October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, (Note NEW date for this month!) 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 before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Program: Internal Dialogue presented by Elaine Davenport.

Writing “Opportunity”: The word limit is 500 words.  Choose one of the following titles:  “The Fruits of Our Labors”, “Bringing in the Harvest,” or “Dancing with the Moon.”

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Elizabeth.


President Ramblings

Fall is here in far west Texas which means the Texas Mountain Trail Writers are back to meeting.  Our first gathering of the year was held at Reba and David Seal’s house.  Afternoon showers had cooled the air and caused a bit of a panic for the Seals, but by meeting time all was well, and we had a wonderful time in their beautiful backyard.  Reba’s program challenged us to get out of our comfort zones and try new genres.  Who knew we could write sci-fi, romance, southwest, and mystery in one evening?  And that it would be so much fun?

One of the things about belonging to a writers’ group is that evenings like this are possible.  Instead of always being alone with the words in your head and your seat on the chair in front of the computer, you have the opportunity to spend time with others who like to write.  Our group is small, but we have a sharing spirit.  I left that night encouraged by everyone.  No one was afraid to try their hand at writing, no one was afraid to read.  That is a tribute to us.

Keep writing and we’ll keep meeting – how’s that for a motto?

On the practical side:

  1. We are looking for a new site for our spring retreat.  Members who have suggestions should contact Reba.  (Ed. Note: Update since Jackie wrote this intro: We are currently considering the Davis Mountain Education Center in Fort Davis. However, we have not made a decision, so any other suggestions are welcome!)
  2. Mark your calendar for our next meeting – which is a date change.  We will be in Ft. Davis on Oct. 25th. (the 4th Tuesday, not the 3rd).  Elaine Davenport will give the program and Anne VanLoon will give us a quick look at the NaNoWriMo website.
  3. Eleanor Taylor has chosen our October writing opportunities (formerly known as writing assignments) and you can find them here on the website.
  4. Also take a look at September’s minutes (thanks to Secretary Donna Greene) and let us know at the meeting if there are any corrections.

I’m off to Joshua Tree National Monument and Yosemite National Park to do a little hiking and camping with friends.

Jackie Siglin, this year’s President


Minutes from September Meeting

Please read the minutes before attending the next meeting. Let us know at the next meeting if there are any corrections. Thanks!

Download minutes here


Trail Bits

From Donna Greene: Jim McDonald is trying to get adult education classes going in Alpine.  This might be a good thing to announce in our newsletter; I see that one of the courses being offered is History and Stories of the Big Bend.  The website is www.desert-academy.com.


Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

All right / all ready / already

 • all right (adjective or adverb) (old style “alright” for adverb is no longer used)

All right, I agree. OR  All right!” (meaning an emphatic yes)

“Is this all right?” (satisfactory, okay)

“Don’t worry. I’m all right.” (unhurt, okay)

“These answers are all right.” (all correct)

Memory tip: Spell “all right” with two l’s and two words all the time.

all ready (adjective) (all participants or parts prepared)

“The team members are all ready.” OR  “The parts are all ready to assemble.”

• already (adverb) (previously)

“The team has already practiced.” OR  “I did that already.”

Memory tip: Which meaning could you substitute: All  prepared or previously?

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.loa@llaHumj. 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.sretirwliartniatnuomsaxet@wtmtksa.
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One Reply to “October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail””

  1. Good Morning…
    Greetings from Jeddah!
    Please extent a greeting to Phyllis Musgrove..
    Tell her..I will try to submit a story before the 25th of October..
    Till later..GOD BLESS.. Sincerely from Sherman..

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