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November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Room of the Alpine Public Library in Alpine. Please Note change of location!

Program: The program will include a variety of writing exercises perfect for writers of all ages and abilities. In addition, the […]

October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2013, 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 at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm and get there a few minutes early!

Program: “Fiction Fandango” A series of 6 (yes, SIX!) flash writing exercises! Presented by Dr. Francis Theron and Sul Ross Composition Class Students. The exercises have been developed and will be presented by the students. This should be a fun, creative and exciting meeting – one not to miss!

Writing “Opportunity”: NEW for this year! Picture Writing Prompts! See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Refreshments: CALL FOR REFRESHMENTS!!!! Since there will be 24 (Yes, 24!) SRSU students and 2 faculty members attending the meeting, along with at least a dozen of our TMTW members, for a possible total of 35+ people – we need help with the refreshments! If you can, please bring along a snack to share. Please email Kip at gro.s1417036105retir1417036105wliar1417036105tniat1417036105nuoms1417036105axet@1417036105suksa1417036105 if you are bringing something. Thanks!


From the Traveling Laptop

It’s the middle of October, and according to the calendar, three weeks into Fall. But here in the Big Bend, Mother Nature seems to have not received the memo. With highs in the 80s, some days still need the air conditioner! However, you can tell Fall is teasing us, with her cooler nights and daytime breezes that have a refreshing chill.

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September-in-August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND TIME! Enjoy networking with other local writers from the tri-county area at a Potluck Dinner with the Texas Mountain Trail Writers on Tuesday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sunny Glen home of Reba and David Seals. (See more info below in “TMTW September Potluck Supper”.)

Format for Meeting: Potluck Party and Writing Round-Table (See more info below in “TMTW September Potluck Supper”.)


From the President’s Corner

This summer I had the privilege to work with five other members of the TMTW on our steering committee. We went over the surveys which local members submitted in May, and after three months, have come up with what we think is an excellent plan for our organization.

I want to thank Reba Cross Seals, Kip Piper, Anne VanLoon, Darrell White, and Nancy Beckwith for giving their time and energy to this work. We laughed, discussed and tried our best to listen to what our members had written. Our report is in this newsletter, along with information about our first meeting of the year which will be Sept. 9, 2014. Please note that this is a change from our usual third Tuesday of the month schedule. It will be a fun meeting, and we hope many people can come.

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July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: There are NO monthly meetings for July and August 2014.

Watch for our September meeting announcement!


From the President’s Corner: Summer greetings to all of you.

We have had rain, and the hills are blanketed in emerald grass. New flowers pop up every day, and a humidity haze hangs in the morning air. It is a wonderful time to be here watching the dessert bloom.

And while you are taking in this amazement of color, I hope you are also making plans to attend one or several of the Writers League of Texas programs being offered in August right here in Alpine. In case you’ve missed their emails or thought they didn’t apply to you, here is a quick summary.

2014 Summer Writing Retreat held at Sul Ross, August 2-7. The cost is $329 for members. (Remember we have a deal with the WLT – you can get membership with them for only $15 per year.) These classes are outstanding!!

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June Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: There are NO monthly meetings for June, July and August 2014.

Watch for our September meeting announcement!


From the President’s Corner: Summer, Surveys, and Steering

Summer is here with a vengeance, and the triple-digit heat has kept me inside writing under the ceiling fan. Our May end-of-the-year TMTW potluck was fun. The food was fabulous, and the conversation great, including a good discussion about the future of the TMTW.

As the local members know, I, acting as president, sent a survey to them in May, asking them to think about the purpose of our group, what we can do to increase local membership, and if we want to be organized in a different manner. After the potluck discussion, six members — Reba Cross Seals, Darrell White, Anne VanLoon, Kip Piper, Nancy Beckwith, and Jackie Siglin — volunteered to serve on a steering committee to consider the survey results.

The first meeting of the committee was June 2. We started reading the surveys, finding many positive comments and a good number of ideas for programming. Our plan is to meet again in July and August, and to be able to give our thoughts to the rest of the membership by the end of the summer.

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May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 6:30 PM, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: 500 words on one of the following of your choice:

“Who Are You?” Tell about yourself from birth to now! (Nonfiction or […]

April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting IS CANCELLED! Watch your Inbox for details on our May meeting.


From the President’s Corner

The TMTW annual retreat will start this Friday, April 11, at 7 p.m. with the reception at Front Street Books in Alpine, TX.  Our local members are excited and busy doing their jobs this week to make sure this is another outstanding event.  We have a few slots left, so if you are a last minute planner or just realized you are going to be free, please sign up and join us for the weekend. The retreat is a wonderful place for both beginning and advanced writers, and provides an intimate setting in which to meet fellow writers and the speakers.

Speaking of the presenters, here’s what I’m looking forward to hearing from each of them:

Becka Oliver brings us knowledge of the publishing world. Many in our group have made their decision re self-publishing or trying for an agent.  I’m still on the fence and when I read things on the internet, it seems I’m not alone.  Publishing is changing every day and I’m excited to hear her opinions.

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March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 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 6:20 pm. (Note the new earlier departure time so we arrive with time to spare!)

Program: Kip Piper will present “3 Killer Steps to Build Your Author Platform”. Plus we will review the preparation of upcoming TMTW Spring Conference Retreat.

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on “In the Dead of Winter”

Refreshments: Aleta Belcher


From the President’s Corner

March 9, 2014 and the clocks have changed.  My dog, Bella, gets me up at her usual 6:15, but it isn’t.  It’s 7:15, and black as pitch outside.  We’re saving daylight, for sure, on the farthest west edge of the central time zone!  Every year I grumble, although there seems nothing I can do, short of starting a likely to lose one-woman campaign for early risers.

All this said, while I drank my dark morning coffee, I started thinking about what I could change.  Height, no. Weight, hmm, maybe.  Attitude – always!  I have been working on this writing stuff for a long time, and there are days (dark or not) when I get discouraged.  I know what I want out of my mysteries – the fun of writing them, the thrill of making them better, and someone to love them enough to publish them.  I’ve achieved parts of these dreams, but not to the extent I would like.  There are times when I’m at the quit/don’t quit line.

Which is why the TMTW conference is good for me and can be for you, too!!!!

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February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: Bring something to read – something you may be working on.

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on “Love is in the Air”, or topic of your choice.

Refreshments: By Cindy Symington via Edy Elfring.


From the President’s Corner

Editor’s Note: Our illustrious president, Jackie Siglin, is enjoying climes south of the equator. And the rest of us are furiously preparing for our upcoming Spring Retreat! So read on for more information about the retreat and other writing news!


2014 TMTW Annual Spring Writers’ Retreat Speaker Focus: WC Jameson

Texas Mountain Trail Writers in their February Log of the Trail want to feature one of our outstanding presenters for the April 11-13 retreat. The others we’ll brag about will be in our next edition.

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January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 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 6:20 pm. (Note the new earlier departure time so we arrive with time to spare!)

Program: Jackie Siglin will talk about the Agents/Editors conference she attended in Austin last June.

Writing “Opportunity”: “Free for All” - Write about anything you wish! Fiction, non-fiction, whatever! Remember you can submit your writing to be published in the upcoming 2014 Chaos, which is an opportunity for your work to be published! (See “Call for Submissions” below.)


From the President’s Corner

Happy New Year!!  I hope all of you made resolutions for your writing.  This month mine is to finish the draft of my latest novel and get it sent to my readers. I’ve been working on it most days.  I find giving myself chapter goals or number of words really helps.  Even if I don’t write as much as I want, I still work at it.  And I don’t allow myself to feel guilty if I don’t make the goal every day.

While we are talking about resolutions, I thought I’d come up with a few for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

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