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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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

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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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20 Minutes with Patrick E. McLean

March 29, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

Patrick E. McLean

Patrick E. McLean

Patrick E. McLean isn’t really all that interested in how things have been done. Sure, it’s useful for a sense of context and perspective, but if you’re going to imagine a new future, you simply can’t let “convention” get in the way. As the author of “Unkillable” and the “How to Succeed in Evil” series of fiction as well as the founder of “Good Words (Right Order)“, Patrick has stepped boldly off the path and, in doing so, discovered a wealth of insight and inspiration. During this 20(ish) minutes of discourse he shares generously of both with Ryan Stevenson and myself, discussing the “work” of creativity, the value of performance in the context of writing, how things go right (and wrong) and so much more!  (and all this creative mojo is put to the test in in Patrick’s Workshop Episode!)

PROMO: The Secret World Chronicleby Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, and Veronica Giguere

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Workshop Episode 54 (Guest Host: Leanna Renee Hieber)

March 26, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 54, with Leanna Renee Hieber and Mac McEntire Leanna Renee Hieber – performer, playwright, and author of lush and luxurious tales of dark Victorian and Gothic splendor – returns to the Big Chair to help Brion and I workshop a marvelous magical spin on a venerable theater superstition offered up by Guest Writer Mac McEntire.  Mac’s tale may be YA or midgrade, but it’s filled with many levels of genuine drama, humor, and character nuance. With all our theatrical enthusiasm escalating our natural delight in seeking out the awesomeness of a story, we all find many paths to explore on our way to a mountain of Literary Gold! (and if you are somehow able to hold more writerly goodness in your head, check out Leanna’s Showcase Episode!)

PROMO: “A Minor Magic by Justin R. Macumber

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