Noble Pen Meeting
March 4, 2010
Happy Chef, 1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die..
— Mel Brooks
— Stephen Colbert
George is working on a new project. He doesn’t know what it is yet. He will supply us with full details as soon as he hears back from himself.
Christine is in the top 1000 contestants for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Currently, she is lamenting the exorbitant cost of 999 hitmen.
Ciuin has sent a completed Petty Theft to beta readers. I volunteered as a beta reader as I am already a beta male.
Dylan posted his commission piece to forums. Readers gushed over it. For those of you that don’t attend regularly, that’s an inside joke. Get it? Inside? Oh, never mind.
Rosemary Clement-Moore explains what writers can learn from the Winter Olympics.
It’s not news, but here’s Terry Pratchett telling a dirty joke.
Again we tried the new critique method. I have not seen overwhelming complaints as of yet, so I’m letting it ride. I slightly altered the instructions to make them more clear.
- Author is coned
- We go around the table and everyone gives up to three positives and up to three things that need work
- At this point the author is un-coned and should ask for any clarification.
- Group conversation including author
I did not include a formal rebuttal in the critique process, even though it is part of many critique groups. Personally, I feel this is counterproductive. However, I’m open to any thoughts on this position.
Thursday, March 4th. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique
Nick – Something new and mysterious
Thursday, March 11th. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique
Ciuin – young adult fantasy
Thursday, March 18th. Happy Chef, 7pm Welcome and Victories, 7:30pm Critique
Shannon – Kodiak, a short story.
Keep Writing, Penites.