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


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