology (edited by John Mierau)

Workshop Episode 37 (Guest Host: Larry Santoro)

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20 Minutes with Larry Santoro

November 9, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Lawrence Santoro

Lawrence Santoro

Larry Santoro is an explorer of expression. He has pursued and taught theater, written poetry and plays, produced films, hosted podcasts (like Tales to Terrify, part of the District of Wonders Network), and – of course – stories and novels. While much of his work has been classified as horror, Larry contends that he’s not a horror writer… his stories just turn out that way. Paul E. Cooley joins me as co-host for this episode as we delve into the creative perspectives of this remarkable individual. (and be sure to swing over to check out Larry’s Workshop Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 36 (Guest Host: Lou Anders)

November 5, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 36, with Lou Anders and "Doc" ColemanLou Anders – Editorial Director at Pyr, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books Publishing – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help workshop a story idea by podcaster, writer, and former Guest Co-Host Doc Coleman.  Doc’s idea inspires a wealth of Literary Gold as Lou walks us through some exceptional insights into the storytelling craft (he even assigns homework!). (and if you’re STILL hungry for more writerly goodness, then check out  Lou’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 36 (Guest Host: Lou Anders)

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20 Minutes with Lou Anders

November 2, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Lou Anders

Lou Anders

Lou Anders – editorial director at Pyr, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books Publishing – has led a hero’s journey through speculative fiction, from practically living on the sets of Star Trek and Babylon 5 to swinging Stormbringer in a parking lot with Michael Moorcock. We’re delighted to share this 20(ish) minutes we had with Lou, discussing the reasons behind genre mashups, the nature of character in relation to plot, and more! So much writerly goodness awaits you behind that PLAY button… (and be sure to mark your calendars for Lou’s Workshop Episode!)

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