The Noble Pen for April 25, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

April 25th, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The American Library Association recently announced their 2012 top-ten list of most challenged books in libraries and schools.  It is of some comfort that half of them include the comment “unsuited for age group”, but the other half apparently were things that those objecting did not want anyone to read.


Dylan was one of a limited number selected to participate in a multi-round flash fiction contest.

Janice was accepted into a masters program in Applied Behavior Analysis.  That’s really a lot of trouble to go to just to understand her protagonists better.


Frustration is good.  No, not yours,  but your characters’ frustrations.  Not getting what they want is what makes a plot.  It leads to other emotional reactions, wise or foolish courses of action, and later events in your story.

Expectation is the mother of all frustration. ~Antonio Banderas

I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.
~Tony Robbins

Success is not built on success. It’s built on failure. It’s built on frustration. Sometimes its built on catastrophe. ~Sumner Redstone

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