Monthly Archives: December 2009

Noble Pen Holiday Note

Noble Pen Holiday Note

Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.
–Christopher Moore, The Stupidest Angel

Just a Quick Note

Due to the inconsiderate timing of Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, our next meeting will be January, 7th 2010. I’ll put out a newsletter around the 2nd. Unless anyone else requests a slot, you can all look forward to either Chapter 3&4 of my Nano piece or possibly a talk about strategic vs. tactical editing.

See you in the new year.


Noble Pen Meeting, December 17th, 2009

Noble Pen Meeting

December 17th, 2009
Happy Chef, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Assume a virtue if you have it not
–William Shakespeare

One head lacks the power of many. One head is corruptible. One head is removable.
–Benjamin Franklin


Ian is being harassed by textbook publishers carrying sharp objects and hair clippers

I sent out five query letters. Two of them got auto-replies. Apparently, New York is closed at the moment. They are obviously too torn up over Tiger Woods’ lack of fidelity.

News is purposefully losing money on e-books. This makes publishers mad, even though Amazon is the one losing the money.

Per my victory above, it looks like New York does take it easy this time of year.

Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, December 17th. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique

Shannon – Chapters One and Two of my Nano piece which I have no real name for. Hopefully I will have chapters ready tomorrow evening. Sunday at the latest.

Thursday, December 24th

I don’t think anyone wants to meet this day.

Keep Writing


Noble Pen Meeting, December 10th, 2009

Noble Pen Meeting

December 10th, 2009
Happy Chef, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.
–Robert A. Heinlein

I have never experienced another human being. I have experienced my impressions of them.
–Robert Anton Wilson


George has read enough books with penguins on the cover that he can now receives a discount on Penguin books.

Ciuin finished a huge thick book.

I finished Nanowrimo, and I am now going to take some time off and read for a change.

Ian tricked his students by copying his last quiz questions directly from the homework with no changes. His students now have a new name for him.

News has a list of their favorite book covers of the year.

Behold the Sports Illustrated of the future.

The agent’s assistant known online as the Rejectionist gives us a look at the slush pile.

Upcoming Schedule

Thursday, December 10th. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique

Shannon – Hard Luck, Chapter Eight. On my website  or email me.

Empty slot. I invoke a round table discussion. Topic is electronic publishing and promotion–blogs, podcasts, e-readers, and Scribd-like sites.

Keep Writing