The Noble Pen for Sept 13, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

September 13th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The most talked about book of the week is No Easy Day by the Navy Seal who tells his version of the raid that killed Bin Laden.  His story differs somewhat from the officially released story of the raid.  This review says that he is just setting the record straight as he saw it.  The book, according to that review, gets off to a “worrisomely formulaic start” and potentially boring flashback, but turns into an exciting story of his training and exploits.

The DoD has threatened to prosecute for violating secrecy procedures, although the book doesn’t seem to reveal any but the most basic information.  It appears the book is coming out as scheduled this week.


Tyree is down to writing the last scene of Breathless Stars.

Shannon finished CampNanoWriMo with 50,006 words.  He then relaxed for the first time since 2008, he says.

Ciuin met with the leaders of her organization in Austin and was awed by the discovery that her writings are included in their master archive.   Her writing has gotten her into a position as secretary of an international meeting, and got the organization a meeting with National Geographic.


Writer’s Digest offers an on-line forum (under Community) for discussion of writing topics and giving/getting critiques.  If you sign up, be sure to review your profile to see which mailings you want to uncheck.   Their forum appears to have a personality quite different from, and activity somewhat lower than,  Creative Writing Forums.

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 This blog discusses why publishing takes so long.  Another one lays out a typical timeline.

Ars longa, vita brevis  (Art is long, Life is short.) ~Hippocrates

Life is so short, and the craft takes so long to learn. ~Chaucer

Upcoming Schedule

Sept 13th

Dylan (double slot)

Sept 20th

Open slot

Sept 27th

Open slots

Oct  4th

Open slot

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