April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on FRIDAY, April 26, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Activity Room at the West Texas National Bank in Alpine, TX. (The bank is on the corner of 5th Street and Sul Ross Avenue.) Please note change of day, date and time!

Program: TMTW Celebrates National Poetry Month in April, presented by Reba Cross Seals

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

Moderator: Aleta Belcher

Refreshments: Robbie Ann Burns

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Our meeting is FRIDAY, April 26, 5:00 – 7:00 pm at WTNB.  The program is by Reba Cross Seals. Please note change in day, date and time!

A reminder that our annual dues are due no later than April 30 — $20.

Those who pay by April 30 for 2018-2019 are eligible to have pieces in this year’s Chaos.

Our dues for the year run from May 1 to April 30 of each year.  Dues are still $20 per year and may be paid through PayPal or by sending a check to Robbie Burns, 1503 W. Fort Davis Avenue, Alpine, TX 79830. Click here for more information and to pay online.

Payment of dues entitle members to the Log of the Trail newsletter with current writing prompts, meeting notices, contest information, and one copy of the annual anthology of the organization, Chaos West of the Pecos.

If one plans to attend the April 26th meeting, dues may be paid at that time.

TMTW Steering Committee

TMTW Celebrates National Poetry Month in April

Presented at the West Texas National Bank
by Reba Cross Seals

A program for Non-Poets is planned by Reba Cross Seals to teach word lovers who can’t rhyme, think meter is a yardstick, and only recognize stanzas in their music books to write simple poems.

Blackout Poetry, also called Hidden Poetry or Found Poetry, is a unique new way to write poems. All it takes is a pencil and eraser, medium-size black magic marker (also called Fine Point), and a wide chisel tip black magic marker—with a few colored markers thrown in for fun. The Ultra Fine Points are of lesser use. This new craze is in YouTube videos if you want a preview of the fun.

Reba will demonstrate, show examples, and have handouts. (Of course, she’s a teacher.) She will supply the remaining materials needed, and will also have some markers. Either permanent or washable markers will do, but permanent is best for the black.

Show up ready for fun at Alpine’s West Texas National Bank on Friday (not Saturday as usual), April 26, 5-7 pm. The bank is on the corner of 5th Street and Sul Ross Avenue.

Bring a Guest!

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 have images at high resolution 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 .

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

Submitted by Jane Farley via Reba Cross Seals, with permission

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Request for Submissions: Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

We are hoping that you might have some women in your group who would be interested in submitting to an ongoing anthology.  All information on the themes we are looking for can be found on our website https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/.

We also have a Facebook page and hope that you might take a moment to like us.  https://www.facebook.com/Kaleidoscope-WoJo-188435748422369/

Marianne Chester, Co-Founder, Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

Ireland Writing Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat inspiration weeks are built as creative writing vacations with a difference – scenic walks, expeditions to historical sites, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all providing rich material for specific writing assignments which are then discussed with tutors.

Please note – we can only accommodate a maximum of ten participants for every session, so as to guarantee the kind of personalized experience the retreat is renown for.

The above discount is valid only for your members who register for next year’s retreat before the above mentioned date and they must mention the code IWR19 in their message.

Columbia Hillen
Retreat Coordinator

Upcoming Collab Conference

Collab Conference is a distinct Christian women’s conference for those longing to live out their God-given calling through writing, blogging, speaking, teaching, and leading. It’s meeting in Waco, Texas, May 1-3.
    • 3 days
    • 3 authors
    • 1 business coach
    • An abundance of workshops and opportunitites for spiritual and practical encouragement and equipping
Early Bird registration is going on NOW through March 19. Come learn from:
      • Elizabeth Oates, 3-time author, speaker, and founder of Collab-Conference for Writers
      • Kat-Lee, author and founder of Hello Mornings
      • Dr. Stefani Reinold, author and practicing psychiatrist
      • Jana Burson, Literary Agent with Christopher Farabee Agency
    • Nicki Wilson, online entrepreneur and business coach
Go to www.collab-conference.com for more information, or you can register at bit.ly/collabconregistration
You can also follow along on Facebook at facebook.com/collabconferenceforwriters or Instagram at @collabconference

Bookies Writing Challenge 2019


The beginning of your unpublished work, and a synopsis of the story, not to exceed 3,000 words total


      • General Fiction
      • Memoir/Non-fiction
      • Romance
      • YA (Young Adult)
      • Mystery/Suspense
      • Sci-Fi/Fantasy
      • Youth Entry – Any genre but the author is less than 18 years old


Contest opens March 1, 2019, and closes May 31, or when the 80 entry limit is reached.

The top score in each genre will be considered finalists, and will be announced August 30, 2019. With the exception of the Youth category, which will have 3 finalists.

The overall winner (top score), and youth winner will be announced at the Permian Basin Writers Workshop October 12, 2019

For more information, visit: https://pbbookies.com/manuscript-contest/

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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