This is an episode of the Libation Liberation Front podcast.
David Robison of The Roundtable Podcast joined us for another interview from Balticon. We started on a splendid note, enjoying one of our go to cocktails, a Manhattan, teasing out the parallels between the craft of mixing and that of telling stories.
From there, we talked a bit about David’s experience of Balticon and conventions, generally, as both a writer and a podcaster. We all agreed that while Balticon is a bit different from the common experience, it offers a very valuable experience for peer media folks like us. David expanded on that, comparing immersion in the fan culture to that of the celebrity culture. He shared his experiences from Dragon*Con as an example, which matched my last experiences of the same convention, especially in terms of the overwhelming scale. The smaller cons, by contrast, tend to encourage connecting and re-connecting. The closest I found to that at larger cons is if they are tightly enough organized along programming lines to feel like a federation of smaller cons in one place.
John asked David to explain a bit more about The Roundtable Podcast. If you are unfamiliar, it sound like a phenomenal way to connect with both new and established authors as well as to hear amazing insights and epiphanies arising from intentionally bringing together highly creative folks to work on an idea together, firmly rooted in the craft of writing. I asked a bit more about the genesis of the show, the answering of which involved “The Dave Rut” and the increasing need to distract David from the risk of road rage.
John related the idea and inspirations for David’s show to the unique opportunities to explore and unpack long form writing in podcasts, well beyond traditional media, especially when the desire is to support the creation, improvement and sharing of more story telling in this style. David related that to the choice of format, especially the right mix of voices and very careful curation that leads to a surprising amount of generativity in a forty-five minute show. David told us how the show has affected him through the intentional inversion, with guest hosts and him and his usual co-host, Brion Humphrey, in the hot seats.
From a deeper dive into the writing experience and craft, David led us into thinking about the power of community, the power of many people with a common goal. I expressed a thought on a panel, earlier, about the egalitarian nature of the medium of podcasting. David unpacked that beautifully, just in terms of the impact and effect of even a modest experience podcasting, with a listenership of even just a few. I offered a later panel on this very topic, on the peer nature of podcasting, with one of the stand out successes of our community, Scott Sigler, who continues to pay forward that very power. We talked about ways to honor and sustain that power from the simplest sharing of each other’s promotions to more intentionally crafted intersections of voices, interests and even potentially audiences.
We finish on a contemplation of the power of curiosity, as David said it so well, “the green teeth, hungry teeth that keep us young, and hungery, and wise.”
Authors we mentioned include Mur Lafferty, J. Daniel Sawyer, Nathan Lowell, Gail Carriger, Alasdair Stuart, Christopher Moore, John Mierau, and Michael Sullivan. Podcasts mentioned include The Dead Robots Society, I Should Be Writing, and the Escape Artists podcasts.
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