December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Alpine home where Kip Piper is staying, at 6:00 pm.

Writing “Opportunity”: NEW for this year! Picture Writing Prompts! See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

This year we are giving David and Reba Seals a break from their abundantly generous hospitality!

SO… Kip Piper is hosting the annual Christmas party at the Alpine home where she is staying. But this year there’’s a new twist. UGLY SWEATERS!!

Wear your Ugly Sweater to the party! Don’t have one? Just pin something tacky to an existing sweater, shirt or top. Anything goes!

The Christmas dinner will be pot-luck, and Kip asks you to call or email her the kind of whatever dish you want to make. Party time is 6:00 p.m.

We will have our Topsy-Turvy gift exchange, with a maximum limit of $20, always a riotous time. No sneaky burned out string of lights, either! Ha!

Out-of-town members, we’ would love for you to join us on the 16th. Everyone, come and bring a guest. Call or email for directions.

To RSVP and receive directions, please call Kip at 325-716-8060 or email her at or TMTW at

Hope you will join us!

Kip Piper, Christmas Party Hostess

From the Traveling Laptop

Welcome to the Christmas holiday season! Over the last few weeks, my life has been the typical holiday flurry of activity. On top of that, I decided to channel my artsy side – and went into full production mode of necklaces for both the St. Joseph’s fair in Fort Davis and the Mountain Country Christmas in Alpine. This left me with little time to write – and little energy too! As such, I wrote only about 15,000 words for NaNoWriMo. Didn’t “win” by writing 50,000 words, but definitely made a good start on my project! Perhaps next year… Ha Ha! Congratulations to Anne VanLoon and Chase Bruttomesso for winning! And huge kudos to Reba Cross Seals, Jackie Siglin, Barbara Blake, Darrell White – and Dr. Theron Francis and his intrepid students – for participating!

Speaking of the holidays, it’s time for our annual TMTW Christmas party and pot luck dinner! This is always a fun event, full of good food, laughter, and best of all, good company! I hope you are able to put this on your calendar and join us. See above for the details.

With 2015 literally around the corner, we are well on our way in planning our annual TMTW Spring Writer’s Retreat! The dates are April 24 & 25, 2015. No, your eyes are not deceiving you – just Friday and Saturday this year! This is in response to our members’ feedback from previous conferences. In addition, we have a new format for Saturday – one we hope you will really enjoy, sink your teeth into, and get lots of value from it! More information is coming soon, so watch your inbox!

I myself will be driving to Virginia for Christmas and New Year’s. Actually, I’m leaving the morning after the Christmas party! While I may seem to be a glutton for punishment, I truly enjoy the drive and am looking forward to spending time with my dad, brother, and friends. Whether you are traveling or staying at home, I wish you a wonderful, happy and safe holiday season! I lift a cup of cheer to your health and prosperity in 2015!

Kip Piper, Steering Committee Facilitator

Another facet of the new Texas Mountain Trail Writers 2014-15

Picture Writing Prompts

Writing inspiration this year will come to you monthly in the form of two pictures from which to choose as a writing prompt.

The usual rules apply, 500 words or fewer, to be read at the next meeting if you wish. The genre is your choice. The works will be collected for inclusion in our annual journal, Chaos West of the Pecos.

If you are not a local Alpine/Fort Davis member and/or cannot attend meetings, but would like to participate, email your story to Reba at . We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

Here are December’s Picture Writing Prompts. Click on the photos to enlarge.

December 1

December 2


2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”


April 24 & 25, 2015

New Exciting Format!

More information coming soon!

The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine

New magazine – call for submission for Market Column, Contest Information Column, etc.

New Magazine for Poets & Writers

Welcome to The Writer’s Monthly Review, a monthly magazine (print and online) where creative writers of every genre can come together and learn, hone their crafts and interact with others who share their passion of writing. Each issue is jam-packed with updated information on any and every aspect of writing, market listings and updates on contests and workshops all over the world.

The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine is printed on the twenty-fifth of each month and mailed out hot off the press.

Each monthly issue contains articles on writing, other writing news and we offer a writing contest for writers. Cash prizes will be offered for first and second place winners.

What makes The Writer’s Monthly Review Magazine so unique is it’s writer friendly appeal, like a beacon in the dark. We are dedicated to helping creative writers learn to be better writers, and learn the ropes of becoming published authors. Our magazine will inspire, motivate and encourage writers from page one to the very end.

For more information on how to submit and subscriptions, go to:

 Launch of The Texas Press

We are delighted to share the news of the launch of The Texas Press. The official launch date for The Texas Press is March 2, 2015 (Texas Independence Day) but we are accepting manuscripts beginning immediately.

It is exciting that The Texas Press will be able to fill a void in the publishing industry. Since 2003 the state has not had a comprehensive commercial press totally devoted to Texas publishing.

With Texan’s compulsion to tell stories, combined with an abundance of remarkable writers, numerous authors in Texas have published successful books with publishers outside of Texas, while books about Texas have been very popular with readers worldwide. Even though Brown Books Publishing Group has always published Texas books by independent Texas authors, this new division will capitalize on that success and expand options.

The Texas Press authors will now have the support of an established publishing infrastructure offering manuscript development, award-winning creative design, national and international marketing and public relations, and reach global distribution supported by local fulfillment.

The vast and varied state of Texas, with its exciting history, multi-cultured population, unique and beautiful landscapes, major cities and economic powerhouse, are all fertile sources for the new Texas Press books.

For more information or to submit a manuscript please contact Beth Robinson at 972.381.0009 or .

Beth Robinson
Acquisitions Director
Brown Books Publishing Group Celebrating 20 Years of Publishing Excellence
16250 Knoll Trail Drive, Suite 205
Dallas, TX 75248

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submitted by Kip Piper

TMTW Xmas Tree

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