October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE! 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: “Early Horror Novels” presented by Darrell White

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

Refreshments: Elaine Davenport will provide some tasty treats!

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

October is a “horrible” month for Texas Mountain Trail Writers. The monthly meeting is in Fort Davis at the Public Library at 7 p.m., October 27. Car-pooling from Alpine will start from the Big Bend Telephone parking lot by 6:20.

Darrell White is presenting a program on early horror novels, and explaining the genre as it is written today. We will do some writing on this horrible subject as part of our meeting fun. Additionally, in the spirit of the fake horror at Halloween, Darrell suggests each person come in a costume, elaborate or simple, that fits his or her story.

This ties in with the monthly picture prompts on the website in which a person is to write a horrible story, 500 words or fewer, and email them to Reba at .

Elaine Davenport is bringing refreshments, and visitors are welcome.

Reba Cross Seals, 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 October’s Picture Writing Prompts. Click on the photos to enlarge.

horror apple
Since Eve first started the dice roll on sin, humans have been hungry for apples. In what “horrible” way can apples affect a life?


Fun or Fury? Crime scene or kid mischief? Evil lurks and passions unleash at Halloween, or have you noticed?

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: http://necessityisamother.com/story-guidelines/

Braggin’ Rights

This fall has been a good one for member, Reba Cross Seals. She started polishing and submitting short stories she’s written for TMTW, mostly flash fiction, and had two successes. The Working Writer accepted one nonfiction piece, and Splickety Prime accepted a humorous story about Christmas.

Latest issue of the Cenizo Journal used two of Bob Miles‘ poems and his Texas Historical marker article on a couple of the Spanish missions in the Presidio area. Bob is finally a paid poet (when he gets the check!)!

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 http://www.kipadoodles.com.


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:

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