The Mistake In Love

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’ve got Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” stuck in my head. This is one of those songs that I hadn’t thought too much about the lyrics despite having heard it hundreds of times. I’ve even sung along with absent-mindedly. But till it gets stuck in my head the lyrics don’t always stand out. The first part of the song the singer admits that loving this person isn’t the right thing to do. Write a scene where your character has loving feelings that they shouldn’t. Why is it a mistake to feel this way?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Ideals of Perfection

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the idea of perfection. Ideologically it is something that we can rarely if ever achieve as long as human error is a factor. But do you think that it is still worth striving for? Do you feel that perfection as a concept is a good thing or a bad thing? Does it make us push forward or does it mean that we will always be falling short?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Cat Antics

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I came across a post on Tumblr that was a collection of pictures of cats sitting in boxes that had “Fort Asshole” written on the side. My favorite of these pictures is below. No doubt if you’ve spent any extended period of time on the internet you’ve seen some funny cat pictures or videos. Take inspiration from the internet’s love for cats and write a scene that includes some sort of cat antics.

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: Paradelle

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Paradelle was originally introduced by Billy Collins as “one of the more demanding French forms.” Eventually he confessed that he’d actually made up the form himself as a joke. But even though it was originally a joke, Billy Collins is a respected poet. So the form has grown in its own right. The rules are as follows:

  • The paradelle is a 4-stanza poem.
  • Each stanza consists of 6 lines.
  • For the first 3 stanzas, the 1st and 2nd lines should be the same; the 3rd and 4th lines should also be the same; and the 5th and 6th lines should be composed of all the words from the 1st and 3rd lines and only the words from the 1st and 3rd lines.
  • The final stanza should be composed of all the words in the 5th and 6th lines of the first three stanzas and only the words from the 5th and 6th lines of the first three stanzas.

I know it sounds a bit odd but it produces some interesting results. You can find a few of them online if you’re still unsure.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Birds Piled Loosely Press

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Birds Piled Loosely Press is looking to curate an online anthology exhibiting works that pronounce committed involvement in the 2016 Election. If you worked on a candidate’s campaign, canvassed with your heart torn open, or watched and documented the debates consider submitting. Send your poems, stories, photographs, collages, social media posts, journal entries, and any other form of expression that speaks to your personal and political investigation into the frenzied state of our nation. Submit to birdspiledloosely@gmail.com with the subject line ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION by December 15, 2016.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Glassworks

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program, seeks work to be considered for publication. Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, craft essays, new media, and art both digitally and in print. Submit up to five poems, one fiction work of up to 5,500 words, three shorts of under 1,000 words, or one nonfiction work of up to 3,500 words online: https://glassworksmagazine.submittable.com/submit. The deadline is December 15, 2016.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Infinite Improbability

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is probably one of the more challenging reads I’ve taken on recently. The biggest reason for this is the Infinite Improbability Drive. As a concept it is so limitless that it’s bound to bring some weird stuff into the story. This is on top of the originality that comes with writing a story in space full of aliens, robots, and a guidebook that is constantly updating. Take inspiration from the idea of the Infinite Improbability Drive and write a scene in which something so improbable as to almost be impossible happens.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Friendships Lost

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

As sad as it can be, it is fairly natural for friends to come and go from our lives. Very few friendships last then entirety of a person’s existence. Write a poem about a friendship that you’ve lost. How did it start? How did it end? Why is it worth remembering? Is there hope that it will one day begin again?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

New Characters, Same World

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The most anticipate movie of the year for me is coming out today! As any of you that have been following me for a while know I’m a big fan of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. When I first heard that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be a movie I wondered how? After all the original book is simply a text book and has no storyline. But I should have known that with her intricate world building Rowling has spent a lot of time thinking about Newt Scamander and the adventures he went on to write the text book. Inspired by Fantastic Beasts, write a new adventure in an existing world of your own making that revolves around a new character. How far removed is this character from your original protagonist of this world? Does this new story happen in a different time or place than the original story?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Meant To Be Writing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the concepts of fate, destiny, or things that were meant to be. How do you feel about these ideas? Do you believe in these concepts? Do you think that you are exactly where you are meant to be in life? If so, what do you hope for from your own fate? If not, why don’t you believe in these concepts?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades