November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Alpine Civic Center, 100 N 13th Street, in Alpine, TX. The door to the City Council Chambers is on the Holland Avenue side of the Civic Center. PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!

Program: 1st Line Auction presented by Robbie Ray

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

Light Refreshments will be provided

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

TMTW writers are gathering their words and lines in preparation for the First Line Auction activity.  The event will take place from 3 to 5p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in the City Council Chambers at the Alpine Civic Center, 100 N 13th Street, in Alpine, TX. The door to the City Council Chambers is on the Holland Avenue side of the Civic Center. PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION!

Refreshments will be served.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.  Please join us as Robbie Ray leads this activity.

Members may submit by e-mail, , NO LATER THAN November 12, 2018, up to three of their first lines in any genre (poetry, short story, drama, essay, nonfiction).  Works received by the deadline will be included in the auction catalog.  If works are not received by deadline they are still eligible for the auction.

These lines will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Contribute your original first lines for sale and place bids on others for a chance at obtaining an intriguing first line.  Bids will be paid with dimes and nickels.  All bids paid from this activity will fund the Summer Writing Challenge competition in 2019.  First lines purchased will then serve as the theme for a writing exercise for the December meeting.  Best wishes to all!

Jerri Garza
Steering Committee

TMTW November Meeting Program: 1st Line Auction for Writers

from Robbie Ray

(Every 25 years!)

3:00 p.m., November 17
City Council Chambers, Alpine Civic Center, Alpine, Texas
Please Note New Location!

Texas Mountain Trail Writers is auctioning off “1st lines” this month.  Don’t miss the opportunity to buy a 1st line and get started writing.

Inspire! Titillate! Provoke!
Or try a one-line murder mystery!

1st lines should provoke a story so great that one of us will pay big bucks to take it home and write.  Rules:  (1) One complete sentence only.  (2) Limit, three 1st lines.  (3) Original work only.  (4) Print each 1st line in bold ink to fill an 8 ½  x 11 sheet of white paper.

Your first lines will appear in the Auction Catalog if you submit them to (Robbie Ray) by deadline date of  November 12.  You may also arrange to bid remotely by first contacting her.  Otherwise, present  1st lines and sign up for a bidding number by 3:15, November 17.

Please join us prepared to spend some cash!
Proceeds to fund the 2019 Summer Writing Competition

            Not for sale:  “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13.” (George Orwell, Clockwork Orange);

“All children, except one, grow up.” (J. M. Barrie, Peter Pan);

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)

QUESTIONS?? Email Robbie Ray

Photo Writing Prompts – 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, and may help in writing about changes in our lives:

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals

Indie Beacon Associate Memberships Available

As a member of the publishing world, you know that it is continually changing and at a fast pace.  Bourgeois Media & Consulting has been hard at work creating a family of services that benefit Authors and anyone eager to learn more about marketing of their books.

Over the past 7 years we have worked hard helping over 700 authors learn how to better market and sell themselves and their books.  We continue to grow with each new year, as we are adding new programs, events and opportunities for the Authorpreneur to take advantage of.

We are now happy to announce our newest program that begins August 1st.  Our Associate Membership.

This membership is designed to keep an author, or a member of the publishing community to be aware of the programs, events and other valuable information that is available to them through our organizations.  Plus, it will even help you to save money.  In a world where over a million new books are uploaded to Amazon each year, authors need every possible resource to effectively market their books in multiple ways.

The best part of this Associate Membership is that it is good for anyone who wants to learn more about marketing in any form.  And it only cost $25.00 per year!  But, to be clear, the benefits are not as detailed as our full membership.

To learn more about the Associate membership, please click on the link below:

Kahini Magazine Open for Submissions

Submissions are open for the monthly Kahini Magazine, and paying $100 for each accepted piece.

For more information, visit

Thin Air Magazine is Seeking Submissions

Thin Air, Northern Arizona University’s graduate student-run literary magazine is seeking submissions for their Spring 2019 print issue! Thin Air is an annually printed literary journal. We are currently seeking work in the following categories: poetry, visual arts, creative nonfiction, fiction, and hybrid works!

Since 1995, we have published and continue to publish unique, creative, and diverse works. In the past, issues have included written works and interviews with writers such as Pam Houston, Angela Carter Brown, Brian Evenson, Savannah Slone, Michael Martone, and many other amazing writers.  We publish and circulate our journal annually. Alongside our  print journal, we also offer the opportunity for publication through our online Web Features with no submission fee at all. Our latest issue featured work by Bellingham Review‘s Mike Oliphant, excerpted on our site.

Submissions are now open, we hope to see your work! For more information, go to

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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