September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Enjoy networking with other local writers from the tri-county area at a Potluck Dinner with the Texas Mountain Trail Writers on Tuesday, September 22, 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 Games (See more info below in “TMTW September Potluck Supper”.)

Writing Opportunity: See this month’s Picture Writing Prompt below…

From the TMTW Steering Committee

After summer break, the Texas Mountain Trail Writers are back in meeting mode. The steering committee has met and set up the calendar through December. Just a hint – if you are interested in spooky stories, trying out NaNoWriMo, or having Christmas writing fun, you should plan to participate.

Writing is the goal of our organization, and we offer many opportunities for members to use their creative juices. Photo prompts and written prompts will be featured this year in the newsletter for monthly writing and we plan to publish our journal, Chaos, in the spring. We offer writing tips and games at meetings, as well as having speakers.

Sometimes we get discouraged about the size of our local group. There are many many opportunities these days for writers on the internet and in social media. A person can enter contests and participate in learning experiences while sitting in their pajamas at the kitchen table. So why should they come to a meeting of a local club? Our question would be: WHY NOT?? Writing can be a lonely occupation – not to say that many of us don’t really love spending time with imaginary people and manipulating their lives the way we want, BUT??? Being with other writers can sooth the soul. Who else would let you talk about a setting in a magic land and act like it was normal? Who else would care about the serial comma and should you use it or not?

If you are a local member, how about talking the TMTW up with your friends (the real ones, not those in your book), and bring them to a meeting. How about putting up a poster in the places you frequent and offer a ride to one of our meetings. If you are one of our far away members, how about coming to a local meeting in the area? We would love to see you!

All the pep talk aside, we are ready to go this year, small and mighty. We love to write and we like to talk about it with others! Call us crazy, but who knows, the perfect idea for your next story might be waiting at a Texas Mountain Trail Writers meeting.

Happy writing 2015-2016,

Jackie Siglin
Member Steering Committee
Treasurer, TMTW

TMTW September Potluck Supper: Trail Writers Write…..and Eat!

Come join us at a beginning of the year party!

Kick the year off with a backyard potluck at home of Reba and David Seals, Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m. Writing games and lots of food and fun. Everyone invited. Bring a friend. Call 432-837-2919 or email moc.l1444434155iamg@1444434155slaes1444434155ssorc1444434155r1444434155 for details.

Picture Writing Prompts

The photo prompt for September is one that should be enough for a book of stories if you wish! It is a montage of examples of severe weather. From left to right, starting at the top: F5 tornado, wild fire, thunderstorm lightning, flooding, hurricane, ice storm and giant hail. The artist’s attribution follows:

Own work (Original text: I Fallschirmjäger created this work entirely by myself)

If you have questions, email Reba at moc.l1444434155iamg@1444434155slaes1444434155ssorc1444434155r1444434155. Enjoy the process, and bring your finished product to the party to read, 500 words or fewer, and send it to me whether you are close enough to Alpine to come and party with us or not.

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.l1444434155iamg@1444434155slaes1444434155ssorc1444434155r1444434155. We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Own work (Original text: I Fallschirmjäger created this work entirely by myself)


Kip Piper & Marti Knobloch are Calling for Stories and Poems for New Anthology!

Needed are humorous stories of ingenuity and resourcefulness

Marta Knobloch and Kip Piper, editors at MTC Publications, announce a call for submissions of stories or poems for the anthology, “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails”.

The theme of the anthology is Stories of Positive, Practical and Often Comical Solutions When a Toolbox Is Not Handy.

This will be an anthology of stories about funny and wacky situations where a tool or tools are needed but not available, and the atypical and ingenious resources used to solve the problem.

We invite writers to share true, personal stories and poems about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items available as alternative tools when in a bind.

  • What was the problem?
  • What tools were needed and not available?
  • What crazy things or alternative tools did you use?
  • What inspired you to use the alternative tools?
  • What was the outcome?

Stories should be funny, entertaining and vividly descriptive so readers can enjoy the writer’s ridiculous experience.

Word length: Prose: up to 1200 words; Poetry: open line count.

Payment: 1 contributor’s digital copy in both PDF and MOBI format, plus 1 coupon for printed copies at a discount.

Copyrights revert to authors upon publication of this anthology, “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails”.

Deadline: Submissions accepted from July 25, 2015 to deadline of January 25, 2016.

Read anthology guidelines at:

 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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