MARCH 2022 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

 

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 dbburns51@hotmail.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.

O’ Ukraine
We lament-
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
shelter well,
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


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 .

 

This month’s photo and writing prompts are below. 

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

 

 

Word Phrases:   

Let the Love Story Begin

The Time I Left

Places We Return

 

 


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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