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December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at the home of Anne VanLoon in Alpine at 6:30 pm.

Writing “Opportunity”: The word limit is 500 words. And note there is a specific genre for each one!

  • Footprints in the Snow (Mystery genre)
  • Faded Mistletoe (Romance genre)
  • Up On The Rooftop (Comedy genre)

Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

Our Christmas party will be at my house (Anne VanLoon) in Alpine on Tuesday evening, December 11th at 6:30 PM.

As per the usual format, we will have a pot luck supper. When you decide which specialty you wish to bring, please email me that you are coming, how many are coming with you, and what dish you will bring.

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November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: eBook Publishing – Pros, Cons & Kindle vs Nook – presented by Kip Piper, Internet Marketing Expert & Trainer

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on one of the following of your choice:

A Turkey Defense
Love in Fall
Hot Time in the Old Town

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Elaine Davenport.


President Chat

Thankful for November and Thankful for Texas Mountain Trail Writer friends!

Seems the older I get the more thankful I become; however, the less I want to decorate my home and prepare huge feasts. Is that an oxymoron?

Congratulations to our writers who are participating in NaNoWriMo at this time. My tang gets tungled when I try to say it, but it means National Novel Writing Month, and that month is November. If you are participating, please comment through the Log of the Trail or email me,  moc.l1406343889iamg@1406343889slaes1406343889ssorc1406343889r1406343889.

Our November meeting is a week early this month to avoid conflicting with Thanksgiving plans. It will be in Alpine, November 13, 2012 at the Hallmark Apartments on Hwy. 118 north. The program is one that is of great interest to writers in the current printing and distributing climate, e-book publishing. It will be presented by Kip Piper who has a number of years of business experience on the internet. Refreshments will be provided by Elaine Davenport.

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October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 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 before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Program: Bob Miles, a local historian, writer, and member of our group. He is consistently published in the Cenizo literary magazine.

Writing “Opportunity”: Write 500 words on one of the following suggested topics:

The Knot-Hole in the Fence
The Magic Summer
Yet Looking Back

Refreshments:  A volunteer is needed to bring refreshments to the meeting in Fort Davis. If you would be willing to do this, please contact Reba at moc.l1406343889iamg@1406343889slaes1406343889ssorc1406343889r1406343889. The organization will furnish the coffee and paper goods.


President Chat

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

Doesn’t that make you want to continue into the story? What on earth could this be about? Where is it leading? (You may know: George Orwell, 1984.) This is a sample of opening lines the Texas Mountain Trail Writers are collecting this year for a special prize. We’ve all read the first lines must draw in the reader to make them want to investigate why they should spend their time with us.

Start examining every book and article you read to see if you would classify it as the best, worst, or ho-hum first line you’ve read. (Deep six the ho-hums.) But send us your best and worst. Below are the submissions for this month. And if you’ve already submitted, no rule says you cannot submit more that you find interesting.

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September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the home of Reba and David Seals in Alpine. (See more info below in the President Ramblings.)

Format for Meeting: Potluck Party and Writing Round-Table (See more info below in the President Ramblings.)


President Ramblings

Welcome Texas Mountain Trail Writers to a new year of honing our craft while encouraging and enjoying each other from your new president, Reba Cross Seals. Food and writing, two staples in the life of writers, are openers for the first meeting of the new season. A Potluck Party will be at the home of David and Reba Seals in Sunny Glen, Alpine, September 18 at 6:30. All members, guests, and area writers interested in the organization are invited.

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August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our August meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Topic for discussion:  E-Publishing—publishing on-line.  Whether you have information about how to self-publish on-line, or not, please come and share in the discussion as we learn from [...]

July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 24, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 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 before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Program: “Characterization” (See President Ramblings below for more information.)


President Ramblings

Hey fellow friends and writers,

June’s summer session discussion went well. Marian and Anne provided us with information about science fiction or fantasy worlds and we went from there.  As an outgrowth of that, we decided to talk about characterization in July.  The meeting will be at the  Ft. Davis library, on July 24, at 7 pm.  It would be good to bring articles you like about characterization, also examples from your own work or work that you like by other authors.  The club will provide refreshments and if you wish to carpool from Alpine, be at the Big Bend Telephone parking lot at 6:30.

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June Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: “Summertime, Summertime, Sum, Sum, Summertime!” Our June meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.


President Ramblings

From the Editor: EPIC FAIL! My Outlook became corrupted and crashed last week. The latest backup I could restore was from waaaay back on May 5. Which means I lost 45 days of emails – including Jackie’s ever eloquent ramblings. (And Jackie is out of town, or else I would ask for them again.)

As a result, you’re getting me (the editor) instead. It’s tough I know. And I will stumble through, try to glean from my distant memory what Jackie wrote and sent to me… Well, dang! Memory has failed me, also.

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May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: In 500 words or less (prose or poetry), here are three topics to consider for your opportunity to write for the May 22 [...]

April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: Last minute details of upcoming Conference Retreat

Writing “Opportunity”: Write what you want…500 words!

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Darrell White.


President Ramblings

We live by choice in far West Texas, tucked away from the bigger writing world.  I like to think it gives us an edge with creativity.  All we have to do is look out our front door and see the natural world,  at its finest with sunrise, cactus blossoms and the face of a baby fawn, but also at its cruelest with drought, fire, and wind.  How can we not write?

Yet, isolation has its drawbacks.  We share our work with others in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers, but we don’t have many opportunities for a wider audience.

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March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 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 before we depart at 6:30 pm.

Program: “The Art of Weaving Your Story”

Writing “Opportunity”: 

  • Spring Equinox
  • March Magic
  • Search The Wind

Please avail yourself of the opportunity to pick one of the above topics and write our regular limit of 500 words (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or whatever).  Or challenge yourself to an exact word limit of 100 for any one of the topics (this idea is compliments of Anne VanLoon–thanks, Anne).


President Ramblings

I’m sitting in Fairbanks, AK looking out the window at a foot of fresh snow.  The temperature is close to zero and it is so delightful.  I’m happy to be back to my home of eighteen years and glad to see good friends.  I thought I would write – brought my journal and my laptop, but so far haven’t squeezed in time for much but a few ideas percolating in the back of my brain.  At least I will try to write those down – otherwise in my aged state, they will enter an unknown universe never to be thought of again.

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