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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.d1397821629nebgi1397821629b@1ak1397821629salad1397821629ekab1397821629 OR RSVP to TMTW at gro.s1397821629retir1397821629wliar1397821629tniat1397821629nuoms1397821629axet@1397821629suksa1397821629, 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.l1397821629iamg@1397821629slaes1397821629ssorc1397821629r1397821629.

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.l1397821629iamg@1397821629slaes1397821629ssorc1397821629r1397821629. 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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