November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Our speaker will Dr. Ira Blanton, Associate Professor of English at Sul Ross who specializes in folklore.
Writing Asssignment by Darrell White: Your assignment for the November meeting is to write a Thanksgiving story involving all five senses and keep a tally on how many times the senses are used in the story.  The person who refers to the senses  the most times will receive a gift.    The story should be two pages long.

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

Greetings Book worms.  We’re preparing once again for our spring conference.  The dates are April 9-11, 2010, at Paisano Baptist Encampment.  We’ve already sent our deposit in to lock up the dates.  That’s the weekend AFTER Easter.  Dan Dunagan said to let him know if we’d like for him to prepare a meal for Saturday night again.  Duh!  Yes, I think we’d enjoy that little bit of heaven one more time!

Now all we need to do is twist some arms to get our conference committee leadership together.  Let’s seriously talk about it Nov. 17 at our next meeting in Alpine.  Be checking on names of possible presenters.

Thank all of you for the work you do to help this group.  The Lubbock Writer’s group we met Halloween night at the Marfa Lights viewing area have been following our group for quite awhile via our website and had many good things to say about us.


Marfa Lights and Halloween Night (Meeting with the Lubbock Writers)

Wine, wind, and winsome lights highlighted our gathering with the Lubbock writers at the Marfa Lights Viewing area on Halloween night.  The full moon added its own eerie glow to the group gathered around the picnic table in the crispy air.  Darrell, Reba, Joan Johnson, Bob Miles and I represented our clan.  The Lubbock writers were Marilyn Westfall and Dennis Fehr.  Earlier in the day Joan and Reba attended an art workshop, and two ladies from the workshop decided to join us as well.

We took turns reading by candlelight, moonlight, and flashlight while the Marfa lights hovered in the distance and lingered long enough to hear all our stories.  The combination of outside and inside forces (the wine WAS good) made for a very pleasant, special evening.

The Lubbock writer’s group has been keeping up with us via our web page.  They would like to invite us to journey to Lubbock at some point and gather with them.


University of Texas of the Permian Basin
Saturday, November 14, 2009

1:00 – 2:30 P.M – MESA BLDG. – 4th Floor
Critique Forum and Workshop

2:30 – 3:00 P.M. – MESA BLDG. – 1st Floor
Texas State Poet Laureate
LARRY D. THOMAS’ Book Signing


Master of Ceremonies
Dean William Feeler

Proclamation of Larry D. Thomas Day
City of Odessa
Honorable Larry Melton’s office
Mayor Pro-Tem Royce Bodiford


Winners Awards & Readings

Western Music by Ron Eckert

Cowboy/West Texas Poets

Jim Kitchens
Dr. Russell Goodyear
Morris Burns
Rick Holstead
Connie L. Williams
Glen Walton

CHAOS Submissions

It’s getting to be that time again! Start sending me your submissions to CHAOS. Check for submission guidelines.

Trail Bits

From Reba Cross Seals

I’ve been hearing a lot recently about nanowrimo writing for the month of Nov. every year. I just heard of it, and it’s geared more to fiction, novel writing, but I think a lot of our Log readers would be interested. The website is but I found out much more about it on Wikipedia. It’s very interesting. It stands for National Novel Writing Month, if you have the time to write a couple of paragraphs about it.

Braggin’ Rights

From Reba Cross Seals

In the January first quarter issue of Cenizo I’m going to have an article and art work about the Mystery Lights of Marfa. I’m very excited about that and am working hard to complete the art work before the deadline.

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

Demystifying Writers’ Demons©

Punctuating interrupted dialogue:

To show character’s lines of dialogue being unfinished, consider who does the interrupting.
o Use an em-dash (or double hyphen) if another character breaks in.

“I’d like to order-”
“They make a great salad plate here.”
“Well, I’d really like a chicken fried-”
“Okay.” She shrugged. “If you don’t care about the calories, it’s your business.”

o Use an ellipsis (three periods) if the speaker interrupts herself or trails off.

“Are you saying I’m fat?”
“No, no, you’re…look, don’t get oversensitive just because…”
“Because what?”
“Personally I don’t like my belt so tight, but if you do…” She waved her hands to dismiss the subject. “Go ahead and order. After all, the important thing is to get acquainted on our first date.”

Do demons bedevil your writing? Similar, confusing words? Grammar, punctuation, or capitalization rules? “The Demystifier” will clear up the mystery (primary reference unless otherwise noted: Garner, Bryan A. Dictionary of Modern American Usage. N.Y.: Oxford University Press). Address questions and comments to freelance editor, Joan Upton Hall at: . More problems like the above are demystified in the booklet, 50 Writers’ Tips. Find more at

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 .

One Reply to “November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail””

  1. Thanks for your kind remarks about our joint meeting at the Marfa Lights Viewing Area! Dennis and I really enjoyed the friendly TX welcome. You made us feel like a part of the group immediately.

    I do hope that we can work out some other joint activities, and I will stay in touch with you all.

    Best wishes and happy writing!
    Marilyn Westfall

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.