Monday, May 6, 2013

The Penning Board 2013-18

The Penning Board
Items of the Week

Movie: “Tom and Huck” (1995) – Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro and Rachael Leigh Cook
A mischievous young boy, Tom Sawyer, witnesses a murder by the deadly Injun Joe. Tom becomes friends with Huckleberry Finn, a boy with no future and no family.

Tom has to choose between honoring a friendship or honoring an oath because the town alcoholic is accused of the murder. Tom and Huck go through several adventures trying to retrieve evidence.

In honor of spending some time by the Mississippi River, I picked this childhood favorite movie of mine. I was the girl that had Jonathan Taylor Thomas—known as JTT—posters splattered across my bedroom, so naturally I loved this movie. It is cute and I have a special link to it since my great-aunt was an extra in it. J

Cute take on two classic tales by Mark Twain. If you haven’t seen it, check it out.

News: “Want to visit Mars? Applications being taken

At least 20,000 really adventurous people have applied for a crack at a permanent trip to the red planet. After only one week, submissions to the Mars One project are pouring in—600 from china alone.

Although the trip and training sound daunting, the requirements for candidates are wide open. If you show resilience, adaptability, and curiosity, you might qualify. Scientific and astronaut's skills, however, are not required.

We might add that patience is a plus, since this particular one-way ticket to the red planet, offered by the Dutch organization Mars One, won't be available until 2023.
Is this a one-way trip you'd ever want to take? In fact, is there anywhere you'd take a one-way ticket too? I choose Heaven.

Book: “Writing the Breakout Novel” by Donald Maass
Take your fiction to the next level!

Maybe you're a first-time novelist looking for practical guidance. Maybe you've already been published, but your latest effort is stuck in mid-list limbo.

Whatever the case may be, author and literary agent Donald Maass can show you how to take your prose to the next level and write a breakout novel - one that rises out of obscurity and hits the best-seller lists.
Maass details the elements that all breakout novels share - regardless of genre - then shows you writing techniques that can make your own books stand out and succeed in a crowded marketplace.

Then, using examples from the recent works of several best-selling authors - including novelist Anne Perry - Maass illustrates methods for upping the ante in every aspect of your novel writing. You'll capture the eye of an agent, generate publisher interest and lay the foundation for a promising career.

This now classic fiction writer’s handbook is a must-read for aspiring authors. It’s jam-packed with great insight and interactive ways to strengthen your writing.

Highly recommended. Check out more about the author here and the book here.

Travel Quote:
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

Bible Verse:

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.  But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” - 2 Timothy 4:3-8
Song: “A Picture of Me without You” – George Jones

In honor of the legendary country singer’s recent passing, I thought I would pay tribute to him by featuring my favorite song he sang. It’s a lovely and sweet song.

If you haven’t heard a song from the “Possum” before, check this one out here.

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