The Noble Pen for Jun 28, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

June 28th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Bookstores in France are not feeling as much ressure from ebooks as in other countries.

Penguin Books has agreed to make its ebooks available in NYC public libraries, reversing an earlier stance.


Tyree is doing more writing lately, as the demands of travel are over for a while.

Kris’s mockup of a book cover was approved, with the restriction that she can’t use real blood like the artist in her novel.

Nick writes that he is in Texas at a rail fan convention.  On a recent day he skipped an uninteresting tour to visit Sommerville, an important junction on the Santa Fe Railroad at one time.  He photographed at least seven trains around that and neighboring towns, and got the numbers of about twenty locomotives by early afternoon.  That counts as a productive day of train spotting.  We hope he finds some time to write while waiting for trains.


To use “that” or not to use “that ?”  That is the question, “which” often bothers us.   Or that is the question that often bothers us.  Journalism professor Malcom Gibson offers these and other editing topics.

He also has one that I’ve never heard discussed: “because of” versus “due to.”  Like I often say, you learn something every day (if you aren’t careful).

“Mike spends at least half an hour every day just sitting there thinking about nothing but the whichness of what.” ~ Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (and similar quotes in his older stories.)

Upcoming Schedule

June 28th


July 5th


July 12th

Open slot

July 19th

Open slots

Keep Writing,