Episode 61- It’s A Tournament Of Chance!

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Episode 61 – The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Special Guest: Suzanne Rogers


Suzanne Rogers http://childofyden.wordpress.com/ She often has articles for newbies

Originally from Southern California, S.G. Rogers has lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. She earned her first black belt in taekwondo from martial arts champion Billy Blanks.  Later on, she earned black belts in taekwondo and hapkido from Master Myung Kim. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, S.G. Rogers writes fantasy and romantic fantasy stories.  She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Although she’s most often drawn to speculative fiction, she’s been known to break away to write other genres.  Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.


Tell us about your fantasy novels.


Her latest is “Tournament of Chance” Available via Musa Publishing.


What does fantasy have that a regular novel doesn’t? And how do you think fantasy compares to other genres

You own hairless cats and the photos on your blog are, shall we say, ugly. What are the appeal to you?

What is your writing process?

What is your advice to Newbie Writers?


Writing Prompt:

This is the final Day of NaNoWriMo!

Did you write a novel? How much? Create the very last scene in the book you didn’t write. What must a final scene contain? What can it leave out? What about a cliff hanger?

Word of the Week:



This British term — much better known in Britain and Commonwealth countries than in the US — refers to the pulling of grotesque faces and has often been applied to that action as a competitive activity.

A surviving example is that in the Lake District, where the Egremont Crab-Apple Fair has an annual contest, which they call the World Championship Gurning Competition and which they say dates back to 1266. There is also an Australian national competition that I know of, and there may be others, too.

At one time, such face-pulling contests were a common entertainment at fairs and gatherings around Britain (before the days of radio and television you had to get your fun where you could). The rules at Egremont are simple: competitors put their heads through a horse collar and then have a set time in which to contort their faces into the most gruesome, scary or daft expressions possible. False teeth may be left in or taken out, or even turned upside down if desired. The winner is the person who gets the most audience applause.

The word seems to have been originally Scottish, in the form girn, which — appropriately enough — may have been a contorted form of grin. It has had several meanings, of which the oldest — from medieval times — is still current in Scots and Irish dialect, and which is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as: “to show the teeth in rage, pain, disappointment, etc; to snarl as a dog; to complain persistently; to be fretful or peevish”. These days only the losers in the World Championship Gurning Competition do much of that.

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Tortured Sentences:

From Dr. Michael Pinsky Professor of English at the University of South Florida.

  • “It’s almost a reverse lesbian relationship.”  My head hurts just trying to picture what a reverse lesbian might look like.


Shout outs:

From Daniel Grubb:

My wife and I have recently released an ecook book called 50 Shades of Gravy and, after the christmas rush, we hope it will do quite well.


We are giving 10% of the proceeds to a variety of different charities on a rotational basis.

The first is the Friend of Home Nursing in Birmingham, UK

The second is The Foundation for the Study of Infant Death, UK

The third is the Shine Relief Trust, UK

Would your site like to nominate worthy charities to add to this list? The donations will be given on a per/1500 sales basis and will continue rotating for the life of the book.

A book plug on your group board would be helpful too but is certainly not the reason I am contacting you.

If you think your members may like to make some suggestions, please feel free to publish my email address;


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Grubb

Author and CEO

Fantastic Books Publishing



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