I’ve Always Wanted To Say That

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a phrase you’ve always wanted to say but never found the right circumstance or occasion for. Why does this phrase hold significance to you? How long have you been waiting to say it? Is it something that you want to say to a specific person or just something that you want to be able to say in general?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Combating New Technology

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

With the growing popularity and availability of drones came new laws relating to them. Several cities throughout the world have made flying drones illegal. I’d assume this mostly means just ticketing people who get caught flying them. But this is the first story I’ve heard about steps taken to stop the drone itself. A Dutch police force has trained eagles to take down drones. Check out a video here. Come up with a way to battle a form of technology that annoys you and write a scene about it. If you can’t think of a technology that annoys you write-up one that would need to be combated by police forces and write a creative solution for them.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: The Golden Shovel

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Some of you may remember this form from a previous post of mine. The golden shovel poetic form was created by Terrance Hayes. The idea behind it is that you take a line from a poem that you admire. Once you’ve picked the perfect line you use each word in that line as the end word of one of the lines in a poem of your own making. Keep the end words in order as they were in the original poem. While normally I’d tell you to credit the poet of the original poem, today that won’t be necessary because I’m recommending that you steal from yourselves. Take a line from your own poetry and see how well you inspire yourselves.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Gravel

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Gravel is accepting fiction and nonfiction (twenty-five to 2,500 words), poetry (three poems per submission), photo essays, artwork, comics, video, and hybrids. Don’t be afraid to submit works that defy form or genre. The deadline is May 31, 2016. Submit online: https://gravel.submittable.com/submit.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Concrete Wolf

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

World Enough Writers (the anthology imprint of Concrete Wolf) seeks poems for its Ice Cream Poetry Anthology edited by Patricia Fargnoli. Submit up to three poems in which ice cream plays a role by email to WorldEnoughWriters@gmail.com or mail to: Concrete Wolf, Attn: Ice Cream Anthology, PO Box 1808, Kingston, WA 98346. For email submission entry fee, send $5 via PayPal to ConcreteWolf@yahoo.com; for postal submission entry fee, include $5 check payable to Concrete Wolf (if submitting three or more poems). On the upper right corner of the poem pages, include: name, address, telephone, and email address. The Deadline is May 31, 2016.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Making It My Business

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

So I’ve been reading the first omnibus of the comic book Fables. It’s about fairy tale character’s that have been transplanted to New York City because their original home was taken from them. The beginning of the story starts with a murder investigation. And one character continues to insert herself into the investigation despite not being the police. Write a scene where a character ignores rule, protocol, or qualifications to insert themselves into something that isn’t their business or they shouldn’t be involved in.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Is This A Bad Time?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a situation you’ve experienced that involved really bad timing. What about the timing is bad? Was it too soon, too late, or just not the right time because you were busy with something else? How was the situation handled? Could it be put off till better timing or was it something that had to be dealt with in that moment?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Just The Slightest Bit Out Of Place

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve been disappointed in current television lately so I’ve been rewatching things a lot lately. I recently started watching Doctor Who again on Amazon Prime. It’s a fairly well established pattern that when the Doctor lands somewhere he’s often expecting to find one thing but starts to notice that things are just the slightest bit off. This tiny detail will lead him and his companions off on an adventure they hadn’t been expecting. Write a scene that follows this pattern. What is that tiny detail that your character notices isn’t quite right? Where does it lead him?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Refusal to Adjust

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about something that you will never adjust to but encounter regularly. Is this because you physically can’t adjust like with an allergy? Or is it because you won’t adjust because that means accepting things that you don’t want in your life? Have you made attempts to adjust before and know through failure that you can’t?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Writing’s On The Corset

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

And my list of reasons to want to start doing drag just grew to include the look in the picture below. I love the idea of writing or a story on clothing. I actually have a few shirts that have patterns of writing on them but nothing as ornate as this. Write a scene that includes an article of clothing with writing on it. What does the writing say? Is it important to the story or just something funny or interesting about the character wearing it?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades