Call for Submissions: The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Partners National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)Chabot Space and Science Center, and Creative Nonfiction magazine have created a contest celebrating the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Entry is limited to one submission per author. Submit an original story about the relationship between creator and creation at the length of 1,000 – 1,800 words on Medium.com and use the hashtag #Frankenstein200. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on July 31, 2016.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Delaware Poetry Review

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Call for poems for a special issue of the Delaware Poetry Review, “This Thing Called Life”: Poetry Inspired by the Music and Spirit of Prince. Authors may send up to five previously unpublished poems to Delaware Poetry Review (depoetry5@gmail.com) no later than July 15, 2016, with an email subject line that gives the poet’s last name and number of poems (Smith four poems, for example). Poems must be sent in a single Word or Text file as an attachment and with the author’s contact information on each poem; the email must also include a one-paragraph bio of up to one hundred and fifty words.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Random Side Characters

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One of the webcomic artists that I follow has a KickStarter going to turn her series 4-Panel Life into a book. She has a wonderful sense of humor in most cases. Even the KickStarter video for her book made me chuckle a few times. When she draws other people in her 4-Panel comics she often does a nondescript bubble person with the label pal on it. In comic book form this is pretty funny but it isn’t something we aspire to in our writing. Write a scene where you make sure that every character is given some kind of specific descriptor. What keeps your secondary characters from being “Pal” characters?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Deserving of a Reward

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Write a poem about the concept of rewards. Do you do good things with the expectation or hope of being rewarded either by people or by karma? Have you ever been rewarded when you weren’t expecting it? Or declined a reward when you were deserving of one? Do you ever set up reward systems in order to motivate yourself?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Patient Planner

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I watched The Count of Monte Cristo again last night. It’s one of my favorite movies. It is a story of love, betrayal, and revenge. There is a scene that is there for comic relief where the protagonist’s loyal sidekick talks about taking out all of the people quickly and just enjoying the treasure. We always laugh at how it is said but of course the protagonist declines this plan. He’s been plotting his revenge for years in prison and even after that. The level of patience he shows in this moment and in general is just a little bit scary. Write about your character planning something out so in depth that he needs this kind of patience to make sure things go according to plan.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Change of Anatomy

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So as most things that I find on Etsy these custom-made tights are too expensive for me. But they’re still pretty cool looking. They are handmade silicone scales on tights to give a mermaid or dragon look to your outfit. To me they look like the wearer is in mid transformation between as human form and one of these mythical creatures. Write a scene where someone’s anatomy is changing in some way. Is your character in control of the change or is it happening at random?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Individuality In Nature

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A photographer on BoredPanda by the handle Sepia collected photos of Autumn leaves to show the beauty and diversity that nature produces. They’re really pretty close up photos. Write a scene that makes use of descriptions that you can gain from these photos.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

It’s Called Solidarity

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Write a poem about the solidarity you feel with a group. What is the common thing this group shares? How does it link to you? Why do you feel so passionately about it? Does this uniting thing cause controversy or conflict for the group because of those that don’t share in the solidarity?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Songs of Revolution

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The USA is a place that prides itself on revolution. Throughout the history we’re taught there are many of them great and small. The musical Hamilton embodies this power of revolution. It was revolutionary in its own way which brought it that record of 16 Tony nominations. Write a scene that embodies the idea of revolution.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Understanding Fear

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that digs into your fears. But don’t just show your fears, dissect them. Examine what is is about this specific fear that makes it scary. I’m not looking for you to make some kind of revelation to over come the fear. Some things will always be scary no matter how well we understand them. Some things on the other hand are only scary because we don’t understand them. Do you have any fears that are scary even though you understand them completely? Are they even scarier because of this understanding?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades