Meeting Announcement: Our next meeting will be on MARCH 26, 2022, 4:00-5:30 p.m. (CT) on Zoom, hosted by the Fort Davis Library. Please watch your email for invite to this meeting. All due paying members will receive the invitation.
We hope that you like the new shortened format of our newsletter.
Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!
TMTW Steering Committee
Please welcome our new Steering Committee: Gay Ann Kiser, Jerri Garza and Rachel Barrett. We are looking forward to new changes and plans for the upcoming year.
MARCH FEATURED WRITER: If you would like to have your writing featured in the newsletter, please submit to Robbie Burns email@example.com. Your writing should be no more than 500 words. Please use Featured Writer in the Subject Line. Jerri Garza is the Featured Writer for March.
invasion and destruction
of your land by cross-border foes
Keep your bravery and resistance
flowing before injustice and oppression
Stand with resilience and determination
for your loyal and frightened masses
Raise your voices and your flag high
above bombs, cruelty, and soldiers
Though the battle be weary and unjust
fight for truth, peace, sovereignty
Praise your citizens who defend it
and maintain reverence for life
March and rally your homeland heroes
for thee we join in your battle song
At sundown call out prayers, thanks for all
to live to fight another day.
By Jerri Garza, March 3, 2022
Ukraine was invaded by Russia Feb. 24, 2022
Jerri Garza had a great idea of having members introduce writing tools in the newsletter. We would like to invite everyone to participate and take a month to give our writer’s some good information to assist in their writing adventures.
“Word Clouds, Not War Clouds”
A Writer’s Tool
Writers often struggle with inspiration. There are occasions where inspiration is elusive and that results in loss of productivity and creativity. Occasionally when the creation of a composition was stubborn I felt like a cartoon character in a comic strip with war clouds of bubbled language rising above my head.
Some time ago I came across the use of “word clouds” to assist with my writing. Novelist Paul Doiron had mentioned his use of word clouds to reduce or eliminate redundant use of specific words- http://www.pauldoiron.com/blog/2010/3/15/dark-clouds.html Information about word clouds may be found by entering this term in an online computer search. A few webpages offer free creation of word clouds, such as EdWordl- http://www.edwordle.net/ Give this a try with your next story, poem, or essay to add a little fun to your writing experience.
Additionally, word clouds are artistic. Include printed copies along with the composition. So, best wishes for 2022 to all Texas Mountain Trail Writers members. Make use of the writing prompt images and words in the newsletter or seek out your own methods. Just write! There is much to look forward to in 2022.
Submitted by Jerri Garza
This month’s photo and writing prompts are below.
Submitted by Jerri Garza
Submitted by Marti Stebbins
Let the Love Story Begin
The Time I Left
Places We Return
“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
Writers’ League of Texas http://www.writersleague.org/
WWA Membership News – https://westernwriters.org/
Written Word Media https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/
Word Slayers – The Word Slayers YouTube Channel
Kaliedoscope – www.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 .