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First Anniversary Episode, Part II (Guest Hosts: J. Daniel Sawyer and John Mierau)

March 19, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, First Anniversary Episode pt II, with J. Daniel Sawyer, John Mierau, and Dave RobisonWe conclude our anniversary celebration with a remarkable workshop worthy of the first year of our quest for Literary Gold.

We have our returning Guest Host, J. Daniel Sawyer – author of sweeping sci-fi thrillers, rich and complex mysteries, comprehensive guides and resources for writers, and so many more artistic and literary explorations – lending his substantial vision and experience to the workshop. Add to that the articulate and insightful John Mierau, another veteran Guest Host of the Roundtable and crafter of exquisite tales with casts of nuanced and complex characters. With these two creative trailblazers as our guides we launch into a workshop… of my story!

John Mierau

John Mierau

My tale of a young woman’s shame in denying her child an honorable death in a culture that reveres their sacrificed innocents spawns a remarkable discussion, affirming once again our decision to bring seasoned and experienced authors to the table. Dan, John, and Brion all helped reveal layers of both the story AND my approach to it that gave a new appreciation of my own process and the depth of the story I had undertaken. In short, it was a smorgasbord of Literary Gold. (and you can load your plate with more fabulous insights at Dan’s Showcase Episode AND you can check out John’s Past Showcase and Workshop Episodes as well)

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Anniversary Episode, pt II (Guest Hosts: J. Daniel Sawyer and John Mierau)

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Episode Schedule: March 2013

March 7, 2013 Posted by Dave Robison

MARCH at the Roundtable… celebrating our First Year of Literary Gold!

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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Wrap Up!

December 2, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

And around the world, a great sigh of relief went up among the writers. Some sighs were followed by cheers as the words were tallied and it was revealed that the sacred count of 50,000 been reached. But whatever their word count, the writers knew they had achieved something… they had made a commitment to their story and themselves that can’t be measured in mere words.

It has been a remarkable journey these last 30 days as we followed these writers through their unique challenges of NaNoWriMo. As each of them shared their strategies and experiences, we all gleaned a wealth of insight into what it takes to reach the 50K goal. And now, with NaNoWriMo complete, we reach out to them one more time to learn how they did and what comes next.

If you’re just joining us, check out our initial interview and workshop and Halfway Followup with all four creageous (creative and courageous) members of our NaNoWriMo Team:

 

The NaNoWriMo Project – The Wrap Up!

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The NaNoWriMo Project – Halfway There

November 19, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

Sounds like a Bon Jovi song, doesn’t it? Ooooo, we’re halfway there… 0000OOO, livin’ on a prayer! But these four NaNoWriMo-ers aren’t relying on prayers to reach that exalted finish line of 50,000 words (although we’re certainly prayin’, cheerin’, and rootin’ for them). With only a couple weeks left, they’re applying every ounce of discipline and dedication to reach their goal.

And the challenges before them are not insignificant. Real life doesn’t take a holiday for NaNoWriMo, and that includes day jobs, academic responsibilities (tests?!), professional responsibilities, extracurricular commitments, family duties, health issues, and technical difficulties! And don’t forget holidays (Thanksgiving isn’t canceled, after all) ! This is an epic journey for our writing team and we spoke to each of them (briefly) to see how they’re doing, find out what they’ve learned so far, and hear their plans for these last two weeks.

If you’re just joining us, check out our initial interview and workshop with all four creageous (creative and courageous) members of our NaNoWriMo Team:

 

The NaNoWriMo Project – Halfway There

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The NaNoWriMo Project (4 of 4)

October 31, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

And so we come to the conclusion, the final workshop/prep session with our four remarkable writers.  NaNoWriMo begins tomorrow and they will be joining the thousands of bold and dedicated writers who will be burning up their keyboards to crank out the 1,667 words a day required to make the 50,000 word deadline in 30 days.

We hope these discussions have helped focus or inspire some of you to word-count greatness. Check back in a few weeks… Jared and I will be touching base with each of our writers to discover how they’ve been doing, celebrating their achievements as they go and exploring the challenges they didn’t expect and how they’ve overcome them.

This is only the beginning! The prep is done… now everyone gets to GO WRITE! :)

The NaNoWriMo Project – part 4 of 4

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The NaNoWriMo Project (3 of 4)

October 30, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

It’s NaNoWriMo-Eve! Soon, thousands of bold and dedicated writers will be getting down to the business of crafting 50,000 words of fabulous story in 30 days. To support and celebrate those brave souls, The Roundtable Podcast invited four remarkable writers to gather at the table and share their own preparations for this epic annual event.

The discussion continues – as well as the brainstorming goodness – in this third chapter of the four-part podcast. The quest for writerly goodness, literary gold, and NaNoWriMo inspiration carries on!

The NaNoWriMo Project – part 3 of 4

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The NaNoWriMo Project (2 of 4)

October 29, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

In support of the thousands of bold and dedicated writers accepting the 2012 NaNoWriMo challenge (to get 50,000 words on paper in a month), The Roundtable Podcast invited four remarkable writers to gather at the table and share their own preparations for the NaNoWriMo event.

We continue the discussion – and the fabulous brainstorming – in this second chapter of the four-part podcast. Writerly goodness is had, literary gold achieved, and a NaNoWriMo inspiration fostered!

The NaNoWriMo Project – part 2 of 4

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The NaNoWriMo Project (1 of 4)

October 28, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

NaNoWriMo Coat of Arms

Each year, thousands of bold and dedicated writers accept the NaNoWriMo challenge: get 50,000 words on paper in a month. This challenge has been a catalyzing moment for many writers where they discover that productive word counts are achievable. With that discovery, the ultimate goal of publication is one step closer to reality.

At The Roundtable Podcast, we support this worthy ambition wholeheartedly, and we wanted to help… so we invited four remarkable writers to gather at the table and share their own preparations for the NaNoWriMo event.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be the Roundtable without some brainstorming, so everyone dives in and helps workshop each other’s stories. This is writerly goodness, literary gold, and a NaNoWriMo preparation all rolled into one!

The NaNoWriMo Project – part 1 of 4

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Workshop Episode 20 (Guest Host: John Mierau)

July 17, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

The Roundtable Podcast, Workshop Episode 20, with John Mierau and Jay Langejans John Mierau – whose literary endeavors span genres and media with intriguing tales that explore the boundaries of speculative fiction – returns to the Big Comfy Chair at the Roundtable to help workshop a tale offered by writer and podcaster Jay Langejans. Jay’s dystopian aquatic scifi story generated a lot of excitement around the table and everybody dove in and splashed around.  This is classic Roundtable goodness, friends… a fabulous story idea, a brilliant guests, and literary gold flying around at every turn. (and check out John’s Showcase Episode for even more literary gold)

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Workshop Episode 20 (Guest Host: John Mierau)

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20 Minutes with John Mierau

July 13, 2012 Posted by Dave Robison

John Mierau

John Mierau

John Mierau is someone you want to talk to. I mean, he’s definitely someone you want to read because his works are startling, innovative, and richly crafted. But the depth and insight (and humor) that comprise John’s outlook on life, writing, and the creative process are things that come up almost immediately once you start a conversation with him. And that, my friends, will be time well spent. We were fortunate to have John spend 20(-ish) minutes with us where he shared some honest and inspiring perspectives on how he does what he does… a fabulous conversation we’re proud to share with you. (and tune in to John’s Workshop Episode!)

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Showcase Episode: 20 Minutes with John Mierau

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