NOVEMBER 2021 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 NOVEMBER 20, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library.  We will have no time limit and are most grateful for their willingness to host the meeting for us.  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:  Gay Ann Kiser, noted author and teacher, will be teaching the final session on publishing your writing.

Moderator:  Robbie Ann Burns

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

The Holidays are fast approaching and I am sure time is getting away from all of you as it is me!  May you share the upcoming holidays with loved ones and cherish every moment no matter how much time you have. together.  Our next meeting will be in December and we will be planning our new year schedule.  If you have ideas for programs or would like to present a program, please let me know.

Robbie Ann Burns, Board Member

            PROGRAM OF THE MONTH:  Gay Ann Kiser, Author/Teacher

This workshop is important, no matter what you are publishing. We’ll review the following:

Digital & Printed Books for Amazon;

Self-Publish vs. Traditional Publishing Paths;

How to write a Query letter to a Publishing House (we’ll review the 3 paragraphs)

Marketing Traps to Avoid;

Inexpensive Ways to Promote Your Work;

The New Vella Program on Amazon and How to Get your Work Out There;

Specific Resources (Editing Services, Book Cover Designers, Formatting;

Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos & Word Prompts

We are excited to announce that we are adding word prompts to our  monthly prompts which will give you a little more encouragement to write.  Remember, your first thoughts are worth jotting down to see where the story might take 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 four 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 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 .

Word Phrases: 

1) At the Wilson Cafe

   2) Check the Mailbox   

3) A Symbol of My Youth


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

Submitted by Marti Stebbins






Inspirational Quote:

“Wanting to be a writer and not wanting to be rejected is like wanting to be a boxer and not wanting to be punched.” David Barr Kirtley


BRAGGIN’ WRITES: None reported this month.



I’m reaching out because I found the Texas Mountain Trail Writers and I want to share an opportunity some of your members or audience may find of interest.  Based on the career and work of Sordid Lives creator and playwright/director/producer Del Shores, we are the Del Shores Foundation with a mission to identify and support Southern LGBTQ+ playwrights and screenwriters.  We’re excited to share that our inaugural Del Shores Foundation Writers Search has officially launched and we are currently accepting scripts!

This is an opportunity for southern LGBTQ+ writers to tell their stories and have their talents recognized. We are accepting plays, feature films, short films, and web series scripts for cash awards, grants toward production, and opportunities to meet with producers in Los Angeles. 

We will create a waiver code for free submission for your members and audience if you would be interested in helping us connect with Southern LGBTQ+ writers by sharing the attached flyer in an eblast, newsletter, social media, listing or with colleagues, members, or associates you think might have a script or be interested.

And, if you have a recommendation for reaching even more writers in your community, please let us know.  I’m happy to speak further if you have any questions.

Thank you for your time,

Emerson Collins

Program Director

Del Shores Foundation




Today almost any information a writer might need is only a click away on the Internet. Whether you need writing tips, or to research your character’s hometown, or want to know how to start a blog, you’ll find websites hoping to answer your questions. The experts at Web Design Relief have searched the Internet to bring you the top resources and best websites to help writers succeed (including a close-to-home favorite!).

The Best Websites For Writers

The Write Life. Whether you have questions about publishing, freelancing, or blogging, you can find the answers here! The folks over at The Write Life also have their own helpful roundup of best websites for writers (psst!—Writer’s Relief is one of them!).

Grammar Girl. For all your grammatical questions, no matter how complex, Mignon Fogarty—aka Grammar Girl—has the answers!

Editors’ or agents’ blogs. Reading editors’ and agents’ blogs will help you learn about what types of submissions they are interested in.

NaNoWriMo. Writing a novel in just a month? We know it sounds stressful, but the object of NaNoWriMo is to do just that, and many writers say it’s the most fun they’ve ever had! The organization’s website, complete with tips and loads of connections to other writers, certainly helps relieve the stress of pounding out 50,000 words in thirty days.

Pitch Wars. In this mentorship program, volunteer authors and editors choose writers to mentor and offer advice on improving their manuscripts.


Click here to continue reading 15 Best Websites and to get live links to all of these great sites for writers!

Indignor House Publishing is starting a writing competition. This is just so exciting and wonderful that we want to share it with everyone we can.

Each year, a book of up to 25 submittals will be published and each published author will receive a free copy. The books will be available for purchase on Amazon, B&N, Books-A-Million, and other great bookstores. We plan on three venues, hard back, soft back, and e-book. Our first publication will be next fall. Submittals will be accepted September 1 through March 31st, beginning this September, and each year thereafter.

Stories are up to 5,000 words, so I calculate the book to be between 90,000 to 125,000 words. A good size book.

I’ve attached our flyer, and can you help distribute it please? It’s a great opportunity for new authors to become published. Each selected piece for publication will receive professional editorial services, just as our books receive.

I want to help others to see their work in print without them having to fork out a lot of money. Our company pays our authors for their work, we do not accept money from our authors. We are not a vanity press!

For our competition, 1st place wins $500, 2nd place wins $250, and 3rd wins $150, plus an award, a certificate, and a hard cover book with cover jacket. And their work displayed on our website, and if they have a manuscript ready, we will seriously consider it for publication.

We will be responding to each submittal with a critique. I would have loved to have had an honest critique when I was first starting writing.

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you can help to distribute information about our competition.

Lynn Yvonne Moon

CEO / Owner      

mobile (757) 373-7752

I am writing to announce a writing contest that may be of interest to you.

3rd Annual Short Short Story Contest

Contest Sponsor: Ethos Literacy – a nonprofit literacy program.

Proceeds from the contest support literacy programs for teens and adults.

100 word limit on one of four topics: chewing gum, horror movies, skyscrapers, tubas.

Cash prizes:

Best in Contest: $250;

Best Youth Prize (14 years or younger): $100;

4 Best of Category: $100;

People’s Choice $100.

Publication in a digital magazine + webcast of winners reading their stories.

Submission fee: $10. 

Submission deadline: Jan. 31, 2022.





Margaret Barker

Board President ▪︎ Ethos Literacy

  (505) 321-9620    

  400 Gold Ave SW, Suite 210, Albuquerque, NM 87102



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Thanks, looking forward to hearing from you.

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More Info:

Dianne Goettel –Check out this site –  They offer critiques of one’s manuscript by different experts.

Websites using images to assist with writing:

Thanks to Reba Seal’s submittal:  It’s called Visual Hunt and it finds photos of Creative Commons and public domain images. Hope this info helps you now or in the future.

Teacher Treasures: Picture Quick Writes, Picture Narratives-

Writing Forward: Creative Writing Prompts for Crafting Compelling Imagery-

The Balance Careers: Photographs as Creative Writing Prompts-

Check out :

Lone Star Literary Life Holiday Gift Guide :


Writers’ League of Texas

WWA Membership News – Fall 2019

 Written Word Media

Word Slayers –   The Word Slayers YouTube Channel


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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