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April Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our April meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at the First Baptist, Church, Alpine, TX. The church is at 203 North 4th Street.  It is across the street from the Porter’s Thriftway  and behind the West Texas National Bank.  We […]

March Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our March meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 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 at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm […]

February Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our February meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Room of the Alpine Public Library in Alpine. Please Note change of location!

14777173_ml smProgram: “Poetry With A Pulse” – Hand-On Poetry Workshop featuring Larry Thomas, Texas Poet Laureate 2008.

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

Refreshments: To be provided by TMTW.


From the Traveling Laptop

Mother Nature has sure had fun with us this year! Here in the Big Bend we have been basking in 70+ degrees for the last week – and more on the way! Down along the River Road, the bluebonnets are so thick in some places that you cannot walk! And it’s just the second week of February… I hope Mother Nature doesn’t “bite us” before Spring officially arrives.

Have the warmer temperatures and fresh air stimulated your “love” for this time of year? Next Tuesday we are celebrating the season of love with a special Hands-On Poetry Workshop “Poetry With A Pulse” featuring Alpine’s very own Larry Thomas, Texas Poet Laureate 2008. Come join us for an evening of poetry reading and writing – and try your hand at romantic verse. Love, after all, IS timeless and perfect anytime!

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January Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our January meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 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 at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm and get there a few minutes early!

Program: “Vintage Western Writers and their Style of Writing” presented by Darrell White and David Seals

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

Refreshments: Delectable delights to be provided by our speakers, Darrell and David


From the Traveling Laptop

Ah! The “joys” of winter in the Big Bend! Today is another of several foggy, icy days here in the high desert mountains. But I’m the lucky one! I spent three weeks traveling to Virginia for the holidays. While I was gone, I missed the “Big New Year’s Ice Storm” that hit the Big Bend. This massive storm unfortunately caused much tree damage and power outages. Some people were out of power for 5 days! We are so blessed with dedicated and passionate/compassionate utility repair staff who worked through miserable conditions to restore power for everyone. Gratitude and appreciation are inadequate words!

Now for me, as the new year begins, I am building my “Vision Board” of my goals and dreams. It is a wonderful task to help you focus on what is truly important to you and what you want in your life! One component of this year is to continue my books series, which I put aside a few months ago. I am excited to dive back in!

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November Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our November meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the AEP Room of the Alpine Public Library in Alpine. Please Note change of location!

Program: The program will include a variety of writing exercises perfect for writers of all ages and abilities. In addition, the meeting will be the Mid-Month Motivation for participants in the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Presented by Anne VanLoon.

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

Refreshments: To be provided by TMTW.


From the Traveling Laptop

Here it is November already! The air has finally taken a firm turn to cooler, even though there is still the occasional “teaser” warm day. And the smell! The air smells so crisp and fresh! I inhale deeply and can almost not get enough of it.

Speaking of November, our NaNoWriMo opening day on November 1 was an unqualified success! We had 12 attendees, including 4 new faces – as young as 8 years old! – as well as Dr. Francis and 3 Sul Ross students. Anne VanLoon expertly guided us through the NaNoWriMo registration process and facilitated several flash writing exercises that got our juices going. Many of us stayed the entire time and put a hefty dent in the beginnings of our novels! A wonderful time was had by all!

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October Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our October meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 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 at 6:20 pm so we can depart at 6:30 pm and get there a few minutes early!

Program: “Fiction Fandango” A series of 6 (yes, SIX!) flash writing exercises! Presented by Dr. Francis Theron and Sul Ross Composition Class Students. The exercises have been developed and will be presented by the students. This should be a fun, creative and exciting meeting – one not to miss!

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

Refreshments: CALL FOR REFRESHMENTS!!!! Since there will be 24 (Yes, 24!) SRSU students and 2 faculty members attending the meeting, along with at least a dozen of our TMTW members, for a possible total of 35+ people – we need help with the refreshments! If you can, please bring along a snack to share. Please email Kip at gro.s1429362520retir1429362520wliar1429362520tniat1429362520nuoms1429362520axet@1429362520suksa1429362520 if you are bringing something. Thanks!


From the Traveling Laptop

It’s the middle of October, and according to the calendar, three weeks into Fall. But here in the Big Bend, Mother Nature seems to have not received the memo. With highs in the 80s, some days still need the air conditioner! However, you can tell Fall is teasing us, with her cooler nights and daytime breezes that have a refreshing chill.

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September-in-August 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 9, 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

This summer I had the privilege to work with five other members of the TMTW on our steering committee. We went over the surveys which local members submitted in May, and after three months, have come up with what we think is an excellent plan for our organization.

I want to thank Reba Cross Seals, Kip Piper, Anne VanLoon, Darrell White, and Nancy Beckwith for giving their time and energy to this work. We laughed, discussed and tried our best to listen to what our members had written. Our report is in this newsletter, along with information about our first meeting of the year which will be Sept. 9, 2014. Please note that this is a change from our usual third Tuesday of the month schedule. It will be a fun meeting, and we hope many people can come.

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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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