May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May Meeting Shindig will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: Picture Writing Prompt! See more info and this month’s prompt below…

Refreshments: It’s a Pot Luck!

May Meeting Shindig!!  Shouldn’t Be Missed!!

All Texas Mountain Trail Writers are invited to our May meeting and autograph party for the 2016 Chaos.

Come and mingle, eat, and get your brand new Chaos autographed by the writers who have work in the book and are at the party.

Don’t forget to try out the May Writing Opportunity and bring what you have to read to us.

Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Place: Jackie Siglin’s house, 312 S. Hackberry, Alpine, TX (Directions furnished if you email her: )
Potluck: Please RSVP and let Jackie know what you plan to bring (remember the year of the five potato salads???)

PS: If you can’t attend, the 2016 Chaos will be mailed to you after the party. (Each member is entitled to one copy – mailed at no cost to you.) There are a few extra copies available. $12 if you buy them in person, $15 if they are mailed.

From the TMTW Steering Committee

I’m in a writing glow after the 2016 retreat at Indian Lodge. Daryl Scroggins, our presenter, filled our day with so much information and encouragement that even somebody like me, who’s been trying a long time to write well, got excited. Here’s a few of his tidbits:

  • swimming in the language – isn’t that what we love to do!!!
  • overwriting – don’t put the whole bottle of perfume on it, just a dab will do. Ah – those one or two well-placed adjectives.
  • fold in the elements of your story to make a seamless combination and incrementally let the reader gather information. Take time for reverie and shifts in action energy.
  • point of view – which approach will lead to the biggest emotional buy-in by a character. Cry, rant – who does it best in your story?

Daryl also talked a bit about the publication business and writers he knows who are trying self-publishing using CreateSpace. That got me wondering if any TMTW members have tried it and what their experiences might be. I’m getting to the place where I want to shop a novel again and am wondering about this option. So – if you have used CreateSpace and want to share – good or bad information, I’d love to hear. And we’d be happy to start a conversation on the TMTW website. My email:

Happy writing,

Jackie Siglin
TMTW Treasurer

Picture 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 is May’s Picture Writing Prompt. Click on the photos to enlarge.

From Reba: The lingering bleak days of winter this year made me think of the Biblical quote below. Each has suffered a dark winter of the soul at some time and felt pain from capricious friends and lovers. Yet each human nurtures a small bud of hope for a spring thaw of some kind. Write what a thaw means to you.

Spring Thaw

15 But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,
xx as the streams that overflow
16 when darkened by thawing ice
xx and swollen with melting snow,
17 but that stop flowing in the dry season,
xx and in the heat, vanish from their channels.
Job 6:15-17 New International Version (NIV)



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.

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 #2  Deadline: August 31, 2016

Contest Link:

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

Braggin’ Rights

Larry Thomas is pleased to announce the publication by Right Hand Pointing of his new e-chapbook, Jake & Violet. It may be read and downloaded free of charge at this link:!larry-d-thomas-jake–violet/cfd9. The primary theme of the collection is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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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