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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 [...]

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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December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at the home of Reba and David Seals in Sunny Glen near Alpine at 6:00 pm.

Writing “Opportunity”: The word limit is 500 words. A fictional character from one author’s work gives a Christmas present to another fictional character from another author’s work. Example:  Wizard of Oz gives a gift to Jo March (of Little Women).  What happens after that is up to each writer.


Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

Once again David and Reba Seals are hosting the annual Christmas party at their Sunny Glen home, but this year there’s a new twist. Reba says when you bring your writing opportunity assigned by Darrell, you will be shown how to publish it!

Bring your story, fewer than 500 words, double spaced, 14 point, and using at least two sheets of paper. Reba, using her kindergarten training, will show everyone how to publish hers or his story in a book. Fun! Fun! No talent above age 5 is necessary!

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November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

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

Program: presented by Bob Miles – topic to be determined

Writing “Opportunity”: 500 words on “Falling Leaves” which can be days gone by or from a love story to mystery.

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Edy Elfring.


From the President’s Corner

I’ve been gone from home for two months.  In September I spent time in Wisconsin with dear women friends who lived in Alaska when I did and in Kentucky where I welcomed my first grandchild, a baby boy, born Sept. 15.  October my husband and I took a tour to China, Tibet, and Cambodia.

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October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 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 6:30 pm.

Program: Marian Frueh and Anne VanLoon

Writing “Opportunity”: Write 500 words on something SPOOKY! It can be either funny or scary.

Refreshments: A volunteer is needed to bring refreshments to the meeting in Fort Davis. If you would be willing to do this, please contact Darrell at moc.o1408708044ohay@14087080440002_1408708044uryaD1408708044. The organization will furnish the coffee and paper goods.


From the President’s Corner

I am continuing as acting president for October, as our intrepid president Jackie Siglin will be traveling. This month, we will celebrate Halloween with a spooky writing assignment. Our October meeting will be Tuesday the 15th at 7.p.m. at the Ft Davis library. Car pooling will be from the Big Bend Telphone Company parking lot at 6:30 p.m. I need someone to step forward and offer to do refreshments for the October meeting. Please e- mail me at moc.o1408708044ohay@14087080440002_1408708044uryaD1408708044. See you at the meeting!

Darrell White, VP

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September 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 24, 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

I welcome everyone to the new 2013-2014 Texas Mountain Trail Writers year. I will be acting president for the next two months, as our intrepid president Jackie Siglin will be traveling. We have a lot planned for the next few months, like our opening meeting Potluck Supper with fun, interactive writing round-table games. In October, we will celebrate Halloween with a spooky writing assignment. I hope to see you at the Potluck Supper on the 24th at 6:00 pm (instead of our typical third Tuesday). Be sure to read Reba’s “TMTW September Potluck Supper” announcement below!

Darrell White, VP

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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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