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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.o1398389195ohay@13983891950002_1398389195uryaD1398389195. 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.o1398389195ohay@13983891950002_1398389195uryaD1398389195. 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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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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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.l1398389195iamg@1398389195slaes1398389195ssorc1398389195r1398389195.

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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