January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, from 10 am to 12 noon 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 9:20 am so we can depart at 9:30 am and get there a few minutes early!

Program: The History of “The Little Golden Books” presented by Aleta Belcher

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

Refreshments: Aleta Belcher

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Regarding Prepositions

Alpine has already seen snow, ice, temperatures in the teens, and today powerful winds bringing in another front. How long till spring?

This month I challenge you to accept riding out the winter writing something different. Jerri Garza has wonderful photo prompts for you to use this month for your writing brain exercise, but I suggest you add something to it. When your inspiration falters, your character is stumped, or your muse goes south for the winter, try a preposition.

Use above, on, near, toward, or up to begin your next sentence. An insignificant preposition can move your work beyond, despite, or ahead of. The internet abounds with lists of prepositions. Print a list to pin beside your computer, and be surprised when it takes you on top of, near, or sets you apart from. It’s a nice place to be. Let us know how it worked for you.

Reba Cross Seals for Steering Committee of Texas Mt. Trail Writers


The History of “The Little Golden Books”

Presented at the Fort Davis Library
by Aleta Belcher

The History of “The Little Golden Books”. If you have had children or can still remember your childhood readers, You will remember the lovely little volumes covering fairy tales, rhymes, short stories, and even cartoon characters. Explore with me a time when children and grownups could count on quality reading materials that fascinated all ages.

Visitors Always Welcome!

Photo Writing Prompts NEW! for 2018 – 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 .

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

All Images Submitted by Jerri Garza

Stories Through the Ages Baby Boomers Plus & College Edition

Entries are now being accepted for Stories Through the Ages: Baby Boomers Plus 2018 (deadline June 15, 2018) , as well as College Edition 2018 (deadline February 15, 2018): www.livingspringspublishers.com/

For questions or inquiries regarding the book or contests, contact


Jacqueline Peavler
Managing Partner
Living Springs Publishers LLP

Call for Entries are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Submit your Poetry & Short Fiction and showcase your work to a new international audience and further your involvement in the literary world.

Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists, Consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Entries are open until 31 August 2018. Submit at: www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

Braggin’ Rights

From Frank Carden

Frank is pleased to announce the publication of his latest novel, Billy Bonney aka The Kid, available in paperback from Amazon. Here is a teaser:

It didn’t matter that the deputy sheriff tried to assault her. Wilma had killed lawman. She was now on the run and needed a disguise. She dressed in some of her brother’s old clothes. Wilma changed her name to William, Billy for short, with the last name of her step-dad in New York.

Billy Bonney rode into the history books, a gunslinger with twenty-two notches on a colt forty-one, a legend, even during her short life.

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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