Slithering, Snaking “S” Sounds

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that makes excessive use of the “s” sound. Seek out subjects that swell with this sound. Start words with it, put it at the ends of words, slide in assonance and consonance where ever suits your poem’s structure. Say something sensational, silly, sarcastic, sentimental, stylish, sorrowful, or slightly sickening.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Shape of a Virus

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Luke Jerram makes exact glass replicas of harmful viruses. Each replica is 1,000,000 times the size of the actual virus. Some of the viruses he replicated are swine flu, HIV, T4 bacteriophage, malaria, small pox, SARS, HPV & E. Coli. It’s interesting to see how complex something as small as a virus can be. Also it’s impressive as hell to see these complicated shapes made out of glass. Write a scene that infects one of your characters with a virus of your choosing.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Too Much of a Good Thing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw in the store the other day that now they have a Reese’s Big Cup that comes with Reese’s Pieces in it. I have no idea how new this actually is cause I’ve been trying not to buy candy as much. But it just seems like that would be too much. I mean I like the Big Cup and I like the Pieces but combining them seems like asking for trouble to me. It has me thinking is this one of those situations where it’s too much of a good thing? Write a poem about that concept of having too much of a good thing. Why would an abundance of something you enjoy be a bad thing?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Wired In

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

A friend of mine just introduced me to a new artist called Aurora. She’s pretty interesting. My freind describes her as if Florence and the Machines and Sia merged into one artist. I can see what she means. I’m only a few songs into her discography but this video was particularly interesting to me. “Running With The Wolves” features the singer connected to a bunch off wires and trying to run from a city. The wires kind of have a Matrix feel to them. Take inspiration from this video and imagine a future that would conncet people to wires like this. Is it all people that are wired in? Or is it just a select few? If it’s the latter, what makes these people special?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Sunrise to Sunset

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that begins with imagery of sunrise and closes on imagery off sunset. What comes in between is up to you. Whether you write about an average day, the best day you remember, or the worst day of your life. Make sure to bookend whatever you choose with the sun.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Hidden Passages

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

There is a company that specializes in designing secret doors and hidden passages for people’s homes. As someone who would definitely be a super villain if I ever got powers, I’m in love with this company. Check out their website and let them inspire you. Write a scene that includes a secret door to a hidden passage. Why is it a secret? What is it hiding?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: The Bop

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Bop is a poetic form developed by Afaa Michael Weaver. He laid out the rules below on how to write it. It’s all about expressing a problem so think about the philosophical issues that you’ve been coming across for this one. Here are the basic rules:

  • 3 stanzas
  • Each stanza is followed by a refrain
  • First stanza is 6 lines long and presents a problem
  • Second stanza is 8 lines long and explores or expands the problem
  • Third stanza is 6 lines long and either presents a solution or documents the failed attempt to resolve the problem

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: James Jones First Novel Fellowship

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Writers who have never published a novel and are U.S. citizens must submit a two-page (maximum) outline or synopsis of the entire novel and the first fifty pages of the novel-in-progress online: https://jamesjones.submittable.com/submit or by mail to: James Jones First Novel Fellowship, c/o M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766, with $30 check/money order payable to Wilkes University and SASE for notification. Entrants should include their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address (if available) ONLY on the cover letter, but nowhere else on the typed, double-spaced, and paginated manuscript; outline may be single-spaced. This one is pretty pricy for the entry fee but has quite the prize: $10,000. Make sure that you submit by March 15, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Gyroscope Review

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Gyroscope Review, a quarterly digital contemporary poetry journal founded in 2014 by editors Constance Brewer and Kathleen Cassen Mickelson, has two open calls for submissions, both for the April 2017 second anniversary issue. Submit up to four poems online: https://gyroscopereview.submittable.com/submit. Include bio in third person of one hundred words or less. There is no entry fee and the deadline is March 15, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Magic of Dreams

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve finished Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series this week. It was definitely an interesting series for those that like fantasy stories. Much of the magic in the story revolves around dreams. More specifically the power to magically bring items out of dreams. There is quite a bit of the characters struggling to figure out if they are dreaming or awake throughout the series. Today write a scene that has your character questioning dreams. What do her dreams tell her? Are they magical as the dreams are in this series? Does she ever struggle to tell the difference between dreams and reality?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades