Category: ‘Ideas and Inspiration’

Mind the Gap: From “My bad” to “I totally meant to do that” (Guest Post by K.T. Bryski)

October 24, 2012 Posted by kt_bryski

Hi, everyone! This is K.T. Bryski, author of Hapax: an end-of-the-world fantasy from Dragon Moon Press. I’m thrilled and honoured to be writing this post; my thanks to Dave and Brion for having me here!

So, there I was: writing the first scene of the first draft of Hapax. I was bright-eyed and innocent, the scene zipping along beneath my fingers. My monks were preparing to hold vigil to see if the Apocalypse was nigh (spoiler: it was). I had a plot outline, I had character notes, I had worldbuilding…

And then, I realized.

I had forgotten to figure out the monks’ hierarchy. I had no idea who or what their leader was.


Don’t Panic

Discovering a mistake or an omission in the middle of writing is not the nicest feeling. Especially if things have been running smoothly up to that point. Still, resist the urge to hit the “delete” key right away. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. Bring on spur-of-the-moment creativity! (more…)

The Roundtable Podcast – Interviews from WorldCon 2012

October 18, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

ChiCon 7 - WorldCon 2012WorldCon is an event that many authors anticipate all year, an epic gathering of writers, publishers, and readers celebrating the ever-shifting tapestry of speculative fiction.

Once again, Brion and I found ourselves in the unenviable position of not attending such an epic event. Thank all the literary gods that our Wandering Alchemist, Ben Delano (co-host of his own podcast, “Reader/Writer“), was on hand and willing to seek out Literary Gold on our behalf.

And such gold he found! Ben heroically pursued some truly remarkable people and asked each of them:

Describe your ideal protagonist (more…)

The Roundtable Podcast – Interviews from FanExpo2012

October 4, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

FanExpo 2012FanExpo is considered “The Comic-Con of Canada” and judging by this year’s amazing attendance and awesome guest list, they’re absolutely right.

Brion and I would have dearly loved to make that scene, but it just wasn’t gonna happen. Enter the astonishing Ben Delano (host of his own podcast as well as the Guest Writer from Workshop Episode 24), who stepped up and volunteered to be our “Wandering Alchemist” seeking out remarkable and talented creators and asking them our one question. (more…)

Support “Pilgrimage” and Get Dave’s Voice!

August 22, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

"Pilgrimage" Kickstarter Campaign

“Pilgrimage” Kickstarter Campaign

UPDATE: The Project is FUNDED!  Well done EVERYONE for transforming a fabulous idea into a reality! The cool thing is, my offer outlined below still stands for a few more days… read on!

A couple weeks back, we had an interview with the talented Matt Selznick where we discussed his Kickstarter campaign to fund “Pilgrimage”, a sequel to Matt’s “Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era”. It was a great discussion and we learned a lot about Matt and how he does what he does.

Well, it’s two weeks later – only FIVE DAYS LEFT at the time of this writing – and he is SO CLOSE to bringing it home. A lot of people have stepped up to throw in their own amazing incentives to help make this project happen:

Scott Roche and Justin Macumber (both Roundtable veterans from Workshop Episode 8) have stepped up and offered FREE BOOKS & STORIES of their own as additional donation incentives.

P. G. Holyfield (Another RTP Guest Host from Workshop Episode 7) is offering to write a sequel to his own Sovereign Era story that appeared in the anthology “Sovereign Era: Year One” for the a pledge of $50!

This kind of support is inspiring and we would be remiss if we didn’t step up as well. So here’s the deal:

If you increase your existing donation by $10 – OR – Donate $50I’ll narrate any story you want up to 3000 words!

If you increase your existing donation by $20 – OR – Donate $100I’ll narrate any story you want up to 7000 words

AND if you increase your existing donation by $50 – OR – Donate $200I’ll narrate any story you want up to 14,000 words

That’s right… this rich baritone, full of gravitas, and inflected with the skill of a seasoned vocal warrior can be yours for a paltry sum.

What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking! Reserve your story narration now! Go to Matt’s Kickstarter Site now and boost or make your donation!

The Roundtable Goes to Balticon (pt 2 of 2)

June 14, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Balticon 46 logo

The episode wraps up our presentation of the answers to the question (which we began in this episode):

“Is talent something you’re born with, or is it something you acquire?”

I asked thirteen authors that question.  In Part I we heard from six of them and in this episode we hear from the final seven.  Again, Brion and I can’t help ourselves and we wax philosophical about the insights offered in each one. (more…)

The Roundtable Goes to Balticon (pt 1 of 2)

June 13, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Balticon 46 logo

Balticon 46

This year I had the privilege and pleasure of attending Balticon 46. I’ve been to game and fantasy conventions before, but never Balticon, and I had heard it was THE con to attend for podcasters and new media creators and fans alike.

Wow.  Yeah.  It was amazing… fabulous panel discussions, great events, remarkable guests… and you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting an author, editor, publisher, or podcaster (I tried and, for the record, it wasn’t a real cat and I apologize to John Mierau for any injuries sustained during the experiment).  I learned so much and had the pleasure of finally meeting people who had existed only as voices in my iPad.  Just amazing.

Brion was unable to make the scene (with some excuse about continuing the education of our nation’s youth or something) but I had to share the awesomeness with him.  So I walked around the convention asking these remarkable creators one question: (more…)

Frankenstein’s Ideas: Working Multiple Stories

May 23, 2012 Posted by L. L. McKinney

This is my first guest blog post. Ever. I am both incredibly excited and nervous. Before diving into this, I want to thank Dave and Brion, the wonderful hosts here at the Roundtable Podcast, for not only inviting me to ramble on their website, but for the opportunity to brainstorm with some of the brightest minds in  podcasting.

If you have not signed up to take part in what is happening here, I highly recommend you do so. I enjoyed myself more than words can say, and left with plot ideas and possibilities that have since taken off radically. To quote a famous, though fictional, mad scientist, THEY’RE ALIVE! (more…)

Master Procrastination and the Disciplinary Imperative

April 28, 2012 Posted by Brion Humphrey


“If we let too much time to lapse, the thread will snap and getting back to it later will cause the flow of our writing to become stilted and disjointed.”

I’ll get to it later.

I have to spend time with my wife /family /friend /posse /dog /herd of rabid monkeys or they’ll hate me.

I write best at night, so right now I’ll just do research (watch TV).

I’m hungry, let me just eat a sandwich first…or a taco…or a sandwich AND a taco.

I’m currently 63,000 words into my second novel attempt.  Sounds fairly impressive, but I’ve been at 63,000 words for the last six weeks.  Sure, I’ve written two short stories, a couple blog entries, participated in recording ten-or-so Roundtable episodes(my favorite distraction besides my wife), taught, graded papers and lesson-planned for about 60 hours a week, etc., etc., and on, and on.  A lot like you! But is all of that really keeping me from writing my book?  Yes.  Because I let it.

We all are experts at wasting time, and the successful few have learned to at least minimize the bastard! We’ve all heard and read countless papers and pamphlets and programs on how to beat down the maniacal villain known as Master Procrastination.  That is not what this post is going to do.

Instead, it’s important to look at why we need to get our butts in seats and get to work and leave the hot pocket (or two) in the freezer. (more…)


March 18, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

“There are people who appear to be able to invoke creativity on command.  They sit down and BAM, creative inspirations suddenly leap from their lips like spawning salmon.  Want to know their secret?”

image by Kyle SteedI’m a big advocate of creativity, and spend a lot of time both exploring the process and ways of cultivating more of it.  Part of the reason the Roundtable Podcast excites me is the opportunity to take what is usually an “in-your-own-head” experience and pull it into the light with a group of like-minded people.

Between my experiences on the podcast and the articles, posts, and books I’ve read on the subject, I’ve discovered that there is an inherent disconnect in our notions of creativity and the processes that foster it. (more…)

Try Something New

February 28, 2012 Posted by Brion Humphrey

Photo by Rob Brewer

-More than one of them cried out in pain, “This is impossible, my brain hurts!”-


Write what you know.

Really?  Do I have to?

It’s because of these four, seemingly innocuous words that people like me spend hours staring at the damn cursor on the soul-suckingly blank screen.  How often have you shied away from writing something you’re interested in because you simply do not feel that you know enough?  Tech specs, genre specifics, races, clichés, real names of types of laser beams…

I didn’t grow up reading Science Fiction.  I was a slow reader and the true fascination for me was fantasy, but I could only swallow about a book a year.  So when, for the first time, I sat down to try my sonic-galacto-pen at Sci-Fi, I was stumped and all I could hear, bleeding through my brain in a repetitive, tin-robotic drawl, was “you don’t know anything about science fiction, so you can’t write it.”