The Noble Pen for Dec 27, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

December 27th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The schedule has been shifted to deal with the missed meeting.  Apologies to Nick for assuming he would miss a 4th Thursday when now I understand that is not the case, but I’m going to stick with my first attempt.  That means you already have Janice and Tyree’s material and only need Ciuin to send hers.


Small bookstores seem to be holding up despite the attention on e-books, according to this NY Times article.

Ever been confused by all the variations on pasta?  Now there is a book describing over 200 of the shapes, complete with mathematical formulae for the shapes.  Just the gift for the technogeek/foodie in your life?


We survived a blizzard and the Mayan version of Y2K this past week, and escaped with only a messed-up schedule.


With the hoopla about the end of the Mayan calendar, we’ll have some thoughts on endings.

Writer’s Digest gives some advice on the ending of your novel.

It’s important to get it right.  Remember, Hemingway wrote 39 endings to Farewell to Arms.

Discovering the ‘impossible’ ending to a new book makes me sick with joy and relief. ~Chuck Palahniuk

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. ~Orson Welles

It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. ~Frank Zappa

Upcoming Schedule

Dec 27th


Jan 3rd

Open slot

Jan 10th

Open slot

Jan 17th

Open slots

Jan 24th

Open slots

Keep Writing,