Action Prompt: Picnic Season

Hey Beautiful Thinkers,

If it isn’t officially Summer yet, it certainly feels like it is where I am. And with Summer comes all those fun outdoor things you missed in Winter. Beach days, pool parties, and all those fun things are back. Today I want you to pack a picnic for yourself and some friends and go enjoy the summer. (Don’t forget sunscreen.) Write a scene about the joys and pains of picnicking. Where did you choose to go? Were there other people around besides your group? What was the best and worst part of the experience? Were you attacked by bugs?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form Challenge: The Triolet

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Sticking to my Sunday trend I’ve got another poetic form for y’all to try out. The Triolet, pronounced tree-o-lay, has 13th century French roots linked to the rondeau or “round” poem. It’s perfect for those of you that love repetition and rhyming. Here’s a line by line break down of the form. Good luck BTs.

A (first line)
B (second line)
a (rhymes with first line)
A (repeat first line)
a (rhymes with first line)
b (rhymes with second line)
A (repeat first line)
B (repeat second line)

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call For Submission: Trick or Treat Anthology

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Possibilities Publishing Company is looking for original horror stories for their Trick of Treat Anthology. Stories must be no longer than 4,000 words. Please submit your story as a Word document in Times New Roman 11-point type, double-spaced and with one-inch margins. Include all contact information on the first page in the upper left corner. There is a $15 submission fee (per submission) that must be paid through PayPal. The deadline is July 1st. For further guidelines on how to submit check out their site: http://www.possibilitiespublishingcompany.com/how-it-works/open-submissions-for-trick-or-treat-anthology/

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Door is a Jar

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Door is a Jar is looking for well-crafted poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and artwork for the first issue of its biannual publication. Submit three to five poems, up to two pieces of flash fiction/nonfiction (each piece should not exceed 1,000 words), or up to two short plays by email: doorisajarmagazine@gmail.com. The subject line should have the category you are submitting to and your last name. they ask that you also include your full name, contact information, and a fun five-sentence bio. The submission deadline is July 1st.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

What To Read Next

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This website came up on my dashboard recently and I thought it might be something you would all find cool. Whichbook is a site that helps you pick what to read next base on what you’re in the mood for. They have a list of criteria that the book has to match, you pick four of the factors off the list and adjust them accordingly, click go, and a list of books is given to you. This reminds me a little bit of the way that Netflix makes recommendations based on what you’ve watched. (I find that Netflix can be wrong a lot so hopefully this site differs in that regard.) The thought of technology making recommendations is slightly unsettling to me though. So we’re going to use my distrust of tech recs for today’s inspiration. Write a scene where technology is trying to do something good but ends up harming your characters.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

It Runs In The Family

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Make a list of all the things you got from your family. This could be objects, physical features, habits, or whatever else you think you can blame them for. Write a poem based on this list. Tell the story of where these things came from and why they matter to you and your family. There’s room for a lot of different emotions to be touched upon in this poem. Not everything you get from your family is good after all.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

This Isn’t Exactly A Romance

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

A while back I saw this video on Tumblr and it just came back around on my dashboard. It’s a scene from Little Death and it’s probably the most interesting version of phone sex that I’ve imagined. (To be fair that’s not really a subject I think about frequently.) But still having a sign language interpreter on you phone call when that is your subject of choice is more than a little awkward. Still the video turns our to be really funny and even kind of cute. Take inspiration from this video and write a scene a love/sex scene that has a funny twist that makes it awkward or unique to your characters.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

I Remember That Day

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Find an old photo of yourself and write a poem about it. What was happening that day that was worth photographing? Does the photo reflect your real feelings from that day? Were you forcing a smile even though you were really bothered by someone who is standing just outside the frame? Who is in the photo with you? What do they mean to you?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Wearing Your Words

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve posted a few different websites from which you can buy literary themed clothing on here. But I’d never seen anyone actually make clothing out of books, until now. Carrie Ann Schumacher, found a pile of discarded romance novels at her local library and repurposed them into dresses. I don’t know that they are actually functional/wearable seeing as they are being displayed as art. The exhibit is called “Build Her a Myth.” You can see all of Schumacher’s dresses on her website but I’ve posted a few of them below. Write a scene that features something like these dresses. Maybe your character couldn’t afford a prom dress and made one out of the pages of books? Maybe physical books have become useless in the future because of digital copies and the government offered tax breaks to companies that found as many ways to repurpose them as possible.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Failed Flirtation

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about when flirting goes wrong. You were trying to sound confident and ended up sounding arrogant. Or you were trying to be playful but took a step too far into creepy. Can you recover from this flirtation failure? Maybe add details about the nervous feeling that comes with flirting? Add in content about how you aren’t sure if what you’re saying is the right thing. Unless you’re a very confident flirt and there was just something wrong with one specific encounter? What went wrong in that instance?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades