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

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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.

20 Minutes with Mary Robinette Kowal

April 12, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal – renowned and lauded puppeteer, author of the exquisite “Shades of Milk and Honey“, “Glamour in Glass“, and “Without a Summer“, co-host of the “Writing Excuses” podcast,  and general purveyor of wonders – combines two qualities that make her an astonishing artist: an incisive and informed perception blended with a playful  spontaneity. The result is a graceful, surprising, and often lush and luxurious storytelling experience. Brion and I were grateful for the opportunity to share 20(ish) minutes of rare conversation as Mary shares her thoughts and insights regarding the “work” of the writing craft, genre issues and what she “really wants to write”, how she cultivates her writerly mojo, and more! (and you can bet we’ll all be scoring some Literary Gold at Mary’s Workshop Episode!)

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Wandering Around in CONfusion 2013 (pt II of II)

April 11, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

antagonist[This is part 2 of a two-part presentation. You can listen to part 1 here...]

We conclude our exploration of the remarkable insights and perspectives Ben Delano (one of the RTP’s certified Wandering Alchemists) brought back from ConFusion 2013. He asked some amazing authors a single question:

What is the ideal antagonist?

Ben brought back so much awesomeness that we had to split it into two episodes (I know… what a heart-breaker, huh?)

In this episode we hear from Mary Robinette Kowal, Alastair Reynolds, Michael J. Sullivan, Sam Sykes, and Patrick S. Tomlinson!

Your Ideal Protagonist: Perspectives from ConFusion 2013 (pt II of II)

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Wandering Around in CONfusion 2013 (pt I of II)

April 10, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

antagonist[This is part one of a two-part presentation. You can listen to part two here...]

Back in January, Ben Delano (certified Wandering Alchemist being just one of his many talents) made the scene at ConFusion 2013. He had a mission: unearth as much Literary Gold as he possibly could. He was armed with a microphone and a question:

What is the ideal antagonist?

We’re delighted to have the chance to share the responses he brought back!  Of course, he brought back so much Gold we had to break it up into two episodes, but that’s never a bad thing.

In this episode we hear from Saladin Ahmed, Peter V. Brett, Myke Cole, Carrie Harris, Jim C. Hines, and Kat Howard!

Your Ideal Protagonist: Perspectives from ConFusion 2013 (pt I of II)

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Workshop Episode 56 (Guest Host: John Anealio)

April 9, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 56, with John Anealio and Patrick TonerJohn Anealio – renowned musician, composer, and songwriter of geek anthems covered in his albums “Laser Zombie Robot Love” and “Sci-Fi Songs” AND co-host at the fabulous Functional Nerds Podcast – returns to the Big Chair and just in the nick of time! Today, we make Roundtable history as we workshop a SONG! Patrick Toner, a man of diverse and distinguished talents, comes to the Roundtable with a fabulous idea for a song and you know us… we just can’t say no. Thank goodness we have John on hand to help us explore these uncharted waters and, while there’s a fair amount of splashing and flailing about on our part, I still think we managed some Literary Gold! (and by all means continue the fun and check out John’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 56 (Guest Host: John Anealio)

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20 Minutes with John Anealio

April 5, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

John Anealio

John Anealio

John Anealio – musician, composer, and geek balladeer who has crafted such classics as “Steampunk Girl“, “George RR Martin is Not Your Bitch“, and so many more – is not someone you’d expect to find on a writing podcast. And yet, John’s life of exploring the creation and performance of music has given him some astonishing experiences and insights into the storyteller’s craft. On top of those credentials, he has massive geek and literary cred from his tenure as founder and co-host of the fabulous Functional Nerds podcast! Brion and I were delighted to share a marvelous 20(ish) minutes of conversation with John, exploring the parallels of music and literature, his approach to the craft of storytelling through music, and more! (and things are definitely gonna get interesting in John’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: Guild of the Cowry Catchers – Book 4” by Abigail Hilton

Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with John Anealio

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Workshop Episode 55 (Guest Host: Patrick E. McLean)

April 2, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 55, with Patrick E. McLean and Patrick Lewis Patrick E. McLean – author of “Unkillable” and “How to Succeed in Evil” and founder of Good Words (Right Order) – returns to apply his unique insights and experience towards helping Ryan Stevenson and I workshop a delicious tale served up by writer, and vocal performer Patrick Lewis. Patrick brings a SciFi tale of corporate corruption, betrayal, all centered around a really sweet caper. It’s Ocean’s Eleven set in the far future and you know we’re gonna have some fun exploring the intricacies of complex characters, crossed motivations, and making everything works out in the end… which is, or course, where everyone finds the huge stack of Literary Gold for the taking! (and if you feel like your stack of writerly goodness could be a little higher, check out Patrick’s Showcase Episode!)

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Workshop Episode 55 (Guest Host: Patrick E. McLean)

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Episode Schedule: April 2013

March 31, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

In APRIL, the Roundtable raises the bar on “Fabulous”!

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