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April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at the First Baptist, Church, Alpine, TX. The church is at 203 North 4th Street.  It is across the street from the Porter’s Thriftway  and behind the West Texas National Bank.  We will have someone outside to help you find the fellowship room. NOTE NEW LOCATION!

Program: “Playing with Words” presented by Anne VanLoon

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 speaker, Anne!


From the Traveling Laptop

As you may know by now from our email last Friday, we on the steering committee are sorry to announce the cancellation of our 2015 TMTW writing retreat. Unfortunately, the number of registrations we’ve received at this time does not allow us to feel that we will have enough participants to pay for the conference. We made our decision with heavy hearts, but feel it is in the best interest of our group.

This would have been our 24th conference, and we will miss our friends and our writing companionship. Our plans for a retreat next year remain open.

The Chaos, our journal, will be mailed to you or given to you (if possible) when it is published – late April or early May.

Of course, we will continue our TMTW monthly meetings, our website, our email newsletter – and are accepting submissions for the 2016 Chaos. TMTW is still a vibrant, active, interesting writers’ club!

If you have not already paid your annual membership dues, they are $20 and due by the end of April. You can pay/renew online HERE or contact Jackie Siglin at ten.d1430236358nebgi1430236358b@1ak1430236358salad1430236358ekab1430236358 about mailing them to her.

On a happier note, next week is our April meeting! Anne VanLoon is presenting a fun, hands-on program “Playing with Words”. Be sure to come!

Finally, below are the April writing prompts. As usual, Reba picked a couple of good’uns!

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.

Thinking in the unique, weird way of writers, when I thought of writing prompts for April, I thought of Spring Break. So here are two photos of “broken.” What do they say to you?

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.l1430236358iamg@1430236358slaes1430236358ssorc1430236358r1430236358. We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

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

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2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”

April 24 & 25, 2015

>>>  CANCELLED!  <<<

Please see “From the Traveling Laptop” above for cancellation details.


Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2015 Deadline: May 1,2015

The deadline for the 2015 competition is May 1, 2015. Below is a link to the updated website below. On it you will find the guidelines for both by-mail and online submissions:

http://www.shortstorycompetition.com

The first-place winner will be published in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and will receive a cash award of $1,500. Second and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable Mentions will appear on the website.

Please contact with any questions you may have at: moc.l1430236358iamhs1430236358uh@ts1430236358ewyek1430236358yrots1430236358trohs1430236358

The very best of luck to all who enter!

Sincerely,

Lorian Hemingway
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition


Trail Bits

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Track Your Pitches: Use This Spreadsheet to Land More Online Writing Jobs

Successful freelance writers are organized and efficient. They don’t waste time looking up which pitches they’ve sent and which still need to be polished to go out. They don’t have to look up an editor’s name and contact information every time they want to re-pitch a publication.

This system isn’t an accident; they use tools… (Click here to continue reading this article.)

Submitted by Kip Piper

El Paso Writers’ League: 365 writing project: 365 Days of Writing Prompts

WRITE, EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE
Enjoy this year-long collection of writing prompts geared to get you writing each and every day.

http://epwl.blogspot.com/p/365-project.html


 As Seen on Facebook

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.s1430236358retir1430236358wliar1430236358tniat1430236358nuoms1430236358axet@1430236358wtmtk1430236358sa1430236358.

March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 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: “Point of View:  How to tell your story” presented by Jackie Siglin

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 speaker, Jackie!


From the Traveling Laptop

Here in the Big Bend, Winter is not wanting to let go of its grip! Over the last few weeks, we continue to be plagued with ice, fog, freezing fog, and cold mornings. However, Spring is persistent and is showing herself with sunny days, warm afternoons, rains, grass and wildflowers. The bluebonnets and other wildflowers are peaking and more will soon be out in all their glory.

Have you registered for our 2015 Spring Retreat? The TMTW steering committee is excited to present Michael Noll, the Master of “Scene, Structure and Suspense”. For more information and to register, check out http://texasmountaintrailwriters.org/2015-writers-retreat/.

Next Tuesday, March 17, our monthly meeting will be in Fort Davis. The topic will be how to write from different points of view with emphasis on first person versus third person and writing from multiple viewpoints.  Jackie Siglin, TMTW member and short story author, will be the moderator. (It will be St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to wear your green!)

Finally, I neglected to add Reba’s introduction to the March Writing Prompts. Be sure to read it below!

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.

Thinking in the unique, weird way of writers, when I thought of writing prompts for March, I thought of Spring Break. So here are two photos of “broken.” What do they say to you?

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.l1430236358iamg@1430236358slaes1430236358ssorc1430236358r1430236358. We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

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

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2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”

April 24 & 25, 2015

Michael Noll: Master of Scene, Structure and Suspense

–> Click Here for ALL of the Details!
NOTE: NEW Online Registration Form!


Trail Bits

Submitted by Cindy Symington

“A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling or teaching or ordering. Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing. We are lonesome animals. We spend all life trying to be less lonesome.”   – Steinbeck


 As Seen on Facebook

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

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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.s1430236358retir1430236358wliar1430236358tniat1430236358nuoms1430236358axet@1430236358wtmtk1430236358sa1430236358.

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!

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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.s1430236358retir1430236358wliar1430236358tniat1430236358nuoms1430236358axet@1430236358suksa1430236358 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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