I Have an Identity Crisis for You

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I was listening to all my songs on shuffle the other day and Mika’s “Grace Kelly” came on. I had heard this one in a long while but since then it’s been stuck in my head. You know how songs do that where you’ll hear them again after a long while and it’s like they’re as amazing as the first time you heard them. Anyway even if you’re not as in love with the song as I am, I think there’s a good writing prompt in it. Listen to the lyrics, as he suggests all the changes he could make for this person to like him. Is that other person worth it? Write a scene in which your character considers changing something about himself for someone else. Does he go through with it? Does it work? Does your character realize that the change was a mistake? Is someone really worth your time if you have to change who you are to be with them?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Problem with Good Intentions

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a time when your good intentions went wrong or about a time when someone tried to do something for you with good intentions messed up. Usually the end result is the thing that we focus on but are you able to stop and appreciate that something nice was trying to be done? Do the intentions matter? Or is the end result so bad that you can’t possibly forgive the actions? “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a cliché for a reason after all.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Mobile Showers

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A non-profit in San Francisco has started transforming buses into mobile showers. The former public transit bus has been outfitted with two full private bathrooms and offers hot showers, clean toilets, shampoo, soap and towels free of charge. The founder of the nonprofit Lava Mae mobile shower bus (Doniece Sandoval) said she wanted to return a sense of dignity to those living on the streets. It’s an interesting idea and I’m always down for people trying to make a difference how ever they think they can. Write a scene where your character encounters a homeless person. Is your character the type of person that tries to help like those involved with this charity? Or does your character have different views on homelessness?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: The Kyrielle

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The kyrielle is a French four-line stanza form that has a refrain in the fourth line. There doesn’t seem to be any set rhyme scheme but these are a few that are repeated most frequently: aabb, abab, aaab, abcb. Whichever you choose make sure that you use it for all of your stanzas consistently. There is also no set amount of stanzas. There have to be at least two for the refrain to repeat in the fourth line but if you’re done at two that’s fine. If you want to write ten or even more than that, go for it just remain consistent with your rhyme and refrain. The only other rule that seems set in stone besides the refrain is that your lines should be eight syllables long.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: The Ottawa Object

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Ottawa Object is a new print journal that will publish high-quality and intriguing short fiction. It will specialize in strongly focused speculative fiction and compelling, eccentric literary fiction. Submissions should: be between 300-4,000 words; be double-spaced. There is a two dollar charge for submission. It’s not free but that’s still not bad comparatively. Submit by December 31st online at: https://hartskillreview.submittable.com/submit

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine

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Postcard Poems and Prose Magazine publishes 180 poetry and very short fiction features. Every feature is married with art by the staff and carries an expanded author bio with pictures and links to their work and websites. For fun submission guidelines check out their website. There is no deadline as they accept year round. You can submit online at: https://postcardpoemsandprose.submittable.com/submit.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Habit Over Inspiration

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Every so often when I’m stuck I like to look for advice from writing prompt/advice books. I don’t always find their advice applies to me but it often times makes me want to get back to work all the same. One book that I’ve turned to many times is Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. She some good advice in there as well as some great quotable moments. One piece of advice that I’ve taken to heart from Goldberg as well as many other authors is that you have to write every day. Waiting for inspiration leaves you with nothing to show most days. Think about how this advice can translate to your character. Not that your character should write everyday but is there something that your character is passionate about that he should be practicing everyday? Does your character genuinely practice daily? What is this practice leading up to?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Starting Over

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about starting over. Is this a starting over on a new project or starting over on the same project because it wasn’t done satisfactorily the first time? What feelings accompany this restart? Is it an exciting time or is it full of frustration? Why is starting over necessary? Can you use previous experience to improve this time around? Do you get it right this time or will there be more attempts in the future?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Talk Show Guest

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I got sucked into a YouTube spiral last night of Jimmy Fallon clips. It was just one of those nights where I watched one cause it was in my dashboard and then it linked to another one that looked good and the vicious cycle began. The YouTube spiral actually left Jimmy Fallon’s show and jumped around to a bunch of talk shows. I always found myself coming back to Jimmy Fallon though because I feel like he has the most fun on his show. If I was ever famous enough to be on a talk show I think it would cool if he was hosting it. Write a scene where your character somehow ends up on a talk show. Is it national television or just a local broadcast?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Defining Home

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw a quote by Naguib Mahfouz that said “Home is not where you are born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease.” I really like this quote. It got me thinking about all the other quotes about home that there are out there. “There’s no place like home.” “Home is where the heart is.” The list could go on and on. I’m sure we all have one somewhere out there that we relate to. Write a poem that uses your favorite quote about home. You don’t have to quote it directly but try to define that feeling of what makes a place home to you.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades