OCTOBER 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 continuing her sessions on writing skills.  Our meeting on October 23 was very informing in using turning points in your story so that the audience will want to continue reading. 

Moderator:  Robbie Ann Burns

Refreshments:  None

Visitors ALWAYS Welcome!

From the TMTW Steering Committee

Okay, as I said in the email announcing our meeting for October, I need a secretary.  October has truly been spooktacular in that I thought we had another week before our meeting and was totally not prepared when I woke up Saturday morning to work on the newsletter and realized that our meeting was that day!  Deepest apologies and know that I need to start thinking about what I’m putting on my plate or rather on my calendar!  We had a great meeting as Gay Ann was prepared and we enjoyed meeting one of our newest members, Lindsey Bredemeyer.  Lindsey comes to us from the Houston area and belongs to a Brazos Writing group as well.  Looking forward to his input into our group.

May the spooks in your area be kind and you have a great Halloween!    

Robbie Ann Burns, Board Member


Gay Ann Kiser will be sharing Part 4 of her four part Fiction Writing Class. This particular Power Point illustrates how writers  can incorporate powerful imagery into their writing. Imagery can be done through narration, character description, settings, and dialogue. A portion of this demonstration will involve audience participation, so be sure and have your notepad and pens handy!

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) Taking a train

   2) Iddy Biddy   

3) And then the rain came


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

Submitted by Robbie Ann Burns


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