Archive for: ‘December 2012’

Episode Schedule: January 2013

December 31, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

JANUARY at the Roundtable… The year isn’t just new, it’s FABULOUS!

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20 Minutes with Gareth Powell

December 28, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell

Gareth Powell – author of “Ack-Ack Macaque“, “The Recollection“, “Silversands” and many more novels, stories, and poems – continues to explore the diversity and nuance of creative expression.  With experience ranging from advertising copy to music to beat poetry and (of course) speculative fiction, Gareth brings a rare aesthetic to any project with which he engages. Ryan Stevenson and I discovered much writerly goodness in the 20(ish) minutes of conversation where Gareth explores his editing and revision process, his experiences with collaborative fiction, the genesis of “Ack-Ack Macaque”, and more! (and there’s more delights of a writerly nature awaiting you in Gareth’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: The “Journey Into…” podcast

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Workshop Episode 43 (Guest Host: Alethea Kontis)

December 25, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 43, with Alethea Kontis and Lauren HarrisAlethea Kontis – author of the award-winning “Enchanted“, “The Wonderland Alphabet“, The “Alpha-Oops” series, and so much more – returns to the Big Chair to help workshop a rich luxurious story idea offered up by podcaster, voice actor, authoress (and so much more), Lauren “Scribe” Harris. With Justin Macumber as guest co-host (author of “Haywire” and “A Minor Magic“, founder and co-host of the Dead Robots’s Society podcast, and co-host on the Hollywood Outsiders podcast), we dive in to a delightful frothy discussion, inspirations bouncing around like pixies on egg nog, taking Lauren’s already fabulous idea and festooning it liberally in Literary Gold. (and for more writerly delights, make sure you check out Alethea’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO:Guild of the Cowry Catchers – Book 4” by Abigail Hilton

 

Workshop Episode 43 (Guest Host: Alethea Kontis)

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20 Minutes with Alethea Kontis

December 21, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis – author of “Enchanted” (recently listed on Kirkus Reviews among the “Best Teen Books of 2012“), the award-winning “Alpha-Oops” series, and so much more – is a passionate and informed storyteller. Her diverse background includes, among other things, a love and respect for the theater and of the rich heritage of folklore and fairy tales, both of which informs her work and infuses it with authenticity and magic. Justin Macumber (co-host and founder of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast) joins me in a rousing 20(ish) minutes as Alethea waxes rhapsodic on the allure of fairy tales, who she writes for, her revision and editing process, and much more. The Fairy Queen is in the house people… woot! (and come back for more writerly goodness in Alethea’s Workshop Episode)

PROMO: Protecting Project Pulp podcast (part of the District of Wonders Network)

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Workshop Episode 42 (Guest Host: Michael Sullivan)

December 18, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 42, with Michael Sullivan and Ben LoveMichael Sullivan – erudite and eloquent author of the “Riyria Revelations” and the forthcoming “Riyria Chronicles” – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help us workshop a fantasy noire tale offered by Ben Love (co-host of the “First Million Words” podcast). The synergy around the table is amazing as everyone weighs in, exploring, expanding, and rhapsodizing on Ben’s excellent idea, building on each others inspirations. It’s classic Roundtable goodness, friends, with the inevitable outcome… Literary Gold for everybody! (and once you’re done here, check out Michael’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO:ShadowOps: Fortress Frontier” by Myke Cole

 

Workshop Episode 42 (Guest Host: Michael Sullivan)

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20 Minutes with Michael Sullivan

December 14, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan is incredibly dedicated to his craft. He studied and scrutinized the styles of the greatest writers in literature, taking the best of each to craft his authorial voice. The hard work shines through in his “Riyria Revelations” novels which have been lauded and recognized by literati and and reviewers since they hit the shelves.  In this intriguing 20(ish) minutes, Michael shares generously with me and Ryan Stevenson some of his insights into POV, the writing of prequels, using dialog to handle world-building and backstory, and more.  (and check out Micheal’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: “Walk the Fireshared world anthology edited by John Mierau

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Michael Sullivan

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Workshop Episode 41 (Guest Host: Lauren Beukes)

December 11, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 41, with Lauren Beukes and Joshua CordascoLauren Beukes – author, journalist, comic scribe, and storyteller extraordinaire –  returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to infuse this week’s workshop with the insight, experience, and vision that is the hallmark of her many works in the world. She’s joined by Guest Writer Joshua Cordasco who brings a tale of a magical power play that sees 99% of the world dead and our heroes – including a disgraced devil –  left to figure it all out. Between Josh’s fabulous story and Lauren’s keen sense of story, this is classic Roundtable goodness fraught with Literary Gold! (and there’s even MORE writerly goodness in Lauren’s Showcase Episode! It just doesn’t stop around here!)

PROMO: Equal Education… working for quality and equal education for every person in South Africa

 

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20 Minutes with Lauren Beukes

December 7, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes

Lauren Beukes will do anything to avoid writing. In spite of her best efforts, however, her literary credits continue to find their way into the world (which is a very good thing indeed). She’s a journalist, a writer of animated TV series, producer of documentaries, author of  novels (non-fiction, fiction, and graphic), a shark swimmer, and Queen of Cape Town. With such a broad canvas splashed with such startling and remarkable works, you KNOW the 20(ish) minutes I and Ryan Stevenson have with her is not only a pure delight, but also brimming with writerly goodness. (and  you can also check out Lauren’s Workshop Episode)

PROMO: Hapax” by K. T. Bryski

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Workshop Episode 40 (Guest Host: Bryan Thomas Schmidt)

December 4, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 40, with Bryan Thomas Schmidt and Jason Ramsey Bryan Thomas Schmidt – author of the Davi Rhii series, editor of and contributor to anthologies, and SpecFic explorer – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help workshop a very cool post-apocalyptic tale offered up by Guest Writer Jason Ramsey.

While this was – by far – the weirdest episode we’ve ever recorded (between the wrath of the Internet Gods and an inadvertent road-trip starting in the middle of the episode), Jason’s core framework serves as a launching point for some really stellar explorations and insights into character, genre and theme. Writerly goodness and LOTS of Literary Gold for all! (and once you catch your breath, definitely make the scene at Bryan’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: The Fullcast Podcast (with Bryan Lincoln and Abigail Hilton)

 

Workshop Episode 40 (Guest Host: Bryan Thomas Schmidt)

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Wrap Up!

December 2, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

And around the world, a great sigh of relief went up among the writers. Some sighs were followed by cheers as the words were tallied and it was revealed that the sacred count of 50,000 been reached. But whatever their word count, the writers knew they had achieved something… they had made a commitment to their story and themselves that can’t be measured in mere words.

It has been a remarkable journey these last 30 days as we followed these writers through their unique challenges of NaNoWriMo. As each of them shared their strategies and experiences, we all gleaned a wealth of insight into what it takes to reach the 50K goal. And now, with NaNoWriMo complete, we reach out to them one more time to learn how they did and what comes next.

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

 

The NaNoWriMo Project – The Wrap Up!

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