January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Community Room at the West Texas National Bank at 101 East Avenue E in Alpine, TX.

Moderator: Jerri Garza

Program: Readings of First Lines purchased from November Auction presented by Robbie Ray

Photo Writing Prompts: First Line Competition (See “New Year, New Beginnings” below)

Refreshments: Elaine Davenport

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

New Year, New Beginnings

January brings a new year and new beginnings with a chance for a fresh start.  This is a time of making resolutions for improvements in our lives, reviewing our goals and dreams.  Anyone who attended the Writers League of Texas program in December obtained much inspiration for better writing from Becka Oliver and Michael Noll.  We look forward to seeing everyone on January 26th.

TMTW writers have been polishing their compositions in preparation for the reading of First Lines purchased from  the November 2018 auction.  The readings, refreshments, and discussion will take place from 3 to 5p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the West Texas National Bank Community Room in Alpine, Texas.  Refreshments will be served.  Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Here’s the meeting agenda:

Program:  3p.m. Readings of First Lines purchased from November Auction: Robbie Ray

Moderator:  Jerri Garza

Refreshments: 3:30p.m., Elaine Davenport

Chaos & First Lines discussion: :3:40p.m. / Additional readings: 3:45-5p.m.

Guests and Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

Writing Prompts: This month members will be reading compositions of first lines purchased at the November 2018 auction.  Guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  Six more first lines are offered free for members who were unable to attend the November auction:

She crept up the stairs, hoping she would miss the creaks in the old wooden boards.

I knew you wanted a family.

My ticket of admission is my entry fee, and the ringmaster is the clown beyond the chutes.

Just please don’t do it again!

Now, it was my turn.

It’s the third blue house on the left

Jerri Garza for Steering Committee of Texas Mountain Trail Writers

TMTW in the News!

Reba Cross Seals was recently contacted by Roxanne Hill, a reporter with the Alpine Avalanche. Roxanne interviewed Reba about the Texas Mountain Trail Writers! The interview/article appeared in the January 10 edition of the Alpine Avalanche. Be sure to check out your copy! If you don’t have that edition, you can stop by the Alpine Avalanche offices and purchase a copy. Unfortunately, this newsletter editor could not find the article on the online version of the Alpine Avalanche. If you happen to find the online link, please let me know by emailing me at gro.s1550271806retir1550271806wliar1550271806tnuom1550271806saxet1550271806@suks1550271806a1550271806.

Request for Submissions: Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

We are hoping that you might have some women in your group who would be interested in submitting to an ongoing anthology.  All information on the themes we are looking for can be found on our website https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/.

We also have a Facebook page and hope that you might take a moment to like us.  https://www.facebook.com/Kaleidoscope-WoJo-188435748422369/

Marianne Chester, Co-Founder, Kaleidoscope™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

Ireland Writing Retreat

Ireland Writing Retreat inspiration weeks are built as creative writing vacations with a difference – scenic walks, expeditions to historical sites, fascinating talks and daily practical writing and editing workshops – all providing rich material for specific writing assignments which are then discussed with tutors.

Please note – we can only accommodate a maximum of ten participants for every session, so as to guarantee the kind of personalized experience the retreat is renown for.

The above discount is valid only for your members who register for next year’s retreat before the above mentioned date and they must mention the code IWR19 in their message.

Columbia Hillen
Retreat Coordinator

Aspects of Writing: Writing & Publishing Seminar

Want to know what it takes to be a successful author in today’s publishing world and have some fun too? Need a reason, or have plans to visit Las Vegas? How does spending some time at a writing seminar while there appeal to you, and the members of your writing group?

Aspects of Writing, a weekly radio program and podcast that reaches over 80,000 live listeners every week, is hosting a six-hour panel discussion on writing and publishing in today’s marketplace.  This comprehensive seminar includes information on the pros and cons of self-publishing, finding an agent or publisher, editing, marketing, website design, tips on funding up-front costs and promoting yourself. Additional benefits include: a guaranteed radio interview on the Aspects of Writing radio show upon completion of your book, a complimentary book from each of the panelists, a detailed booklet on subjects covered in the seminar, an opportunity to ask questions specific to your project(s), a light lunch during the break, and more. This valuable, info-packed seminar will be held adjacent to the Aspects of Writing studio on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada for the special price of $149.95. (Early Bird: $119.95 by Jan 31st). Space is limited so register early.

To learn more, please visit our website:

Trail Bits

From Reba Cross Seals

A free Happy New Year gift to you in case your are not familiar with this online writing newsletter! A great source for learning and getting your work published!

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Please consider submitting an article, feedback, helpful tips, anecdotes, and pithy comments.

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From Jerri Garza

If you make or read New Year’s Resolutions, here are two websites for writers:

From Writer’s Digest:

From barefootWriter:

Join or Renew Your TMTW Membership

Membership in the Texas Mountain Trail Writers can help you grow as a writer, whether you write purely for fun or for a living. AND we accept dues payments online at our website! For more information, click here.

Final Note from the Editor:

Have news? Toot your horn, clang your bell, raise your roof! Tell us your news and stories – or writing news in general, such as publications you would recommend, contests, book events, etc. Send your Braggin’ Rights and Trail Bits to gro.s1550271806retir1550271806wliar1550271806tniat1550271806nuoms1550271806axet@1550271806wtmtk1550271806sa1550271806.