April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at the First Baptist, Church, Alpine, TX. The church is at 203 North 4th Street.  It is across the street from the Porter’s Thriftway  and behind the West Texas National Bank.  We will have someone outside to help you find the fellowship room. NOTE NEW LOCATION!

Program: “Playing with Words” presented by Anne VanLoon

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

Refreshments: Delectable delights to be provided by our speaker, Anne!

From the Traveling Laptop

As you may know by now from our email last Friday, we on the steering committee are sorry to announce the cancellation of our 2015 TMTW writing retreat. Unfortunately, the number of registrations we’ve received at this time does not allow us to feel that we will have enough participants to pay for the conference. We made our decision with heavy hearts, but feel it is in the best interest of our group.

This would have been our 24th conference, and we will miss our friends and our writing companionship. Our plans for a retreat next year remain open.

The Chaos, our journal, will be mailed to you or given to you (if possible) when it is published – late April or early May.

Of course, we will continue our TMTW monthly meetings, our website, our email newsletter – and are accepting submissions for the 2016 Chaos. TMTW is still a vibrant, active, interesting writers’ club!

If you have not already paid your annual membership dues, they are $20 and due by the end of April. You can pay/renew online HERE or contact Jackie Siglin at about mailing them to her.

On a happier note, next week is our April meeting! Anne VanLoon is presenting a fun, hands-on program “Playing with Words”. Be sure to come!

Finally, below are the April writing prompts. As usual, Reba picked a couple of good’uns!

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.

Thinking in the unique, weird way of writers, when I thought of writing prompts for April, I thought of Spring Break. So here are two photos of “broken.” What do they say to you?

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 April’s Picture Writing Prompts. Click on the photos to enlarge.



2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”

April 24 & 25, 2015

>>>  CANCELLED!  <<<

Please see “From the Traveling Laptop” above for cancellation details.

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition 2015 Deadline: May 1,2015

The deadline for the 2015 competition is May 1, 2015. Below is a link to the updated website below. On it you will find the guidelines for both by-mail and online submissions:


The first-place winner will be published in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts and will receive a cash award of $1,500. Second and third-place winners will receive $500 each. Honorable Mentions will appear on the website.

Please contact with any questions you may have at:

The very best of luck to all who enter!


Lorian Hemingway
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition

Trail Bits

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Track Your Pitches: Use This Spreadsheet to Land More Online Writing Jobs

Successful freelance writers are organized and efficient. They don’t waste time looking up which pitches they’ve sent and which still need to be polished to go out. They don’t have to look up an editor’s name and contact information every time they want to re-pitch a publication.

This system isn’t an accident; they use tools… (Click here to continue reading this article.)

Submitted by Kip Piper

El Paso Writers’ League: 365 writing project: 365 Days of Writing Prompts

Enjoy this year-long collection of writing prompts geared to get you writing each and every day.


 As Seen on Facebook

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.

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