Noble Pen Meeting
March 10th, 2011
Scott’s Family Restaurant
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto.
It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon. Of course, as everyone predicted, Nick Tharalson’s ice fishing equipment rental business went under. Nick saw early on that the business wasn’t doing so well, as everyone in town has more of ice-fishing gear than they could ever use, usually passed down from their grandfathers. Last week, Nick was spotted several times at dusk, pushing his shack towards the thin side of the ice.
Tony Mione was seen hiking with his fourteen children. It’s kind of a sad thing to watch, really. No matter how often he takes them out into the wilderness, they always make it back.
And once again, Bill Hart organized the Sons of Knute Pancake Breakfast. This year, his wife Karen supervised, given the tragic events of last year’s pancake breakfast in which twelve bachelor Norwegian farmers were killed.
The Times has an article on why authors abandon projects.
Cat Rambo has some tips on sentence and paragraph construction.
An interesting note about how libraries and e-books are clashing.
Keep Writing, Penites.