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Apr 5, 2016

My guest on today’s show is writer, poet, book-seller, “newpaperist,” and runner Robert Earl Stewart.  Robert and I,or Bob as I have always known him, go way back. We both grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. In the mid-1980s when we were 13 and 14 years old, he and I created the Role Playing Wrestling Alliance, an amazing, all-consuming game that was at once part Dungeons andDragons, WWE/WWF, and repository of our own intense brand of imaginary violence. The game consumed us for two to three years and in some way, had an influence on each of our professionalpaths. 

This week, Robert has a wonderfully-written article coming outabout our monstrous and fantastic creation in the upcoming issue of Canadian Notes and Queries (www.notesandqueries.ca ). In this conversation, we get into that (I think the article hasseveral belly laughs), and we end discussing a range interesting topics, including:

•The RPWA - the game we created and a great example of one of life's "dots" (as made famous by Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford commencement speech) for the both of us;
•The art of story-telling – how to tell a great story
•What makes good writing;
•The media, particularly the newspaper industry – Robert spent several years in newspapers, including a long stint as the editor of a local paper at a time of profound change as the industry moved from print to digital media;
•The dying craft of the “newpaperist"
•Poetry – Robert has had two poetry books published;
•Running – Robert went from needing to see a cardiologist to losing 160 pounds (73 kgs) and running half marathons in the spaceof 1.5 years.  Robert is currently working on a book about running.

It is a fun conversation that I am certain you will enjoy!

Show notes:

Robert on Twitter: https://twitter.com/earlofbob

Robert on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robertearlstewart/

Robert on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3102353.Robert_Earl_Stewart

Canadian Notes and Queries: www.notesandqueries.ca

Biblioasis: http://biblioasis.com/

Robert’s first poetry book Something Burned Alongthe Southern Border: http://mansfieldpress.net/2011/09/somethung-burned-along-the-southern-border/

Robert’s second poetry book Campfire RadioRhapsody: http://mansfieldpress.net/2011/09/campfire-radio-rhapsody/

Book recommendation Y.T.: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25937717-y-t?from_new_nav=true&ac=1&from_search=true

Book recommendation Exemplary Departures: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27416805-exemplary-departures

Portrait of Robert by Melanie Janisse Barlow (https://twitter.com/mingot  andhttps://www.instagram.com/melaniejanissepaint/

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