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December Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our December CHRISTMAS PARTY POTLUCK will be held on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at the Alpine home where Kip Piper is staying, at 6:00 pm.

Writing “Opportunity”: NEW for this year! Picture Writing Prompts! See more info and this month’s prompts below…

Celebrate Christmas with the Trail Writers

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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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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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TMTW 2012 Spring Retreat :: Retreat Registration Form Available!

Have we got a Genre for you!

The Alpine & Fort Davis
Texas Mountain Trail Writers

are so proud of their presenter line-up for 2012 they are bustin’ their buttons! How could any writers not find a perfect fit among these choices to enhance their skills and chance for publication.

Choose your poison:

Mystery Writing, Flash Fiction, Western Historical Fiction, Memoir, Narrative Non-Fiction, Historical Research, Publishing, Marketing, and even an early morning Haiku Hike to a near-by cemetery for poetry lovers!

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2012 “Chaos” Call for Submissions

This is a call for submissions for the 2012 Chaos West of the Pecos, the yearly publication of the Texas Mountain Trail Writers.

For complete information, please see our “2012 ‘Chaos’ Call for Submissions” page.

October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, (Note NEW date for this month!) 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: Internal Dialogue presented by Elaine Davenport.

Writing “Opportunity”: The word limit is 500 words.  Choose one of the following titles:  “The Fruits of Our Labors”, “Bringing in the Harvest,” or “Dancing with the Moon.”

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Elizabeth.


President Ramblings

Fall is here in far west Texas which means the Texas Mountain Trail Writers are back to meeting.  Our first gathering of the year was held at Reba and David Seal’s house.  Afternoon showers had cooled the air and caused a bit of a panic for the Seals, but by meeting time all was well, and we had a wonderful time in their beautiful backyard.  Reba’s program challenged us to get out of our comfort zones and try new genres.  Who knew we could write sci-fi, romance, southwest, and mystery in one evening?  And that it would be so much fun?

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September Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our September meeting (and first meeting after the summer break) will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the home of Reba and David Seals in Sunny Glen, west of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Program: Fun and Exciting Writing Exercise to Streeeetch Your Writing Chops presented by Reba Seals

Refreshments: Delicious treats from Eleanor and Jackie.


President Ramblings

It has been a hot, dry, summer in west Texas.  To keep my garden alive, I’ve had to do more watering than usual, and even with my best efforts, some of my plants did not make it.  The double whammy of below zero weather during winter and the lack of moisture this spring weakened them and they died.

It seems to me ideas are like that, too.  Some spring into my head and flourish through the first five hundred words on the page, then somehow can’t be encouraged to go any further.  Others don’t make it past the note I make on the yellow pad I keep in the car, and I find them months later, scribbles without substance.

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