Narrow Escapes

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I rewatched a movie I used to love as a child this week: Quest for Camelot. This story follows a young woman and a blind man who want to become knights of King Arthur’s court. These two heroes gave us a story with some much-needed diversity when the movie came out in the 90s. From the very start of the journey, the heroes make a lot of narrow escapes on their way to Camelot. Write a scene where your characters escape danger seemingly by luck or because of some sort of well-timed, narrow escape.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Holding Back Comment

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Do you ever hold yourself back from saying something because you know it will only lead to trouble? This is a frequent habit of mine. Write a poem that lets loose all the comments that you’ve been holding back. Or at least the comments that you’ve been holding back for a specific situation. Let the poem be your release held back thought can be expressed without having to do any damage.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Patchwork Fashion

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw these patches online, and for a minute I wanted to go back to the days when I carried a backpack covered in patches. The more I look at them, the more I want to find some purpose for them. This got me thinking about the different uses for patches. So far all I can think of is scouts and soldiers add patchwork to their uniforms, right? These certainly wouldn’t fit either of those, but they’d be really cute on a hippie vest now that I think about it. Anyway, today write a scene that makes use of some kind of patches on a character’s clothing whether they’re as decorative as this, as symbolic as those of a uniform, or just pragmatic patches to hold old clothes together.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Braggart Poetry

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that allows you to brag about something that you’re particularly proud of in your life. Do you enjoy talking about yourself or is it hard for you to brag? Can you manage to write a poem that brags about your accomplishment without being obnoxious? Maybe it is warranted be a bit obnoxious but if so find some other way to make it fun. Perhaps find a way to make the boasting funny.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Fabric of Art

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Katanu Kay, the artist from Kenya, uses African fabrics (Kitenge) in her paintings to create unique images. You can follow her on Instagram to see more of her work. I particularly love the use of the kitenge as hair in these images. Those of you that have been following me for a while probably already know that I love art that uses multiple techniques. Find inspiration in the art Katanu Kay. Write a scene that makes use of fabric that reminds your character of your character’s home.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Another’s Ignorance

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a time when you were hurt by another person’s ignorance. Was this hurt physically or emotionally? How did their ignorance lead to you getting hurt? Was this other person aware that they hurt you? Did you do anything in response to them? If so, how do you feel about the way you reacted? Could you have handled the situation in a different way?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Rapping about Wrapping

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’m obsessed with this song that I found recently. It has a powerful message of self-empowerment and female empowerment. Check out Hijabi by Mona Haydar and listen to the lyrics about how this woman shows her strength through her clothing. I like that while the song deals with the specific issues that women wearing this style of head garment encounter she still is inclusive of all women in her song’s message. Write a scene in which your character uses what makes her seem different from a crowd to empower herself. Be it a difference in beliefs, gender, fashion choice, religion, or even a combination of them.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

You’re Gorgeous! I Love You!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that is meant to remind someone you care about of how beautiful they are. Is this person in need of the reminder? Do you just like to tell them because you think they should know? What kind of beauty do you appreciate about this person? What is your relationship to the person? What makes them worth while for this poem over any other person in your life?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Legends Never Quit

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found this set of images that collect the struggle of people who are now very successful in their chosen career paths. Some of them had much darker pasts than I was aware of. But as sad as it is that each of them went through these hardships they are all powerful motivational figures now. Check out the images below to see the struggle that came before success for each of these famous figures. Write a character like these people that had to struggle for years before succeeding. How does your protagonist relate to this character? Does your protagonist ever get the chance to meet this person?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: The Haibun

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The haibun is a Japanese form of poetry popularized by Matsuo Basho. It is prose (or a prose poem) combined with one or more haiku. Most commonly only one haiku is included, placed after the prose, and serving as a climax or epiphany to what came before. These two pieces should work together, playing off one another. One can be an explanation for the other if you like. I’m sure there are other ways you can find to link them together. Have fun with it.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades