The Noble Pen for Mar 9, 2017

Next Noble Pen Meeting

March 9th, 2017 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


Mainstream publishers have always had control over a writer’s plot, editing, cover, etc. Now some of them are running manuscripts past “sensitivity” readers who specialize in making sure no group is inaccurately portrayed or offended by the writing.


Dylan wrote 10k words to meet a Patreon goal.

Randy researched book covers and looked at 3000 of them.  His sent his book for publication.


Dylan introduced us to the concept of the Uncanny Valley.  This refers to a minimum in a graph of acceptability of a figure versus the degree it resembles a real live human.  You can have space aliens that are unlike humans (Star Wars bar scene) and people like them.  You can have real humans and people like them.  But if you have a bipedal figure that looks almost but not quite like an average human it spooks the viewer.  See some examples.   Remember this when creating your aliens, androids, or monsters.

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