Tech Accessible

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Things are starting to warm up again here in Florida but this nifty invention that I found might still come in handy for places that have a bit longer before Winter abandons them. With nanotips you can turn any pair of gloves into touchscreen capable gloves. Or at least that’s how they advertise. It has me wondering what else you could paint it onto without losing its functionality. Working under the assumption that it could work on anything, think about unique ways to use this product. Write a scene where your character has made an odd touchscreen capable item.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Determined Poets

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that shows the determination you put into your life each day. For writers this is an essential part of our lives. It can be hard to keep yourself writing or doing anything for that matter when you know very well how hard it is to make dreams come true. What keeps you determined? How do you keep yourself coming back for more even when things get harder?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Blunt Vs Honest

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the difference between being honest and being blunt. Is it just a matter of the difference in connotation? Which would people consider you to be more often? Is one more truthful than the other? Do they display different types of truth? What do you feel is the difference between them?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

What We Think We Want

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I heard this song at karaoke a while back and really enjoyed it but recently it’s really been stuck in my head. So I figured why not share it with all of you and hope it sparks some inspiration. “Stars and the Moon” is from Songs for a New World. The singer talks about the men she’s met and what they offered her as opposed to what she thought she wanted out of life. It’s funny and a little bit sad with a combo moral of “be careful what you wish for” and “money doesn’t buy happiness.” Listen to the song and think about what your character looks for in a relationship. Make a couple of lists. One list should be what your character truly desires and would bring happiness. Another list should be the superficial things that your character things would make for a happy relationship. Write a scene that shows your character the difference between these two lists. If your character went for the superficial list first and realized it wasn’t right, is there still time to find the real happiness? Or will your character end the scene feeling sad and stuck like the singer of this song?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Compliments I Can’t Accept

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve noticed that whenever I get a compliment on my teeth my reaction is to turn it away or deny it. This is probably because growing up I needed braces and it’s still an instinct to try not to attract attention to them. Do you have any part of you that it’s hard to take a compliment about? If so, why do you think that is? Write a poem about these types of compliments that don’t really make you feel good about yourself.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Park It!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Inspired by Nissan’s parking assist function that is being added to the brand’s cars, people have created a self parking office chair. As you can see from the video below just a clap of the hands sends the chairs automatically under the table. This technology leaves the room’s chairs tidy and ready for the next use. Check out the video and start thinking about other things that you’d want to make automatic. Write a scene that allows technology to make certain tasks in your character’s life easier. What interesting ways can you think to use the self parking technology specifically?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: Bref Double

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Time to grab that list of obsessions and apply it to another poetic form, the bref double. For those of you that have tried it out before you’ll remember that like a sonnet it has fourteen lines and follows a specific rhyme scheme. Unlike a sonnet though, the bref double doesn’t force the writer into a syllable count or any particular meter. It’s much more freedom. The only rule is to follow this rhyme scheme: AXBC, XAXC, BXXC, AB.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Writers-Editors Network Writing Competition

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Writers-Editors Network Writing Competition recognizes unpublished and self-published work that is ready for professional publication. Submit fiction of up to 4,000 words, nonfiction of up to 4,000 words, or poetry of up to one page with an entry form online: http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/Contest_Guidelines/contest_guidelines.htm or by mail: http://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/Contest_Guidelines/contest_guidelines.htm. Author’s name must NOT appear on any entry. The entry due date is March 15, 2016.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Foiled Crown Books

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Foiled Crown Books is seeking submissions for a collection called Dead Inside: Poems and Essays about Zombies. Please submit your work with a short bio to editor@foiledcrownbooks.com. Contributors will receive a free copy of the anthology. Previously published and simultaneous submissions are okay. Be sure to submit by March 15, 2016.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

About The Author

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been slacking a bit in my reading lately. Still I am not without bookish inspiration for you all. I saw these pictures of Lemony Snicket’s About the Author pages and started thinking about what I would like my own About the Author page to say. I’d hope that when the time comes I can come up with some as clever as these. Consider what your own About the Author page will say. Will you change it with each book as Lemony Snicket’s does? Think about how your character would describe himself as well give an opportunity like an About the Author page. Have some fun and write out a few different ones.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades