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August Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our last Summer meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.


From the President’s Corner

I came away from last week’s critique session with a real appreciation for goal setting and writing.  Of our group of six writers, four had made the commitment to participate in Camp NaNoWriMo.  Of the four, three of them had written their goal, 50,000 words in one month.  While the words aren’t perfect, nor the punctuation either, they all have a big start.  One writer, long stymied by just not getting it down on paper, said, “I have so many good ideas here.”  She can’t wait to expand her words, to polish them into a novel or several short stories.  Another writer who has had the outline for her novel, got the rough draft finished.  Her sense of knowing where she is going is remarkable.

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July Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 16, 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 before we depart at 6:30 pm sharp.

Program: How do you plot a story?  The Texas Mountain Trail Writers will have a discussion on plotting short stories, novel, even poems at their next meeting.  All writers, experienced or not, are welcome to come and share techniques.  Bring your charts, your outlines, your seat of the pants ideas – whatever works for you.  We’ll learn together.


President Ramblings

July started with a bang in the Big Bend.  Fireworks, parades, food booths, and music were all over the place.  I hope your writing for this month starts the same way.  May your characters sparkle and your plots flash with brilliance.  Speaking of plots – our next summer meeting discussion will be on that topic.  Please bring hints, ideas, lists, formal charts, or whatever you use to plot your novels, short stories, or even your poems.  Bring ideas you wished you could try or your tried and true methods.  We can all improve. This is a chance to share and learn from each other.

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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 18, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.


President Ramblings

Summer Meetings are Back!!

Start the summer with writing intentions!  Join the TMTW for our June meeting – June 18 at 7 pm at the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apts.   Anne VanLoon, fresh from her November experience with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), will tell us how to participate in their newest opportunity, Camp NaNoWriMo.  This is a way to start your novel, accomplish goals, and get that first draft out of your head.  Camp NaNoWriMo provides online support, tracking tools, a deadline and best of all, it’s free.  Come to the meeting, learn about this unique summer writing camp, and join in the fun with other TMTW members.

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May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: Okay, Gang! Is third time a charm? These are GOOD topics! Let’s rock these!

500 words on one of the following of your choice:

  • Good Old Days (past, non-fiction)
  • The Devil May Care (horror, mystery)
  • What Lies Within (faith, inspiration)

Refreshments: It’s a Pot Luck!


TMTW “End of Year Party

Spring Potluck  May 21, 2013, 6 PM:  Our May meeting is always fun and full of sun!!   We’ll be at Jackie Siglin’s house.  The TMTW will furnish beverages and paper goods.  Please let Jackie know what you plan to bring so she can make sure we don’t have too much of something.  And don’t forget your writing opportunities:  Good Old Days (past, non-fiction), The Devil May Care (horror, mystery),  What Lies Within (faith, inspiration).  This is also the meeting where we elect officers for next year.  Please consider taking a job you haven’t tried before.  Our club needs all of us to keep it strong.

Please RSVP to me at ten.d1406293136nebgi1406293136b@1ak1406293136salad1406293136ekab1406293136 OR RSVP to TMTW at gro.s1406293136retir1406293136wliar1406293136tniat1406293136nuoms1406293136axet@1406293136suksa1406293136, and directions will be emailed to you!

Hasta la vista,

Jackie


Is It May Already?

David and I have a joke between us, “Is it Friday already?” The weeks seem to fly, and it’s similar to the way this writers’ year has flown. (Addendum: When you are young, and working 8 to 5, you say, “Is it Monday already?)

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April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: 2013 Retreat in Review

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

Good Old Days (past, non-fiction)
The Devil May Care (horror, mystery)
What Lies Within (Faith, inspiration)

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Elaine Davenport.


President Chat

It’’s impossible to write a blurb for this month’’s Log of the Trail without babbling about the magnificent Spring Retreat we just concluded. We had over forty people in attendance throughout the weekend, and the presenters were fantastic, knowledgeable as well as entertaining. Nina Amir, blogging to book coach, Bill O’Neal, Texas State Historian, and Juan Perez, poet, kept the retreat fast paced and information filled.

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March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19, 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 before we depart at 6:20 pm. (Note the new earlier departure time so we arrive with time to spare!)

Program: Eleanor Taylor. My experience with e-publishing. My novel, WET MY MOUTH WITH HONEY, has just been published by OutskirtsPress.com–a process consuming the last five months of my life–and I’d like to share my experience with the group.  I hope it will be beneficial to some that might like to try that publishing route.

Writing “Opportunity”: Darrell’s assignments this year are a little tougher because they specify a genre, but remember your way of interpretation will be fine. We want you to WRITE, and changing the challenge to suit you will be great. His assignments are for fun and to stretch our abilities. Remember, out of town writers, send yours in by email and we’ll read it and insert it in the 2014 Chaos West of the Pecos (the deadline has already passed for the 2013 Chaos). Choices are:

Good Old Days (past, non-fiction)
The Devil May Care (horror, mystery)
What Lies Within (Faith, inspiration)

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February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fiesta Room of the Hallmark Apartments in Alpine.

Program: “Plot and the Plot Whisperer” - presented by Anne VanLoon

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

Young and the Restless – Romance
The Secret Storm – Mystery
Edge of Night – Science Fiction

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Darrell White.


No President Chat. Instead, NEW UPDATED INFORMATION about our wonderful Writers Spring Retreat! Click Here to Read!

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January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 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 before we depart at 6:20 pm. (Note the new earlier departure time so we arrive with time to spare!)

Program: Reba Cross Seals. Self and Peer Editing, a synopsis of the creative writing course she took at Sul Ross last summer.

Writing “Opportunity”:  Darrell’s assignments this year are a little tougher because they specify a genre, but remember your way of interpretation will be fine. We want you to WRITE, and changing the challenge to suit you will be great. His assignments are for fun and to stretch our abilities. Remember, out of town writers, send yours in by email and we’ll read it and insert it in the 2013 Chaos West of the Pecos. Choices are:

Elm Street [Mystery genre]
Big Iron [Western genre]
Doll Face [Horror genre]

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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.l1406293136iamg@1406293136slaes1406293136ssorc1406293136r1406293136.

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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