May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: In 500 words or less (prose or poetry), here are three topics to consider for your opportunity to write for the May 22 potluck meeting:

  • “What If” & “What Is” (a comparison of attitudes)
  • Make Mine a Double
  • Summer Expectations

Refreshments: It’s a Pot Luck!

TMTW “End of Year Party

As you read this, I should be in South America somewhere.

I’m writing in the after glow of the conference and the hectic present rush of packing for the trip and cleaning the house. What a wonderful time we had! The speakers were fantastic as were all of you. I hope everyone learned something. I know I did.

Reminder to locals and anyone else who wants to come to Alpine for our End of Year Party party. It will be May 22, 6:30 pm at Jackie’s (my) house. If you don’t know how to get to my house – email me after May 17 and I will tell you. Please bring something for the potluck and don’t forget your writing opportunity. It will also be time to elect new officers – be ready to put your name in the hat.

Thanks to all of you for your help at the retreat. We could not put on such a successful event without each and everyone of us. A special hats off, of course, to Ms. PR herself, Reba – who gets out the word.

Don’t forget we plan to try summer meetings. More on that at the party on the 22nd.

Hasta la vista,


Retreat in Photos Review

After weather and technology gremlins delays, photos coming next week of the 2012 Retreat!

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

Minutes from April Meeting

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

(Coming later this week!)

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If you are unable to open the minutes, please email us and we will send you a copy via email.

Braggin’ Rights

Reba Cross Seals has an article in the online newsletter, the May/June issue of Working Writer. It’s entitled, “A Hissy Fit Over Webinars: I’m a Reader, Not a Listener,” in which she spoofs the profusion of webinars for writers all over the internet.

Demystifying Writers’ Demons One at a Time

One by One –  by Joan Upton Hall

CONFUSING WORDS—Whose / who’s  &  who / whom

• whose (possessive pronoun for “something belonging to whom”)

   Whose book is this?” “The man whose novel won the award lives nearby.”

• who’s (contraction of “who is”)

   Who’s coming to the show?” “Who’s there?” “Jane is the person who’s absent.”

• who (nominative [naming] case pronoun – means it is the subject of a verb)

   Who, shall I say, is calling?” (often mistaken when subject is separated from verb by an interrupting clause or phrase; think “Who is calling?”)

“Tell me who in the world did this.” (often mistaken when it is the subject of a clause in which the entire clause is an object; think “who did this?”)

“Who can win? Clyde is who.” (often mistaken when used as a predicate nominative renaming the subject after a linking verb. Therefore, it’s not an object.)

• whom (objective case pronoun – means it is the object receiving action)

   “To whom shall I give this?” “Give it to whomever you wish.” (object of preposition)

“She’s a candidate whom we can trust.” (direct object, inverted adjective clause; think “we can trust whom.”)

Memory tip: If substituting the word “he” for it sounds right, you need “who.”

If substituting the word “him” for it sounds right, you need “whom.”

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

Final Note from the Editor:

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