April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Because of the One-Day Spring Retreat on April 23, there will be NO APRIL MEETING!

May Meeting: Our next meeting will be the annual End-of-Year Pot Luck Party on Tuesday, May 10, at the home of Jackie Siglin. (NOTE: The party is on the SECOND Tuesday of April.)  This year’s copies of Chaos West of the Pecos will be handed out at the part — and available for autographs! And of course, there will be a writing prompt. So watch this page and your email inbox for more details coming the beginning of May!

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Darrell White always attends the Steering Committee meetings. Although he has been subjected to nit-picking, indignity, and danger, he faithfully shows up to do his duty at my house.

He exhibits no fear when confronted by the barking, snarling female warrior who patrols
my property. The she-devil is convinced that most humans, especially men, are ax-murders who plan to kill her mother.

Because of his experiences with my canine, you’d think Darrell wouldn’t volunteer to use my  “dog mom” mug when I serve tea at our meetings. I have only four china tea cups, and someone has to drink from the mug. I try to spare Darrell the indignity, but he insists he doesn’t mind.

Perhaps the only male member of our committee is so calm and pleasant because he is in shock.

He must deal with the nit-picking of four females—all former members of professions that are known to produce fusspots.

Darrell and the Nit-Pickers (sounds like a country-western band, doesn’t it?) have a few announcements to make. Because of the retreat on April 23, there will be no regular TMTW meeting this month.

The next gathering of the group will be May 10 at Jackie Siglin’s home. She is planning a pot-luck party.

Writing prompts for the May meeting will be provided at a later date on this website.

Elaine Davenport, TMTW Steering Committee

Punctuation Challenge!

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals – From Blogger Rachelle Gardner

I receive a lot of email from aspiring writers, and one thing that frustrates me is an alarming lack of attention to punctuation. It’s important! But many these days seem to be too lazy or just don’t care.

I found the following illustration on the Internet somewhere. It’s not great, but it makes the point, and shows what a difference proper punctuation… Click here to read the rest of the article

Make Us Say WOW! Waldorf Publishing Manuscript Contest

Want to see your manusript PUBLISHED!

And not “Self-Published” folks…the real deal…the big kahuna: A FULL CONTRACT PUBLISHING DEAL!

Enter the “Make us say WOW” Waldorf Publishing Manuscript Contest. Open to all Authors & All genres (with the exception of Poetry). Please see rules for more information. http://waldorfpublishing.com/contest/

Simply put: We are looking for that book they makes us say “WOW”!!!

Wow that was a great MANUSCRIPT!

Is it yours? You won’t know until you enter!

Contest Link: http://waldorfpublishing.com/contest/


WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest Judged by Ohio’s Poet Laureate, Amit Majmudar

The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook competition is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs until May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free copies.

The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. For complete contest submission guidelines, visit http://writersrelief.com/watersedge-poetry-chapbook-contest/.

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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