History of Halloween

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It’s Halloween!! I know that I usually post calls for submission on Saturday but in light of the holiday I thought I’d switch things up. Write something that celebrates the history of Halloween. Do a little research about the history of the holiday or about historical Halloweens on record. Write a story that features this history that you’ve found. Maybe write about the first Halloween in America that featured Jack-O’-Lanterns seeing as they weren’t a tradition here until a large group of Irish people brought the tradition with them here. Maybe write about a time when there was no trick or treating, What were the traditions then? How does it influence your story and your characters?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Scary Poems

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It’s that time of the year, Halloween has come again! It’s time to start celebrating if you haven’t already. Write yourself a Halloween poem. Do you want to get really spooky with it and write a horror poem. Or are you more of a light-hearted poet that wants to write something fun about the joys of the holiday and trick or treating?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Embracing the Macabre

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In anticipation of tomorrow I encourage you all to pick up one of the darkest authors I can think of, Edgar Allan Poe. He is most well know for the scary elements that he bought to his poems and stories. Pick out a Poe story either an old favorite or one that you’ve never read before. Read it and let it inspire your own writing. Write something that explores similar themes and really scares you. Bring the dark and macabre feeling of Poe into your character’s life for a short story or scene.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Shame Shaming

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Shaming other people for their actions isn’t cool and yet it still happens everyday. It doesn’t matter if it’s in real life or on the internet there are always people judging us. We can control that but the thing that sucks is when these people decide that they’re opinions and judgments need to be heard and they start shaming other people. Write a poem that takes a stance against shaming other people. If there is a specific type of shaming like fat shaming or slut shaming that you’d like to tackle by all means go for it. If there isn’t a specific version of this unfortunate habit, of others to push shame onto people, that sticks out try taking on the general concept.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

It’s Just a Little Hocus Pocus

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Only a few days until Halloween and I’m preparing by watching all my favorite Halloween themed movies and episodes. At the very top of the list is Hocus Pocus the Disney classic! It has been my favorite Halloween movie since I was a little kid. And what’s not to love? There are witches, magic, a zombie, a talking cat, and an awesome song from Bette Midler. Today, write a scene that features one of you favorite elements from this holiday classic. If you’ve never seen Hocus Pocus you can find the full movie online. YouTube had a few different videos of the full movie up last time I looked.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Finish the Metaphor

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

So as the title probably made you guess today’s prompt is going to have you start your poem by finishing a metaphor. “Happiness is a…” What is the first word or phrase that you think of to fill that blank. For me right now it’s bringing up Beatles’ lyrics: “happiness is a warm gun.” It’s okay to pick something that’s already been done before. It’s even okay to pick something cliché. Just makes sure that the rest of the poem that follows that metaphor is your voice and breaks the cliché.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Come As You Aren’t Night

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With Halloween just a few short days away I’m excited to see what everyone is going to wear as their costumes. As Buffy once said “Halloween is come as you aren’t night.” Take this concept to heart and write about the costume your character wears for a Halloween that he might never have worn any other time. What does your character find attractive about this look? What does the costume say about your character’s inner desires? If you character did have a Buffy moment and got turned into that costume would he be worse off?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Defining Power

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Write a poem about what you think of as the most powerful quality a person can have. Do you think that confidence makes a person unstoppable? Or maybe you think that wealth is real power. Perhaps you go in for the old phrase knowledge is power. I tend to think that a person with imagination has limitless power. Find that quality that you value most and write about the power it brings to those that have it.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Installing a Fairy Door

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As I’ve said many times before Halloween is a time of magic and whimsy. And so I found a way to add a tiny bit of whimsy to any room. The picture features a tooth fairy door from HollyAnna LTD. It was designed with the intention of being installed in small children’s rooms to help them imagine that the tooth fairy would be able to get in when she needed to. I think that it’s an awesome idea just for general story telling though. Why limit this door to being access for the tooth fairy only? Tell the children about all sorts of little creatures that could come in through the door. If you mean like me tell them it lets monsters in if they are naughty. Write a story that features a fairy door like this one. Was it just for the character’s imagination or are you writing about a real magical mini-door?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Hypochondria Hour

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Write a poem about convincing yourself that something is wrong when nothing is. What makes you so convinced? Is it just your mind playing tricks on you? What finally convinces you that you were mistaken? What happens in between these moments while you think that something is wrong? Do you take steps to try to fix whatever you think is wrong or do you simply let the emotions sink in?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades