The Noble Pen for December 12, 2013

Next Noble Pen Meeting

December 12th, 2013 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Some very old and rare books and manuscripts at Oxford and the Vatican are being digitized and will be available free for scholars.

Three stories by J.D. Salinger that were never published have been leaked to the world.


Dylan wrote a 65k word pulp scifi novel in two weeks.

Janice is meeting with a writing mentor at the U of I Writing Center.

Cassie has almost finished a short story at 4k words.


Past perfect tense sometimes confuses writers.  Basically, it is used to show that something happened before another past event or a particular time, as in “Joe said he had called home.”  In this example, “said” is past tense and we need to show that the call was prior to his statement.  The word “perfect” refers to something completed or as in older usage “perfected”.

The use of past perfect is optional in cases where some other word shows the time relationship: “Joe [had] called home before he left work.”

Here’s a tutorial, some examples, and another version of the explanation.

As soon as you have a language that has a past tense and a future tense you’re going to say, ‘Where did we come from, what happens next?’ The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future. ~Margaret Atwood

Life is like a grammar lesson. You find the past perfect and the present tense. ~Ritu Ghatourey

Upcoming Schedule

Dec 12th
Note this is our annual conflict with a large party
and we will be shoehorned into some other corner.

Dec 19th

Dec 26th
No one seems interested in meeting.

Jan 2nd
Open slots

Jan 9th
More about commas
Open slots

Keep Writing,