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.

 

Wait… JULY!?!? (more…)

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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Matthew Wayne Selznick

Matthew Wayne Selznick

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Robert Pratten

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Andrea Phillips

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J.C. Hutchins

J.C. Hutchins

 

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Amanda Havard

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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Alasdair Stuart

Alasdair Stuart

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Colin F. Barnes

Colin F. Barnes

 

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Starla Hutchton

Starla Hutchton

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Stephen Godden

Stephen Godden

 

Stephen Godden on the Web:

 

 

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…)

UTopYA Con 2013… SOLD OUT!

June 27, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

UTopYA 2013As a part of our “indefinite hiatus”, The Roundtable canceled all the convention appearances and visits that we had scheduled…

… except one.

This weekend – June 28 through 30 – the mighty UTopYA Con unfurls its wings to take flight once again. UtopYA Con was founded last year by the inspired and inspiring Janet Wallace and is billed as a con “for female writers of paranormal fantasy and the readers who love them.” It’s a fabulous weekend of writers, readers, and creators gathering together to network, share ideas, and generally celebrate the genre. (more…)

Indefinite Hiatus

April 28, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

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The Road Ahead…

It’s been quiet around here for a couple weeks. Thanks for your patience as I try to get my bearings in a world that has changed dramatically for me. I wish I had better news to share…

My mother has been diagnosed with cancer. The doctors have conducted many tests and they say it’s very advanced… it’s treatable, but not curable.

I’m still wrapping my head around what that means and it’s introduced a lot of questions and uncertainty into my world. One thing I CAN be certain of, however, is that my priorities (at least for the foreseeable future) are changing dramatically.

 

With that in mind, I’ve decided to suspend production and distribution of The Roundtable Podcast until further notice. If we had an interview or recording scheduled, please consider it cancelled, with my sincere apologies.

Apologies? Really?

I can already hear many of you admonishing me that I have nothing to apologize for and, while I appreciate that thought, the fact is I’m breaking promises.

See, we have a contract, you and I… an agreement that started the first time you heard an episode and decided you liked it. The contract reads, “If you keep listening to episodes, I’ll keep creating them.” That’s kind of the essence of this whole listener/podcaster relationship, right?

But even deeper than that is the idea of the Roundtable Podcast itself. Writers – one eager and willing to learn more about the craft, the other a veteran eager to share what they know – getting together for some creative brainstorming… that idea has been with me for a long time. I’m a fervent advocate of creative collaboration and the spirit of community in the context of the arts and I feel that the Roundtable Podcast fosters that, opening new connections and opportunities for participants and listeners.

I don’t want to shut that down, but I don’t want to do half-ass job of it, either, y’know? Something this important (to me, at least) deserves my full attention and I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to give that for at least the next several months.

Indefinite Hiatus

uncertain02I’m invoking “indefinite hiatus”, which is kind of like hitting the “Pause” button on the playback while you answer a call. The song is still there and when you’re done with the call, you can hit “Play” again. Or skip to the next song. Or just turn it off and take a walk. Lots of possibilities…

I want to thank you in advance for your support and understanding. Looking ahead I see a lot of unknowns, but looking back I see an amazing array of new friends and allies, and some truly remarkable experiences that have transformed the way I see the world. For those astonishing gifts, I am forever grateful.

That sounds like I’m saying “good-bye”, and I’m not.  At least, I don’t THINK I am. I think of it like the end of one of those big family holidays when everyone has to go home. We stand at the door and try to convey in a few words how awesome it was to be together as if we aren’t going to see each other again.

But we will… ‘cause we’re family. And family is important… we always find a way to get together again. It might be in a different place in a different way, but those vital life-affirming paths always find a way to cross.

I’ll end this with a phrase that has been commanding my attention in recent weeks. It can be interpreted many different ways but ultimately ‘hope’ is what I’m going for:

It’s not forever… it’s just for now.

The Roundtable is Going Dark for a few Weeks

April 12, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Change. Interesting word… potent, laden with hope and peril, anticipation and uncertainty.

I just learned of some family health issues that will be taking me off the grid for a while.  How long? I don’t know… maybe just a week, maybe a lot longer. It’s too soon to know for sure.

Suffice it to say that it’s long enough to put our broadcast schedule on hold for a week or so. Sorry… I had every intention of having a few weeks of episodes in the can for just such a contingency, but that didn’t happen. Best laid plans, huh?

This also puts a huge question mark on all our scheduled interviews and workshops into an uncertain light (and gang… we’re scheduled into July).  If we had something scheduled with you in the next few weeks and I haven’t contacted you directly via email, then I’d ask that you change our scheduled appointment from “in ink” to “in light pencil”. I’ll know more in the next few days and will do my best to keep everyone informed regarding what to expect.

Last thing… we have some of the coolest, most creative and compassionate fans and listeners in podcasting. So do me a favor…

Send your thoughts or your prayers (however you roll) but hold the emails and the comments.

I know you care and you’re hoping for the best.  You wouldn’t be reading this far down if you didn’t, right? If you could hold the comments and the questions and the emails until I come back online, that would be a HUGE help for me.

I promise, I’ll deliver the relevant details once this “change” has settled into something more stable.

Thank you.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support.

20 Minutes with Mary Robinette Kowal

April 12, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal – renowned and lauded puppeteer, author of the exquisite “Shades of Milk and Honey“, “Glamour in Glass“, and “Without a Summer“, co-host of the “Writing Excuses” podcast,  and general purveyor of wonders – combines two qualities that make her an astonishing artist: an incisive and informed perception blended with a playful  spontaneity. The result is a graceful, surprising, and often lush and luxurious storytelling experience. Brion and I were grateful for the opportunity to share 20(ish) minutes of rare conversation as Mary shares her thoughts and insights regarding the “work” of the writing craft, genre issues and what she “really wants to write”, how she cultivates her writerly mojo, and more! (and you can bet we’ll all be scoring some Literary Gold at Mary’s Workshop Episode airing April 16th!)

PROMO: The StarshipSofa podcast (nominated for a 2013 Hugo Award)

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with Mary Robinette Kowal

Produced by Lucie Le Blanc

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Wandering Around in CONfusion 2013 (pt II of II)

April 11, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

antagonist[This is part 2 of a two-part presentation. You can listen to part 1 here...]

We conclude our exploration of the remarkable insights and perspectives Ben Delano (one of the RTP’s certified Wandering Alchemists) brought back from ConFusion 2013. He asked some amazing authors a single question:

What is the ideal antagonist?

Ben brought back so much awesomeness that we had to split it into two episodes (I know… what a heart-breaker, huh?)

In this episode we hear from Mary Robinette Kowal, Alastair Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, and Patrick S. Tomlinson!

Your Ideal Protagonist: Perspectives from ConFusion 2013 (pt II of II)

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Wandering Around in CONfusion 2013 (pt I of II)

April 10, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

antagonist[This is part one of a two-part presentation. You can listen to part two here...]

Back in January, Ben Delano (certified Wandering Alchemist being just one of his many talents) made the scene at ConFusion 2013. He had a mission: unearth as much Literary Gold as he possibly could. He was armed with a microphone and a question:

What is the ideal antagonist?

We’re delighted to have the chance to share the responses he brought back!  Of course, he brought back so much Gold we had to break it up into two episodes, but that’s never a bad thing.

In this episode we hear from Saladin Ahmed, Peter V. Brett, Myke Cole, Carrie Harris, Jim C. Hines, and Kat Howard!

Your Ideal Protagonist: Perspectives from ConFusion 2013 (pt I of II)

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