The Noble Pen for Apr 5, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Apr 5th, 2012 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The Hunger Games movie opened with $19.7 million in ticket sales its first night.  Other sources indicate a great many fans have read it on their Kindle.  Electronic books are attracting readers that don’t make a habit of reading paper books.

Not everyone is happy with “fast-food” popular fiction.  This article calls The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Twilight “too much of the same thing” and wants people to think more about the “beauty of language” and deeper ideas.

Publishers are continuing to go through their catalogs converting older works to ebooks.  For instance, Random House is putting out 13 of the Judy Blume books.


Dylan got a rejection from a publisher for a romance story he submitted.  He has received draft cover art (pretty cool) for one of his stories that he will publish as an ebook.

Shannon now has in print two of his works, Minions of Evil and the ParAbnormal article.  He is busy setting up web pages to promote his work.

Aimee wrote 17,000 words in one weekend.  It is for a different story that she had to get down so she could get back to the one we are reviewing.

Tyree attended a convention in Memphis and Sam’s Dot books sold very well.


What motivates your characters?  There can be a wide variety of motivations.   Put another way, What’s at Stake?  Fiction and even memoirs need to address this question.

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.  ~La Rochefoucauld

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April 19th

Lynda ?
Open slot

April 26th

Open slots

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