The Noble Pen for May 26, 2016

Next Noble Pen Meeting

May 26, 2016 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Hi guys, Shannon here. I’m taking over for a couple weeks while Bill is on vacation.


As we were discussing last night, there’s always more to learn: If you don’t have time to read it, the big takeaway line for me was, “Bad writing is written defensively; good writing is a way of making the self as vulnerable as possible.” Along with, “To go from being a competent writer to being a great writer, I think you have to risk being – or risk being seen as – a bad writer. Competence is deadly because it prevents the writer risking the humiliation that they will need to risk before they pass beyond competence. To write competently is to do a few magic tricks for friends and family; to write well is to run away to join the circus.”

I was going to post another article that looked interesting, but after giving it a scan, it was overly pedantic.


Ciuin has (finally) graduated! On to grad school!

Cassie did her Facebook hop. It didn’t work (bad hop).

Dylan is setting up a Broken Typewriter booth for ICON.

Dylan made someone cry, in a good way.

Dylan turned his 2,500 word serial chapter into 8,000 words.

Dylan has mastered chainsaw juggling.


Okay, I screwed up and forgot education, or I mixed it with news.  I’m rusty at this.

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