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December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Alpine home where Kip Piper is staying, at 6:00 pm.

Writing “Opportunity”: NEW for this year! Picture Writing Prompts! See more info and this month’s prompts below…


Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

This year we are giving David and Reba Seals a break from their abundantly generous hospitality!

SO… Kip Piper is hosting the annual Christmas party at the Alpine home where she is staying. But this year there’’s a new twist. UGLY SWEATERS!!

Wear your Ugly Sweater to the party! Don’t have one? Just pin something tacky to an existing sweater, shirt or top. Anything goes!

The Christmas dinner will be pot-luck, and Kip asks you to call or email her the kind of whatever dish you want to make. Party time is 6:00 p.m.

We will have our Topsy-Turvy gift exchange, with a maximum limit of $20, always a riotous time. No sneaky burned out string of lights, either! Ha!

Out-of-town members, we’ would love for you to join us on the 16th. Everyone, come and bring a guest. Call or email for directions.

To RSVP and receive directions, please call Kip at 325-716-8060 or email her at moc.r1419267756epip-1419267756pik@p1419267756ik1419267756 or TMTW at gro.s1419267756retir1419267756wliar1419267756tniat1419267756nuoms1419267756axet@1419267756wtmtk1419267756sa1419267756

Hope you will join us!

Kip Piper, Christmas Party Hostess


From the Traveling Laptop

Welcome to the Christmas holiday season! Over the last few weeks, my life has been the typical holiday flurry of activity. On top of that, I decided to channel my artsy side – and went into full production mode of necklaces for both the St. Joseph’s fair in Fort Davis and the Mountain Country Christmas in Alpine. This left me with little time to write – and little energy too! As such, I wrote only about 15,000 words for NaNoWriMo. Didn’t “win” by writing 50,000 words, but definitely made a good start on my project! Perhaps next year… Ha Ha! Congratulations to Anne VanLoon and Chase Bruttomesso for winning! And huge kudos to Reba Cross Seals, Jackie Siglin, Barbara Blake, Darrell White – and Dr. Theron Francis and his intrepid students – for participating!

Speaking of the holidays, it’s time for our annual TMTW Christmas party and pot luck dinner! This is always a fun event, full of good food, laughter, and best of all, good company! I hope you are able to put this on your calendar and join us. See above for the details.

With 2015 literally around the corner, we are well on our way in planning our annual TMTW Spring Writer’s Retreat! The dates are April 24 & 25, 2015. No, your eyes are not deceiving you – just Friday and Saturday this year! This is in response to our members’ feedback from previous conferences. In addition, we have a new format for Saturday – one we hope you will really enjoy, sink your teeth into, and get lots of value from it! More information is coming soon, so watch your inbox!

I myself will be driving to Virginia for Christmas and New Year’s. Actually, I’m leaving the morning after the Christmas party! While I may seem to be a glutton for punishment, I truly enjoy the drive and am looking forward to spending time with my dad, brother, and friends. Whether you are traveling or staying at home, I wish you a wonderful, happy and safe holiday season! I lift a cup of cheer to your health and prosperity in 2015!

Kip Piper, Steering Committee Facilitator


Another facet of the new Texas Mountain Trail Writers 2014-15

Picture Writing Prompts

Writing inspiration this year will come to you monthly in the form of two pictures from which to choose as a writing prompt.

The usual rules apply, 500 words or fewer, to be read at the next meeting if you wish. The genre is your choice. The works will be collected for inclusion in our annual journal, Chaos West of the Pecos.

If you are not a local Alpine/Fort Davis member and/or cannot attend meetings, but would like to participate, email your story to Reba at moc.l1419267756iamg@1419267756slaes1419267756ssorc1419267756r1419267756. We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

Here are December’s Picture Writing Prompts. Click on the photos to enlarge.

December 1

December 2

 


2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”

SAVE THE DATES!

April 24 & 25, 2015

New Exciting Format!

More information coming soon!


The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine

New magazine – call for submission for Market Column, Contest Information Column, etc.

New Magazine for Poets & Writers

Welcome to The Writer’s Monthly Review, a monthly magazine (print and online) where creative writers of every genre can come together and learn, hone their crafts and interact with others who share their passion of writing. Each issue is jam-packed with updated information on any and every aspect of writing, market listings and updates on contests and workshops all over the world.

The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine is printed on the twenty-fifth of each month and mailed out hot off the press.

Each monthly issue contains articles on writing, other writing news and we offer a writing contest for writers. Cash prizes will be offered for first and second place winners.

What makes The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine so unique is it’s writer friendly appeal, like a beacon in the dark. We are dedicated to helping creative writers learn to be better writers, and learn the ropes of becoming published authors. Our magazine will inspire, motivate and encourage writers from page one to the very end.

For more information on how to submit and subscriptions, go to: http://writersmonthlyreview.com/


 Launch of The Texas Press

We are delighted to share the news of the launch of The Texas Press. The official launch date for The Texas Press is March 2, 2015 (Texas Independence Day) but we are accepting manuscripts beginning immediately.

It is exciting that The Texas Press will be able to fill a void in the publishing industry. Since 2003 the state has not had a comprehensive commercial press totally devoted to Texas publishing.

With Texan’s compulsion to tell stories, combined with an abundance of remarkable writers, numerous authors in Texas have published successful books with publishers outside of Texas, while books about Texas have been very popular with readers worldwide. Even though Brown Books Publishing Group has always published Texas books by independent Texas authors, this new division will capitalize on that success and expand options.

The Texas Press authors will now have the support of an established publishing infrastructure offering manuscript development, award-winning creative design, national and international marketing and public relations, and reach global distribution supported by local fulfillment.

The vast and varied state of Texas, with its exciting history, multi-cultured population, unique and beautiful landscapes, major cities and economic powerhouse, are all fertile sources for the new Texas Press books.

For more information or to submit a manuscript please contact Beth Robinson at 972.381.0009 or *protected email*.

Beth Robinson
Acquisitions Director
Brown Books Publishing Group Celebrating 20 Years of Publishing Excellence
16250 Knoll Trail Drive, Suite 205
Dallas, TX 75248
972.381.0009
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www.brownbooks.com


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Final Note from the Editor:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Rights and Trail Bits to gro.s1419267756retir1419267756wliar1419267756tniat1419267756nuoms1419267756axet@1419267756wtmtk1419267756sa1419267756.

November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Room of the Alpine Public Library in Alpine. Please Note change of location!

Program: The program will include a variety of writing exercises perfect for writers of all ages and abilities. In addition, the meeting will be the Mid-Month Motivation for participants in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Presented by Anne VanLoon.

Writing “Opportunity”: NEW for this year! Picture Writing Prompts! See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Refreshments: To be provided by TMTW.


From the Traveling Laptop

Here it is November already! The air has finally taken a firm turn to cooler, even though there is still the occasional “teaser” warm day. And the smell! The air smells so crisp and fresh! I inhale deeply and can almost not get enough of it.

Speaking of November, our NaNoWriMo opening day on November 1 was an unqualified success! We had 12 attendees, including 4 new faces – as young as 8 years old! – as well as Dr. Francis and 3 Sul Ross students. Anne VanLoon expertly guided us through the NaNoWriMo registration process and facilitated several flash writing exercises that got our juices going. Many of us stayed the entire time and put a hefty dent in the beginnings of our novels! A wonderful time was had by all!

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October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm and get there a few minutes early!

Program: “Fiction Fandango” A series of 6 (yes, SIX!) flash writing exercises! Presented by Dr. Francis Theron and Sul Ross Composition Class Students. The exercises have been developed and will be presented by the students. This should be a fun, creative and exciting meeting – one not to miss!

Writing “Opportunity”: NEW for this year! Picture Writing Prompts! See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Refreshments: CALL FOR REFRESHMENTS!!!! Since there will be 24 (Yes, 24!) SRSU students and 2 faculty members attending the meeting, along with at least a dozen of our TMTW members, for a possible total of 35+ people – we need help with the refreshments! If you can, please bring along a snack to share. Please email Kip at gro.s1419267756retir1419267756wliar1419267756tniat1419267756nuoms1419267756axet@1419267756suksa1419267756 if you are bringing something. Thanks!


From the Traveling Laptop

It’s the middle of October, and according to the calendar, three weeks into Fall. But here in the Big Bend, Mother Nature seems to have not received the memo. With highs in the 80s, some days still need the air conditioner! However, you can tell Fall is teasing us, with her cooler nights and daytime breezes that have a refreshing chill.

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September-in-August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME! Enjoy networking with other local writers from the tri-county area at a Potluck Dinner with the Texas Mountain Trail Writers on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sunny Glen home of Reba and David Seals. (See more info below in “TMTW September Potluck Supper”.)

Format for Meeting: Potluck Party and Writing Round-Table (See more info below in “TMTW September Potluck Supper”.)


From the President’s Corner

This summer I had the privilege to work with five other members of the TMTW on our steering committee. We went over the surveys which local members submitted in May, and after three months, have come up with what we think is an excellent plan for our organization.

I want to thank Reba Cross Seals, Kip Piper, Anne VanLoon, Darrell White, and Nancy Beckwith for giving their time and energy to this work. We laughed, discussed and tried our best to listen to what our members had written. Our report is in this newsletter, along with information about our first meeting of the year which will be Sept. 9, 2014. Please note that this is a change from our usual third Tuesday of the month schedule. It will be a fun meeting, and we hope many people can come.

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July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: There are NO monthly meetings for July and August 2014.

Watch for our September meeting announcement!


From the President’s Corner: Summer greetings to all of you.

We have had rain, and the hills are blanketed in emerald grass. New flowers pop up every day, and a humidity haze hangs in the morning air. It is a wonderful time to be here watching the dessert bloom.

And while you are taking in this amazement of color, I hope you are also making plans to attend one or several of the Writers League of Texas programs being offered in August right here in Alpine. In case you’ve missed their emails or thought they didn’t apply to you, here is a quick summary.

2014 Summer Writing Retreat held at Sul Ross, August 2-7. The cost is $329 for members. (Remember we have a deal with the WLT – you can get membership with them for only $15 per year.) These classes are outstanding!!

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June Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: There are NO monthly meetings for June, July and August 2014.

Watch for our September meeting announcement!


From the President’s Corner: Summer, Surveys, and Steering

Summer is here with a vengeance, and the triple-digit heat has kept me inside writing under the ceiling fan. Our May end-of-the-year TMTW potluck was fun. The food was fabulous, and the conversation great, including a good discussion about the future of the TMTW.

As the local members know, I, acting as president, sent a survey to them in May, asking them to think about the purpose of our group, what we can do to increase local membership, and if we want to be organized in a different manner. After the potluck discussion, six members — Reba Cross Seals, Darrell White, Anne VanLoon, Kip Piper, Nancy Beckwith, and Jackie Siglin — volunteered to serve on a steering committee to consider the survey results.

The first meeting of the committee was June 2. We started reading the surveys, finding many positive comments and a good number of ideas for programming. Our plan is to meet again in July and August, and to be able to give our thoughts to the rest of the membership by the end of the summer.

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May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:30 PM, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: 500 words on one of the following of your choice:

  • “Who Are You?” Tell about yourself from birth to now! (Nonfiction or fiction)
  • “What If?” Write about if you could change something; no more than 5 changes

Refreshments: It’s a Pot Luck!


TMTW “End of Year Party

Spring Potluck, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:30 PM: Our May meeting is always fun and full of sun!! We’ll be at Jackie Siglin’s house. The TMTW will furnish beverages and paper goods. Please let Jackie know what you plan to bring so she can make sure we don’t have too much of something. And don’t forget your writing opportunities: “Who Are You?” Tell about yourself from birth to now! (Nonfiction or fiction) and “What If?” Write about if you could change something; no more than 5 changes. This is also the meeting where we elect officers for next year. Please consider taking a job you haven’t tried before. Our club needs all of us to keep it strong.

Please RSVP to me at ten.d1419267756nebgi1419267756b@1ak1419267756salad1419267756ekab1419267756 OR RSVP to TMTW at gro.s1419267756retir1419267756wliar1419267756tniat1419267756nuoms1419267756axet@1419267756suksa1419267756, and directions will be emailed to you!

Hasta la vista,

Jackie


From the President’s Corner

May is here and our April retreat is over. It was a great event with outstanding speakers and a chance to be with writer friends both new and old. I hope it inspired you to get down to the writing business, to put your seat to the chair and let your imagination flow from your head to the paper. I know that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I finished my third novel right before the retreat, then sent it out to my beta readers. Wouldn’t you know it? They found some things they didn’t like!! Now I’m trying to fatten my descriptions, make a character’s motive clearer, and cleaning up confusing sentences. I’ve set a goal and plan to send it to a contest by the end of the month.

Your writing isn’t the same as mine, but I bet the desire to improve is the same. Maybe you’re at the beginning of a new work or in the middle muddle. Maybe you are collecting ideas or already have that first book on the market. Whatever it may be, keep going. That’s the best writing advice I know.

The local members of the TMTW are having their May potluck at my house on May 20 at 6:30. If you happen to be in the Big Bend, please feel free to bring a dish and join us. I’m happy to give directions over the phone. (432 364-2399). This next year is looking to be an exciting one for our group. We have several opportunities to consider, and we are thinking of some changes to the way we do our work.

I want to thank all of you who came to the retreat. It was wonderful to see you.

Jackie


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Beth Garcia‘s crime novel One Bloody Shirt at a Time has won an award from the TX Authors Association! First Place in Crime Fiction by a Texas Author. She’ll be in Austin on June 21st for an awards banquet, and then at a book signing the afternoon of June 22nd, at Malvern’s Books! If you live in or near Austin, please go see her at Malvern’s! Way to go, Beth!


Trail Bits

Submitted by Jackie Siglin

BookWright and Blurb to Amazon: Two new additions to Blurb’s indie publishing platform. Here’s the link for more info: https://www.blurb.com/newsletters/blurb-to-amazon?utm_source=MAR-691&utm_medium=email&utm_content=12am-04_23_14-body&utm_campaign=042214US_MAR-691_NL16_AMAZON&ce=email_general


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Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.


Final Note from the Editor:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Rights and Trail Bits to gro.s1419267756retir1419267756wliar1419267756tniat1419267756nuoms1419267756axet@1419267756wtmtk1419267756sa1419267756.

April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting IS CANCELLED! Watch your Inbox for details on our May meeting.


From the President’s Corner

The TMTW annual retreat will start this Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. with the reception at Front Street Books in Alpine, TX.  Our local members are excited and busy doing their jobs this week to make sure this is another outstanding event.  We have a few slots left, so if you are a last minute planner or just realized you are going to be free, please sign up and join us for the weekend. The retreat is a wonderful place for both beginning and advanced writers, and provides an intimate setting in which to meet fellow writers and the speakers.

Speaking of the presenters, here’s what I’m looking forward to hearing from each of them:

Becka Oliver brings us knowledge of the publishing world. Many in our group have made their decision re self-publishing or trying for an agent.  I’m still on the fence and when I read things on the internet, it seems I’m not alone.  Publishing is changing every day and I’m excited to hear her opinions.

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March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:20 pm. (Note the new earlier departure time so we arrive with time to spare!)

Program: Kip Piper will present “3 Killer Steps to Build Your Author Platform”. Plus we will review the preparation of upcoming TMTW Spring Conference Retreat.

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on “In the Dead of Winter”

Refreshments: Aleta Belcher


From the President’s Corner

March 9, 2014 and the clocks have changed.  My dog, Bella, gets me up at her usual 6:15, but it isn’t.  It’s 7:15, and black as pitch outside.  We’re saving daylight, for sure, on the farthest west edge of the central time zone!  Every year I grumble, although there seems nothing I can do, short of starting a likely to lose one-woman campaign for early risers.

All this said, while I drank my dark morning coffee, I started thinking about what I could change.  Height, no. Weight, hmm, maybe.  Attitude – always!  I have been working on this writing stuff for a long time, and there are days (dark or not) when I get discouraged.  I know what I want out of my mysteries – the fun of writing them, the thrill of making them better, and someone to love them enough to publish them.  I’ve achieved parts of these dreams, but not to the extent I would like.  There are times when I’m at the quit/don’t quit line.

Which is why the TMTW conference is good for me and can be for you, too!!!!

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