GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME (IMHO)

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Welcome to Writing Prompt Crew’s July feature presentation: The Greatest Movies Ever (IMHO) So many to choose from, so little time… In the grand scheme of things, really, there’s only a hundred years of movies – that’s not so much. Right? In my personal grand scheme, there’s, well, less than a hundred years! Still, all the choices!

 

So, what qualifies as “greatest movie?” Epic? Family favorite? Meaningful? Tear jerker? Edge of your seat horror? Box office hit? All of the above? In contemplating this post, so very many titles come to mind, too many to list ‘em all. Some are stand-by’s, some are clean, feel-good movies. Some are gripping [I’m not into horror, they don’t really scare me and simply don’t interest me.] But a good adventure or crime story, I’m all about that. Love stories are classic, and there’s a whole lot of those, some great ones, some not so great… I’m kind of fond of the remakes of fairy tales, both animated [well done animated] and not. My favorite retelling of the Cinderella story, for instance, is Everafter.

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Of course, can’t forget Tyler Perry’s Madea movies! Any and all of ‘em!! LOL “Old woman, PUT MY CAR DOWN NOW!” Bonus points if you can tell me which Madea movie that’s from.

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However, my all-time favorite movie – and therefore the greatest IMHO – is The Sound of Music. That opening, on the mountain top, that music, those opening words, “The hills are alive…” resonates deeply within me. Whether this stirred an innate passion for the outdoors and the mountains, or created it within me, being on a mountaintop, or near a river, is a cathedral to me, a communion moment with God.

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Also ranking in my all-time top fav’s are, in no particular order, Robinhood, Prince of Thieves [it’s a Keven Costner thing]; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Top Gun; and Brave. And Pride and Prejudice, also for the man, Colin Firth, of course.

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I know, I know, where, you ask, are the classics? Casa Blanca, Gone with the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz? Certainly, they are among The Greatest Movies of All Time! Of course they are! As are Princess Bride and The Lord of the Rings.

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In nearly a hundred years of filmography, I’ve named a bare few. Ones that stand out to me, or mean something personal. My grandgirls and I watch Brave every time they’re both here, it’s tradition [line from Everafter…] Top Gun is my son’s all-time fav – he can recite the entire movie.

 

What are your favorites? What ranks top on your list?

 

Writing Prompt [pick one]

  1. Rewrite a favorite scene from your favorite movie. Change the actors, or don’t.
  2. Write the opening scene to the movie of your life. Who are the actors? What is the theme music? What is the setting, year, location?

And GO!

 

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Winner of Annabelle’s Ruth

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Samson of Annabelle’s Ruth

I thought I’d let Samson bring you the announcement. Blue Tick coon hounds do have especially nice voices, but I’m afraid you wouldn’t understand him, and he is definitely not computer savvy, so here goes…

Teresa Stanulis is the winner of Annabelle’s Ruth, Book 1 of the Kinsman Redeemer series. Congratulations, Teresa!

There are free books and contests going on all the time at Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! All you have to do is comment on our posts to enter. Y’all come back now!

3 Questions Wednesday with Jennifer Hallmark

IMG_6297Today’s 3 Questions Wednesday guest is Writing Prompts’  founder and editor-in-chief, Jennifer Hallmark.

Welcome to 3 Questions, Jennifer. You know the drill–

Which author would you never get tired of, and why?

Jennifer: I love so many authors, but I’m going to go with a non-fiction author, Max Lucado. His books are so encouraging. His first book I ever read was When God Whispers Your Name and as a young Christian, it was life-changing for me. If I’m ever having a tough day, I know I can open any Max Lucado book and be refreshed in a short time.

Wonderful choice. His writings are so inspiring. Speaking of inspiring, writers must be able to develop good villains. The meaner, the better–

Who is your favorite fictional villain?

Jennifer:  I do love a good villain. How about Zennon from James Rubart’s Well Spring Novels series? We meet him in Soul’s Gate and he is so beyond evil. You’ll find yourself turning each page, hoping he doesn’t show up. You can follow his descent in Memory’s Door and when he finally meets his match in Spirit Bridge.

Oh, he’s a good one. Now, on to your personal writing–

What project are you currently working on?

Jennifer:  At the forefront is the book collaboration Unlikely Merger I’ve taken part in with nine other authors. (One of them being you ;)) It’s the sequel to A Dozen Apologies and The Love Boat Bachelor. Find out more about it here.

I have a non-fiction story which will appear in Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage. This book will release in early fall.

As far as my novels, I’ve finished my YA fantasy novel called Journey of Grace: Realm of Ecclesia and am getting ready to pitch it and my contemporary southern fiction novel, When Wedding and Weather Collide at the Atlanta Christian Writers Conference in August.

How exciting! God bless you as you pursue His path in your writing. Thanks for taking the time to complete our 3 Questions.

Unlikely Merger

11112210_858579607541022_8504991036842170166_oNo longer needed as her father’s nurse, Mercy Lacewell attempts to step into his shoes at his acquisitions firm. That means travel, engaging strangers, and making final decisions—nothing she feels equipped to do. If her best friend has her way, Mercy will simply marry one of the single, available men she meets, but they overwhelm her. So handsome and kind. And so many. Even if she felt obliged, how could she ever choose?

Should she shove all attraction aside and focus on her father’s business, or is God warming her heart with the possibility of forever?

Unlikely Merger is available as a free download from Kindle July 1st through July 5th. It will then be available for 99¢ through the month of July.


More about Jennifer Hallmark: writer by nature, artist at heart, and daughter of God by His grace. With over 200 articles and interviews on the internet, her attention has moved to southern fiction and YA fantasy.

Her first book published in early 2014, a multi-authored romantic comedy novella, called A Dozen Apologies. She is currently shopping her YA series, Journey of Grace: Realm of Ecclesia and a contemporary southern fiction novel, When Wedding and Weather Collide.

She is also part of two compilation projects to be released later this year. Unlikely Merger is a romantic novella, a sequel to A Dozen Apologies. She’s also contributed to the anthology: Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage.

Jennifer shares a writer’s reference blog, Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas…Oh My! with friends, Betty, Tammy, Allison, Karen, Cari, Holly, Anne, Robin, and Betty B.

Jennifer and her husband, Danny, have spent their married life in Alabama and have a basset hound, Max. Their daughter Mandy is married to Tim and has given them two beautiful granddaughters, Ava, and Sadie. Their son, Jonathan, is currently working in the food industry and trying to complete his degree in business.

She loves to read detective fiction from the Golden Age, watch movies like LOTR, and play with her two precious granddaughters. At times, she writes.

You can find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

May / June Winner at Writing Prompts Blog

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Who won the $25 Amazon gift card for May / June on the topics of Comfort Food and The Monster Under the Bed ?

Drumroll please …drum roll

And the winner is … DK Stevens! Congratulations, DK!

Please follow our July posts as we share our greatest ever movies with you. Comment on a Monday of Friday post and be entered to possibly win a $25 Amazon gift card. Next card giveaway will be September 1st!

Goodbye Comfort Food

IMG_1177What if you have to give up your favorite comfort food?

When my son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a teen, he said good-bye to his favorite comfort food and all-time staple – Pizza. It was a tough summer for him since pizza was also the food of choice at parties and outings. Maintaining sugar levels and managing this auto-immune disease while working to secure a starting spot on the varsity football team was a huge challenge for Jake, but he did great.

He managed exceptionally well — I’m such a proud mom — and eventually went on to play professional football in the NFL. Harvest House Publishers just released his first book, an awesome, inspiring devotional: First and Goal – What Football Taught Me About Never Giving Up.  UnknownEventually, Jake brought pizza back into his diet and used insulin to correct sugar levels, but he still maintains a very healthy diet. So, in honor of Jake, I’m sharing a diabetes-friendly pizza recipe from Nikki Sheriff @  Diabetesconnect.com

320x260Chicken Pesto Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust By Nikki Sheriff
Crust:

1 small head of cauliflower

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1 egg

Pesto: (1 cup bottled pesto may be substituted)

1 cup fresh basil

1/4 cup pine nuts

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup olive oil

pinch sea salt

fresh ground pepper to taste

Toppings:

1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded

6 thin slices of a Roma tomato

1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: To make the crust, trim and wash cauliflower florets (not including the stems). Pulse in a food processor until fine.Pour into a microwave safe bowl and microwave covered for 5 minutes. Lay out a clean kitchen towel and lay a paper towel over it. Pour the steamed cauliflower onto the towels and let cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, wrap up the steamed cauliflower and wring out as much liquid from the cauliflower as possible.Pour into a bowl and mix with cheeses and seasonings listed above under “crust”. Add the egg and mix with your hands and shape into a ball. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, placing a baking sheet in the oven to heat up.Lay out a piece of parchment paper and press and shape the cauliflower mixture into the shape of a pizza, about 1/4 inch thick. Once the oven is preheated, carefully lay the parchment paper with crust onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.While the crust is baking, make the pesto if using fresh pesto (or you could use bottled pesto).For the pesto, pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic, and parmesan cheese in a food processor until well mixed.Turn on the food processor and slowly drizzle in the olive oil, followed by the salt and pepper. Let it puree until well incorporated. Mix half of the pesto with the shredded chicken and set aside.When the crust is baked, remove from the oven and spread the other half of the pesto onto the crust, like pizza sauce. Top with the chicken mixed with pesto, the tomato slices, and both

Pour into a bowl and mix with cheeses and seasonings listed above under “crust”. Add the egg and mix with your hands and shape into a ball. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, placing a baking sheet in the oven to heat up.Lay out a piece of parchment paper and press and shape the cauliflower mixture into the shape of a pizza, about 1/4 inch thick. Once the oven is preheated, carefully lay the parchment paper with crust onto the baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.While the crust is baking, make the pesto if using fresh pesto (or you could use bottled pesto).For the pesto, pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese in a food processor until well mixed.Turn on the food processor and slowly drizzle in the olive oil, followed by the salt and pepper. Let it puree until well incorporated. Mix half of the pesto with the shredded chicken and set aside.When the crust is baked, remove from the oven and spread the other half of the pesto onto the crust, like pizza sauce. Top with the chicken mixed with pesto, the tomato slices, and both

While the crust is baking, make the pesto if using fresh pesto (or you could use bottled pesto).For the pesto, pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan cheese in a food processor until well mixed. Turn on the food processor and slowly drizzle in the olive oil, followed by the salt and pepper. Let it puree until well incorporated. Mix half of the pesto with the shredded chicken and set aside.When the crust is baked, remove from the oven and spread the other half of the pesto onto the crust, like pizza sauce. Top with the chicken mixed with pesto, the tomato slices, and both cheese’s.Bake 5-7 minutes until the cheese is melted. Slice into 8 slices and serve.

Looks and sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

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Holly Michael has enjoyed a writing career as a journalist, features writer, and a regular ghostwriter for a Guideposts magazine before authoring novels and nonfiction books. Married to Anglican Bishop, Leo Michael, Holly has three grown children; daughter Betsy and football-playing sons—Jake (NFL) and Nick (University of Louisiana-Lafayette). Kansas City, Missouri is home and she blogs at www.writingstraight.com

Contact her at www.HollyMichael.com or on Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/AuthorHollyMichael or Twitter: @HollyMichael

First and Goal: What Football Taught Me About Life can be pre-ordered at Amazon now by clicking this link, but will soon be available in most book-seller markets.

Thanks for stopping by. We are happy you joined us at Writing Prompts in June for our “Comfort Food Month.” Be sure to stop over in July. You will enjoy “Greatest Movie Ever Month.”

And now for the writing prompt…

The doctor lowered his eyes and studied the file. He raised his head and peered over his glasses. “You’re going to have to make drastic changes in your life.”

And go! Respond below in the comments section.

Annabelle’s Ruth by Betty Thomason Owens

Originally posted on Jennifer Hallmark:

betty owensToday I’d like to say welcome to my friend, fellow author, and blogger, Betty Thomason Owens.

Pull up a chair and sit a spell. Now for the first question:

What inspired you to write Annabelle’s Ruth? Where did this idea come from?

Betty: I’ve always loved the Book of Ruth. I’ve read it many times, seen several of the movies. A couple of years ago, I’d just read through the book again and I wondered, what if I wrote a story similar to Ruth’s, but set in more modern times? Say, the 1950’s, and what if…

That’s really how it began. Then I had the idea to blend in elements of my mother’s early life, a story I’d heard throughout my childhood, but more often now, as she ages. Mom was 17 when she met my dad, a sailor temporarily stationed in the Puget Sound. He was 19—they were…

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