July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: There are NO monthly meetings for July and August 2014.

Watch for our September meeting announcement!

From the President’s Corner: Summer greetings to all of you.

We have had rain, and the hills are blanketed in emerald grass. New flowers pop up every day, and a humidity haze hangs in the morning air. It is a wonderful time to be here watching the dessert bloom.

And while you are taking in this amazement of color, I hope you are also making plans to attend one or several of the Writers League of Texas programs being offered in August right here in Alpine. In case you’ve missed their emails or thought they didn’t apply to you, here is a quick summary.

2014 Summer Writing Retreat held at Sul Ross, August 2-7. The cost is $329 for members. (Remember we have a deal with the WLT – you can get membership with them for only $15 per year.) These classes are outstanding!!

Writers League of Texas meeting for the Big Bend Region. August 2, 3 PM. If you are already a WLT member or are thinking you might want to be one, you are invited. It is free and will be held at the Alpine Public Library. They are asking that you RSVP for this event – on the WLT website. (More info below)

Texas Writes Program, August 8, 10 AM. This will be another free event. A morning of writing discussion and instruction with two outstanding presenters, Scott Wiggerman and Carol Dawson. This is a don’t miss opportunity for local writers. Pre-registration suggested. 432-837-2621.

If you need more information on these events, please look elsewhere in the newsletter. Kip, our website manager extraordinaire, has posted the information that the WLT provided. You can also check the WLT website.

In other news, the steering committee has been busy. We’ve met several times and by the end of August will send out an email with our suggested plan.

May your muse sit on your shoulder daily and helping your words become sentences, then paragraphs and on and on.

Happy writing,

Jackie Siglin

Hello, Big Bend Region!
Come meet with WLT staff in Alpine this month.

The WLT Staff is taking their show on the road. Next stop: West Texas!

Please SAVE THE DATE and join us on Saturday, August 2, 2014 for a Writers’ League of Texas Members Meeting in Alpine, TX.

Saturday, August 2, 2014; 3:00pm.

Alpine Public Library
805 W. Avenue E
Alpine, TX 79830

Because we’re long overdue for an in-person “Hello!” with our West Texas area friends and it just so happens we’ll be in Alpine in August for our Summer Writing Retreat (at Sul Ross State University).  The Writers’ League has undergone some recent transitions (including hiring new staff and adding new board members) and we’re enjoying a lovely period of growth, with a terrific slate of programming, expanded member benefits, and lots of great news we’d love to share with you in person.

We hope you can make it!  Please do RSVP as soon as possible if you’d like to join us on August 2nd (space is somewhat limited).

Some light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Hope to see you soon!

WLT Staff

Click here to RSVP for this meeting.

Join Us for a Morning of Writing Instruction & Discussion

The Texas Writes Program

Friday, August 8, 2014
10 AM at the Alpine Public Library


Pre-Registration Suggested at (432) 837-2621
Refreshments will be provided.

Download the Flyer for More Information

Braggin’ Rights

Reba Cross Seals put aside her book, Meditations for Widows: Four Steps from Grieving to Thriving, hoping it is in the busy, capable hands of her agent. This summer she started back writing for magazines which she had not done for years.

Recently Reba’s was notified of two successful ventures out of many queries. Mature Living and The Writer have each accepted a piece for publication.


Trail Bits

Submitted by Cindy Symington

I found this great little poem about books in the June 18th Writers’ Almanac entry featuring writer Carolyn Wells (b.1862) who published over 170 books in her lifetime – in fiction, poetry, crime fiction, and children’s books. She was deaf from the age of 6 – and obviously was a great lover of books. She wrote:

The books we think we ought to read are poky, dull, and dry;
The books that we would like to read we are ashamed to buy;
The books that people talk about we never can recall;
And the books that people give us, oh, they’re the worst of all.

I thought it worth passing along! *:) happy
Have a great summer!

As Seen on Facebook

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals






Submitted by Kip Piper


Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.

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 .


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