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.

Do you see why we wanted him on the RTP?

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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Stride in Tim’s dark shadow…

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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).

PROMO: “Glow-In-The-Dark Radio” featuring Mike Luoma

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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!).

PROMO: The Tale Chasing Podcast with Kimi Alexandre

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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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20 Minutes with Kameron Hurley

August 12, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurley

Kameron Hurely is a singular voice in the speculative fiction continuum. Not only is she the author of the Bel Dame Apocrypha (comprised of “God’s War“, “Infidel“, and “Rapture“) and the upcoming “Mirror Empire” (hitting shelves August 26), she is also a prodigious blogger, infusing the world with her startling and articulate insights. Brion and I were delighted to have this decorated veteran from the spec fic trenches take the Big Chair at the Table and we spend 20(ish) minutes discussing Wonder Woman on a kangaroo, the responsibility of writers to “own” their words, the idea of making authentic fantasy, and so much more. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll walk away with an armload of writerly goodness (and stay tuned for the fabulousity of Kameron’s Workshop episode).

PROMO: “Broken” by Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere (in podcast audio or on Amazon)

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Workshop Episode 59 (Guest Host: Cat Rambo)

August 5, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 59, with Cat Rambo, Moses Siregar, and August GrappinCat Rambo, weaver of hundreds of lush story tapestries, returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to join co-host Moses Siregar (“Black God’s War“, and the ‘Adventures in SciFi Publishing‘ and ‘Hide and Create’ podcasts) and myself, lending her storytelling mojo in the time-honored tradition of a good frothing brainstorm.

Seeding the thunder clouds of awesomeness is our Guest Writer, August Grappin. Gus brings a most intriguing coming-of-age tale fraught with oracles, fate, and destinies. As the episode unfolds, it becomes clear it’s OUR fate to have a rollicking good time as we brainstorm our way through the tale, unearthing a veritable cornucopia of Literary Gold (and it is YOUR destiny to reap a bountiful harvest of writerly goodness by listening to Cat’s Showcase Episode).

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20 Minutes with Cat Rambo

July 29, 2014 Posted by Dave Robison

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo is the whole marvelous multi-hued package… author of over 200 published tales, World Fantasy Award winner for her editorial work at Fantasy Magazine (yeah… THE Fantasy Magazine), educator and mentor in the literary art, tech geek, nerd, RPG aficionado… oh yeah, and the VP of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (Bam). I can’t think of a better way to officially launch the newly reawakened RTP than with this remarkable individual.

Unless it would be to have Moses Siregar (author of “Black God’s War” and frequent contributor to the awesome Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast, and the equally fabulous Hide and Create podcast) as my guest co-host and wingman. Now THAT would be frickin’ awesome!

Oh… wait…

Yeah we’re kickin’ it off in fine style as Cat, Moses, and I talk about collaborating with yourself, the joys and perils of worldbuilding, the impact of self-publishing on the established authors world, and more (and definitely check out Cat’s Workshop Episode)

PROMO: “Far Lost” serialized novel by John Mierau at ServingWorlds.com

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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 .