June 18, 2009: Noble Pen Meeting

Noble Pen Meeting

June 18, 2009
Happy Chef, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

A writer who obtains his full purpose loses himself in his own lustre.
–Samuel Johnson

Don Murray, a former editor at Time, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the author of 10 books on writing says that at age 73, he is still a young writer trying to learn his craft.
–Ken O’Quinn, Communication World, Oct 1998


Ian washed a new story and turned in his car for critique.

Becky has fixed her desktop, but claims she can’t tell us how she did it. I have it on good authority that she is now wanted by authorities in Nova Scotia.

Give George huge props. He has built us a wonderful new website, http://www.noblepencr.org, and footed the bill. I helped with the graphics, but is still not as cool as this site.

Bill won last week’s writing contest and took home a copy of “No Plot? No Problem!” by Chris Baty.  I think the organizers fixed the whole thing.


Lynn Viehl hates your antagonist. (Mine too.)

The BBC has a piece on songs influenced by JG Ballard, the piece is wasted on me as none of the songs are by Koda Kumi.

Finally, someone explains why all media comes out on Tuesday–including new windows viruses.

Upcoming Critiques

Thursday, June 18. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique

Exodus Chapter 5, by Nick. All the folders he brought to Happy Chef were passed out.

Revelation, Chapters 32-?, by Scott Clark. Visit his website at saclark.com, navigate to the “Publishers” tab, and click on the “NP” button to download copies of this section. If you cannot access his website, email him

Thursday, June 25. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique

Something by Wendy

A Convenient Truth by Ian


George has given us a contest for this week. Come up with a ten word or less slogan for the Noble Pen web site (http://www.noblepencr.org). Mine is going to be “More fun than Monkey Steals the Peach.”

You keep writing, I’m going to go watch that Koda Kumi video again.