Episode 113 – “It’s Scroogemas!”

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast Episode 113

Co-Host: Philippe Perez




It’s Christmas. Bah Humbug. So Philippe joins us for an impromptu show because we’re meant to have a week off but I just can’t do it. We’ll find out about Philippe’s over seas trip, what he’s been writing, what’s been happening with his podcast. We also give our new year resolutions as this is our final show for 2013!

Thanks to all those who have listened over the past year, we hope to have you back for another round next year as we have plenty of guests already booked.


Tale Teller Podcast:

Taleteller is a little podcast made here in Melbourne, Australia (and occasionally in other places) where we talk to writers, bloggers, editors, publishers, entertainers, artists, poets and anyone else involved in the world of writing, art and culture. We’ll explore ideas surrounding the state of writing. What it’s been like in the past, what writing is like in the present and of course what we may see in the future. We’ll try to to have a bit of fun along the way too.

Each podcast features a different guest in our never ending (possibly fruitless) quest to see what perspectives are out there in the literature world.

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Word of the Week:


From http://worldwidewords.org


The literal sense of edacious is “relating to eating”, since it comes from the Latin verb edere, to eat. But even in Latin it had a stronger sense of voracious consumption and that was carried with it into English.

It was brought into the language — surprisingly recently — by classically educated writers at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It never really caught on and is now almost extinct, perhaps because voracious is a better established and more vigorous-sounding alternative.

The Roman writer Ovid created a maxim in his Metamorphoses: “Tempus edax rerum”, time devours everything. As a result, in its rare appearances the word is most likely to be linked with time. Thomas Carlyle used it in this way when he referred to events “swallowed in the depths of edacious time”.



The Spanish have a perfectly respectable word mondongo for the tripes, the stomach linings of cows or oxen that are served as food. Many people adore tripe, especially served with onions, but others find it repulsive to varying degrees. Hence our slang use of tripe for worthless stuff or rubbish.

The English borrowed the Spanish word in the seventeenth century, at first with the same sense, but then hacked it about a bit to fit English mouths, so creating mundungus, and applied it figuratively to any offal or refuse.

Later, it was used in particular for a foul-smelling form of cheap tobacco. In his Journal of A Voyage to Lisbon, published in 1755, Henry Fielding wrote: “It was in truth no other than a tobacco of the mundungus species”. It has largely gone out of use, except when an author is attempting to reinforce an historical period, as Patrick O’Brian does in The Ionian Mission: “If you have finished, Stephen, pray smoke away. I am sure you bought some of your best mundungus in Mahon”.

It’s gained a higher recognition factor in recent years because of the character Mundungus Fletcher who appears in several of the Harry Potter books by J K Rowling. Mr Fletcher is a bad’un, “a smelly sneak thief”, a liar and a cheat, so his name is apposite. Here he’s up to his tricks in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: “Mundungus Fletcher’s put in a claim for a twelve-bedroomed tent with en-suite Jacuzzi, but I’ve got his number. I know for a fact he was sleeping under a cloak propped on sticks.”




Write about your most memorable new years eve party. Did you over indulge, did you kiss the wrong person? Or did you stay at home and mutter about the noise of fireworks from your balcony?

Write about your new years resolutions. Will you stick to them? Probably not.



Tortured Sentences:


Taken from: Dr Whatley’s Homepage: http://mypages.valdosta.edu/mwhatley/writing.htm

When we do see the elderly being active citizen, we categorizing them as falling outside the norming.


Shout Outs:


Adam Remington: (@AdamRemingtonAu) for his amazing tweet today. I’m pleased we keep the world regular.

I enjoy your show. Especially how you’re reliably on time, weekly. More regular than Metamucil!”

Emma for the ongoing support of our show. http://www.exceptionalediting.com.au/

Dee Solberg on Google Plus. Thanks for all the Plus ones! Dee’s Google Plus page.


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