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The Noble Pen for Feb 21, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Feb 21st, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

Stacie has submitted the last chapter of Gardens to the group.

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 21
Aime
Madeleine
Ciuin

Feb 28
Steve
open slots

Mar 7
open slots

Mar 14
open slots

Mar 21
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Feb 14, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Feb 14th, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

Aime cleaned up her writing folder with many story ideas.

Randy has a reading for a local book group, who read his 2nd and wants to hear about the 3rd Cletus Efferding story.

Upcoming Schedule

Feb 14
Randy
Stacie
Laura

Feb 21
Aime
Madeleine
open slot

Feb 28
open slots

Mar 7
open slots

Mar 14
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Feb 7, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Feb 7th, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

Well, with no meeting, I can only assume that everybody survived the coldest week we’ve had in a long time.

Upcoming ScheduleJ

Feb 7
Bill
Stacie
Aime

Feb 14
Randy
Stacie
Laura

Feb 21
open slots

Feb 28
open slots

Mar 7
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Jan 31, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

January 31st, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

All three submitters and another reviewer braved the cold for the January 24 meeting

Upcoming Schedule

Jan 31
Canceled due to weather and road conditions.

Feb 7
Logan
Open slots

Feb 14
Randy
Open slots

Feb 21
open slots

Feb 28
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Jan 24, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

January 24th, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

Randy was accepted for the I.O.W.A. book fair. He was invited to write a crime story, probably along with a lot of other people, but it shows his name is getting publicized.

Upcoming Schedule

Jan 24
Aime
Logan
Open slot

Jan 31
Open slots

Feb 7
Logan
Open slots

Feb 14
Randy
Open slots

Feb 21
open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Jan 17, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

January 17th, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

Aime finished the fifth book in her quest to read all of Vonnegut’s books. She got another review on Amazon for Butterfly.

Upcoming Schedule

Jan 17
Randy
Logan
Aime

Jan 24
Open slots

Jan 31
Open slots

Feb 7
Logan
Open slots

Feb 14
Open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Jan 10, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

January 10th, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

We got through the holidays and I’ve heard no reports of casualties.

Logan wrote longhand letters to friends and family, using old-fashioned pen and ink. He is concentrating on doing this for birthdays.

Upcoming Schedule

Jan 10
Ciuin
Logan
Nick

Jan 17
Randy
Logan
Open slot

Jan 24
Open slots

Jan 31
Open slots

Feb 7
Open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Jan 3, 2019

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Jan 3rd, 2019 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

Education

You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years, but this section of the newsletter has been suspended due to low readership.

Victories

Aime turned out a submission in very little time.

Ciuin finished the draft of Nightmares

Upcoming Schedule

Jan 3
Laura
Nick
Randy

Jan 10
Ciuin
Logan
Open slot

Jan 17
Open slots

Jan 24
Open slots

Jan 31
Open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Dec 27, 2018

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Dec 27th, 2018 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

News

Due to an apparent lack of readership, the newsletter will be much simpler for a while in order to save the editor’s time. I received no word from anyone after last week’s request to let me know it was read. You can find many educational articles published in newsletters of the last few years.

Victories

Logan has started reading James Clavell’s book Shogun with the goal of finishing the series of six books in a year.

Upcoming Schedule

Dec 27
Ciuin
Aime
Open Slot

Jan 3
Laura
Nick
Randy

Jan 10
Ciuin
Logan
Open slot

Jan 17
Open slots

Jan 24
Open Slots

Keep Writing,
Bill

The Noble Pen for Dec 20, 2018

Next Noble Pen Meeting

Dec 20th, 2018 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids

News

There will be an event with many authors at the Des Moines Valley West Mall next summer with a sign-up deadline coming soon.  A very quick search didn’t find the info, but you may want to look up more on it.

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John Le Carre has published numerous spy novels, and sold millions of books.  He is 87 years old, and has a new one coming out in 2019.  There is hope for us geezers.

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Poll: If anyone in our group reads this, please send me an email.  I often wonder whether enough read it to make it worth the time to prepare, as too many people at meetings have been surprised by things previously announced here.

Victories

Aime has edited half of Scourge.  In her quest to read all of Vonnegut’s works, she finished the fourth book.

Ciuin got A’s on school papers, and will soon have most of a month break to use for writing.

Education

At a recent meeting there was mention of “Save the Cat,” a series of manuals put out by Blake Snyder.  The history is well-explained at wikipedia).  One of the elements is something to endear the hero to the audience when they are first seen, and his title comes from the scene in Alien where Sigourney Weaver saves a cat.

Snyder used the “Hero’s Journey” (wikipedia-monomyth)  and broke it down into a detailed formula for movie screenwriters, later rewritten for novelists (Amazon). Snyder’s breakdown is summarized here.

A surprising number of stories fit well into the structure of The Hero’s Journey and they aren’t all epic fantasies.   Vladimir Propp was one of the pioneers of the idea as applied to folk tales.  Elizabeth Sims discusses the structure and how a Sherlock Holmes story fits it.  Here’s another comparison using Star Wars and The Matrix.

The Hero’s Journey and Save The Cat are proven successful formulas, and you can see them in a great many novels and movies.  But do you want your writing to be formulaic?  Some people don’t find it so appealing.

Upcoming Schedule

Dec 20
Ciuin
Aime
Logan

Dec 27
Ciuin
Aime
Open Slot

Jan 3
Laura
Nick
Randy

Jan 10
Open slots

Jan 17
Open slots

Keep Writing,
Bill