Last Chance Corral

WRITERS, Welcome to the
Last Chance Corral

Writers’ Round-Up

“I Owe it to Myself!”

It’s been a long winter.
The refund check hasn’t come.
I’m sick of cold weather.

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Homework Assignment for Writing Round-Up

19th Annual Spring Retreat in Alpine,
April 9, 10, 11, 2010

Your homework title is:

A Day in the Life of a………
(Rancher, Rancher’s Wife, Ranch Dog, Cowboy, Cowboy’s Horse, Chuck Wagon Cookie, Soldier, One-room School House Teacher, or a true western historical character)

You may choose one or more of the above and must include one or more true historical facts.

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Explore the beauty of HAIKU POETRY

While exploring mountainous beauty of nature at the
Writing Round-Up

Texas Mountain Trail Writers
Spring Retreat
April 9, 10, 11, 2010

As an added treat for our guests
Reba Cross Seals and Donna Greene
offer an optional easy hike to a lovely location
where they will facilitate the writing of
ancient traditional three line Japanese poetry called

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19th Annual Texas Mountain Trail Writers Spring Retreat

Writing Round-Up

April 9, 10, 11, 2010
Paisano Encampment
Alpine, Texas

Lucia Zimmitti-Author of Manuscript Rx
Jessica Lee Anderson-Children’s Author
Melleta Bell–Jerri Garza-Archival Researchers
Blair Pittman-Photojournalist, Humorist

Learn how to hone your writing skills to stay out of the slush pile, research for fiction and non-fiction, write and publish for children, and photograph your travels and story.

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Writers’ Heaven – Spring in the Davis Mountains

Located in the beautiful mountains of West Texas, Paisano Baptist Encampment is a 95-year-old family retreat. Paisano was established by pioneering ranch families who began meeting for preaching and dinner on the grounds. Old timers used to camp in tents and eat meals prepared on chuck wagons.

Paisano was established for the purpose of worship and Bible study while enjoying nature, and now they also share their beautiful grounds with other groups. The camp provides a cowboy-type atmosphere in West Texas between Alpine and Marfa.

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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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