I started listening to The Roundtable Podcast not long after the first episode hit the web. I find it to be simply fascinating. A writer presents a story, and the hosts, Dave Robison and Brion Humphries, along with a guest host (always some kick ass author), workshop the story. They dig into it and figure out what works and what doesn’t. New ideas are introduced and bounced around, and the characters are dissected. I don’t see how a writer could not relish the creation of a story and new story ideas. I longed to be a part of it.
Fat Boy Hero had been swimming around in my head for several years. The story was nowhere near ready to be written and had plenty of holes that needed to be plugged. It was the logical choice. I went to the website and submitted my story. Soon after, I was on Skype recording a session with Dave, Brion, and special guest author, Michael R. Underwood.
It was an amazing experience, and way more than I hoped for. I made out like a bandit. I now have so many wonderful ideas to draw from. I have a theme to work with, and a much stronger plot. All of the characters have grown as a result of this experience. Fat Boy Hero is going to be one hell of a good story.
If you are not familiar with The Roundtable Podcast, you can find their site here.
You can find Michael R. Underwood’s site here. I highly recommend you read Geekomancy, by Michael R. Underwood. It is a really great book and a fun adventure.