The Noble Pen for Oct 20, 2011

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Oct 20th, 2011  7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Early science fiction and adventure writer Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), is to be honored by a US postage stamp in 2012.   It will show a sketch of his profile beside an image of Tarzan hanging from a vine.  It should have shown him superimposed on a picture of Mars, otherwise known as Barsoom.

He got his start during a period of under-employment when he read some stories and said “I can write a better story than that.”  He went on to produce 70 novels and several legendary characters.

I write to escape; to escape poverty. ~Edgar Rice Burroughs

In one respect at least the Martians are a happy people, they have no lawyers. ~Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars


Nick found another beta reader for SSS, his romantic drama.

Dylan’s story he posted last week drew 40 feedback comments, which inspired him to turn the story into a series.


For those who don’t know the history of Dr. Who, which is a program frequently discussed by some of our members, here is a video by the Fine brothers that sums up the entire 47 year history of the program in 6 minutes.

A brief discussion of when to show and when to tell says that pacing sometimes dictates that you tell, but mostly you should show.

A blog about bad trends in Young Adult Romance, tearing apart a particularly bad example that teaches bad attitudes.  Don’t read if you think discussion of bad treatment of women might upset you.

Upcoming Schedule

October 20 th


October 27 th


November 3 rd

Dylan ?
Open slot

November 10 th

Open slot

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