The Noble Pen for Nov 3, 2011

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Nov 3rd, 2011  7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


A significant collection of books as pdf files, including science fiction by major older authors, can be found at   The website claims they are all legal files, which is a bit surprising.   Whether you have an electronic reader or just a computer, you may want to browse this collection.

If you don’t get emails of the week’s review submissions by, say, Tuesday of any week then check your spam/junk folder.  That turned out to be some people’s problem last week.  If it isn’t there, an email query to the author may be in order to find out if the material has been sent.

You can also contact the moderator at the address this newsletter is mailed from, or through the web page at


Shannon participated in a ghost hunt using audio recorders and other spooky technology.  It may be research for the kind of things he writes, but he’s going to have trouble convincing the IRS it’s a tax deductible expense against writing profits.

Dylan has been invited to submit one of twenty four stories in a themed anthology.


Tense Shift can confuse a reader about when something happened, is happening, or will happen.  Here’s a very short tutorial on the problem, with some examples.  One article claims there are as many as 30 tenses in English, but you mostly need to know about six.  I’d start by mastering past and present tenses, and then expand to the others in that six.  See this much fuller discussion of the six major tenses.  Another article also gives some good examples.

Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.~ Henri Bergson (1859–1941)

You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future. ~Isak Dinesen

The future ain’t what it used to be. ~Yogi Berra

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