April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: Last minute details of upcoming Conference Retreat

Writing “Opportunity”: Write what you want…500 words!

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Darrell White.

President Ramblings

We live by choice in far West Texas, tucked away from the bigger writing world.  I like to think it gives us an edge with creativity.  All we have to do is look out our front door and see the natural world,  at its finest with sunrise, cactus blossoms and the face of a baby fawn, but also at its cruelest with drought, fire, and wind.  How can we not write?

Yet, isolation has its drawbacks.  We share our work with others in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers, but we don’t have many opportunities for a wider audience.

This April brings a change to that.  It is National Poetry Month.  Last night, Friday, April 6,  two of our members read their poetry at our local wonderful bookstore, Front Street Books.  Their presentations were interesting and their poems  exquisite.  They have been printed and hung, as pieces of art, on the walls of the red gallery at the back of the store for the rest of the month.  Next Friday, April 13, another group of our writers will read their poetry at the bookstore.  Listeners, who aren’t just our friends and family, will hear us.

The last Friday of the month, April 27, we begin our 21st annual writers retreat, held this year at the Mountain Trails Lodge near Fort Davis.  It brings the writing world to us. Presenters and participants come from other places and we submerge ourselves in writing, in ideas, and in learning for the weekend.

Out here in Big Bend, we have to help each other.  Aren’t you glad you belong to the Texas Mountain Trail Writers?

See you at the retreat,


2012 TMTW Spring Retreat

 !! Come One – Come All !!
!! Limited Spaces Left !!

Texas Mountain Trail Writers’
21st Spring Retreat
April 27, 28, 29, 2012

The Texas Mountain Trail Writers welcome you to their
annual retreat in the Davis Mountains of West Texas.

New Location! Mountain Trail Lodge & Outdoor Learning Center-between Fort Davis and Alpine
www.dmectexas.org — Check out the beauty!

More information here:

Weekend Overview:


Registration Form:


 !! Come One – Come All !!
!! Limited Spaces Left !!


Minutes from March 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

Be sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader! To download, go here: www.adobe.com
If you are unable to open the minutes, please email us and we will send you a copy via email.


Poetry Month – TMTW Members Read at Front Street Books

This Friday, April 13, several of our members will be reading their poems at Front Street Books!

A reception with refreshments will be at 6:30 pm and the readings should begin at about 7:00 p.m.

Come support your fellow members!

 Other Retreats

JustWrite Retreats                                  July 24-29               August 26-Sept. 2
Spirit of Women Writing Retreats         August 5-12            September 9-16               October 7-14

Download JustWrite Retreats brochure

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

Credible/ credulous & related words

• Credible (adjective); credibility (noun) Means plausible; believable; deserving confidence or describes a statement or situation.

• Credulous (adjective) Means gullible; easily fooled describes a person.

• Credulity (noun form of credulous) Means plausibility; believability

Opposite meaning words:

• Incredible Means hard to believe; astonishing; extraordinary and describes a statement or situation.

• Incredulous Means skeptical; disbelieving and describes a person.


“The witness reported the credible statement that Oscar walked away. Other testimony, that Oscar vanished into thin air, seemed incredible to most jurors.”

“Some jurors were credulous about the alleged vanishing act. Most, however, were incredulous.”

“A conscientious lawyer would seek the testimony of credible witnesses. A conniving lawyer would use unreliable witnesses and hope for credulous jurors.

“While a statement may be either credible or incredible, a judgment depends on the credulity of the listener. Extraordinary happenings, strain most listeners’ credulity.”

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:

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