Category: ‘The Podcast’

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 .

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)…


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…)

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


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.

Trends and Tropes of our First 52 Episodes

March 16, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

statisticsOne 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.

Thank you so much for this, Peter… the patterns and rhythms of the year affirm the path we’re on and help us chart our course for the year ahead. We’re in your debt, sir! :)

Congratulations on completing a full year of roundtable podcast. I have continued listening and analyzing the story pitches. I’m sure you are interested in the results, but I need to, as you say “Cover my ass”.

In categorizing the Genre/themes/tropes/etc. of the stories pitched on “The Roundtable Podcast” the assessments were my own subjective judgment.

That is not to say that I was arbitrary. I spent time considering things like “Are all Post-Apocalyptic stories Dystopian?” or “Mystery, Conspiracy, and Espionage stories all depend on secrets, does that make them the same?” (I decide no and no by the way. On the other hand I did decide that Dystopian does require Conspiracy.)

So here is what I found…


New Roundtable Podcast Promo!

October 27, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

Seeing as how Brion and I (with some help from some truly remarkable people) have been doing The Roundtable Podcast for almost EIGHT MONTHS it seemed like a good time to put together a new promo for the show! Check it out and let us know what you think.

If you’re a podcaster, please feel free to download the MP3 and include it in any promotional spots you may have in your show. And drop us a line when you do so we can thank you and return the favor (quid pro quo, baby!)

 The Latest Roundtable Podcast Promo|titles=Roundtable

(You can download it here…)

Roundtable Sightings in the Podosphere

October 10, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

podcastingI looked up from mixing, narrating, interviewing, and workshopping recently and realized that we have a lot of generous friends in the podosphere.

These fine people have been kind enough to offer Brion and I the opportunity to be a part of their podcasts, either as guests or participants in one way or another. Knowing the work involved in producing a podcast and the importance of providing strong content to listeners, we’re pleased and honored to have been invited to these wonderful Islands of Awesomeness in the podcast community.

Even I had to dig through my memory (and Google) to find some of these, so I’m betting many of you weren’t aware of these jewels of interview goodness. Here they are with convenient links (and if I’ve overlooked someone, please forgive me and chalk it up to a new cerebral condition I call “Frothing Teflon Brain”. Let me know and I’ll add it to the post poste haste). (more…)