March “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Jackie Siglin
Writing Assignment: Since March is known as the “windy month”, write about one of the following: Night Wind, A Windy Way on the (fill in the rest), Gone with the Wind (Not about the movie), Hot Windy Days and Nights.

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

I have adopted a new cat from the humane society and therefore have not slept for two weeks.  She’s older than I thought she was, not yet spayed, and has now gone into “season”.    She’s just started her immunization process and it will be five weeks before her surgery can be scheduled.  She and I both are climbing the walls trying to get out of the house!  Apparently I was not properly prepared for this new venture in my life.

The same cannot be said of the co-chairs organizing our upcoming conference.  They are prepared to the max!   Things are simply falling into place because Reba and Jackie keep preparing spaces for things to fall into.  Every year is a learning curve and I’m sure this year is no different.  But so far they’ve not met an obstacle they couldn’t go around.  Elaine says we’ve got 20 participants registered so far.  A good count, I think, at this stage of the game.  Many of our old friends will return;  I’m looking forward to it.

Bear in mind that we’ve been invited to journey to Lubbock to visit the Lubbock Writer’s group.  The date now has been changed, due to scheduling conflicts, to May 15.  That’s a Saturday.  The Lubbock group can house 5 to 6 of us that Saturday night.  Marilyn Westfall suggests that we drive to Lubbock in time to meet with them from 2 to 5 and then all go eat together!  This should be a fun time and we’ll discuss it more as plans unfold.

Kip is back from Alaska and we’re all looking forward to seeing pictures.  And, we hope that Phyllis Musgrove is able to join us again soon.

I’ll see you Tuesday, Mar. 16, 7 PM at the Jeff Davis County Library in Ft. Davis for our next monthly writer’s meeting.

Donna


Writers, Think Spring!

Wipe the frost off your brow and mark your calendars now for the annual Spring Writers’ Retreat in the beautiful mountains of West Texas near Alpine on April 9, 10, 11, 2010.

The Texas Mountain Trail Writers gang is already planning exhilarating and inspiring presentations in an awesome mountain setting. The food will be fabulous as always, and we’ve also discovered a cross-country hiking/running trail around the encampment to jog off any writer’s block!
This year’s speakers include a published children’s writer, an author who will tell ways to avoid the slush pile and be a stand-out, two archivists who will show how to research your fiction or non-fiction book, plus fun and entertainment.

If you know of friends, or a writers’ organization, who might be interested in hearing more about our annual retreat with published, professional speakers, please email their addresses.

In the meantime, MARK YOUR CALENDAR, and soon more exciting news about speakers, location and fun activities will follow.
Email or call retreat coordinators:

*protected email* Reba Cross Seals
*protected email* Jackie Siglin-Lodging
*protected email* Elaine Davenport-Registrar
*protected email* Donna Greene, President

LINKS to FORMS:

Conference Overview| Conference Registration


“Scare The Dickens Out of Us” Ghost Story Contest

The second annual “Scare The Dickens Out of Us” ghost story contest offers $1000.00 first place, $500.00 second place and $250.00 third place prize money this year for a new, original ghost story up to 5000 words. Is anyone interested? Any genre is welcome, a romance story can also be a ghost story.

This literary contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, the oldest continuously in use library inTexas. Entry fee is $20.00. The contest is privately funded, all entry fees go to the Friends for library projects. Last year the contest attracted several romance writers; second place actually went to a romance writer.

Full rules are available at http://clarklibraryfriends.com/ . Entries will be accepted from July 1 to October 1 2010.

We are also supporting a “Junior Scare the Dickens Out of Us” ghost story contest with a $250.00 first prize. This is for ages 12-18 and requires a $5.00 entry fee.


SHORT-STORY CONTEST

Sponsored by WEST TEXAS WRITERS in Midland, Texas
Download Contest Flyer for More Info!


The 2010 Pen to Press Writers’ Retreat!

May 25-29, 2010, in beautiful downtown New Orleans, Louisiana

This is a one of a kind writers’ retreat you simply can’t pass up! Come excited and leave inspired, ready to improve your writing and get that manuscript published!

Pen to Press Retreats are five intense, hands-on, inspiring days that teach participants how to shape and present a saleable manuscript. You’ll learn in a variety of settings, from workshops to one-on-one mentoring sessions to seminars. To that end, you will write and revise, have portions of your manuscript critiqued, and revise some more. This is a remarkable opportunity to transform your writing!

To top it off, throughout the last two days of each retreat, all of our participants are given exclusive, one-on-one time with agents and editors to whom they can pitch their work.

With this retreat under your belt, who can stop you?

For lots more information, go to WWW.PENTOPRESSRETREAT.COM


Minutes from the TMTW February meeting: Download here

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

Clinch/ clench – tricky distinctions, but worth differentiating.

o Clench (used in a physical sense) means to tighten or set, is as with a fist or a jaw.
The only way the dancehall girl could tell her gambler boyfriend was nervous was his clenched jaw.
The cowboy clenched his fists, ready to defend his claim that the gambler had cheated at cards.

o Clinch (used in non-physical matters) means to settle or decide, as in an argument, debate, or decision. (Note exceptions below.)
Always logical, the bartender reviewed the gambler’s actions, proved there was an extra ace in the deck, and clinched the debate that the gambler had indeed cheated.
“Okay,” the no-nonsense sheriff said, “that clinches it. Get a rope.”

Exceptions: In boxing, “clinching” means holding the opponent, an action that will be stopped by the referee.
In building trades or crafts, “clinching” means to fasten objects together as with a rivet.

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: moc.l1511361362oa@ll1511361362aHumj1511361362. More problems like the above are demystified in the booklet, 50 Writers’ Tips. Find more at http://www.JoanUptonHall.com/books.htm.


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.s1511361362retir1511361362wliar1511361362tniat1511361362nuoms1511361362axet@1511361362wtmtk1511361362sa1511361362.

“Scare The Dickens Out of Us” Ghost Story Contest

The second annual “Scare The Dickens Out of Us” ghost story contest offers $1000.00 first place, $500.00 second place and $250.00 third place prize money this year for a new, original ghost story up to 5000 words. Is anyone interested? Any genre is welcome, a romance story can also be a ghost story.

This literary contest is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, the oldest continuously in use library inTexas. Entry fee is $20.00. The contest is privately funded, all entry fees go to the Friends for library projects. Last year the contest attracted several romance writers; second place actually went to a romance writer.

Full rules are available at http://clarklibraryfriends.com/ . Entries will be accepted from July 1 to October 1 2010.

We are also supporting a “Junior Scare the Dickens Out of Us” ghost story contest with a $250.00 first prize. This is for ages 12-18 and requires a $5.00 entry fee.

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