December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, at 6 p.m., in the Community Room of the West Texas National Bank in Alpine. NOTE DATE CHANGE! (See details below.)

Christmas Writing “Opportunity”: (See details below.)

Bring Guests! Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee: Merry Merry TMTW!

Tis the season to join other friends for joy and festivities. If creative writing can be thrown in, the party is merrier. On Wednesday, December 14th, at the West Texas National Bank meeting room in Alpine, the Texas Mountain Trail Writers will host their annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. Bring a potluck dish, and it is helpful if you will notify Reba at what it will be. (So as not to have 3 potato salads again!)

Bring a gift under $20 for the Silly Santa gift exchange in which stealing is not against the law. Gag gifts are fine. Regifting is a fine art.

Elf Eleanor has posted our writing opportunities with the usual rules: 500 words or fewer and with these topic/title suggestions. Here they are: Traditional: Christmas – Solstice – New Year Resolutions. Details below.

Guests are welcome, and merriment awaits!

Reba Cross Seals, TMTW Steering Committee

Christmas Writing Opportunity

This month we’re going traditional, but don’t let that limit your imaginations.  Suggestions to write about are:

New Year Resolutions

Hope you’re feeling inspired to write 500 words (or less) on these topics or others that are close to your hearts.  Hoping, too, that as many of you that can will be at our Christmas Party and read your stories.  If you want to submit them to the Chaos, please use Times New Roman, 12 font, and email to .  May your Holidays be happy ones!

Catch Our Drift Productions is accepting submissions for a compilation about HOPE

Genre: Non-fiction
Length: 1,000 to 2,000 words
Deadline: January 31, 2017
More info:

Catch Our Drift Productions is producing a compilation of short stories that aims to make a difference in the lives of readers … and writers.

39 Signs of Hope, coming in the fall of 2017, is a collection of stories from writers around the world. Whether facing personal challenges, trying to combat environmental threats or dealing with global unrest, people rely on hope to help them through difficult situations.

“So many writers have compelling stories,” says Sheila Cameron, co-founder of Catch Our Drift Productions. “By sharing those stories, contributing writers will offer comfort to readers seeking a greater sense of hope or purpose in their lives.”

39 Signs of Hope will be published under a hybrid publishing model, wherein the publisher and selected authors will share in both the cost of production and the opportunity to sell books. “Many writers don’t have the experience or means to publish their stories,” says Mark Cameron, also a co-founder. “Similarly, small-scale publishers have limited resources for working with multiple authors and reaching readers. This new model is a win-win plan to fill a gap between independent authors and publishers, who are both working with small budgets.”

Each selected author will make a financial contribution toward production costs in exchange for having their work professionally edited and designed. They will also receive 20 trade paperback copies with an option to buy additional books at a wholesale price. Catch Our Drift Productions will contribute 39% of profit from e-book and print-on-demand sales from 39 Signs of Hope to a registered charity that is voted on by contributing authors.

Catch Our Drift Productions is accepting submissions (1,000 to 2,000 words) until January 31, 2017. There is no fee to submit a story. For more information, visit

trump-diictionary-cover-for-etsyBraggin’ Rights

Just in time for Christmas, Kip Piper is excited to announce the release of “Trump Dictionary Adult Coloring Book”. The book is available in print and downloadable PDF on Etsy and Amazon. You can visit her website at

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:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Rights and Trail Bits to .








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