The Noble Pen for Nov 1, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

November 1st, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Greg Lukianoff writes that free speech is endangered on college campuses, of all places.


Dylan had an exciting week.  He got his first check from Amazon for sales.  He finished the end of Becoming A Man.

Then someone thought his serial was good enough to plagiarize 18 chapters, changing the title and names but not much else.  He got distribution of the copy stopped.

And Casting Call was recommended on GoodReads, so he put a new cover on it and made it available through them and Smashwords.

Tyree reports proudly that one of the authors who has been with  Sams Dot “graduated” to the bigger scene by having a novel picked up by an agent in London.


There’s no shortage of people interested in writing the great American novel.  Last year 250,000 people started NaNoWriMo, and about 1 in 7 wrote 50,000 words of a novel.  With competition like that, you gotta be good to get anywhere.  Keep improving.


Feel like your life is not bringing you interesting ideas for writing?  Elizabeth Sims suggests doing a few things out of your comfort zone to bring on new ideas and knowledge.  Just think it through and don’t risk more than you can stand to lose.

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. ~Warren Buffett

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but we must take that risk because a little is as much as our biggest heads can hold.  ~George Bernard Shaw

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.  ~Jim Rohn

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 1st

Tyree story 1
Tyree story 2 or more of 1

Nov 8th

Dylan, double slot (conclusion of BAM)
Open slot

Nov 15th

Open slots

Nov 22nd
Open slots

Keep Writing,