The Noble Pen for July 5, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

July 5th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Are some genres “better” literature than others?  Read Gary Gutting’s opinion.

Fans of Philip K. Dick may appreciate the story of a lost android with his face and a computer programmed to talk like him.

Werewolf and vampire aficionados may like this interview with the author of The Last Werewolf.

By the way, if you exceed your quota of free articles on the NY Times (or other sites), try deleting the six or eight cookies your browser has saved that are associated with that site.


One of Ian’s students took second place in the national finals of Skills USA.  Ian must write good course material.

Dylan got lots of comments on his serial story.  He got paid for a commission and has another one to write.

Ciuin was asked to write an article for the American Association of Museums on portrayal of Romani, and will present it at the national meeting in November.


It’s time to mention again this good resource on how to begin or advance a writing career.   A large collection of essays deal with the craft, finding ideas, queries, and marketing.

One of those essays tells you why you shouldn’t depend on your spell checker, as useful as it may be at calling your attention to possible problems.   Here’s another such essay.

I don’t know who to credit this to, as it has circulated a lot:

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plain lea marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong or write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose before two long
And eye can put the error rite
It’s rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
am sure your pleased two no
It’s letter prefect all the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.

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