November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in two close-to-downtown Alpine locations. First, we will meet at an art gallery for our creative program, then we will adjourn to Gwynne Jamieson’s home for our organization meeting and refreshments. All parking on the street. Interested guests welcome.

1. Time & Contact Info: 6:00 PM, we all meet at Whitlock Studio of Fine Art, 110 B N. 6th St. Alpine. Tel 432-837-0128. Please check out in advance of our meeting if you can, to preview her talents.
Program: Gwynne Jamieson will introduce Nancy Whitlock, screenwriter, producer and director of her latest short film, “The Essence”. Nancy will describe her creative process in making this 30-minute movie, which mixes the Greek myth of “Leda and the Swan” with ghosts from West Texas — and the frustrating fate of being human. Shot in the Big Bend of Texas with an all-star cast of local talent! TMTW will view the film before we move on to Gwynne’s nearby home.

2. Time & Contact Info: est 7:15 PM (after the movie) re-group at the home of Gwynne Jamieson, 410 N. 3rd St.@ the corner of Ave. B. Alpine. See flags on fence. Tel: 432-538-9020 email:
Activities: TMTW meeting, discussion of the film, refreshments by Jackie Siglin. All attendees will receive a small gift.

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

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Today is November 1st, and I’m thinking of NaNoWriMo for two reasons. I get annual emails from them as a reminder that it is National Novel Writing Month, and the local west Texas chapter in Odessa/Midland has me on their list.

The second reason is that two years ago to support our local Texas Mountain Trail Writers and a member who was pushing the project, I reluctantly started a novel. My first. My past writings had all been short stories, narrative essays, poetry, a book of meditations for widows, and a cookbook. Yet I jumped in and tried to make the goal, but was not crushed when I did not make it. I ended up with 20,000 words on a novel that had not been in existence on Halloween.

Then it sat on my computer a year fermenting. Last year at NaNoWriMo time I took it out and looked at it and decided to dust it off. I’ve been working on it for almost a year since, and in October of this year, I finished the first draft!

Is it great? No. Does it have possibilities? Yes, after many more drafts. The point is, to me, even if it is never published, I have written a novel. Me. I did it. It was hard work, and I have an active life besides that I always put first.

So this snippet is just to encourage you to jump in and start a novel, whether it is your first or fourth or fourteenth. What do you have to lose? What do you have to gain?

Reba Cross Seals
Steering Committee

Monthly Writing Opportunity

Take this opportunity to write a 500 word story (roughly 2, double spaced pages), poem, or any other form of writing you choose – perhaps something you’re currently working on. You can, if you choose, use the writing prompts below. You may read it the night of the meeting if you’d like. It can also be submitted for inclusion in our CHAOS publication, which we publish each year in the spring. If submitting to the CHAOS, please use Times New Roman, 12 point font, and email to . Should you choose to use the prompts, use them as a theme or a title or use one word from the prompts. Whatever stirs your imagination or your heart!

For our November meeting, we have a few prompts:

  • Choice. Choices. Chosen
  • Once It Was Forbidden
  • Grateful. Gratitude. Ungrateful

author-book-festival-flyer-1El Paso Writer’s League Author-book Festival

To the right is a copy of the El Paso Writer’s League Author-book Festival flyer. Click on it to see the full PDF flyer.

Click HERE for the application for any author that has published a book(s) who wants to be a “reader” and have a table to display and sell books. El Paso Writer’s League is trying to make this an annual event. If you are interested, submit your application to Janice Brooks, President at or call her at (915) 490-9146.

Whether you are published or not, we would love to have you join us.

Braggin’ Rights

Kip Piper & Marti Knobloch are excited to announce the publication of their anthology Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails. Filled with stories of 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. The anthology is available on Amazon in both Kindle and print format.

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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