November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church’sF ellowship Hall in Alpine, TX.

Program: “National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo” presented by Anne Van Loon. There will be writing games, snacks, and updates from our participants.

Writing “Opportunity”:  See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Some of our members participate every year, others once in awhile, and still other lurk in the corners, not signing up, but setting personal goals in private. All of these are perfectly acceptable ways to get those words on paper. NaNoWriMo encourages volume of words and leaving your in-the-head editor and critic locked in the basement. Of course if you really write those 1,667 words a day for thirty days to reach the 50,000 word goal, you could have a mess. But it will be 50,000 words you didn’t have before and could be the best rough diamonds of prose you ever wrote!

To quote a card with the words of Susan Mrosek, sent to me long ago by a dear friend: “She let go, forging a hole through the air, as she screamed past her limitations.” This could be you this November, whether you sign up for NaNoWriMo or go it alone with your own plan. Let’s all push our writing amount for the rest of the month and tell our editors, they can sit on their pointed pencils and wait to start work in December!

Jackie Siglin, TMTW Steering Committee


Picture Writing Prompts

Writing inspiration comes 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 November’s Picture Writing Prompts. Click on the photos to enlarge.

A Thanksgiving to Remember.
A Thanksgiving to Remember.


Thanksgiving means being full of …Thanks? Dressing? Booze? Excitement? Loneliness? Desire? Turkey? Fear? Relatives?
Thanksgiving means being full of …Thanks? Dressing? Booze? Excitement? Loneliness? Desire? Turkey? Fear? Relatives?


Kip Piper & Marti Knobloch are Calling for Stories and Poems for New Anthology!

Needed are humorous stories of ingenuity and resourcefulness

Marta Knobloch and Kip Piper, editors at MTC Publications, announce a call for submissions of stories or poems for the anthology, “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails”.

The theme of the anthology is Stories of Positive, Practical and Often Comical Solutions When a Toolbox Is Not Handy.

This will be an anthology of stories about funny and wacky situations where a tool or tools are needed but not available, and the atypical and ingenious resources used to solve the problem.

We invite writers to share true, personal stories and poems about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items available as alternative tools when in a bind.

  • What was the problem?
  • What tools were needed and not available?
  • What crazy things or alternative tools did you use?
  • What inspired you to use the alternative tools?
  • What was the outcome?

Stories should be funny, entertaining and vividly descriptive so readers can enjoy the writer’s ridiculous experience.

Word length: Prose: up to 1200 words; Poetry: open line count.

Payment: 1 contributor’s digital copy in both PDF and MOBI format, plus 1 coupon for printed copies at a discount.

Copyrights revert to authors upon publication of this anthology, “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails”.

Deadline: Submissions accepted from July 25, 2015 to deadline of January 25, 2016.

Read anthology guidelines at:

Braggin’ Rights

Mandalas-Vol-1-SamplesKip Piper is excited to announce the release of her first three Kip aDoodles adult coloring books – Mandalas, Volumes 1, 2 and 3. The books are available in print, downloadable PDF, and Kindle format on Etsy and Amazon. You can visit her website at


Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

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