November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Writing Assignment: TO BE WRITTEN AT THE MEETING: Using the dictionary, randomly open it and on the right-side page, the 4th word down (whatever the word is),  you must use it in a story. 250 words or less.

Speaker: TBD

Refreshments: Jackie Siglin will provide refreshments for the November meeting.

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

This blog was recommended by Reba Cross Seals and thought we might enjoy reading it.

Writers’ Festival at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Dear Writers:

I am the director the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Writers’ Festival. I’ve attached our poster and call for papers. Feel free to pass these on to any interested writers. We are in the midst of preparing a new website, complete with registration form, schedule, and video. It should go live soon! Follow us on Facebook until our website premiers.

The festival will be Feb 17-19: bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is our fiction presenter and acclaimed poet Paul Willis will lead our poetry sessions. We would love to have you send your proposals for fiction or poetry readings. The fee is $175, which includes two workshops. Hopefully, we will place you in the workshop that you would like to attend.

Please send me any further questions.

Thank you,

Jessica Hooten
Assistant Professor
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
101 Heard Hall
900 College Street
Belton, TX 76513

“There Are No Rules”

Another wonderful item recommended by Reba Cross Seals! You Don’t Get to Choose Whether You’re a Writer

Trail Bits & Braggin’ Rights

Check out the October meeting minutes for great items! Download minutes here

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

Spelling Tips:  Adding suffixes to words ending in silent “e”

Drop the silent e before a suffix beginning with a vowel: admire – admiration; believe – believing; allure – alluring: imagine – imaginary; move – movable
Keep the silent e before a suffix beginning with a consonant: care – careful; arrange – arrangement; notice – noticeable; outrage – outrageous

Doubling consonants when…

Double the final consonant when adding a suffix:
o if the word has one syllable
: bragging, mannish, stopped, getting,
o if the word is accented on the last syllable: occurred, deferring, conferred

(But notice if the accent shifts, don’t double the consonant) conference, deference

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:

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