The Noble Pen for Jan 19, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Jan 19th, 2012 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Winter finally arrived a few weeks late, and we called off the January 12th meeting while they cleared the roads.

For rescheduling, anybody who had review slots two weeks in a row loses one of them to make room to move things out.   The people who lost slots get first crack at new openings.  Confused? See the schedule below.

That gives us four reviews to do on the 19th.  I think we can handle it if we are disciplined about the time.  We’ve already had time to read the first three submissions so preparation should be easy.

Tony reports that he again is teaching a class next semester in addition to a full-time job, so probably won’t be able to rejoin us for a while.


Tony had a writing victory.  He has a flash fiction piece in the first issue of a new magazine that is available on-line or in print form.  You can download it free after registering at
and then re-clicking the same link.


The one-sentence hook is a good tool for generating interest in your story and may also help you formulate it.

I’m writing a book.  I’ve got the page numbers done. ~  Stephen Wright

Ideas only come to me for short stories.  With longer fiction, it is a character (or characters) coming to visit, and I am then obliged to collaborate with him/her/it/them in creating the story. ~ Roger Zelazny

Upcoming Schedule

January 19th


January 26th

Ronda (?)

February 2nd

Open slots

Keep Writing,