January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 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: Critique – Polish Your Writing to a Shine presented by Jackie Siglin.

Writing “Opportunity”: 

  • New Year Resolutions
  • Something Remembered
  • West Texas Intrigue

Choose one or incorporate one or more of the topics into one story (or poem)–use your vast and endless imagination.  Limit is 500 words.  Go wild!  At the meeting, you may read your work or not, as you prefer.  Just enjoy doing it.

President Ramblings

Happy New Year!

We can’t start off a new writing year without a few resolutions – right?  or should I say – WRITE!!!

That is the gist of every article I read and every speaker I hear.  If you want to be a writer, improve your writing, experience writing, you need to WRITE.

So what could we resolve:

  1. To set aside writing time.  Some people start small – 5 minutes, 30 minutes, once or twice a week.  For me, a retired person, I try to write, or at least be present in my chair in front of the computer, five days a week for two to three hours.  Does that mean I always succeed?  No, but I have, like we say in my yoga class, an intention.
  2. To let ideas flow:  The TMTW provides a writing opportunity every month, there are many websites with story starters, or you can pick a word, a saying, a view, etc.  One of my most favorite starters was an idea given to us by Darrell White, a TMTW member.  He said we were to write about Light.  The different stories we received that month at our meeting were incredible.  If finding ideas isn’t your problem, then just start writing, let it flow, and don’t be quick to judge it.
  3. To edit afterwards:  One of the hardest for me, but one of the best if I push myself.  When things are moving, catch those thoughts and correct later. I like to start each time with some editing of what I did the day before (like priming the pump), but I don’t  make it the sole activity of the day.

That’s three basic writing resolutions you might choose to make.  For myself, I’m also going to try to learn something about publishing your book or chapters of it on the web this year.  I’ll let you know what I find out.

TMTW 2011 Christmas Party

A huge thank you to Daileen for a fabulous Christmas party.  Her home was beautiful, the piano music delightful, and the food brought by all was delicious.  I  used my Christmas present, the tortilla warmer, in my roll basket twice over the holidays.  It works like a charm.

Eleanor Taylor has the writing opportunities posted on the website, and our next meeting will be January 17, 7 PM in Ft. Davis.  The car pools from Alpine will leave the Big Bend Telephone lot at 6:30.

Reba Cross Seals and committee have started on the April conference and we have great plans – be sure to read all the information she is starting to send.  Dates for the conference will be:  April 27, 28, 29.


2012 TMTW Spring Retreat

 !!Save the Date!!
Mark Your New Calendar Now

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!

Professional Published Speakers, Fabulous Food with
Fellow Writers, Awesome Scenery

More exciting details will follow soon.
(The authors/speakers will knock your socks off!)

!!Save the Date!!

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

USAGEA lot/ allot

• a lot – informal for “a large amount” or “a great deal,” (either of which would be better word choices for more formal usage) as in:

“Thanks a lot for all your help.”

“I like peach cobbler a lot.”

A lot of people were at the concert.”

• allot – to distribute or set aside for a share, as in:

“Mrs. Pendergast allots a certain portion of each paycheck to charity.”

“The lieutenant’s wife receives an allotment check as a dependent.”

“Most of us allot equal portions of our estates to each of our offspring. A king, on the other hand, could not allot equal acreage to all his children without weakening the kingdom. Therefore the first born was allotted the whole thing.”

Memory Tip: It’s either one word with two “l’s” – or two words with one “l.”

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 .


3 Replies to “January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail””

  1. Good Morning…
    Greetings from West Virginia..
    Thank you for the news letter…
    These helpful hints, in regards to finding the time to write, are very much appreciated..
    We hope and pray that Phyllis Musgrove will be back with your group vry soon..
    Thanks from Sherman

  2. Just a note to let you know that Mom (aka Phyllis Musgrove) is doing very well. Her speech therapy is progressing nicely and she should be done by the end of January. She’s writing and reading again and will be moving into her own apt the first of February. Thank you all so much for all your help, support and prayers!

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