The Noble Pen for Jan 12, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Jan 12th, 2012  7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


E-readers continue to grow in popularity.  One source says that 1.3 million were sold during the Christmas season, and one in 40 adults in the UK got one as a present.  There are half as many book shops in the UK as in 2005.

This isn’t news, but several things went past me this week that reminded me of Nick’s story.
Moat contractors
What’s in your moat?
Tourists cross moat. (a real image to go with his story)

And for lovers of the offbeat, this week would be the 100th birthday of  Charles Addams, who created the Addams family and thousands of cartoons.  He was honored with a Google doodle on the 6th.


Ciuin will have a working laptop again as soon as the shop finishes installing a new keyboard, so she will be able to start writing again.  It’s just in time because her head is about to explode with pent up chapters.

Kate read her story aloud to her parents, and learned a lot about what to improve in the story.    She had to stop after two chapters because she came down with laryngitis.   An artist must suffer for their art.


There are a number of web sites with something like this random plot generator or this one. As it says on one site, random plots aren’t guaranteed to make sense.  Still, one might inspire you to come up with something better.

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any. ~Orson Scott Card

If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor.~Edgar Rice Burroughs

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