November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: presented by Bob Miles – topic to be determined

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on “Falling Leaves” which can be days gone by or from a love story to mystery.

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Edy Elfring.

From the President’s Corner

I’ve been gone from home for two months.  In September I spent time in Wisconsin with dear women friends who lived in Alaska when I did and in Kentucky where I welcomed my first grandchild, a baby boy, born Sept. 15.  October my husband and I took a tour to China, Tibet, and Cambodia.

Travel widens your senses.  You look, listen, taste, feel and smell.  If you ask me about China, I can tell you of the Beijing blue sky, explain the open wideness of Tiananmen Square and the cuteness of a panda bear. From Tibet I know the smell of burning oil in the Buddhist temples, the taste of yak butter tea on my tongue, and the whip of prayer flags in the wind.  Cambodia brought me to tears with the horror of the killing fields and left me awestruck by the skill of the  stone carvers whose work filled the ancient temples.

As a writer, I want to capture those heightened senses and put that kind of closeness in my work.  I want my sense of place to be real, to evoke the reader, to make them feel they are there.  Before I went on the trip, I read Oracle Bones, by Peter Hessler, a non-fiction book on modern China and The Last Empress, a historical fiction book by Anchee Min.  Both these authors transported me to their place.  My recent writing is set in west Texas. It is my hope that I can use my “travel senses” as I do my rewrite.

A big thank you to Darrell White, our Vice-President, for stepping up to the plate and running the show while I was gone.  Also to Reba Cross Seals, Anne VanLoon and Marian Frueh who gave the two programs.    In November I will give the program, which I’m calling – Why You Ought to go to a Writing Conference Away from Home.  It will be on the WLT’s Agents and Editors Conference I attended in June 2013 in Austin.  I hope to see all of you at the meeting on November 19.

Jackie Siglin

P.S. Congratulations are in order for Edy Elfring, whose second book, The Candle Still Flickers .  . . in My Heart, is out and ready for sale.  Please see her exciting announcement right here in the TMTW newsletter.

Braggin’ Rights

ImageA great announcement from Edy Elfring

Her second Book, The Candle Still Flickers .  . . in My Heart, is finished – ready to be bought and read!!!!!  Here’s what she has to say about it.

“My new book is a sequel to my first book.  The short, ever so interesting and strange stories tell what I encounter on my way to hopefully be admitted to the Berliner University to become a veterinarian. I took Ola, our death island witch’s spirit with me, which I was thought lived in a raven now. Discovering the ghosts below the castle I eventually worked at was fun and so was dancing with the gypsies, but being locked away in an asylum sure was not and neither was getting arrested in East Germany and told I’d be sent to Siberia to a work camp.

TaylorBookMy book signing is on Saturday the 23 of November in the Front Street Books reading room in Alpine.  I hope to see many of you there.”

From Reba Cross Seals

reluctantTwo of our TMTW members will also be featured at Front Street Books during Gallery Night! Eleanor Taylor with her book Wet My Mouth With Honey, and Beth Garcia with her book The Reluctant Cowboy. Come out and support our TMTW members and local authors!

From Patsy and Bill King

Patsy was recently honored at a special event in El Paso. Here is the announcement. CONGRATULATIONS, PATSY!!!!

You may have heard of
the great wall of china
but you may not have heard of
the great wall of writers
on the large entrance windows of
the El Paso public library

Patsy King will be honored
to have her name added
to this wall
on October 26, 2013
at 2:00 p.m.

Trail Bits

From Kip Piper

250x250As many of you know, since last summer I have been writing and publishing online business books on Amazon. Recently I joined the Author Marketing Club, which is designed for BOTH traditional and self-published authors. They offer a ton of free tutorials if you sign up as a free member. Using just the tips in the free tutorials, my books sales greatly increased. I then joined as a Premium member. Applying the marketing advice available for Premium members, my books sales are now skyrocketing! I encourage every one of you to take a look at this fabulous, over 10,000 authors strong, marketing resource! Here’s the link:

Texas Mountain Trail Writers Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Jeff Davis County Library

Present: Elaine Davenport (Secretary), Marian Frueh (Editor), Bob Miles, Kip Piper (Conference Triad), David Seals, Reba Seals, Eleanor Taylor, Anne VanLoon (Treasurer), Darrell White (Vice-President)


Reba Seals informed those present of the following details regarding the Spring Conference:

1. The dates selected for the conference are April 11-April 14, 2014. This is the second weekend in April.

2. Kip Piper has confirmed with the Mountain Trails Lodge that the above dates are available.

3. Speakers being considered for the conference are:

a. W. C. Jameson–award-winning and best-selling author of more than seventy books and over 1,500 articles and essays. He is also a songwriter, performer, and poet. His latest book is an adventure memoir on treasure hunting. He is the author of Billy the Kid: Beyond the Grave. Possibly, he will be invited to speak on adventure writing and research methods. He will be contacted by Reba Seals.

b. Laurie Wagner Buyer Jameson (wife of W.C. Jameson)–award-winning poet, memoirist, and novelist. She holds an MFA in writing from Goddard College. Ms. Jameson spent over thirty years living in the backwoods and working on remote ranches in the Rocky Mountain West. Possibly, she will be invited to speak on memoir writing. She will be contacted by Reba Seals.

4. Janith Stephenson will be contacting other suggested speakers.

5. All those present agreed that Reba Seals should contact the Jamesons.

6. Kip Piper suggested asking Joan Upton Hall to present information on the craft of writing at the conference.

7. Darrell White mentioned the need for a Christmas party host. The subject was discussed, but no decisions were made. Mr. White also talked about the difficulties involved in getting meeting notices printed in the Alpine Avalanche.

8. Tentatively, Bob Miles will facilitate November’s program, a discussion of the members’ favorite poets.


REFRESHMENTS–provided by Kip Piper

PROGRAM–presented by Marian Frueh and Anne VanLoon. Games, computer programs, and books designed to enhance a writer’s inspiration and creativity were introduced to the membership.

WRITING OPPORTUNITY–Five hundred words on something spooky (funny or scary). Stories were read by Marian Frueh, David Seals, Reba Seals, Eleanor Taylor, and Darrell White.

SUBMITTED by Elaine Davenport on October 20, 2013

Addendum from Marian Frueh
Link to the story starters and book descriptions:

Story Starters and Idea Generators
(The links to the solutions listed on this site are difficult to read on
my browser until you mouse over them):

Other writers aids are scattered throughout the site.


The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood

A Whole Lot of Inspiration (in a Little Bit of Space!)

The Pocket Muse is your key to finding inspiration when and where you
want it. With hundreds of thought-provoking prompts, exercises and
illustrations, you’ll immediately:

Get started writing
Overcome writer’s block
Develop a writing habit
Think more creatively
Master style, revision and other elements of the craft

The rich variety of exercises will help you to create stories, focus on
a single aspect of your writing, and encourage you to think about how
and why you write in new and surprising ways.

A truly unique book, The Pocket Muse is fun and effective. It will teach
you, cheer you and inspire you to write as never before.

The Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration by Monica Wood

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