May Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement: Our May End-of-Year Pizza Autograph Party will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brewster County Courthouse gazebo. The address is 201 W. Ave E, Alpine, TX. (See more information below.)

Photo Writing Prompts: Members’ Photos (See description below)

Refreshments: It’s a Free Pizza Party! Please RSVP to Robbie Burns if attending!

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

When I saw the photograph selected for the cover of the Chaos, I was reminded how the Big Bend area visually overwhelms those of us who live here. Ours is a land of sky and mountains. The view changes from moment to moment, depending upon which way the clouds drift and how the light strikes the earth.

Our eyes are offered a feast every day, but we should remember delights are offered through the other senses. here are some examples: the creosote-clean smell of the air after a rain; the feel of smooth rocks in a creek bed; and the taste of fajitas, enchiladas, or chiles rellenos served at one of our Mexican restaurants.

How about the sounds? Everyone has their favorite. Mine greets me every sunny morning when I step onto the patio. “Pretty, pretty, pretty,” the hidden bird sings. Just for a moment, I forget my age and believe my avian friend. If I were a photographer, I’d sneak up on the darling and immortalize him with a picture.

Marti Stebbins is a photograph, as evidence by the beautiful Big Bend scene she captured for the cover of the Chaos. Perhaps those of us who can’t figure out all the gadgets on a camera will capture the Big Bend area—the sights, the smells, the skin sensations, the tastes—in words.

Cecelia Elaine Davenport, TMTW Steering Committee Member

May End-of-Year Pizza Autograph Party  Shouldn’t Be Missed!!

Yes, it’s a free pizza party, courtesy of TMTW, on Thursday, May 23, 6-9 pm to receive and autograph the new Chaos West of the Pecos journal, and read our story prompts! Members are invited to bring guests. All, PLEASE RSVP to Robbie Burns at . Try to make time to write a story, poem, chapter, or essay. Writers write, don’t they? The party will be held in the beautiful Brewster County Courthouse gazebo at 201 W Ave E, Alpine, Texas.

Reminder to pay dues of $20 at the party, last meeting of the fiscal year, or see our Membership page for instructions on how to pay.

PS: If you can’t attend, the 2019 Chaos will be mailed to you after the party. (Each member is entitled to one copy – mailed at no cost to you.) There are a few extra copies available. $12 if you buy them in person, $15 if they are mailed.

Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt by submitting good quality, sharp ORIGINAL (YOUR photo – not someone else’s) images in JPG format to Jerri Garza.  Do not send anything from the Internet as we would be subject to heavy fines.

Send two to four images no later than the 10th of each month to Jerri at .  Jerri will then send four selections to Kip for inclusion in the newsletter.  Please have images at high resolution for publication. There is no monetary compensation for TMTW use of members’ images.  Images must be received by the deadline for use in the writing prompts.  It is not required to submit images for writing prompts participation.

The writing guidelines remain at 500 words or fewer, Times New Roman, 12-point font.  If you wish, you may read or have your Opportunity read at the monthly meeting.  You can choose to write about one, several, or all images.  If all images are selected for the Writing Opportunity, then attempt to combine the images into one related assignment.

Use these as they are or use anything they might inspire in you.  You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos.  Black and white versions of members photos may be included in the Chaos if anyone chooses their photo as writing inspiration.  Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

May’s four photo writing prompts are the images below, should you like to use them.

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Pam Breithaupt

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

We also have a Facebook page and hope that you might take a moment to like us.

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

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.

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