December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the home of Anne VanLoon in Alpine at 6:30 pm.

Writing “Opportunity”: The word limit is 500 words. And note there is a specific genre for each one!

  • Footprints in the Snow (Mystery genre)
  • Faded Mistletoe (Romance genre)
  • Up On The Rooftop (Comedy genre)

Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

Our Christmas party will be at my house (Anne VanLoon) in Alpine on Tuesday evening, December 11th at 6:30 PM.

As per the usual format, we will have a pot luck supper. When you decide which specialty you wish to bring, please email me that you are coming, how many are coming with you, and what dish you will bring.

To RSVP and receive directions to my house, please email me at or TMTW at

Also we exchange gifts in a different way. We steal from each other. So bring a gift of your choice and watch it make the rounds of those who covet.  $20 is the gift limit.

Hope you will join us!


President Chat

On the 30th of November I’m writing this blurb to you in 80 degree heat and thinking about jumping into decorating for Christmas tomorrow. Hard to get into the spirit yet, but making myself start the incubating process of producing a Christmas story to share at our annual party gets me in the mood. Our vice-president, Darrell White, is showing that he, too, is a master at coming up with creative ideas for Writing Opportunities. (He’s following in the footsteps of another creative thinker, Eleanor Taylor.) Not only does Darrell have good suggestions, he is specifying the genre this month! Hummmmm!

I’m a Facebook lurker most of the time. I like it for hearing about my friends and former students, but seldom post. I know you don’t care what I had for lunch today anymore than I care what you had, however, there are some good things on FB. I follow a website called Writers Write, and yesterday grabbed a quote from Natalie Goldberg.

“There is no excuse. If you want to write, write. This is your life, you are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don’t wait. Make the time now.”

This pierced me in the excuse-box because I’m always saying that I’m too busy. Sure, everybody is. I just have to readjust my priorities.

Come join in Christmas fun with fellow writers at our party. We support each other and learn while doing so. (We also do a lot of laughing!)

Reba Cross Seals

Minutes from November Meeting

November 13, 2012, Hallmark Apts, Alpine, TX

13 members were present and George Pitlik, guest

Old Business:

Minutes: approved as published in the Log of the Trail

Treasurer: Anne reported that we have $4524.68 in our account. The transfer of signers on the account at the Ft. Davis State Bank has been completed.

Conference: Aleta is ill so no report. It was suggested that Reba contact Aleta and ask that she use email to ask for a date for the conference. Both the lodge and our first confirmed speaker have kept both weekends open and we have to let them know soon.

First line contest: Best and worst first lines read in any book – should be sent to Reba for the contest. Can be two to three first lines. Fabulous prizes for the winners.

New Business:

Our Christmas Party will be Dec. 11 at 6 pm at Anne VanLoon’s house. (Anne will provide directions later.) It will be potluck – please let Anne know what you plan to bring so she can coordinate. Our gift exchange limit is $20.

Christmas writing opportunities: 500 words per usual. We will read at the Christmas party Darrell announced the following choices with a challenge. Do the writing and keep it in the genre listed behind the opportunity: Footprints in the Snow (mystery), Faded Mistletoe (romance), Up on the Rooftop (comedy)

The meeting was adjourned and followed by our program. Kip Piper spoke on E Publishing: Pros, Cons and Kindle vs Nook. There was lots of interest in the topic. Thanks Kip.

The meeting ended with delicious refreshments provided by Elaine and the November readings by members.

Respectfully submitted,

Jackie Siglin, Secretary

2013 TMTW “Writers Retreat” Spring Conference


April 12,13 & 14, 2013

More information coming soon!

From “The Creative Penn”

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

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submitted by Reba Cross Seals

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Not enough room for book collection AND Christmas tree in the house this year?


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