JULY 2020 Newsletter | “Log of the Trail”

Meeting Announcement:   We normally do not meet during the summer months.  We will keep everyone posted as to when we can meet again.

Photo Writing Prompts:  Members’ Photos (See description below)

Program: None

Moderator:  None

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

We do not meet during the summer months.  As things progress along we will keep everyone informed of next year’s schedule.  We have received notification that our meeting place, West Texas National Bank, in Alpine, will be permanently closed until further notice.  So another kink in getting together  or being able to plan next year’s schedule. 

More and more events, meetings, etc. cancelled.  Venues closing their doors.  This pandemic has taken a toll on our busy lives and secluded us from those friends and family we so long to be in congregation.  We hope that you are taking some time during this sheltered period and honing in on your writing.  It is a great way to relieve stress and take you away to another scene.

Robbie Ann Burns, TMTW Board Member

No Meeting during the summer months.

 Remember dues are due.  If you have not paid for the 2020-21 year, please submit to Robbie Burns, 1503 W. Fort Davis Ave., Alpine, TX  79830 or through the website using PayPal.

Photo Writing Prompts – Members’ Photos

TMTW members are invited to participate in choosing the monthly Photo Writing Prompt 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 .

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

Submitted by Marti Stebbins

Submitted by Jerri Garza

Submitted by Reba Seals

Submitted by Pam Breithaupt

Inspirational Quotes:

“Reading and writing cannot be separated.  Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out.” Literary World

“Lie. Put down on paper the most interesting lies you can imagine…and then make them plausible.” Chris Bohjalian, Author of “Midwives.”

Announcing the Memorial Summer Memorial Writing Contest

Texas Mountain Trail Writers is offering three prizes for writing to honor the memory of a member of our writing community.  Most recently, Gwynne Jamieson was a member of TMTW, as well as many area service organizations.  She served the Alpine community in various functions, most notably in promoting the continuation of Amtrak and stocking the passenger area of the S.P. depot with books for a passenger’s journey.  Gwynne, being a Master Naturalist, also was instrumental in revitalizing the Alpine railroad park garden with native plants. 

The Steering Committee of TMTW is soliciting compositions on the following subjects:  service in the community, nature, gardening, and books

Works may be submitted as poetry, nonfiction, essay, fiction, or script.  Poetry is accepted up to 36 lines in any form or style, while all other genres are permitted between 500 and 800 words.  Do not place your name on your entry.  Please submit your work in the following format:

Times New Roman font, 12-point font size, pdf format via e-mail to Jerri Garza- NO LATER THAN August 20, 2020.  All TMTW current paid (April 2020) members may submit only one entry, any genre.  Extreme political opinion, explicitly sexual, or racial  submissions, or those containing profanity are not appropriate.

 Prizes offered are $50, $30, $20.  All acceptable works will be circulated among members who will vote for three of their favorite entries.  Two judges will be appointed by the Steering Committee to review and tally votes.  If there is a tie for the awards, judges will request another vote for the finalists.  Winners will be announced in the September 2020 Log of the Trail newsletter.

 TMTW members continues to express our messages of hope in working through struggles during the pandemic.

Jerri Garza, for TMTW Steering Committee

Chaos Cover Photo

The winning photo for this year’s cover was “The Moon and Century plant,” submitted by Robbie Ann Burns.  Thanks to all who participated.  All were great photos!


Jerri’s essay on gardening, “The Civic Gardener,”  (in memory of Gwynne Jamieson) was published in the Cenizo Journal that is available now.

Robbie Ann had her submission “The Sound of Taps” accepted by SEZ Publishing for their Ghost Stories Anthology.


Dianne Goettel –Check out this site – www.blacklawrencepress.com.  They offer critiques of one’s manuscript by different experts.



Dear Literary Enthusiast and Helper of Others,

The Maxy Awards are excited to announce our biggest prize yet: $1,500.00 for the 2021 “Book of the Year.” With such a sweet Grand Prize and so much money being donated to charitable causes (find out more here > http://www.maxyawards.com/donation-stories), why not enter?

The early entry rate is active for the Maxy Awards 2021, so please ENTER TODAY and support literature and helping others!

With love to share,
Maxy Awards


We thought some members of your group might have an interest in this.

Today we face times of a new virus that’s being spread all around the world, and quarantine isolation to help prevent the spread to the uninfected. It’s like a scene straight out of the movies. While enduring quarantine, people need something uplifting to cheer them up, which can lighten the mood and give them hope for the future.

Potentially Win the Best in Show Grand Prize of $1,970 in cash and prizes.

Writers who wish to share their experiences in Isolation and create a story based on our list of themes can join us by sharing. You will be able to attend one of our specially scheduled writers’ groups for peer reviews, to help sharpen your writing and submit it for publication.

This contest is us doing our little bit to help writers improve their craft and potentially win prizes, cash, and help promote them as authors.

Click here for contest details

Hope this message finds you, your family and your group healthy.

Please forward to all women writers in your group. Women writers, submit your true, short story for consideration of publication in a Kaleidoscope Wojo™ anthology.  

Ladies get those pens and laptops ready.  We recently started our next writing contest.  Below is a brief description.  When you are ready to get started click here


Lessons from the Pandemic

Submission Deadline: 08/01/20           Announcement Date: 08/17/20

We may not be out of the woods by a long stretch, but most of us are learning to live with our current reality in new and varied ways.  What are you learning during this time?  What is this experience triggering in your coping abilities, overall outlook in general, and any other insights you may be experiencing?  We would like to read stories that cross the many reactions that people are having; the humorous to the profound and everything in between.  

We will again be offering a $100 prize for the best essay and will also recognize the Runner-up and Honorable Mention entries by publishing them online via our website. 

If you have not had a chance to read our stories visit our Winners’ Circle – https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/winners-circle

Also, if you’ve submitted a story and haven’t filled out a Writer’s Interview and would like to be featured in the Writers Spotlight section of the website, please let us know so we can provide you the form to complete.  Email us at .

Have you seen our weekly blog?  Check it out. https://www.kaleidoscopewojo.com/blog.  You click to comment and participate in the conversation.

Stay tune for some exciting Anthology News.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Write on!–

Kaleidoscope Team – Marianne, Deb & Tom

Kaleidoscope WoJo™, A Reflection on Women’s Journeys™

#kaleidoscopeWoJo #kaleidoscopeWoJoWomensJourneys #PersonalMemoirs

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

Writer’s Relief, Inc.
(866) 405-3003

Marketing Can Be Fun 
 When we conducted a survey of over 1,000 authors last year, marketing was the one area that authors universally found the most challenging.  In this month’s post, we address why marketing can feel so daunting and how to develop a positive marketing framework that plays to your strengths.

Written Word Media + PublishDrive
 We’ve partnered with PublishDrive to make editorial submissions and scheduling promotions easily available to PublishDrive authors. PublishDrive provides free ebook conversion, global distribution and a price promotion scheduling tool to its authors. 

Kinga Jentetics, CEO of Publish Drive, dug into her company’s trove of data and shares best practices when it comes to running effective price promos. 

Promote Your Steamy Romance Audiobook

You can now promote audiobooks on Red Feather Romance. The audiobook feature is a great way to drive Audible credit redemptions as well as audiobook sales on Amazon, Apple, Google Play and more. Now that’s what we call more bang for your book! 

Schedule Your Spring Promos
Promo inventory is now open through June. Book your dates while they are still available!

Book A Freebooksy Promotion

Book A Bargain Booksy Promotion

Book A NewInBooks Promotion

Book A Red Feather Romance Promotion

Book A Reading Stacks Promotion 

Here’s what bestselling Author Ann Omasta had to say about promoting with Written Word Media (Thanks Ann!):

“I can’t recommend Written Word Media enough. My promos with WWM consistently get great results, and they go the extra mile by checking in on ad performance and giving more than expected. Authors, if you haven’t yet promoted a special with WWM, give them a try. You’ll be glad you did!” – Ann Omasta 

What We’re Reading 

Some articles of interest for authors from around the web:

How Authors Can Calculate Series Read Through – Kindlepreneur

The Hottest New Literary Genre is ‘Doomer Lit’ – Wired

4 Reasons to Spend Time With ‘Bad’ Books – Susann Cokal

Coronavirus Reading List – The Guardian 

Can You Share Our Call for Entries?

Now Open: Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

I’m getting in touch from the internationally recognised Aesthetica Creative Writing Award to ask if you could share our call for entries with your audiences? The 2020 competition is now open and we’re looking for new writing talent.

Running for over a decade, the Creative Writing Award presents both emerging and established writers with an opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences.

Open to Poetry and Short Fiction entries from both UK and international writersthe award is supported by some of the biggest names in the literary world, including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE, Bloodaxe Books and Redhammer Management.

Prizes include: £1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication within the inspiring Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologywhich is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the prestigious judging panel.

We’re proud to champion new writing talent. We want to make sure as many writers know about the Creative Writing Award as possible. It would be great if you could let your followers know that entries are now open for the 2020 Award. 

    • Suggested copy for Social Media: Further your involvement in the literary world with our friends at @AestheticaMag. The Creative Writing Award is now open for entries. Submit your #Poetry and #ShortFiction work and win £1,000 + publication within an inspiring anthology. Find out more: https://bit.ly/1NBc3Ov 

    • Twitter: @AestheticaMag
    • Instagram: @AestheticaMag
    • Facebook: @AestheticaMagazine


Thank you in advance for sharing. We’d also be happy to send across posters and flyers for free, so that you can help us spread the word even further.

To request CLICK HERE, and simply let us know where to post them.

For more information please visit our website, or feel free to drop me an email if you wish to discuss partnership opportunities.

Warmest Regards,


Kathryn Pearson
Marketing and Administration Assistant

Aesthetica Magazine

PO Box 371


YO23 1WL, UK

(0044) (0)1904 629 137


Author News and Resources

Some links of interest for authors from around the web:

10% off Editing Services for Your Book

Editorial Services of LA

EDITORIAL SERVICES OF LOS ANGELES offers everything from line editing with a detailed and specific critique letter + free query letter edit, to self-publishing edit and book page layout, to ghostwriting, book packaging, and creative and developmental literary consulting.

More Info:  https://workshop-directory.com/writing/10-off-editing-services-for-your-book/

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- 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 :

Lone Star Literary Life Holiday Gift Guide : lonestarliterary.com

            NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo.org.

Writers’ League of Texas 2020 Manuscript of Texas Contest – http://www.writersleague.org/

WWA Membership News – Fall 2019  https://westernwriters.org/

           Written Word Media https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/

I’d like to invite all members to view our television series entitled “In Search of the West Texas Wordsmith,” which airs every Saturday at 3:00 P.M. over the Basin PBS station.  Each episode is a 30-minute interview with a West Texas writer.  Hope you’ll join us! – Tom Parks, host

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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