This will be the third Tuesday that’s blown by with no new RTP, so clearly it’s time to explain what’s…
Where’s today’s episode? That’s a heartbreaking story, actually.
Yesterday, when I sat down to produce the episode we had recorded on Friday with Michael R. Underwood, John Moreton, and co-host Lauren “Scribe” Harris, I discovered the audio files had been corrupted. Both the 20 Minutes With interview and the Workshop Episode were garbled beyond redemption.
With me heading out for CONfusion this week, there’s no time to re-record or devise anything to fill those release slots. So, for the first time in the history of the RTP, we’re going miss our scheduled episode releases for the next two weeks.
This is heartbreaking on many levels. I hadn’t realize how much amazing insight and discovery happens in these episodes until I’m confronted with the idea of NOT being able to share these conversations with you. It feels like a betrayal of the mandate of the podcast.
Regardless, I apologize for the gap in your podcatchers. I promise this is a temporary hiccup in the flow of awesomeness from the RTP and I’ll be adjusting processes to ensure this bit of unforeseen mayhem never happens again. I deeply appreciate your understanding.
I have a love/hate relationship with contests. Welcome to my conflicted, over-thought life. On the one hand, it’s a proving…
I love this. I really do. The opportunity to showcase the talent and vision of creative people is a blast,…
The challenge was made: come up with a better “Hero vs. Hero” superhero movie. The gauntlet was thrown… and NINE…
Larry Santoro has passed away. There is a silence in the world that wasn’t there before, echoes where once there was joyful noise. The warm radiance cast by this remarkable gentleman will be deeply missed… it will be reflected forever in the lives of those he touched with his tales and generous spirit.
Conventionally, “taking care of myself” 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.
One of the many distinguishing aspects of the Roundtable Podcast is our listeners. In addition to showing unparallelled good taste, they’re a creative and insightful crew, always keen to find a new way to look at what everyone thinks they’ve already seen.
One such listener is Peter Ellis. Six months ago, he showed us the trends and tropes of our first 25 episodes. And now, at our one year anniversary, Peter has graciously returned and delivered an even more thorough and revealing summary of an entire year of story workshops.
Peter Ellis – whose name you may recognize from the many insightful comments he’s contributed to various posts – has indulged in some statistical research and presented us with an intriguing gift: A breakdown of the stories that we’ve workshopped!
With Brion and I having our heads “deep in the weeds” and focusing on individual episodes, we can’t always see the trends and cycles of the stories we’re engaging with each week. It’s enlightening to be provided with a birds-eye view of the genres, themes, and tropes that have been workshopped on the show.
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’s two weeks later – only FIVE DAYS LEFT – 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 and we want to help too!
We’re crossing double digits in our episode count in a week. That and our recent Parsec Nomination (still reeling from that amazing bit of news) make it a good time – because time seems to fly so fast – to pull off the headphones, lift our hands from the keyboard for a moment and reflect. There are a lot of thoughts and emotions furiously sparking and catalyzing right now, but one shines brighter than all the rest…
Each week (starting March 6, 2012), Roundtable hosts Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey – joined by authors, publishers and other literati – invite writers to present ideas for stories they’re developing. What follows is a no-holds-barred discussion of the story’s plot, character, pacing, and theme, in an attempt to transform rough concepts and unformed ideas into literary gold (i.e. a writable story).
In this second pre-episode Dave and Brion share some news about upcoming Guest Hosts, clarify misconceptions regarding copyright, and explore some of the discoveries made in the last few weeks.
Each week (starting March 6, 2012), Roundtable hosts Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey – joined by authors, publishers and other literati – invite writers to present ideas for stories they’re developing. What follows is a no-holds-barred discussion of the story’s plot, character, pacing, and theme, in an attempt to transform rough concepts and unformed ideas into literary gold.
This pre-episode is much more informal with Dave and Brion introducing themselves to listeners, sharing backgrounds and experiences, and then expounding on the podcast itself. Show formats, legal stuff, and a general overview of the episodes to come is discussed.
The Roundtable Podcast is a writer’s podcast.
Now, there are a LOT of outstanding writer’s podcasts out there. Heck, we at RTP listen to a bunch of them and you’ll find links to many more here on the site.
We’re going to focus on a very specific aspect of the writing process… the ideas.