The Noble Pen for Nov 5, 2015

Next Noble Pen Meeting

November 5th, 2015 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


The problem of untrustworthy online reviews, often by paid reviewers, continues.


Ciuin succeeded in getting an advertising sign’s GUMS corrected.

Kelsey finished a draft of a story and started another.

Shannon’s 3rd book, Panic No More, is published.

Charley wrote material for a stand-up routine.

Robyn started a story draft.

Shakyra is outlining a story to write for NanoWriMo.

Benjamin finished early on the writing for his client.


None of us would take a large chunk of someone else’s writing and pass it off as our own.  But where are the boundaries of plagiarism?  This essay takes a rather firm stand (skim down to the part on fiction) but does not do a lot to clarify the line between use of common words and phrases versus being too similar to another’s work.  Randy Ingermanson gives a more practical and lenient discussion.  Here’s another good discussion of the blurry line.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Don’t worry about people stealing your … work. Worry about the day they stop. ~Jeffrey Zeldman

Upcoming Schedule

Nov 5
Aime W.

Nov 12

Nov 19

Nov 26
Thanksgiving – no meeting

Dec 3
Open slots

Dec 10
Open slots

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