The Noble Pen for May 17, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

May 17th, 2012 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The NY Times is a good source of news about the world of literature. You can read 10 stories per month for free (perhaps more if you delete their cookies).  Some recent stories:

Bloggers, there is hope of becoming famous, even though most don’t.  Here’s one who did.

And to encourage all you writers, here’s a first novel that got big time reviews.

Those interested in the history of technology may like this book about the early development of computers, building on WW II technology.

You never know what is lurking around in some library.  They just found something drawn by Paul Revere.


Ciuin finished her semester.  With two papers and a five-page essay test, finals are done.  An author asked her to “culturally edit” a book, but is afraid there won’t be much left after she gets done taking out the misrepresentations.

Dylan has Casting Call available for Kindle from Amazon, free through Friday, with other formats to be available.  He needs more reviews.  He must have been bored the other day because he calculated his lifetime total writing output, and got 1.7 million words.

Shannon served on panels and did a reading from Minion of Evil at DemiCon, but got the flu.  That’s better than getting attacked like his characters do.

Tyree sold another short story and has one nearly done.


Author Nathan Bransford asks how long it takes to finish writing a draft of a novel and gets a wide variety of answers.  He says it takes him six to eight months, and then three or four to edit it.  People vary a lot on time to finish ediing, too.

We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt. ~Donald Kircher or Harry Banks

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.  ~Henry David Thoreau

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start.  So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already. ~ Dave Barry

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