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Ritual Dance Fire (Possible Erikson Podcast)

#1 User is offline   Madness 

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 06:07 PM

Or, Proverbial Campfires. I've heard it both ways ;).

Hi Malazan Empire!

I'm working to help facilitate Erikson's engagement online, prompted in part by his new *official* Facebook author page. A couple comments on his recent essay on characterization have yielded the possibility of at least one strictly Erikson podcast - if not more depending on the response from the fandom (like with Esslemont or Bakker or who knows what possibilities might present themselves in the future). My attempts at witty titles aside, the intriguing hook was simply "fireside chats with Steven Erikson."

For my part, I'd like to serve as a conduit, as best as possible, for Erikson/Esslemont's already existing prodigious fandom. Otherwise, I'd be happy to simply tease oratory from the man himself on any subject from anthropology to writing to life itself. I think he's a fine orator and it's definitely an untapped engagement medium by fantasy authors.

My question to the community: what would you like to listen to Erikson speak on? Writing, academics, Malazan, Lundin, etc, etc? Fair warning, for the first one and definitely for any possible subsequent recordings, I will probably limit world-minutia questions for the time being.

Excited for this opportunity! Cheers, Malazan Empire :).
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 07:55 PM

Podcast! I would love that. Since I started the series I've been looking for a good podcast about it. Personally I would love to hear him speak about writing, reading, books and short stories as the main subject. Interviewing other people would be fantastic. Anthropology of course would be awesome to hear him speak about.

Maybe just a little minutia thrown in at the end or something? All nitty gritty all the time would not be my cup of tea but it just a dash would be awesome.

Would love this.
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Posted 13 November 2017 - 08:43 PM

I ran a minorly popular MMA podcast for several years. Our biggest moment made it on ESPN for a day.

I've heard some great advice from others, which I will put below:

1) First things first, before the website even goes live, get three episodes done. Don't rely on feedback from any audience to make them. See if this excites you all as something to do beyond those three episodes. Iron out kinks too, but that's less important than figuring out if this is an endeavor worth pursuing.

2) scripts help, especially ones that have short questions followed by longer answers

3) having disagreements is good for the podcast, as people like conflict and it also pushes us to better define things and bridge frames of reference. But it helps if the disagreement is genuine, rather than just being shit stirring.
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 07:56 AM

Would love to hear Erikson discuss more on his actual writing process. His routine and his experience developing a book and editing.

I'd like to learn more on his ideas for good characterization, (what I've read so far on his official page has been amazing!) but also interested in how he approaches Character and plot development.

Would love atleast one podcast on dialogue.

It might be particularly endearing to hear him discuss challenges in his current work aswell. Or talk to other authors about challenges faced in producing their more recognized work.
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Posted 16 November 2017 - 03:43 PM

I've been a lurker on this forum for a while. This is the topic that finally gave me the push to create an account. I think an Erikson podcast would be a wonderful idea.

I personally would love to hear him talk about crafting your own style, plotting and even vocabulary usage and development.

I'm sure there are articles and essays where he talks about these things but a podcast would be a much more intimate way to to get his point across.

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Posted 16 November 2017 - 04:45 PM

View Postnicetrout, on 13 November 2017 - 07:55 PM, said:

Podcast! I would love that. Since I started the series I've been looking for a good podcast about it. Personally I would love to hear him speak about writing, reading, books and short stories as the main subject. Interviewing other people would be fantastic. Anthropology of course would be awesome to hear him speak about.

Maybe just a little minutia thrown in at the end or something? All nitty gritty all the time would not be my cup of tea but it just a dash would be awesome.

Would love this.


Thanks, nicetrout.

We're moving *organically* forward as we can - I'm hoping if Erikson finds me amicable we might make this a monthly and given the response so far I don't doubt that are topics he could speak on for years more - especially given his current efforts in reaching out directly to his audience.

View Postamphibian, on 13 November 2017 - 08:43 PM, said:

I ran a minorly popular MMA podcast for several years. Our biggest moment made it on ESPN for a day.

I've heard some great advice from others, which I will put below:

1) First things first, before the website even goes live, get three episodes done. Don't rely on feedback from any audience to make them. See if this excites you all as something to do beyond those three episodes. Iron out kinks too, but that's less important than figuring out if this is an endeavor worth pursuing.

2) scripts help, especially ones that have short questions followed by longer answers

3) having disagreements is good for the podcast, as people like conflict and it also pushes us to better define things and bridge frames of reference. But it helps if the disagreement is genuine, rather than just being shit stirring.


Cheers, amphibian.

1) All parties are agreed on one so far with the possibility of more going forward. I'm the "mastermind" (hardly) behind the very amateur TSACast for R. Scott Bakker's fandom so I have "experience" ;) (which reminds me, I have to put both the new track and archive tracks back up, as currently there is only the second most recent one up and it very well might have been our worst example).

2) Very much part of the reason I wanted to crowdsource the fandom. When we started TSACast not having an itinerary/rubric of some sort quickly led into chaos - though, the idea behind that one is always about having a new forum member on and having some kind of theme/plot/character to our roundtable.

I think, had I just gone it alone, the recording may very well have turned into mostly a conversation about anthropology, writing, and life, the universe, and everything - if only because those rare occasions I've heard him speak are mesmerizing. Such an intelligent human!

3) Lol, I will never shit stir with Erikson! I knew Bakker personally long before I started the Second Apocalypse or TSACast, so a little ribbing is appropriate sometimes there. However, I do think I can... maybe hold my own (?) with Erikson (though that seems like a very bold claim on my part ;)).

View PostDolmen 2.0, on 16 November 2017 - 07:56 AM, said:

Would love to hear Erikson discuss more on his actual writing process. His routine and his experience developing a book and editing.

I'd like to learn more on his ideas for good characterization, (what I've read so far on his official page has been amazing!) but also interested in how he approaches Character and plot development.

Would love atleast one podcast on dialogue.

It might be particularly endearing to hear him discuss challenges in his current work aswell. Or talk to other authors about challenges faced in producing their more recognized work.


Thanks, Dolmen.

All ideas that seem to have arisen on the Erikson author page, though I'm just today linking that post around to the Malazan Empire group and r/fantasy and other forums out there - which I have already been around developing interest in Bakker, of course.

I have a page and a half already that I'll break down into similar ideas/topics, bullet points that might start forming a structure of this first attempt, anyhow (and will provide plenty of fodder going forward).

View PostLucent Galaxy, on 16 November 2017 - 03:43 PM, said:

I've been a lurker on this forum for a while. This is the topic that finally gave me the push to create an account. I think an Erikson podcast would be a wonderful idea.

I personally would love to hear him talk about crafting your own style, plotting and even vocabulary usage and development.

I'm sure there are articles and essays where he talks about these things but a podcast would be a much more intimate way to to get his point across.


Great name, LG. Glad to here this inspired you to join the fray.

I agree with you on Erikson's oratory - which was the impetus behind my comments that lead to this possibility in the first place. I'm sure as much as the fandom likes reading his essays and articles, audio is a different animal - and certainly a medium that can be experienced when you can't read (hence, the explosion of audiobooks and podcasts over the years).

Cheers all, will continue to flitter around the internet collating idea data ;D!

This post has been edited by Madness: 16 November 2017 - 04:49 PM

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Posted 20 November 2017 - 05:24 PM

I would like Steve to talk about his writing process. Example: does he plan his plot or writes and discover? How does he piece his plot together given that he has complex stories. As a writer, I am curious to know about this. Thank you.
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Posted 23 November 2017 - 01:43 AM

Questions asked by a good many, Dani_caw. Welcome to Malazan Empire :).
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