Archive for: ‘January 2013’

Workshop Episode 48 (Guest Host: Myke Cole)

January 29, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 48, with Myke Cole and Tim Niederriter Myke Cole – author of the much-lauded “Shadow Ops: Control Point” and the just-released sequel “Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier” –  returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable, bringing his experience and insights to bear in the workshopping of a tale offered up by Guest Writer Tim Niederriter. Tim’s YA story concept of a world where dreams are being converted into energy – and the nightmarish (yes… I went there) fallout of that industry – was not only a blast to explore, but was a great opportunity to discuss the YA genre, working out protagonist motivations, and ratcheting up the stakes in a story. In short… a classic RTP experience in digging up a great shiny stack of Literary Gold. (and there’s even more writerly goodness to be had in Myke’s latest Showcase Episode!)

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

Workshop Episode 48 (Guest Host: Myke Cole)

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20 (more) Minutes with Myke Cole

January 25, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Myke Cole

Myke Cole

Myke Cole – author of “Shadow Ops: Control Point” and the forthcoming sequel “Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier” – once had a friend remark “one life just isn’t enough for you” and when you speak with him and learn about his many achievements and the passions he’s pursued, you discover that’s an accurate assessment. His years spent cultivating his craft have given him a broad and informed perspective on writerly pursuits and he shares generously of those informed insights during this exceptional 20(ish) minutes of conversation. We dig into his desire to be a well-rounded writer, discuss the merits and perils of trunked novels, how to convey procedural information effectively, and more. (and you can bet the awesomeness will only intensify in Myke’s Workshop Episode ! AND, you can check out Myke’s first visit to the Roundtable in his first “20 Minutes With” episode and his Workshop back in Episode 15)

PROMO: The Secret World Chronicle

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Workshop Episode 47 (Guest Host: Emma Newman)

January 22, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 47, with Emma Newman and Sara Sambrook Emma Newman – who’s name translates from ancient elvish into “Writes with Tea” and who has crafted such tales as “20 Years Later” and the “From Dark Places” story collection AND will soon have “Between Two Thorns” (first of the Split Worlds series) released by Angry Robot Books – graciously returns to the Bog Chair at the Roundtable to assist Brion and I in the workshopping of a tale by Guest Writer Sara Sambrook. And, great googly moogly, what a workshop! Sara’s tale of wizardry in modern society sets everyone into a creative froth, exploring, expanding, and expounding in grand Roundtable style. Of course, the Literary Gold is served up with finger sandwiches and tea cakes and there’s plenty to go around… so come and get yours! (and you really must make the time to catch Emma’s Showcase Episode, too!)

PROMO: The Zombie Driven Life by David Wood

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20 Minutes with Emma Newman

January 18, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Emma Newman

Emma Newman

Emma Newman – author of “20 Years Later” and “From Dark Places” and the soon-to-be-released “Between Two Thorns“, crafter of marvelous tales short and long, and record holder for the longest bout of Writers Block ever – has been bringing the delights (and dark things) of her imagination to the page for most of her life. Her fiction transforms the mundane into the marvelous… and she performs the same magic with this 20(ish) minutes of conversation. Emma generously shares her insights into the nature of writing advice, the distinction between long and short fiction, her unique process, the cyclical nature of post-apocalyptic fiction, and more! (and warm up your tea, because there’s more writerly goodness to be had in Emma’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO:The Flashpulp Podcast

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Workshop Episode 46 (Guest Host: E. C. Myers)

January 15, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 46, with E. C. Myers and Richard Green E. C. Myers – author of the acclaimed “Fair Coin” and “Quantum Coin” – returns to the Big Chair to bring his superb insights and aesthetic to help Brion and I workshop a very cool YA SciFi tale offered up by podcaster and Gentleman Twitter-kin Richard Green. Richard brings a delightful tale of an alien school field trip on Earth that goes horribly wrong that inspires a great discussion about the qualities of YA stories, defining character arcs and relationships, and a superb exploration of how to take a great idea and make it even better (which is kinda what we do, right?). Literary Gold is pretty much a foregone conclusion. (and there’s even MORE writerly goodness embedded in E. C.’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine

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20 Minutes with E. C. Myers

January 11, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

E. C. Myers

E. C. Myers

E.C. Myers – author of “Fair Coin” and “Quantum Coin” – brings a veritable cornucopia of skills, perceptions, and aesthetics to his craft. His fiction is inventive and authentic, a offering a fresh and unpredictable (and immensely satisfying) feast for his readers. During this engaging 20(ish) minutes of craft discussion, E. C. explores the discovery of his distinctive authorial voice, the qualities and merits of YA fiction, his experience at Clarion West and so much more. No need to flip a coin… writerly goodness is a sure thing. (and there’s more where THAT came from in E. C.’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO:The Storyboardwith Patrick Rothfuss

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Workshop Episode 45 (Guest Host: Matthew Wayne Selznick)

January 8, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 45, with Matthew Wayne Selznick and Fred Himebaugh Matthew Wayne Selznick – author of “Brave Men Run” and the sequel (in-the-works) “Pilgrimage”, social media and marketing guru, creator of online communities, and storyteller extraordinaire – returns to the big chair to workshop a tale shared by Guest Writer (and Assistant Editor at Protecting Project Pulp) Fred Himebaugh. Fred distinguishes himself by bringing one of the wildest story ideas we’ve ever had to the Roundtable that includes Cold War politics, world leader superheros (Ronald Regan in Iron Man armor?), ancient Russian Gods… you get the idea. With Ryan Stevenson in the co-host chair, we throw the switch on the Way-Back Machine and dive in… tune in for the wild story idea, stay for the Literary gold. (and definitely make the time to swing by Matt’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: “StarshipSofa” podcast

Workshop Episode 45 (Guest Host: Gareth Powell)

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20 Minutes with Matthew Wayne Selznick

January 4, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick is a storyteller in every sense of the word.  He has applied the principles of story and narrative since he was a small boy, evolving epic story arcs in the sweeping battles between his vast toy collection. He continues his explorations of expression in all his pursuits as a musician, a social media marketer and (of course) as an author. Ryan Stevenson and I thoroughly enjoyed this 20(ish) minutes with Matt, delving into many of the topics near and dear to his heart, such as the process and application of worldbuilding, the qualities of good story telling, and so much more. Writerly goodness abounds, dear friends… hit that PLAY button and enjoy! (and you gotta make a return trip to catch Matt’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO:Walk the Fireedited by John Mierau

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Matthew Wayne Selznick

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Workshop Episode 44 (Guest Host: Gareth Powell)

January 1, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 44, with Gareth Powell and Dan Ritter Gareth Powell – author of the freshly minted awesomeness of “Ack-Ack Macaque” as well as “The Recollection“, “Silversands” and more – returns to the Big Chair to help Ryan Stevenson and me workshop a delicious future-tech sci-fi thriller (with a theological spin) shared by Guest Writer Daniel Ritter. Dan’s tale of nano-tech, deranged mega-corps, cybernetic cultures, and “The God Process” proves to be rich food for the table… everyone dives in with a gusto and by the end of the feast, we’re all sitting on piles of Literary Gold. (and if you find your writer’s appetite is still un-sated, check out Gareth’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: The Dead Robots’ Society podcast

 

Workshop Episode 44 (Guest Host: Gareth Powell)

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