Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blights of the Round Table

Not long ago, we were approached to appear as guests (guest hosts?) on The Roundtable Podcast, which is a show about writing, podcasting, and professional storytelling over at  It would seem that their next guest writer, R.E. Chambliss, had asked if Rish Outfield and Big Anklevich could be the guest hosts on the episode she appeared on.

Renee has been extraordinarily nice to us over the year(s?), and we were happy to get together for an interview and brainstorming session with Dave Robison and Brion Humphrey, the guys behind Roundtable.

In the first episode, the four of us talk a little about the Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, and what we've learned as fiction editors (you know the first rule already: "Read it aloud before you send it out").  That's right here:

The second episode can be found here:
That was the one where we talked about Renee's idea.  It's sort of a spin-off of the novel she's just completed, where she takes a subplot from that narrative and, rather brilliantly, develops it as its own potentially-expandable property.*

She talked about her novel, and her ideas for the side project, then we passed the microphone around to ask questions and make suggestions.  It was a lot of fun, and actually kind of fascinating.

We didn't really find out if any of that was helpful to Renee, but she's too classy to have let on if it wasn't.  Even so, it should be pretty entertaining to listen to, whether hours long or edited short.  The conversation went for quite a long time, and I really enjoyed being around such creative people, even if we weren't on the same page, and Rish seemed to think his ideas were more valid than everybody else's in the group.** 

Check out the knights of the Roundtable sometime.  They like to push the pram a lot.

Rish and Big

*Wait, is "property" the right word?  That's a movie industry term, I know . . . but in a way, it's like that, like a spin-off from one show that ended up being more long-lived than the original show.  I know there's examples, but "Joanie Loves Chachi" is the only one that's coming to mind, and that doesn't work.

**Funny, that.  I imagine, if the conversation was about involuntarily sleeping alone, his insights would be more valid than everybody else's.  More experience and all.

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