October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 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: Marian Frueh and Anne VanLoon

Writing “Opportunity”: Write 500 words on something SPOOKY! It can be either funny or scary.

Refreshments: A volunteer is needed to bring refreshments to the meeting in Fort Davis. If you would be willing to do this, please contact Darrell at moc.o1411344447ohay@14113444470002_1411344447uryaD1411344447. The organization will furnish the coffee and paper goods.

From the President’s Corner

I am continuing as acting president for October, as our intrepid president Jackie Siglin will be traveling. This month, we will celebrate Halloween with a spooky writing assignment. Our October meeting will be Tuesday the 15th at 7.p.m. at the Ft Davis library. Car pooling will be from the Big Bend Telphone Company parking lot at 6:30 p.m. I need someone to step forward and offer to do refreshments for the October meeting. Please e- mail me at moc.o1411344447ohay@14113444470002_1411344447uryaD1411344447. See you at the meeting!

Darrell White, VP

September TMTW Pot Luck Party

Texas Mountain Trail Writers started the year with all fun and no business. A dozen writers met at the home of Reba and David Seals for a backyard picnic. Everyone brought a dish to contribute to the pot, and a delicious variety ensued. Darrell White, vice-president, was in charge of the evening.

After the dinner in the shade of large oak trees the group played a writing game called Writers’ Fruit Basket Turnover. Reba explained the rules which consisted of flash writing stories in the genres Mystery, Western, Romance, and Science Fiction. In addition, each genre had eight unrelated words that had to be used, and each story had to be written within 15 minutes per sitting at each picnic table. Hilarious stories were read aloud, and the evening was full of merriment.

TMTW Officers for 2014

President: Jackie Siglin
Vice President: Darrell White
Treasurer: Anne Van Loon
Secretary: Elaine Davenport
Chaos editor: Marian Frueh
Webmaster & Log editor: Kip Piper
Conference Triad: Aleta Belcher, Janith Stephenson, and Kip Piper.
Reba Seals will assist in securing presenters.
Social chairperson: Edy Elfring

WANTED: Your Story about Haunted Texas Honky-tonks

Have a story to publish? Lone Star Anthologies (a new imprint from Joy Nord, Joan Upton Hall, and Dede Harper) is compiling a book of short stories about haunted honky-tonks in Texas. We are looking for contributors (first or third person experiences preferred).

Looking for stories regarding Texas honky-tonks with eerie legends. Keep story length between 800 to 1,900 words. If you know of such a location, please send us a short query, telling the name and location to: moc.l1411344447iamg@1411344447seigo1411344447lohtn1411344447arats1411344447enol1411344447  (The reason for the query is to avoid multiple contributions about the same place.)

This project is scheduled for release in the winter of 2014-2015. Your manuscript will be due no later than May 30, 2014, but we would prefer it sooner. Stories should be submitted via email with a Word document attached: please use font Times New Roman size 12, and double space.

After your story has been edited, it will be sent back to you for your approval along with a release for publication agreement. If you are an unpublished writer and trying to build a platform this is a great way to have your work published.

*Honky-tonk:  a type of bar that provides musical entertainment, usually country music, to its patrons. Examples: Billy Bob’s (Ft. Worth), Menger Hotel Bar (San Antonio), Quinn’s (Round Rock), etc.

* Previous (similar) anthologies by the editors (under different publishers):

  • Haunted Texas Highways (Nord)
  • Grand Old Texas Theaters that Won’t Quit (Hall)
  • Just Visitin/ Old Texas Jails (Hall)
  • Ghostly Tales from America’s Jails (Hall)
  • Flashes of Fear (Nord, Hall, and Harper)

For questions about this project, please contact Joy Nord at:  moc.l1411344447iamg@1411344447seigo1411344447lohtn1411344447arats1411344447enol1411344447

Braggin’ Rights

Juan and Malia Perez have a Facebook page devoted to the chupacabra. Be sure to CLICK HERE to “Like” the House of the Fighting Chupacabras Facebook page!

Kip Piper is continuing to publish Amazon Kindle books in her new “Make Money Online Entrepreneur Series”. The most recent books include: “Power of Email Marketing”, “Quick Income Formula Using Advanced Affiliate Marketing”, “List Building with Facebook” and to be released tomorrow “List Building with Twitter”. Kip’s intention is to publish at least 20 books in the series, with a new book about every two weeks. The series will be a full training course on how to start, build and grow an online business. Sign up for her newsletter at for announcements about future free books and special bundles.

Trail Bits

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

13 Quirky Workplaces of Famous Writers

The following piece by Celia Blue Johnson is currently in the October 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest. Check out the full issue here.

Many great writers have found creative comfort while sitting at a desk. (Charles Dickens was so attached to his that he had its contents shipped to his vacation home.) But a surprising number of literary luminaries have ventured beyond the traditional perch to create their ideal writing spots, whether that meant stepping into a bathtub or trekking into the wilderness. Here are 13 of the most memorable.

Every weekday, Wallace Stevens walked 2.5 miles to the offices of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co., where he served as vice president. Between his doorstep and the office door, Stevens composed poetry. He observed, “I write best when I can concentrate, and do that best while walking.”

•A 90-minute commute is a painfully tedious necessity for many people, but for John le Carré it was an uninterrupted opportunity to write. As an MI5 officer, le Carré spent his long train rides from Buckinghamshire to London penning his debut novel, Call for the Dead. Le Carré quipped, “The line has since been electrified, which is a great loss to literature.”

•Sir Walter Scott crafted “Marmion,” his bestselling epic poem, on horseback, in the undulating hills near Edinburgh, Scotland. Though one might assume a leisurely pace is necessary for creative concentration atop a horse, Scott preferred to contemplate the lines of the poem at a faster clip. “I had many a grand gallop among these braes when I was thinking of ‘Marmion’,” he recalled.

•Gertrude Stein discovered that the driver’s seat of her Model T Ford was a perfect place to write. Shopping expeditions around Paris were particularly productive for the writer. While her partner, Alice B. Toklas, ran errands, Stein would stay in their parked car and write.

•D.H. Lawrence preferred to write outdoors, beneath the shade of a tree. He found a trunk to lean against wherever he went, from pine trees in New Mexico to great firs in Germany’s Black Forest. Discussing his predilection, Lawrence noted, “The trees are like living company.”

•In 1917, Virginia Woolf and her husband, Leonard, started a small publishing company in their basement. Despite the new venture, Woolf did not give up writing. Every morning she walked down to the basement, and strode past the printing press and into a storage room with a cozy old armchair. Her pen would fly while the press whirred in the next room.

•Agatha Christie had two important demands for the renovation of her mansion. She informed her architect, “I want a big bath, and I need a ledge because I like to eat apples.” Christie constructed her plots in a large Victorian tub, one bite at a time.

•Instead of hopping in an actual tub, every morning Benjamin Franklin took what he called “tonic baths” in the open air of his bedroom-he’d shed his clothes and work naked, for up to an hour … Continue reading this article

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Submitted by Beth Garcia via Reba Cross Seals


Submitted by Reba Cross Seals


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