October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on WEDNESDAY, October 19, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Community Room at the Alpine Public Library in Alpine, TX. NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND ALPINE LOCATION!

Program: “Tips to Revise Your Work” presented by Jackie Siglin. Please bring 2 to 4 double-spaced pages of your work so you can try the revision techniques.

Refreshments: Darrell White

Writing “Opportunity”:  See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

We love to write – right? Our hearts fill with delight when we put the fresh plot down on the paper, make our characters sizzle, and design a sense-filled setting. We spend hours in our chairs creating a new world until the fabulous day when we type,”The End,” pop open the champagne, and sign a fat book deal. At least that’s the way it happens in the movies, isn’t it?

If that is your success story, I bow to your skill and fortune. For most of us, however, the first draft and many more after that are needed to produce a good book. Once we have the initial idea down, we must roll up our sleeves and polish. Over the years I have developed my own revision techniques, but I’d never taken a class on the subject. This summer I got lucky.

I signed up for The Confident Revision: A Roadmap for the Editing Process with Charlotte Gullick at the Writers League of Texas Summer Retreat. I hauled my 285-page manuscript to class each day and worked hard, as did twenty-three other participants, to make our writing better. Charlotte was a great teacher and her ideas really helped. I haven’t finished with my final revision, but I know, thanks to her, when I do, I will have the book I want.

I hope all of you have a chance to take Charlotte’s class some day, but if you would like a taste of some of the ideas I learned, I plan to share them at the TMTW October 19th meeting which will be at the Alpine Public Library, from 7 – 9 pm. The class will be worth much more to you if you bring two to four double-spaced typed pages of your writing to revise. It can be the writing prompt for October or any other writing you have. It does not have to be a complete piece. We will not read this work out loud and no critique will be done of your revisions or writing. It would also be helpful if you could bring several different colored highlighters (we can share).

I will see you soon. Until then, happy writing!

Jackie Siglin, TMTW Steering Committee

Monthly Writing Opportunity

Each month each member has an opportunity to write a 500 word story (roughly 2, double spaced pages), poem, or any other form of writing you choose.  You may use the writing prompts below or something you’re currently working on (500 words please).  This can be read the night of the meeting if you’d like.  It can also be submitted for inclusion in our CHAOS publication, which we publish each year in the spring.  For submission to the CHAOS, please use Times New Roman, 12 point font, and email to *protected email*.  Should you choose to use the prompts, use them as a theme or a title, summon your muse and go for it!

For our October meeting, we have a few prompts:

  • What Does One Do With A Broom On Halloween?
  • Rain Like Tears, Laughter Like Windsong ( either one or both together)
  • A Tough Hill to Climb

Our Community Mourns One of Our Own

Blair Pittman passed away Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016. Blair was a famous and infamous photographer from Houston paper in the old days, came out to Big Bend regularly and ultimately settled out here. He was married to Jeanne Northsworthy in the 80s and was around Lajitas and involved with us all during the Mischer days and with the local old-timers…like Ross Maxwell.
He and Jean Hardy-Pittman fell in love and have been married for several years. Many of you may know Jean through her Alpine bookstore Front Street Books. She has been his angel and he knew it. He shot our Big Bend so wonderfully and he loved it deeply. May he rest in peach….and we will miss him a lot. Memorial service to be decided later.

Announcing NEW Magazine for Writers of Every Genre

Southern Writer’s Journal – Printed once every two months (6 times a year)

Opening November 2016

Southern Writer’s Journal is a bi-monthly magazine for writers — Urgent Call for Submissions

Southern Writer’s Journal
Joaquin, Texas
Tina Gibbs, Editor

Southern Writer’s Journal is a bi-monthly magazine for writers of every genre. Each issue contains articles on writing – we encourage writers to send in how-to articles on every aspect of writing.

For more information, go to

young-adventurers-workshop-bwWriting Workshop in San Antonio for Young Adult/Middle Grade

Click on flyer image at left for details. For more information, go to the Alamo City Comic Con website and look up “Young Adventurers” program.


Canada Cuba Literary Alliance Art and Lit Fest

CCLA Art and Lit Fest is being held in Cobourg, Ontario, on Saturday, October 29, at the Cobourg Public Library, with evening events at The Oasis Bar and Grill.

For more information and details, please download the CCLA newsletter The Envoy 076.


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:

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