Category: ‘Episodes’

Workshop Episode 64 (Guest Host: Bradley P. Beaulieu)

October 14, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 63, with David Annandale and Jim Ryan

Brad Beaulieu – author of lush and richly-rendered epic fantasy tales and co-host of the fabulous Speculate podcast – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to workshop a tale of nerds transported into a an epic fantasy world.

The story is conjured from the imagination of creagous Guest Writer, John McCarthy (Surfside Jack to his friends), a coming of age tale of thwarted destinies, grim nemeses, and the fate of worlds hanging in the balance. Moses Siregar joins me as co-host and together we delve into the tale, exploring everything from genre to character arc, worldbuilding to romance. It’s a classic brainstorming froth that culminates in a trove of Literary Gold for all.  (and there’s more writerly goodness awaiting you in Brad’s exceptional Showcase Episode too!).

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“One Question: Developing an Idea” at Balticon 48

October 12, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Batimore Science Fiction SocietyYou get an idea for a story. Now what? What happens between the inspiration and perspiration? How do you prepare and develop a story idea so it’s ready to be written?

That’s what I asked seven gifted and articulate writers at this year’s Balticon 48 (sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society).  The answers from Paul E. Cooley, Jared Axelrod, Maria V. Snyder, Starla Huchton, Pip Ballantine, Nobilis Reed, and Myke Cole are as diverse and inspired as the people we asked.

In an intriguing bit of serendipity, Ben Delano of the Reader-Writer Podcast was asking a different question that dovetailed nicely into my own. So I invited him and his co-host Mary Ellen Warren to join me on this episode in exploring the answers to my question. They graciously reciprocated and allowed me to discuss there’s on Reader-Writer. It’s a lovely bit of synchronicity stretched across two podcasts, and I’m pleased to offer Part I here on the Roundtable (look for Part II on the Reader-Writer podcast).

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20 Minutes with Bradley Beaulieu

October 7, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Bradley Beaulieu

Bradley Beaulieu

This week, I’m delighted to have Bradley Beaulieu (BOW-lee-er)(no, really) take the Big Chair at the Roundtable for 20-ish minutes of some stellar writerly discourse.

Brad is an author of sweeping epic fantasy, tales of rich authentic and intriguing characters told in lushly rendered story worlds. His works include: The Winds of Khalakovo, The Straits of Galahesh, The Flames of Shadam Khoreh,  as well as “Strata“, a collaborative scifi tale with Stephen Gaskell. His stories have appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Crimson Pact, and more. AND he’s the co-host (with Greg Wilson) of SPECULATE, one of the podosphere’s premiere podcasts on the writing craft.

Moses Siregar is my co-host for this splendid discussion with Brad as we explore the process of collaboration, Brad’s worldbuilding mojo, dynamic vs iconic characters and more. Hit that PLAY button, sit back, and let the awesomeness flow into your brain  (and we leverage all that extensive experience and savvy in Brad’s Workshop Episode airing October 14!).

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Workshop Episode 63 (Guest Host: David Annandale)

September 30, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 63, with David Annandale and Jim Ryan

David Annandale – professor of fiction, film and horror, and author of tales of terror and dark mayhem – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to help us workshop of  hellish  trials and virtual damnation.

The tale is offered up by writer/podcaster Jim Ryan whose story of a nefarious software developer trapped in his own virtual construct of hell sets our creative fires ablaze! Joined by co-host, Jennifer Melzer (author and editor of fabulous tales), we embark on a journey through the treacherous paths of this fabulous concept worthy of Dante himself. Fortunately, the paths are strewn with Literary Gold and we fill our pockets every step of the way. You can can, too… just hit that PLAY button (and, if you haven’t heard it yet, jump into the Wayback machine and check out David’s superb Showcase Episode too!).

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20 Minutes with David Annandale

September 23, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

David Annandale

David Annandale

If all real art is confrontation, then war is the only possible sublimity.” — Kathe Koja, Bad Brains

This week, we darken the room and run some old Gozilla movies in the background as we welcome author and professor of film and fiction David Annandale to the Big Chair at the Roundtable. In his own words…

By night, David Annandale brings doom to untold billions as a writer of Warhammer 40,000 fiction for the Black Library, most recently in the novels The Death of Antagonis, Yarrick: Imperial Creed, The Damnation of Pythos and Maledictus. As the author of the horror novel Gethsemane Hall, he hopes to end sleep for you forever. And in his Jen Blaylock thrillers (Crown Fire, Kornukopia, and The Valedictorians), he does his best to blow up everything in sight. During the day, he poisons minds as he teaches film, video games and English literature at the University of Manitoba. If you have any fragments of hope still left, you can have them crushed at his website or by following his Twitter account.

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The conversation is made even more delightful by my remarkable co-host, Jennifer Melzer (author of The Serpent of Time novels Edgelanders and the newly released Sorrow’s Peak and much more as well as being a mercenary editor extraordinaire). Together the three of us wander the literary landscape, discussing the nature of horror, the art of collaboration, the essential nature of time management, and more. Writerly goodness and intriguement are but a mouseclick away… (and you can bet there are threads of story woven in to a tapestry of literary splendor at David’s Workshop Episode!).

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Workshop Episode 62 (Guest Host: Tim Marquitz)

September 16, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 62, with Tim Marquitz and Rob Matheny

Tim Marquitz – Editorial Dark Lord (trans: Editor-in-Chief) at Ragnarok Publications and pen-wielder on many tales grim and heroic (including the Demon Squad Series, The Blood War Trilogy and more, returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to workshop – what else – a grimdark tale of  corrupted power and the horrific price that comes with it.

The tale of a doomed king and his wretched destiny is offered up by Rob Matheny, curator and evil genius at the Grimdark Fiction Readers & Writers Blog, and is a first short story to ever be workshopped at the Roundtable. With my co-host Moses Siregar (author of “The Black God’s War“) with me, we dive in to the shadowy world of awakened darkness and its appetite for destruction with both hands. In the end, the darkness is pushed aside by the pure auric radiance of Literary Gold! (and if you’re still hungry, there’s even more writerly goodness to be had a Tim’s Showcase Episode).

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20 Minutes with Tim Marquitz

September 9, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Tim Marquitz

Tim Marquitz

This week we are delighted to welcome Tim Marquitz – Editor in Chief and Co-Publisher at Ragnarok Publications as well as author of grim and fantastical tales –  to the Big Chair at the Roundtable. Tim’s experience runs the gambit from crafting novels (like the Demon Squad Series, The Blood War Trilogy and more) and short fiction (appearing in anthologies like “Neverland’s Library” along side Mark Lawrence, Jeff Salyards, and Tad Williams) to editing superb anthologies (like “Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters” and “Fading Light“) to co-authoring the Dead West series with Joe Martin and Kenny Soward.

With Moses Siregar (author of “The Black God’s War“) joining me on the mic, we indulge in 20(ish) minutes of writerly inquiry with Tim, exploring the key aspects of urban fantasy, where the line is draw between editor and story, and the qualities that define a “great story” for Tim. A veritable feast of writerly victuals awaits at the Roundtable Buffet! (and just when you thought it couldn’t get better… tune in to Tim’s Workshop Episode!).

Ragnarok Publications Kickstarter for the amazing “Blackguards” anthology runs through September 24th. Help back this bad boy and get some AMAZING stuff!

 

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Workshop Episode 61 (Guest Host: Delilah S. Dawson)

September 2, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 61, with Delilah S. Dawson and Karey BunchAuthor and writerly guru, Delilah S. Dawson – author of the Blud Series, featuring Wicked as They ComeWicked as She Wants, and Wicked After Midnight and her latest work, a YA tale titled Servants of the Storm, as well as being the instructor for a fabulous Worldbuilding Workshop at LitReactor (firing up Sept 10), returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend her writerly mojo to our brainstorming efforts.

My splendid co-host, Starla Huchton, and I are joined by creageous Guest Writer Karey Bunch who brings a tale of monsters hiding in plain sight, a monster squad assigned to dealing with them, and a young woman who gets swept up in all the adventure. The story sparks a froth of discussion as we weave our way through a catacomb of possibilities, unearthing some glittering fragments of Literary Gold along the way. (and check out Delilah’s Showcase Episode for even more explorations into the dark arts of writerly mojo).

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20 Minutes with Delilah S. Dawson

August 26, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson

To have Delilah S. Dawson join us at the virtual Table is the podcast equivalent of plummeting down a water slide riding an alpaca (without the bleating and flailing of hooves). Author of deliciously wicked tales for adults (including the Blud Series, featuring Wicked as They Come, Wicked as She Wants, and Wicked After Midnight) and honest no-punches-pulled tales for teens (like Servants of the Storm), Delilah is blazing her own path through the literary world. With Guest Co-Host Starla Huchton at my side, we foray into a remarkable 20(ish) minutes discussing the power of music as a writing tool, insights into the art of worldbuilding, and how to craft a good sex scene. Hitch up your knickers, kids… this is quite a ride! (and the writerly mojo falls like rain in Delilah’s Workshop Episode!).

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Workshop Episode 60 (Guest Host: Kameron Hurley)

August 19, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 60, with Kameron Hurley and Shiri SondheimerHugo Award Winner Kameron Hurley – wordsmith of the epic Bel Dame Apocrypha series (featuring “God’s War“, “Infidel“, and “Rapture“) and the eagerly anticipated “Mirror Empire” (on shelves Aug 26) – returns to the Big Chair, wielding her potent storytelling mojo in the arena of the story brainstorm.

The catalyst for our workshopping-fu is provided by our Guest Writer, Shiri Sondheimer, who brings an epic scifi version of the Arthurian tales to the Table. With such a delightful weave of threads to draw upon, the ensemble entangles itself into the tale, emerging with a rich tapestry woven with Literary Gold. (and for more golden threads of writerly goodness, check out Kameron’s Showcase Episode).

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