Call for Submissions: Cricket Media

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Cricket Media is looking for stories in the realm of science fiction and fantasy. They are particularly seeking stories that lean towards the darker and creepier sides of those genres. There is no entry fee listed and the deadline is October 20, 2016. Check out their website for the full guidelines.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Forage Poetry Journal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Forage Poetry Journal is currently seeking submissions on a theme of the Poetry of Politics. Please send your poetry, nonfiction, photography, or original artwork as an email attachment (no PDF files, please) to foragepoetry@gmail.com. There is no entry fee for this one and the deadline is October 20, 2016.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Speaking to the Audience

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’m making my way through Little Women this week. When introducing the characters in the story the narrator speaks directly to the reader. I don’t see a lot of this in the books I read so it’s always an interesting moment. The way that the narrator speaks to the audience directly can tell you things about the author. Write a scene in which your narrator speaks addresses the audience directly.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Not As Clever As You Think

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My sisters and I watched Tale of Tales and I can’t say I recommend it. I won’t give away any spoilers except that most of the characters weren’t nearly as clever as they thought they were. As you can imagine this leads to disasters and plans back firing. Write about one of your character’s plans back firing because he thought he was too clever for those around him. What didn’t your character account for? How does your character handle things going wrong?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unanswered Questions

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Think about questions you have that remain unanswered. Do you feel that there are answers to these questions out there? If so, what has stopped you from seeking out the answers? Or are these questions that tend to be more philosophical and thus are harder if not impossible to answer? Write a poem about these questions. Why do they fascinate you? Are there any specific answers that you hope are true?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Winter Animal Buddies

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

We’re about to reach that part of the year where I wish I knew how to crochet things. There are always cute scarfs and hats this time of year that people made themselves that way. Maybe these animal inspired patterns will be the inspiration I need to learn. I really love the octopus one! Write a scene that features some animal inspired clothing. It doesn’t have to be cute stuff like this it could just be an animal print item or snake-skin boots.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

This Was Supposed To Be Fun

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about an experience that you wanted and expected to enjoy but ended up hating or being disappointed in. How was the experience different from the expectations? Was there a specific factor that you hadn’t counted on that was the cause of your disappointment? Will you give the experience another chance under different circumstances?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Skeletal Creations

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This skeleton was actually created by found pieces of sea coral and assembled by artist Gregory Halili. I think it’s an awesome creation and it has certainly set my mind off thinking about all the what ifs that we could write inspired by this. It has me picturing a race of undersea humanoid creatures that have coral based skeletons. In fact the coral reefs are actually burial grounds for this humanoid race. Today let your mind run wild with the idea of a skeleton made out of something other than bones.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Lost My Taste For It

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Have you ever lost your taste for something that you used to really enjoy? It doesn’t necessarily have to be food, though it totally could be. They say our taste buds change as we grow. But maybe you have an activity that you used to love but for whatever reason can’t get into anymore. Write a poem about this experience. Write about the joy it used to bring you. Do you feel a sense of loss at the enjoyment of this thing being gone?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Music of Couples

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Somehow I never knew that Neon Trees released this song last year. It wasn’t featured on their last album. I feel like a bad fan right now. But anyway I love the idea behind it. It’s extremely relatable to have music that we associate with the important people in our lives. This instance is specifically songs that a couple feels are “their songs.” Does your character have any songs that are painful to listen to because they bring back the memories of a past love interest? If not ones that he associates with a love interest what about someone else he’s lost? Write a scene of your character having to confront these feelings as the song comes on around your character.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades