November 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 November 21, 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: Pam Breithaupt – Beginnings and Endings …

Moderator:  Pam Breithaupt

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

This year is winding down, thank goodness!  We need a breath of fresh air and new beginnings for 2021!  We are exited about upcoming programs and plans for the new year and hope this virus plays out and a vaccine comes soon.

Pam Breithaupt has a great program lined up for us on November 21, 2020 and hope that you all can join in.  The Fort Davis Library has agreed to host the meeting so that we will not have a time limit and can get everything covered in the meeting.

She will be discussing:  Beginnings & Endings.  Starts & Stops.  Introductions & Conclusions. First & Lasting Impressions.  and Hellos and Goodbyes….   Watch your email for things you an do prior to the meeting.  Keep this email as it also has the meeting information and you will have access to the meeting by clicking on the link.

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)

1.  Erased 

2.  Disorienting 


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

Submitted by Marti Stebbins





Inspirational Quotes:

“Writing is the painting of the voice.” Volaire

“Writing to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Isaac Asimov

“Don’t let yourself get away with not doing the best work you are capable of doing at that moment.  When you find yourself saying, ‘No, I can’t,’ figure out how to say, ‘Yes, I can.'” This quote is from Camile T. Dungy, page 25.  


Our member, Kip Piper, has started her own website with hints and tips for women traveling alone. Check out her videos at the following link:

Travels with Kip:

Greetings all,

Just wanting to announce that my collection of short stories, INTO THE SUNSET, The Women, is now out. Actually, it’s been out since February, but then the Covid-19 chaos hit the fan…. I tried to contact Front Street Books before things got awful, but got no response, so if they are now open again can someone please ask if they are still interested in carrying my book. When last I was in Alpine they were, but life as we once knew it has changed so I don’t know what is on their agenda now. Should they ask, it is in the Ingram catalog and is available for purchase by bookstores.

Re this collection: it’s hard to describe — short stories, women’s fiction, old west, mildly literary. Hmmm. How about ‘old west literary short stories featuring women or the woman’s point of view’? Anyway, no horse operas, shoot-outs at high noon, white hats or black hats. One of the stories, originally featured in the Louis L’Amour Western Magazine, answers the burning question, Do real cowboys wash dishes? That story is set in the Davis Mountains, by the way.

Should anyone be interested, the collection is available as e-book or paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Kobo.

Doris Rangel

If you have any news to tell us about, please send to Robbie Ann Burns so that we can share in your accomplishments with your writing submittals.


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

Learn more at

As co-founder of  I wanted to bring to your attention and those of your fellow writers, our recent launch of the second international edition of ‘Wild Atlantic Writing Awards,’ with 1,000 euro in prize money, comprising both flash fiction and creative non-fiction (max. 500 words).

Please see link to details below, we look forward very much to reading your entry and those of your colleagues – 


Very best wishes to you and your group

Sean Hillen

It’s easy to contact me:

My Email Address is
My Travel Blog is


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My name is Amber Thomas, of The Word Slayers, a top notch team of editors with 75+ years’ combined experience in the writing industry. Collectively, we’ve helped craft more than 1000 bestselling titles by 600+ authors worldwide. We also provide high quality cover design and book marketing support.

For more about us, please visit our website:

We offer special discounts on our editing & proofreading services to authors who belong to writers groups, and we’d love to do the same for Texas Mountain Trail Writers members. Are you interested in discussing a potential partnership?


Amber Thomas

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Hi there,

This is Amanda from Dreame. Dreame is one of the world’s largest multilingual online original story writing platforms, with more than 20 million readers, 150,000 books, and 60,000 writers worldwide. (Know more about Dreame: To help more writers to evelop the potential and achieve their writing dreams, Dreame is holding a writing competition called the Dreame Writing Academy.

Dreame Writing Academy is a great opportunity for talented and experienced authors to open up new horizons for their writing careers. Once your work is submitted, you will not only have the chance to win a big prize, get sponsorship and promotion from the platform, but also your work will potentially be seen by 20 million readers online and get published with help from Dreame. On top of that, this free-entry competition provides free online writing training courses taught by award-winning authors weekly during the competition.

Dreame writing Academy will last for six months, from its official launch on July 15, 2020, to January 2021. There will be more than 30K contestants and estimate 50 million of the event exposure. This writing contest will be with the highest  prizes ever for online fiction writing contests, with the top winners receiving the $100K prize. (Know more about this competition:

Dreame wants to invite members of your society to participate in this writing competition. Your participation is what Dreame values the most because helping talented writers to achieve more in their writing career is always our goal. For the society with more members participate in this competition, Dreame would like to sponsor the society or individuals in society to help with the society’s daily operation and events.

I am looking forward to hearing back from you.

Stary PTE. Ltd


My name is Destiny Rutherford and I am the Chief Marketing Officer here at Inside Edge. At Inside Edge we offer publishing services to all writers and authors at any level and with any genre. Our goal here is to help upcoming writers with getting their name out there and their work published. We have worked with many high profile clients from all over and really enjoy offering our services to those that are interested. Feel free to give me a call at 832.687.9236 or email me if you have any questions! 

Thanks, looking forward to hearing from you.

Destiny Rutherford 

CMO @ Inside Edge Publishing


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!




Book Brush offers tools to help authors create their own professional looking ads, all things social media and book covers, too. We’ve presented How-To sessions to over 40 authors groups in 2020 and we’d like to offer to host a private webinar-style Book Brush session for your chapter in 2021.

Seeing Book Brush in action is a powerful way for us to share what authors can create with our tools. With this workshop, we’ll do a fun, live walk-through of what Book Brush has to offer and show handy tips and tricks to help make book marketing fund and easy with eye-catching images.

We hope your members would enjoy a first-hand look at Book Brush. I’m passionate about Book Brush and would love the chance to show your group all the value that Book Brush provides. Let me know if you’d be interested in scheduling!

Take care,


Kathleen Sweeney | Customer Service Manager | Marketing Lead

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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-

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Lone Star Literary Life Holiday Gift Guide :


Writers’ League of Texas 2020 Manuscript of Texas Contest –

WWA Membership News – Fall 2019

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