20 Minutes with Cat Rambo

July 29, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

 

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo is the whole marvelous multi-hued package… author of over 200 published tales, World Fantasy Award winner for her editorial work at Fantasy Magazine (yeah… THE Fantasy Magazine), educator and mentor in the literary art, tech geek, nerd, RPG aficionado… oh yeah, and the VP of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (Bam). I can’t think of a better way to officially launch the newly reawakened RTP than with this remarkable individual.

Unless it would be to have Moses Siregar (author of “Black God’s War” and frequent contributor to the awesome Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, and the equally fabulous Hide and Create podcast) as my guest co-host and wingman. Now THAT would be frickin’ awesome!

Oh… wait…

Yeah we’re kickin’ it off in fine style as Cat, Moses, and I talk about collaborating with yourself, the joys and perils of worldbuilding, the impact of self-publishing on the established authors world, and more (and definitely mark your calendars for Cat’s Workshop Episode airing Aug 5th!)

PROMO: “Far Lost” serialized novel by John Mierau at ServingWorlds.com

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Cat Rambo

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Finding Cat Rambo is a tricky thing… (more…)

A Dimming of the Light…

July 26, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Larry Santoro

Larry Santoro

Larry Santoro has passed away.

Followers of the Roundtable will recall his splendid “20 Minutes With…” interview and hosting of Workshop Episode 37 . His many creative endeavors included hosting the “Tales to Terrify” podcast, where I got my first narration gig in the podosphere. I always felt a deep gratitude towards him for opening that door for me and, as I came to appreciate the scope and breadth of his achievements, my respect and admiration for him grew.

When I learned of his passing this morning, all I could think was how the world had become diminished, somehow smaller without him.

Knowing he was out there meant there was another champion of “the stories” at work in the world, an advocate for the spirit of creative exploration that enriches and brightens all our lives. He was a poet, an eloquent weaver of tales, and a gentleman in thought, word, and deed. I did not know him as well as I would have liked and will always regret that missed opportunity.

We all shine a light upon the world. Our contributions and engagements, no matter how small, illuminate the terrain, striking sparks of insight, inspiration, and hope. Larry cast a wide and subtle radiance for many of us and his passing has dimmed the light in the world a little.

Goodbye, Larry. In the final tally, I think you gave more than you got. You inspired wonder and nurtured delight in the hearts and minds of all who knew you. You will be missed .

Workshop Episode 58 (Guest Host: Joe McKinney)

July 22, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 58, with Joe McKinney and Rob Smales

Joe McKinney returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend his superb storytelling mojo in workshopping a tale of supernatural and psychological horror (one of his many fortes). The tale is presented by the mighty Rob Smales (who has crafted more than a few tales of terror in his time). Rob’s tale of childhood terror maturing into a horrifying adult nightmare sends us all digging in the grave dirt in search of blood-stained Literary Gold! (and if you missed Joe’s Showcase Episode, you gotta fix that… now!)

PROMO: “19 Nocturne Boulevard

Workshop Episode 58 (Guest Host: Joe McKinney)

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The episode is a year old, but we have NEW info on Joe’s latest…
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20 Minutes with Joe McKinney

July 15, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

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Joe McKinney

Joe McKinney knows zombies. His Dead World series (including “Flesh Eaters” which won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Novel of 2011) has established Joe as one of the kings of Undead Fiction. But that’s not the end of his literary exploits… he’s written post-apocalyptic scifi, crime thrillers (he IS a police officer in San Antonio after all), and edited numerous works as well. Joe’s the whole package and Brion and I have a blast spending 20-ish minutes discussing the nature of horror literature, the keys to writing a chilling tale, zombie pride, and so much more. (and we rocked some serious brainstorming during Joe’s Workshop Episode too!)

PROMO: Glow in the Dark Radio (the audio fictional works of Mike Luoma)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Joe McKinney

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The Horrific Fabulousity of Joe McKinney… (more…)

Workshop Episode 57 (Guest Host: Mary Robinette Kowal)

July 8, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 55, with Patrick E. McLean and Patrick Lewis

Mary Robinette Kowal – Hugo Award-winning author of Shades of Milk and Honey, Glamour in Glass, Without a Summer, and Valor and Vanity – returns to the Roundtable to workshop a tale of supernatural murder. Guest Writer Nicole Munro brings a darkly delicious YA story about the machinations of the Fae Court and a young man’s quest to find the truth behind his brother’s murder. Ideas fly, inspirations abound, and (dare I say it) Literary Gold is achieved! If you don’t believe me, click that “PLAY” button (and if this feast of writerly awesomeness isn’t enough for you, check out Mary’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: “The Cromcast

Workshop Episode 57 (Guest Host: Mary Robinette Kowal)

Produced by Lucie Le Blanc

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Mary’s Awesomeness includes…
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A Quick Chat Before We Get Started (again)…

July 7, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

waiting-2Tomorrow, friends…

Tomorrow, the first Roundtable Podcast story workshop in over a year goes live!

But it seemed kind of abrupt to just throw the switch on the Literary Gold Machine without some kind of… I dunno… a friendly “get reacquainted” chat?

There’s some new developments to discuss, too. We’re making some small changes and additions to the way the show rolls out and I wanted to give everyone a heads up on what to expect.

It’s only eight minutes or so (fairly brief for me) and you’ll be caught up and primed for more fabulousity.

 

A Quick Chat Before We Get Started (again)…

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The Return of the Roundtable (and a New Forum)!

March 23, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

We'll Be Back... SOON!

We’ll Be Back… SOON!

 

Wow. It’s been a while, huh (for those of you new to the feed and are curious about the long silence, check out this blog post for clarification).

I won’t keep you in suspense. New episodes of the Roundtable Podcast will be going live in July.

*cue thunderous applause and audible sighs of relief*

You all have been amazing… patient, understanding, and so very supportive of the circumstances that have kept me away from the podosphere for the better part of a year.  Without you, this past year would have been a very different and much lonelier experience. I consider myself very lucky indeed to have friends and listeners with such a generosity of spirit.

 

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RTP Dialogues #2: Transmedia Storytelling

August 14, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

[NOTE: The Roundtable is still on Indefinite Hiatus. Content – like these Dialogues – will be released into the feed as time and circumstances allow. Thanks for your patience and understanding]

Robert Pratten, Andrea Phillips, Amanda Havard, and J. C. Hutchins

Robert Pratten, Andrea Phillips, Amanda Havard, and J. C. Hutchins

The world of storytelling is changing. There are new ideas, new technologies, new ways to tell your story and get it into the hands of your readers. For anyone with a passion for storytelling, it’s time to look beyond convention and start exploring the opportunities these innovations provide.

One of the most intriguing formats that has permeated nearly every corner of our awareness is Transmedia Storytelling. By implementing diverse content threads across multiple media platforms, storytellers are able to transcend the limitations of printed word and provide their audiences with a richer, more engaging story experience.

Joining me for this transformative dialog is a cast of Transmedia luminaries, each with years of diverse experience in developing these unique storytelling experiences: Amanda Havard, Andrea Phillips, J. C. Hutchins, and Robert Pratten. I was also most fortunate to have Matthew Wayne Selznick agree to join me as co-host and bring his experience and insight to the table.

My gratitude for these remarkable individuals making the time for this discussion is exceeded only by my delight and the discussion they generated. When you gather this many articulate innovators on to one Skype line, you KNOW it’s going to be a perception-altering experience.

So sit back, buckle up, and hit that “Play” button!

The Roundtable Dialogues #2: Transmedia Storytelling

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Co-Host Matthew Wayne Selznick on the web

 

Robert Pratten

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Andrea Phillips

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Amanda Havard

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RTP Dialogues #1: Near-Future SciFi and the “Death” of Cyberpunk

July 11, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

[NOTE: The Roundtable is still on Indefinite Hiatus. Content – like these Dialogues – will be released into the feed as time and circumstances allow. Thanks for your patience and understanding]

Dialogues001Welcome the very first Roundtable Dialogue, where a panel of knowledgeable, articulate, and experienced creative get together to discuss various intriguing topics.

Given the name of this podcast, you’d think we’d have twigged on this format a long time ago. While it’s not particularly bold in terms of formats, but we hope the topics and the people will more than compensate.

The overarching theme of the RTP Dialogues is “examining the new face of storytelling”. So much has changed in the realm of literature and media – and continues to evolve at a frantic pace – that we think there’s a need to put on the breaks for an hour and take a hard look at what’s happening, what it means, and how we as storytellers can make the most of it.

This first Dialogue is a great experience of just that…

Brion and I are joined by authors Colin F. Barnes, Alasdair Stuart, Starla Huchton, and Stephen Godden to discuss the challenges of writing near-future scifi in a world where science fact keeps out pacing our imaginations. Along the way we manage to debunk the reported “death of cyberpunk” as well as explore the sources of the trend towards genre mash-ups.

As one might expect from a gathering of such astonishing creators, the discussion fairly crackles with startling insights, new perspectives, and an epiphany or two. Before you hit the play button, wrap your head in an Ace bandage… your mind is about to be blown. Enjoy!

The Roundtable Dialogues #1:
Near-Future SciFi and The “Death” of Cyberpunk

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Starla Hutchton

Starla Hutchton

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Stephen Godden

Stephen Godden

 

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Introducing… “Roundtable Dialogues”

July 7, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

updateBefore anyone asks, no, we aren’t “back” (at least not in the classic sense). The Roundtable Podcast is still on an Indefinite Hiatus. My circumstances haven’t changed… but I’ve decided to take the advice that so many of you have generously shared with me: I’m taking care of myself.

Conventionally, that advice entails “taking it easy”, “getting lots of rest”, “eating well”, and other sensible courses of action. And I’m doing all those things… really! But that kind of convalescent lifestyle includes a lot of “quiet time”, long tranquil hours where your brain is free to drift and ponder whatever errant thoughts may pique its interest.

You see the hazard that represents, right? Leaving me alone with my thoughts is like hiring an arsonist to watch over propane plant; something’s gonna blow. (more…)