December 2020 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement:   Due to Covid-19, our meeting venues are closed until further notice.  Our next meeting will be on December 19, 2020, 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: Robbie Ann Burns – Developing Your Characters

Moderator:  Robbie Ann Burns

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Chestnuts roasting on the fire, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas, and many other favorite Christmas songs are filling our minds as the holiday season fast approaches.  We hope that you and yours are staying safe, have a Merry Christmas and that we all have a blessed New Year 2021.

As you continue to write your short stories or poems, we hope that something in this year has inspired you to create a masterpiece.  Writing has proven in so many ways to be a good therapy for this period of time we are experiencing.  Keep on letting the words flow and get the stories from your mind on to paper.  Don’t give up on a project you might have started!  There is always hope!

Robbie Ann Burns, TMTW Board Member

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 Prompts (Submitted by Jerri Garza)

i1.  Illuminated  

2.  Expectations  


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

Submitted by Reba Cross Seals


Submitted by Marti Stebbins




Inspirational Quotes:

“Some days are typing days and some days are thinking days, but both days are writing days.” V. E. Scwab

“Waiting for inspiration to write is like standing at the airport waiting for a train. ”  Kerrie Legend 


Prose writers—Apply for our 2021 Mentorship Program, plus upcoming classes & events

Back by popular demand, Gemini Ink is relaunching its mentorship program after a 2-year hiatus. Apply to the Gemini Ink 2020 Mentorship Program and be one of two writers chosen to work one-on-one with a nationally recognized author. The 2021 Mentorship will be dedicated to prose—fiction, nonfiction, essays, short stories, novels and more! We are delighted to announce that our mentor will be award-winning author and seasoned writing teacher Kurt Caswell.

The 2021 Gemini Ink Mentorship Program is open to prose writers of all levels from all 50 States.



2nd Annual
Short Short Story Contest

G U I D E L I N E S:  100 words or less – Prose, any genre

C A T E G O R I E S:  water – 1940s – bowling – ants

SUBMISSION DATES: October 1, 2020 – January 15, 2021

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Thanks, looking forward to hearing from you.

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Greetings from the team at Kaleidoscope WoJo™. A friendly reminder from the Kaleidoscope WoJo™ team that our latest writing contest can still be submitted to.

Please pass this on to your women writers.  

Our latest writing contest What is your happy place? This could run the gamut of vacations, starry nights around a campfire, selling flowers at a farmer’s markets, or walking a golf course. This could even be an event versus a place, like rocking a newborn to sleep, writing/painting a masterpiece, a wedding. The sky is the limit. Tell us about your happy place. Submission deadline: 11/27/2020

There is $100 for the top winner. All winners – grand prize winner, runner up, and honorable mention are featured on the Winning Stories page of our website and our social media with their bio, picture and social media. Show us what you’ve got.

Women writers and their works can be featured by submitting to: What Are You Thankful For? What’s Your Cure for Writer’s Block or Why We Write.

We never require a fee to submit!

Thanks for supporting your women writers by sharing this email with them.

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy!

Author News and Resources

Ways Writing Can Help You Cope With Stress, Anxiety, And Feeling Overwhelmed

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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 2020 Manuscript of Texas Contest –

WWA Membership News – Fall 2019

           Written Word Media



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’ Rights and Trail Bits to .











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