January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX. 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: Food for Thought! presented by Gwin Grimes, Library Director

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

Refreshments: Elaine Davenport

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

TMTW Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

Steering Comm. Minutes – Jan. 6, 2016

Present were Eleanor Taylor, Elaine Davenport, Jackie Siglin, Gwynne Jamieson, and Reba Seals

A decision to hold another annual one-day spring retreat was decided at last meeting, and Eleanor reported Indian Lodge in Davis Mt. State Park, our first site choice, was available April 8th and 29th. The later date was chosen because closer to May and warmer months.

First order of business on Friday was deciding on a speaker from several choices. We had asked for input from the club, and had heard from several. Reba was asked to contact a two-woman partnership that seemed to be the best fit for our group, and had dynamic presentations.

Our budget was discussed, and expenses from last year were studied. We decided to make cost of the retreat $70 which includes a generous Continental Breakfast, TMTW dues for the year, featured speaker of the day, monthly Log of the Trail, and one professionally printed copy of members’ writings, Chaos West of the Pecos.

A time schedule for the day was planned, similar to last year, but includes an evening dinner and “after glow” time at 5 pm for those who want to stay past the official 4 pm conclusion of the retreat. Many expressed last year the ending was too abrupt and participants did not have time to meet and greet due to a busy schedule all day. A number of participants stayed either at the Lodge or in town, and it is felt would enjoy a little time to socialize.

Retreat assignments were as follows:

Pre-Registration, Check-In, and Packets—Jackie

Speaker Contact, Arrangements, and Introduction—Reba

Publicity—Elaine and Gwynne

Indian Lodge and Black Bear Restaurant Contact—Eleanor

We would like to have at least twenty registrants to cover expenses. Many details were discussed, and as always, the Steering Committee appreciates questions and input from TMTW members.

Reba immediately secured rooms at the Lodge for Friday and Saturday nights for the speakers and herself and David. She discovered there are very few left, so reservations need to be made immediately if you want to stay at Indian Lodge.

Food for Thought!

Presented at the Fort Davis Library
by Gwin Grimes, Library Director

Food writing is topic centered, it is not a genre in itself, but writing that uses a wide range of traditional genres, including recipes, journalism, memoir, and travelogues.

Join the Texas Mountain Trail Writers in Fort Davis to see what author Gwin Grimes has to share about this unique form of writing.

Visitors Always Welcome!

January Writing Opportunity

Here’s a brand new year to do more of what we love. I love to write, and I’m sure you do, too. The January writing opportunity is a chance to do just that, be it for the group or for yourself: 500 words or less, Times New Roman 12 point font. May be read at the meeting on January 17, at the Jeff Davis County Library. You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in The Chaos. Email it to Kip Piper at

Three writing prompts, should you like to use them, are:

1,2,3 JUMP
Advice for a Hungry Heart
Desert Winter

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you. Just write and enjoy! And thanks for being part of our writing community.

Love to you all and Happy New Year, Eleanor Taylor

Stay tuned! Save the date!

Texas Mountain Trail Writers are hosting another
Great One-Day Retreat in the mountains on
Saturday, April 29, 2017,
at Indian Lodge in the Davis Mountain State Park.

Click Here for More Info!

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: www.catchourdrift.ca/39-signs-of-hope

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 www.catchourdrift.ca/39-signs-of-hope.

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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