It’s All In The Stitching

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw these polo style shirts online that feature an embroidered figure that looks like Nick Minaj in place of the a logo. I think it’s pretty funny and honestly I’d probably buy that polo shirt before buying one with a boring label’s logo stitched into it. It makes me think about how companies choose the logos that they do. If you were going to pick something that was going to be stitched onto all your clothes what would it be? Write a scene in which your character has to come up with a logo for something. What is the significance of the image your character chooses?


Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Financial Differences

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the difference between your financial situation. How is it different from the other people in your life? What role does it play in your interaction with others. Are there things that you can’t afford but they can but they lack the understanding that it is a problem for you? Or are you well off enough but know that they struggle and feel guilty for wanting to do things that they can’t afford? How else does money influence your relationships?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Literally Painting the Town

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

In a fantastic attempt at urban renewal, the government of Mexico worked with a group of local street artists called Germen Crew to paint a 20,000 square meter mural across the facades of 209 homes in the district of Palmitas in Pachuca, Mexico. The project was meant to bring in a temporary increase in jobs and lower crime and violence rates in the community. I love this idea and not just because we got a rainbow city out of it. It reminds me of how Orlando had artist painting the power boxes around Mills and 50 but on a larger more focused scale. Write a scene about art being used to improve a community more than just aesthetically.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Why Are You Holding On?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Is there anything in your life that you hold onto despite it being completely useless? Why do you continue to hold on to this object? Is there some sort of sentimental attachment to it? Or is it broken and you plan to get it fixed at some point? Do other people think you’re silly for continuing to hold on to things? Write a poem about why you’re holding on. Make us understand why the thing is worth saving.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Taking A Break From The World

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I know it’s only 9 in the morning but I’m already having one of those days where I want to avoid going outside or facing the world. I just woke up in that kind of mood. But since we don’t always get to take mental health days when we want to, I’m living vicariously through music. Specifically Jack Johnson’s “Banana Pancakes” is the song that captures exactly how I’m feeling today. Check it out and write a scene in which your character takes a break from the world or has the strong desire to do so. Can your character capture the feeling of this song or will he be interrupted by reality?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Our Generation

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Think about the major events and general state of the world during the time you were growing up. Compare them to those from other generations and thing about how different things are between the ideology of these generations. Write a poem that highlights the things that you think of as formative for your generation. What do you consider the strongest influence on the identity of your generation?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Science/Magic

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Chinese material scientists have created the world’s lightest material: A graphene aerogel that is seven times lighter than air, and 12% lighter than the previous record holder (aerographite). I saw a post about this that was tagged Science Magic and it got me thinking about the difference between the two. I mean a lot of things that science has explained today had magical or mythological explanations previously. The two can be connected in a lot of instances. So I challenge you to take something scientific and give it a magical explanation or give something magical a scientific process.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: The Paradelle

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Last week I gave you a poetic form that had questions as to its origin and this week’s form had a similar back story. The Paradelle was originally introduced by Billy Collins as “one of the more demanding French forms.” After some time though he confessed that he’d actually made up the form himself as a joke. Still it is an interesting challenge and Billy Collins has a brilliant poetic mind so I see no reason why we shouldn’t rise to the challenge. The rules are as follows:

  • The paradelle is a 4-stanza poem.
  • Each stanza consists of 6 lines.
  • For the first 3 stanzas, the 1st and 2nd lines should be the same; the 3rd and 4th lines should also be the same; and the 5th and 6th lines should be composed of all the words from the 1st and 3rd lines and only the words from the 1st and 3rd lines.
  • The final stanza should be composed of all the words in the 5th and 6th lines of the first three stanzas and only the words from the 5th and 6th lines of the first three stanzas.

I know it sounds a bit odd but it produces some interesting results. You can find a few of them online if you’re still unsure.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submission: Fiction Fix

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Fiction Fix is seeking works of short fiction and artwork for the Spring 2016 issue. All works submitted are considered for Editor’s and Readers’ choice awards, qualifying recipients of which are nominated for inclusion in the Puschcart, Best American Short Stories, Best of the Web, and other awards. The deadline is October 31st and no entry fee is listed. Check the guidelines and submit online at http://fictionfix.submishmash.com/Submit.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submission: Indian River Review

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Indian River Review is currently seeking submissions for its fourth issue scheduled for publication in Summer 2016. The theme for this issue is “Knowledge” or “The Knowledge Commons,” and they say they plan to take a very broad view of this theme. Email prose of up to 4,000 words, book reviews of up to 1,000 words, or up to five poems to the appropriate editor by October 31st. In your email, include your full name, phone number, address, institutional affiliation (if you have one), and the title(s) of the work you submit. Email: Short Fiction: hradulers@irsc.edu; Poetry: smallone@irsc.edu; Creative Nonfiction and Photography: tpowley@irsc.edu; Critical Essays and Book Reviews: smallone@irsc.edu

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades