The Noble Pen for Aug 25, 2011

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Aug 25th, 2011  7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


After thinning the mailing list to those who have recently shown definite interest, we still have about 16, including some who are currently too busy with life in general to attend but intend to return, and two who moved away and still want to follow our activities.  Anyone can also follow us on the web page,


Tony returned from the Ragged Edge conference, a gathering of 100 people in Kentucky to talk about writing.  He rubbed elbows with some favorite authors, and an established publisher starting a new flash fiction, to whom he submitted a piece.  His elbows are still sore.

Shanna finished a summer internship at Rockwell, and wrote a paper on how she helped them.  We’re not sure if she is calling that autobiography or fiction.

Dylan will beta read a new novel for an author he met at a Con, to be that author’s sixth self-published work.

Kate met her writing quota on her novel this week, besides editing the first two chapters in anticipation of submitting them for review.   She also got a library card so she can catch up on favorite authors.


If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur. ~Doug Larson

Dylan recommends this summary of apostrophe use.  I think he just liked the funny illustrations:

I’ll add to what they said about “its”, which is one of my pet peeves.
it’s = it is, a contraction
its = is the possessive, like his and hers, which also don’t have apostrophes.

Upcoming Schedule

August 25 th


September 1 st


September 8 th

Tyree’s quick lesson on commas.

Keep Writing,