Seeing the Outlines

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Using thin wooden framing, artist Janusz Grünspek creates scale replicas of everyday objects that from a distance appear like line drawings. I don’t know why I keep finding artists that make violin pieces, perhaps I’m subconsciously obsessed or was a violin play in a past life. Not the point though just a funny coincidence. The point is that these are some pretty bad ass art pieces. Detailed outlines of some truly amazing things here. The chandelier is particularly beautiful. Using these images as inspiration write a scene in which a character sees the world like this. It’s almost like having a version of ex-ray vision.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Children’s Poems

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Think about your childhood, were you always very interested in reading? What types of writing interested you when you were young? Write a poem that you think you would have loved as a child. Or if you don’t remember what your taste was like in your youth, simply write a poem keeping children in mind as your audience. Do you want to teach something in this poem or keep it light and funny? Think about your age group, is this going to be something that needs to be read aloud to them as they haven’t learned to read yet or will this be for children that have recently started reading independently?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Fairly Local and Over Produced

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I was listening to Twenty One Pilots’ new single “Fairly Local” today and I’m noticing some changes in their sound. In some of their older songs like “Ode to Sleep” there are shifts in the tempo and rhythm that were amazing and original. But despite the lyric “this song will never be on the radio” being song in “Fairly Local” I could actually see this song being main stream enough to be on radio stations. Maybe this isn’t a sign of what is to come on their new album; I just hope that they don’t lose the originality of their old sound as the move forward. Write a scene about your character trying to stay true to his roots after gaining success.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Listing Your Obsessions

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I’ve noticed when writing poetry and reading other’s poems that most of us have reoccurring themes throughout our poems. This repetition is a good combination of our life experience and our obsessions. Write out a list of these obsessions and experiences you know off the top of your head are repeat offenders. If the list is under fifteen items go back through your poetry and look for things that repeat throughout different poems: themes, ideas, words, etc. Once you have a list you are satisfied with write a stream of consciousness poem and see how many of these themes make an appearance.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Action Prompt: Identifying Scents

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Today’s action prompt is one you might need a partner to do. I want you to gather a bunch of items that have strong scents. Then blindfold yourself and smell the items in a random order. That’s where the partner comes in they will mix up the items or hand them to you to make sure you’re unable to pick items up and remember what they are from their placement. Maybe they can even pick the items out for you to give this activity a true sense of mystery. As you’re smelling each thing think of how you would describe it in writing. This will hopefully help you when it comes to adding powerful descriptions of smells to your writing. Write a scene in which your character haas to rely on her sense of smell for something.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

I Just Want to Lai Around

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The lai is a French form of poetry. It’s a nine-line poem that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme following this pattern: aabaabaab. The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables. These syllable counts make for a rather short poem so some times the lai form is used as a format for the stanzas of a larger poem. Not to say that you couldn’t have a poem that is complete in those nine lines, there are certainly shorter forms of poetry out there. It is just up to you how much you have to say in this poem. Get started writing a poem using the lai form and see where it takes you.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Restless Magazine

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Restless, an e-zine of experimental, hybrid, and daring prose and poetry (prose under 750 words, poems one page or less), is seeking work from LGBTQ authors for publication during this year’s Pride Month. They are eager to fill the space with the voices of this community so submissions to this category are free. Restless asks that you include cover letter and third-person bio with your submission before April 30. Submit online at: https://wildagepress.submittable.com/submit/38988

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Pan’s Shadow

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Inspired by the darker side of Peter Pan, Pan’s Shadow is interested in publishing poetry, short stories, and quotes about the imperfect elements or experiences of childhood. They aren’t interested in the stories of a perfect Disney childhood. Think more along the lines of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales, dark and full of twists. You can submit up to five poems, between three to fifteen pages of fiction, or up to ten quotes. You’re looking at a deadline of April, 25. Submit by email: Pan.Shadow@yahoo.com or by Facebook message: http://facebook.com/pansshadow

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Researching Magical Beasts

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51D4Uhx7hWL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_I was dusting off my book shelves yesterday, when I got distracted by The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures. (Dusting those shelves without getting distracted is a nearly impossible task for me.) I’d honestly forgotten that I had this book in my collection. I mean the internet basically destroyed the need for encyclopedias. But I’m actually happy to have it. It was a lot of fun to flip through the pages and find creatures I’d still never heard of in the least. For today’s prompt I want you to find a magical creature that you’ve never heard of and write a scene that includes it in some way.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Knowing You’re Flawed

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Everyone I know is self-conscious about something, it’s just human nature. Write a poem about the thing you view as your biggest flaw. Why does this thing stick out to you? Is it a physical feature, a habit, or a personality flaw? Have other people ever commented on this flaw? Do you usually try to hide it so that you don’t have to feel like it’s out for everyone to judge?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades