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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 […]

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.s1416564555retir1416564555wliar1416564555tniat1416564555nuoms1416564555axet@1416564555suksa1416564555 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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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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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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May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May “End of Year Party” will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at the home of Jackie Siglin, south of Alpine. (See more information below.)

Writing Assignment: Okay, Gang! Is third time a charm? These are GOOD topics! Let’s rock these!

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: It’s a Pot Luck!


TMTW “End of Year Party

Spring Potluck  May 21, 2013, 6 PM:  Our May meeting is always fun and full of sun!!   We’ll be at Jackie Siglin’s house.  The TMTW will furnish beverages and paper goods.  Please let Jackie know what you plan to bring so she can make sure we don’t have too much of something.  And don’t forget your writing opportunities:  Good Old Days (past, non-fiction), The Devil May Care (horror, mystery),  What Lies Within (faith, inspiration).  This is also the meeting where we elect officers for next year.  Please consider taking a job you haven’t tried before.  Our club needs all of us to keep it strong.

Please RSVP to me at ten.d1416564555nebgi1416564555b@1ak1416564555salad1416564555ekab1416564555 OR RSVP to TMTW at gro.s1416564555retir1416564555wliar1416564555tniat1416564555nuoms1416564555axet@1416564555suksa1416564555, and directions will be emailed to you!

Hasta la vista,

Jackie


Is It May Already?

David and I have a joke between us, “Is it Friday already?” The weeks seem to fly, and it’s similar to the way this writers’ year has flown. (Addendum: When you are young, and working 8 to 5, you say, “Is it Monday already?)

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