November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Alpine City Hall, 100 N. 13th Street in Alpine. (Use the South door meeting room entrance near the Civic Center entrance.) NOTE NEW DAY, DATE, TIME AND LOCATION!!!!

Program: Author Brian Larremore, Self-Portrait of a Texas Cowboy, Ass Over Tea Kettle (See more info below)

Photo Writing Prompts: NEW! Members’ Photos (See description below)

Light Refreshments provided by Robbie Burns

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Thankful November

How many of you participated in NaNoWriMo this year? We in TMTW would be interested in hearing of your plans, pain, and progress, as that is the way large projects usually go.

About three years ago I started my first novel during November NaNoWriMo. Although I had written two books, Meditations for Widows: Four Steps from Grieving to Thriving and a Cross Family Cookbook, I had never attempted a novel. My publishing success had all been narrative nonfiction stories. I diligently worked all month on a novel from an idea that had been germinating for quite a while. By the end of the month, I had written 30,000 words, about the third of a novel length. Then it went on the shelf (in a computer file) for over a year.

In 2016 I completed the novel, and now in this November am finishing its third edit and will soon look for Beta Readers. So, go for it! You may have a novel in you, or even three or four. The fun is in the doing.

TMTW has a number of new members this year who are full of enthusiasm and ideas. It has already started out to be a productive year. Try not to miss a meeting if you are in the neighborhood. Nothing is more wonderful than opening a door and people look up with smiles and say, “There you are! Come on in.”

Reba Cross Seals
Steering Committee

TMTW November Meeting Program: Author Brian Larremore, “Self-Portrait of a Texas Cowboy, Ass Over Tea Kettle”

from Jerri Garza

Brian Larremore will be the TMTW guest on Saturday, Nov. 18th. He is the author of Self-Portrait of a Texas Cowboy, Ass Over Tea Kettle. The stories in the book are told and illustrated by Brian, and written, typed, and edited by Jean Larremore, wife of Brian.  He will share his experiences and talk about the book.

Photo Writing Prompts NEW! for 2017 – Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Kip for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please give your images a title and have images ready for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

November’s four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them:

Curtis School by Marti Stebbins

Indio Ranch Cemetery by Marti Stebbins

La Posada Vista by Marti Stebbins

Mi Casa by Marti Stebbins

Stories Through the Ages Baby Boomers Plus

Living Springs Publishers LLP is proud to announce the completion of our Stories Through the Ages Baby Boomers Plus 2017 anthology (November 2017 Edition).

The book features creative fiction and non-fiction written by authors who were born 1964 and earlier. The stories were chosen from entries submitted to our Baby Boomers Plus contest. We received submissions from all across the United States, as well as Canada, Sweden and France.

Entries are now being accepted for Stories Through the Ages: Baby Boomers Plus 2018, as well as College Edition 2018:

For questions or inquiries regarding the book or contests, contact


Jacqueline Peavler
Managing Partner
Living Springs Publishers LLP

Bona Fide Books seeks literary essays

Bona Fide Books seeks literary essays for Volume 2 of Permanent Vacation: Twenty Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks.

In Volume 1, we read tales of grizzly encounters and streaking through Denali, personal relationships with temperamental elk in Yellowstone, and on finding beauty in housekeeping in Yosemite National Park. Now, we seek more of those stories from the national parks. Whether you spent your time building trails or alligator-proofing your cabin, we would love to read your experiences, cerebral and corporeal alike.

From Big Bend to the Everglades, we want to hear the tree-hugging epiphanies and vocational escapades. What happened there? How did you get hooked? What keeps you coming back?

Each writer whose work is selected will receive $100 for their essay and one copy of the collection, which will publish in spring 2018.

Deadline: December 1, 2017. Please submit via e-mail to . Full details available on our website:

Nimrod Journal: Call for Submissions: Extension and Clarification

For the 2018 spring issue, Let Us Gather: Diversity and the Arts, the Nimrod Journal has extended the deadline for submissions for this issue to December 5th.

Also, please note the clarification of the kind of material they are seeking for this theme, as there are two options. 1) Work may be on the subject of diversity within any of the arts. 2) Work may also be by writers from diverse backgrounds on any subject, as writing itself is Nimrod’s particular art form and the place that they are “gathering” for this issue. Further details can be found at

 Braggin’ Rights

Submitted by Josie Mixon: I submitted a story to Sul Ross for their “Storytelling” program they are having on November 16th and I am happy to inform you that my story was selected. I will be presenting it on Nov. 16, 2017, in front of a live audience at Sul Ross at Marshall Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. I do not know what time I will be presenting yet. My story will be recorded and broadcast on Marfa Public Radio. Hope you can make it!!

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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