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February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Room of the Alpine Public Library in Alpine. Please Note change of location!

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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

Mother Nature has sure had fun with us this year! Here in the Big Bend we have been basking in 70+ degrees for the last week – and more on the way! Down along the River Road, the bluebonnets are so thick in some places that you cannot walk! And it’s just the second week of February… I hope Mother Nature doesn’t “bite us” before Spring officially arrives.

Have the warmer temperatures and fresh air stimulated your “love” for this time of year? Next Tuesday we are celebrating the season of love with a special Hands-On Poetry Workshop “Poetry With A Pulse” featuring Alpine’s very own Larry Thomas, Texas Poet Laureate 2008. Come join us for an evening of poetry reading and writing – and try your hand at romantic verse. Love, after all, IS timeless and perfect anytime!

The TMTW steering committee is in a flurry of activity putting together the final details of our annual Spring Writer’s Retreat. There’s a teaser below and link for more info on what is to come. The Overview and Registration details will be coming by next week at the latest! So keep your eyes peeled…

Finally, remember to submit your stories, poems, etc. for inclusion in the Chaos! The deadline is February 28. For more details, CLICK HERE to go to the Chaos page.

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.l1425257804iamg@1425257804slaes1425257804ssorc1425257804r1425257804. We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

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

 


2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”

SAVE THE DATES!

April 24 & 25, 2015

New Exciting Format!

Click Here for Details!

 


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Submitted by Cindy Symington

Kip, here is a little tidbit for the next newsletter. Not sure I agree but it’s interesting coming from Ambrose. – Cindy

“The number one secret of being a successful writer is this: Marry an English major.”
– Stephen Ambrose

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

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“Reading with set your free.”

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Submitted by Kip Piper

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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.s1425257804retir1425257804wliar1425257804tniat1425257804nuoms1425257804axet@1425257804wtmtk1425257804sa1425257804.

January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 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: “Vintage Western Writers and their Style of Writing” presented by Darrell White and David Seals

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

Refreshments: Delectable delights to be provided by our speakers, Darrell and David


From the Traveling Laptop

Ah! The “joys” of winter in the Big Bend! Today is another of several foggy, icy days here in the high desert mountains. But I’m the lucky one! I spent three weeks traveling to Virginia for the holidays. While I was gone, I missed the “Big New Year’s Ice Storm” that hit the Big Bend. This massive storm unfortunately caused much tree damage and power outages. Some people were out of power for 5 days! We are so blessed with dedicated and passionate/compassionate utility repair staff who worked through miserable conditions to restore power for everyone. Gratitude and appreciation are inadequate words!

Now for me, as the new year begins, I am building my “Vision Board” of my goals and dreams. It is a wonderful task to help you focus on what is truly important to you and what you want in your life! One component of this year is to continue my books series, which I put aside a few months ago. I am excited to dive back in!

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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!

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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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TMTW Invites You to NaNoWriMo

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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.s1425257804retir1425257804wliar1425257804tniat1425257804nuoms1425257804axet@1425257804suksa1425257804 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.d1425257804nebgi1425257804b@1ak1425257804salad1425257804ekab1425257804 OR RSVP to TMTW at gro.s1425257804retir1425257804wliar1425257804tniat1425257804nuoms1425257804axet@1425257804suksa1425257804, 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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Submitted by Kip Piper

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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.s1425257804retir1425257804wliar1425257804tniat1425257804nuoms1425257804axet@1425257804wtmtk1425257804sa1425257804.