Dec 2021/Jan/Feb 2022 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement:  Due to Covid-19 and its variants, our meeting venues are closed until further notice.  Our next meeting will be on FEBRUARY 26, 2022, 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library.  We are going try and hold our meetings to about an hour to an hour and a half.  Please watch your email for invite to this meeting.  All due paying members will receive the invitation.

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

Program:  

Moderator:  Jerri Garza

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!


From the TMTW Steering Committee

Unfortunately, life gets in the way many times. My husband developed viral      pneumonia and gave us quite a scare in December. Then the holidays came so fast! Preparations for trip to see family we had not seen in over two years, baking, work you name it. My deepest apologies for not getting a newsletter out to all.

We are excited about this coming year! Those who attended the planning meeting came up with some great ideas and suggestions. Please complete the survey, Gay Ann sent out and return via mail or scan and email so that we may have your input as well..

We are revamping our meetings and Newsletter to a shorter format. If you see any of the sites you would like to visit, click on the link provided.  There is so much writer assistance out there and so many contests to enter!

We would like to create a special Spotlight for the writers in our group and have a member submit something to be published in the newsletter. As we develop this idea, we will keep you posted on the requirements.

Robbie Ann Burns, Board Member


Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts

TMTW offers word and photo prompts monthly which offer encouragement to write.  Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take you.  Use these as they are or use anything that might inspire you.

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompts 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 selections to Robbie 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 composition 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.

You can also choose not to read, but whatever your choice you can always submit it for publication in Chaos. Submitting a photo implies permission to reproduce as TMTW chooses and we will credit the photographer in every instance.  Questions? Email Jerri at .

Word Phrases: 

  1.  A Little Bit of Magic
  2. The Purple Shawl
  3.  Off the Clock   
  4. No Place Like Home
  5. Through Your Eyes
  6. Perfect Picture

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

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

 

 


Inspirational Quote:

“Your intuition knows what to write so get out of the way!” Brian McLearn

 


BRAGGIN’ WRITES: None reported this month.


NEWS FROM OTHER WRITING VENUES:


 

Websites using images to assist with writing:

Teacher Treasures: Picture Quick Writes, Picture Narratives- https://www.teachertreasures.com/2018/1/22/photo-writing-prompts/

Writing Forward: Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery- https://www.writingforward.com/writing-prompts/creative-writing-prompts/creative-writing-prompts-for-crafting-compelling-imagery

The Balance Careers: Photographs as Creative Writing Prompts- https://www.thebalancecareers.com/photographs-as-writing-prompts-1277698


Check out :

            Write with Us at Stage32 – www.stage32.com

Lone Star Literary Life :  lonestarliterary.com

NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo.org.

Writers’ League of Texas http://www.writersleague.org/

WWA Membership Newshttps://westernwriters.org/

 Written Word Media https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/

Word Slayers –   The Word Slayers YouTube Channel

Kaliedoscopewww.kaleidoscopewojo.com

            Black Lawrence Press – www.blacklawrencepress.com  

            The Writer – Contests – The Writer (writermag.com)

             South Hampton Writers Conference – Writers Conference July 2022 | Southampton Writers Conference (stonybrook.edu)

             Workshop Finder – THE WORKSHOP FINDER – Home (workshop-finder.com)

 


    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’ Writes and Trail Bits to .

 

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