Next Noble Pen Meeting
Dec 29th, 2011 7 pm
Scott’s Family Restaurant
1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Christmas crept into Pine Cove like a creeping Christmas thing: dragging garland, ribbon, and sleigh bells, oozing eggnog, reeking of pine, and threatening festive doom like a cold sore under the mistletoe.
In a monumental vacuum of coordination, Bill didn’t tell Shannon whether or not he would send the weekly newsletter. The result was each of them sending a newsletter. This page attempts to combine both, so it is longer than usual.
An unusual miniature manuscript by Charlotte Bronte sold for an amazing sum of 690,000 British Pounds, somewhat over a million dollars US. It has 4,000 words on 19 pages, each page less than 1/4 the size of index card. Can you put 900 words on an index card?
Could your next computer be watching you, like HAL?
Ridley Scott has a scifi movie coming out next summer. Everybody denies it is a prequel to Alien.
Read about a move to put more interactive content in fiction books on e-readers.
Another article on e-book pricing. http://gigaom.com/2011/12/15/publishers-still-missing-the-point-on-e-book-prices/
Since some of us have been struggling with grammar lately, I looked for a quick guide to solve some common problems. http://ollinmorales.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/8-common-grammar-mistakes-you-dont-know-youre-making-and-how-to-fix-them/
And, as always, if you’re looking for a good place to look up a grammar issue, try Grammar Girl http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/
Well, maybe not education but at least food for thought. Last week the material was about planning. Sometimes you need to get started without a plan, and then go back to straighten out the plan.
Writing comes more easily if you have something to say. ~Sholem Asch
Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. ~Francis Bacon
Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. ~Sharon O’Brien
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. ~Hannah Arendt
Shannon and Bill