July/August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: NO meetings during the summer months. We will reconvene in September!

Writing Assignment: HOWEVER, Picture Writing Prompts are still here to inspire your summer writing! See more info and this month’s prompts below…

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Is Summer a Time for Writing?

Traditionally it has been touted as a time of reading. “Beach Reads,” “New Novels for Your Suitcase,” and “Read Yourself Silly” are titles of some recent articles in summer issue magazines. Great ideas and I hope you have gotten a chance to take more time than usual to let go of some “to-do’s” and read. If I were writing a list of summer books to peruse, the title I’d use would be Relax and Read.

However, Trail Writers, I hope it’s in your hearts to also get in some good writing time. Summers are a great time to attend conferences and workshops. I was recently blessed to be able to attend the Writers’ League of Texas Summer Retreat at Sul Ross State University. It was magnificent! I got to hang out with the coolest people, talented writers, fun poets, and five instructors who were top-notch in their individual fields.

We learned more about layered meanings, character individualization, plot advancement, scene development, and editing. With that wonderful information we followed prompts incorporating the class focus. If you have any opportunity to do so, I highly recommend workshops. (Keep in mind the Texas Mountain Trail Writers have a great one, though much smaller, every April.)

I’ve not had much response this summer on the writing prompts. Keep your brain alert and see if one of the photos below tickles your interest. Email your story, 500 words or fewer, to me at moc.l1444033744iamg@1444033744slaes1444033744ssorc1444033744r1444033744.

TMTW Steering Committee
Reba Cross Seals

Another facet of the new Texas Mountain Trail Writers 2014-15

Picture Writing Prompts

Here are two summer photos to stir your creative juices. Heat up your imagination and send your story, 500 words or fewer.

The genre is your choice. The works will be collected for inclusion in our annual journal, Chaos West of the Pecos.

If you are not a local Alpine/Fort Davis member and/or cannot attend meetings, but would like to participate, email your story to Reba at moc.l1444033744iamg@1444033744slaes1444033744ssorc1444033744r1444033744. We hope you enjoy this new form of motivation.

Here are July/August’s Picture Writing Prompts. Click on the photos to enlarge.

“Wine corks”
by Lesekreis – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons


“Escaliers forme radoub Rochefort”
by Photo: Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons


Kip Piper & Marti Knobloch are Calling for Stories and Poems for New Anthology!

Needed are humorous stories of ingenuity and resourcefulness

Marta Knobloch and Kip Piper, editors at MTC Publications, announce a call for submissions of stories or poems for the anthology, “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails”.

The theme of the anthology is Stories of Positive, Practical and Often Comical Solutions When a Toolbox Is Not Handy.

This will be an anthology of stories about funny and wacky situations where a tool or tools are needed but not available, and the atypical and ingenious resources used to solve the problem.

We invite writers to share true, personal stories and poems about silly circumstances, amusing anecdotes, and much-better-than-expected outcomes when resorting to the use of items available as alternative tools when in a bind.

  • What was the problem?
  • What tools were needed and not available?
  • What crazy things or alternative tools did you use?
  • What inspired you to use the alternative tools?
  • What was the outcome?

Stories should be funny, entertaining and vividly descriptive so readers can enjoy the writer’s ridiculous experience.

Word length: Prose: up to 1200 words; Poetry: open line count.

Payment: 1 contributor’s digital copy in both PDF and MOBI format, plus 1 coupon for printed copies at a discount.

Copyrights revert to authors upon publication of this anthology, “Necessity is a Mother: Toolbox Tales When All Else Fails”.

Deadline: Submissions accepted from July 25, 2015 to deadline of January 25, 2016.

Read anthology guidelines at:


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Submitted by Reba Cross Seals



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