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December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at the home of Reba and David Seals in Alpine at 6:30 pm.

Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

The Texas Mountain Trail Writers of Alpine, Fort Davis, and the Big Bend area invite members and guests to a Christmas party in the home of Reba and David Seals in Sunny Glen on Dec. 14, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a covered dish and to call Reba at 837-2919 naming their choice.

For the traditional Chinese Gift Exchange, each person is requested to bring a wrapped gift under $10.

Another tradition is a Christmas writing assignment of not more than 500 words which you may read aloud at the party.

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November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Writing Assignment: TO BE WRITTEN AT THE MEETING: Using the dictionary, randomly open it and on the right-side page, the 4th word down (whatever the word is),  you must use it in a story. 250 words or less.

Speaker: TBD

Refreshments: Jackie Siglin will provide refreshments for the November meeting.


Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

This blog was recommended by Reba Cross Seals and thought we might enjoy reading it. http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/10/writing-rules-are-just-tools.html


Writers’ Festival at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Dear Writers:

I am the director the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Writers’ Festival. I’ve attached our poster and call for papers. Feel free to pass these on to any interested writers. We are in the midst of preparing a new website, complete with registration form, schedule, and video. It should go live soon! Follow us on Facebook until our website premiers.

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October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Darrell White – About his newly completed book!
Writing Assignment: A Ghost Story – Something spooky – anywhere from funny spooky to horror spooky. 500 words or less.
Refreshments: Eleanor Taylor, with coffee fixin’s by Phyllis Musgrove

To my friends who enjoy playing with words. ~ Reba

“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I’ll never know.” – Groucho Marx

“Take my wife, please.” – Henny Youngman

“If all the girls at Vassar were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be surprised.” – Dorothy Parker

“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.”- Winston Churchill

“I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat” – Will Rogers

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September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Homework Assignment: Something new that you’ve been working on, 500 words, perhaps for the Chaos.

Speaker: Elaine Davenport will report on the workshop she attended this summer.


From the Atelier of Phyllis, Our Prez:

September derives from the Latin word Septem which means seven. It was the Roman calendar’s seventh month. Summer is waving goodbye to us as days become shorter and nights longer. Autumn peeks over the horizon beckoning Trail Writers to a new beginning of meetings, writing assignments, submitting articles to the Chaos and planning spring retreat. Come to the Sept. 21 meeting if you can.

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia where The Old Farmer’s Almanac hung on a nail in the kitchen. Dog-eared old copies retired to a bookshelf in December, and a crisp new edition took up residence on the wall. Every family in the community consulted the almanac and compared notes about weather predictions, phases of the moon (must have bright moonlight for coon hunting), signs of the Zodiac, when to plant specific crops, and, for some folks, position of constellations, and which planet was the morning or evening star. My maternal grandmother, most of her children and many neighbors were avid starwatchers.

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Summer Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.


From the Atelier of Our NEW Prez:

Good day to you on a beautiful summer morning with cedar trees outside my back door swaying in a gentle breeze and birds tweeting to one another, sans e-mail.  Every morning is Thanksgiving Day to me because I am alive, able to care for myself, and returned home to Alpine after several months recuperating from a car wreck on New Year’s Day, not a good way to begin a year. My little terrier is at my feet, she who jumped out of the wrecked car and was nine miles toward home when a good Samaritan picked her up and searched for her owner.

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May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May End-of-Year Party & Potluck will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Jackie Siglin’s house.

Party Details will be coming shortly!

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

If you’re like me, you like to “fall into” a book and stay there until the end.  And look forward to staying with those same characters in another story.  This week I accidentally discovered Canyon of Remembering by Lesley Poling-Kempes.  It was published by Texas Tech.  I fell into the story from page 1 and had it read in two days.  And wanted more.  Then I looked at the copyright date…1996!  Then I looked the author up online to see what other books she’s published hoping to find a series but no!  She’s got two non-fiction books out (one on the Harvey Girls and one on Abiqui) but no more fiction.  Durn it!  Maybe that one fiction book satiated her appetite; but it only served to whet mine!

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April Newsletter |”Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Speaker will be Darrell on the new novel  “Imp Of Woe”.
The assignment for April is Poetry! Old ones or New ones, as long as we haven’t heard them. Up to 3 short ones or one very long one.

From the Atelier of our President:

Yeah, team!  Another successful retreat completed.  Thank you, Reba and Jackie, for co-chairing this event and thank you to your team of workers who helped bring it all together!  I heard many good comments from our guests.  And, I thought our presenters were especially good.  And, they participated in almost all of our activities which was nice.

We’ll sum up and discuss the retreat during our next meeting which will be Tuesday, April 20.

Let’s keep the May 15 Trip to Lubbock date on our calendars.  That’s the target date for the writer’s night with the Lubbock Writer’s group.  And, our meeting in May will be our last meeting until September.  Be thinking about the location for that party/meeting.  I would love to offer my place,  however, my little place is so small when you cuss the cat you get fur in your mouth.

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March “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Speaker: Jackie Siglin
Writing Assignment: Since March is known as the “windy month”, write about one of the following: Night Wind, A Windy Way on the (fill in the rest), Gone with the Wind (Not about the movie), Hot Windy Days and Nights.

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

I have adopted a new cat from the humane society and therefore have not slept for two weeks.  She’s older than I thought she was, not yet spayed, and has now gone into “season”.    She’s just started her immunization process and it will be five weeks before her surgery can be scheduled.  She and I both are climbing the walls trying to get out of the house!  Apparently I was not properly prepared for this new venture in my life.

The same cannot be said of the co-chairs organizing our upcoming conference.  They are prepared to the max!   Things are simply falling into place because Reba and Jackie keep preparing spaces for things to fall into.  Every year is a learning curve and I’m sure this year is no different.  But so far they’ve not met an obstacle they couldn’t go around.  Elaine says we’ve got 20 participants registered so far.  A good count, I think, at this stage of the game.  Many of our old friends will return;  I’m looking forward to it.

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February Newsletter |”Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in the Fiesta Room at the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Our speaker will Darrell White who will share the history of Valentine’s Day and some of its customs throughout the world, such as how Japan has two Valentine’s Days — February 14 for women and May 14 for men!
Writing Asssignment by Darrell White: Your writing assignment topic for the February meeting is your best or worst Valentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day gift.

From the Atelier of our President:

Where is our promised snow?  My sister called this morning; they’ve got 3 inches so far in Natchitoches, Louisiana, a place that rarely sees snow.  She is thrilled!  Of course everything has been shut down and cancelled over there so she’s got a long weekend at home.  They may get up to 7 inches before the front moves out.

I am happy with sun, of course.  And thankful that I live in an area where we can have snow one day and sun the next!  And, if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute!

We’re anxious to hear how Kip liked Alaska and look forward to a report from her.  She should now be back in the warmer climes of Texas.

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January “Log of the Trail

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at the Fort Davis Public Library in Fort Davis, TX, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you wish to carpool from Alpine, meet us in the Big Bend Telephone parking lot before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Writing Assignment: Write something for the 2010 CHAOS

From the Atelier of Our Prez:

Happy New Year!

We’re frozen so far this brand new year but already have much to be thankful for.  Hopefully soon Phyllis Musgrove will be able to write her latest adventure for us, and we’re thankful she’ll soon be able to.

Phyllis had a car wreck Friday a week ago.  She’s now recovering at her daughter’s house in Grapevine.  Her daughter tells us not to expect her back in Alpine for three weeks at least while Phyllis undergoes rehab.  Bottom line is that Phyllis will recover and her dog Lady Bug, who ran off when the back window of the car was smashed out, has been found.  We’ll let Phyllis fill in all the other story details for us when she’s able.  Her address at her daughter’s house is:  Phyllis Musgrove, c/o Angela Brown, 804 Wonder Way, Grapevine, TX  76051.  I know she would appreciate hearing from you.

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