Noble Pen Meeting, November 19th, 2009

Noble Pen Meeting

November 19th, 2009
Happy Chef, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

That man won’t quit as long as he can still draw a breath. None of my teammates will. Me? I’ve got a different problem. I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard, always taking constant care not to break something, to break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment, or someone could die. But you can take it, can’t you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am.
Superman, Justice League Unlimited

Thank You

Sharon Helgens gave a great talk Thursday night about dealing with rejections and submissions, about finding the niche for your writing, and about all the work that goes into writing for the short story market. Hopefully, she can stop by again.


The Usher’s Ferry people recommended Ciuin to an editor to do a book on Gypsies in Iowa.  She also made a great contact at a Holocaust presentation at the U of I. But she did have some bad news: her GPS unit is making dangerous suggestions.

I have written 20,000 words so far for Nano. I also wrote a 2 page synopsis for Call of the Beast in case agents want it with my queries. My wrists are bleeding. Is this Stigmata? I hope not–I really didn’t like that movie.

Julie finished a scientific paper she is hoping to sell to a medical journal. She explained to us what it was about, but our eyes glazed over, which ironically is one of the symptoms.


I found this great web site on fiction tropes.

Amazon has created a PC Kindle app, opening the Kindle market to anyone with a PC, a Kindle or an iPhone. This is great news because some out-of-print books can be obtained for $1 or $2 in the Kindle format–even though it sucks reading on a computer.

Children’s book agents are mean. Okay, maybe harshly realistic would be the fair assessment.

Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, November 19. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm

No Critique

Nanowrimo write-in. Bring your laptop. Stay as long as you want.

Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving – no meeting.

Thursday, December 3rd. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique

Shannon – Hard Luck, Chapter Eight.


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