March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 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 at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm and get there a few minutes early!

Program: “Point of View:  How to tell your story” presented by Jackie Siglin

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, Jackie!

From the Traveling Laptop

Here in the Big Bend, Winter is not wanting to let go of its grip! Over the last few weeks, we continue to be plagued with ice, fog, freezing fog, and cold mornings. However, Spring is persistent and is showing herself with sunny days, warm afternoons, rains, grass and wildflowers. The bluebonnets and other wildflowers are peaking and more will soon be out in all their glory.

Have you registered for our 2015 Spring Retreat? The TMTW steering committee is excited to present Michael Noll, the Master of “Scene, Structure and Suspense”. For more information and to register, check out

Next Tuesday, March 17, our monthly meeting will be in Fort Davis. The topic will be how to write from different points of view with emphasis on first person versus third person and writing from multiple viewpoints.  Jackie Siglin, TMTW member and short story author, will be the moderator. (It will be St. Patrick’s Day. Remember to wear your green!)

Finally, I neglected to add Reba’s introduction to the March Writing Prompts. Be sure to read it below!

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



2015 TMTW “Spring Writers Retreat”

April 24 & 25, 2015

Michael Noll: Master of Scene, Structure and Suspense

–> Click Here for ALL of the Details!
NOTE: NEW Online Registration Form!

Trail Bits

Submitted by Cindy Symington

“A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling or teaching or ordering. Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of meaning, of feeling, of observing. We are lonesome animals. We spend all life trying to be less lonesome.”   – Steinbeck

 As Seen on Facebook

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero



Submitted by Kip Piper



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