August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our August meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Topic for discussion:  E-Publishing—publishing on-line.  Whether you have information about how to self-publish on-line, or not, please come and share in the discussion as we learn from one another about this giant leap forward in getting your work published.

 (NOTE: Our regular writers’ meeting year begins with the September meeting.)

President Ramblings

We had a great discussion on characters at our July meeting.  Each of us shared how we develop our characters.   There were many different ways depending on the type of writing, and it was so interesting.  I came away thinking how lucky we are to have the Texas Mountain Trail Writers!  Who else could we spend two hours with talking about this topic and leave wishing we had more time?

Our last summer meeting will be Aug. 21, 2012, 7 pm at the Hallmark Apts. Fiesta Room.  The topic will be Alternate Routes to Publication.  We’ve all been reading about it.  Some of us have tried self-publication using a company.  Today there are all sorts of electronic possibilities.  What to do?  What works best for our type of writing?  None of us in our local group are experts in this area so it was decided the August meeting would be a shared effort.  Each member should do a little research into possible new ways to be published and bring that information to the meeting.  We’ll talk about all of it and learn from each other.  Any article, blog post, whatever you find that would give us some insight would be appreciated.

This is my last note as President of the TMTW.  After the August meeting, Reba Cross Seals will be President.  I know she will do an outstanding job.  Thanks to all of you for your support and help this past year. A very special thanks goes to Eleanor Taylor, our outgoing VP for working so hard on programs and program notification and to Elaine Davenport for her years as Treasurer.  We will miss their special touch, but we have great people taking over their duties, and Eleanor and Elaine will continue to participate as members.

Happy writing.


2012-2013 TMTW Board

President: Reba Cross Seals
Vice President:  Darrell White
Secretary: Jackie Siglin
Treasurer:  Anne Van Loon
Conference Coordinators:  Aleta Belcher and Janith Stephenson
Chaos Editor:  Marian Frueh
Webpage and Newsletter:  Kip Piper

Braggin’ Rights

TMTW member Barry Zavah’s stories; including “Along the Fraser River” and “On the Fly” have been published this July in the 2012 Annual West Texas Writers’ Anthology.  Barry; who read from the third story, “The Library in a Virtual Reality World”, was among 25 authors at a worship service titled “Literary Anthology” on August 12th the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland.

“Solace”; the 5th edition of the West Texas Writers Anthology, includes creative writings from Unitarian Universalist members and friends throughout the state.  Tom Parks, editor of the annual anthology, hosted the service which is a presentation of the UU Church of Midland’s “Summer Arts and Film Festival”.

Ed. Way to go, Barry!

 Trail Bits: Seen on Facebook (submitted by Reba Cross Seals)

From the editor: Thanks, Reba, for sending this! Hey, everyone! Send us your “finds” and we’ll post them! Send them to:

MDFM’s Fourth Annual Local Author Day

We are proud to present the finest local literary talent Saturday, September 15, in Midland, Texas. These local wordsmiths will promote their art and sell their published works. This is an opportunity not only for the artisans, but also the community to gain awareness of the talent and creativity that thrives in West Texas.

If you are interested in participating in this fabulous affair, please do the following:   respond to this email with: your book(s) information (genre / audience / blurb), your online information (websites, blogs, and reviews), and your contact information.  We have a limited space available, please respond by September 8.  Booth fees are $10.00.   For more information, questions, or concerns: 

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 .

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