Rising Before The Sun

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

YouTube’s recommended videos did something right today. It helped me discover the video for Will Butler’s song “Anna” featuring Emma Stone. I love watching her dance. She always seems to enjoy moving so much. And the second line of the song “rising before the lazy sun” is sticking with me today. I personally have had a year of being lazier than the sun and I’d like to change that. Write a scene about your character embracing hard work. What is your character working towards? How does this hard work change your character’s lifestyle?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Comfortable Communication

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

So I’ve been thinking about how different the generations alive today are in terms of communication. I know some people from my parent’s generation that just started texting this year and are more comfortable talking on the phone. Where as many people my age are anxious about talking on the phone and prefer to text, email, or use some other for of messaging. Write a poem about the differences in communication and which one you are most comfortable with. Why do you feel comfortable with this form of communication?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Dragons In The Christmas Tree

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found two different sets of Christmas tree ornaments that are dragon themed online and I want them! They make me think of a fantasy world were people have pet dragons that play in Christmas trees the same way that cats tend to. That thought makes me happy. Wrte a description of a Christmas tree that only your character could have. What makes this tree unique?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: The Villanelle

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The villanelle is a poem with a very specific rhyme scheme that also features two lines that repeat throughout the poem. It works on an A/B rhyme scheme. I’ve got the rhyme scheme laid out for you below. The A(1) and A(2) as you may have guessed are the lines that you’ll be repeating. Commas separating lines and slashes separating stanzas.

A(1), b, A(2) / a, b, A(1) / a, b, A(2), / a, b, A(1), / a, b, A(2) / a, b, A(1), A(2)

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Hermeneutic Chaos Press

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Hermeneutic Chaos Press is now open to poetry and prose chapbook submissions for its 2017 line. They are primarily looking for work that uses surprising language and imagery, and shows aesthetic realms that are unique and powerful. There is no entry fee and the deadline is Jan 31, 2017. Submit online: http://www.hermeneuticchaospress.com/submissions.html.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: 3Elements Review

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 14! The new elements are Echo, Husk, and Quell. All three words must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Submit prose of under 3,500 words or up to two typed pages of poetry online: https://3elementsreview.submittable.com/submit. There is no entry fee and the deadline is Jan 31, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Spirits of Christmas

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It feels like it’s been forever since I actually read A Christmas Carol. I’ve always liked the story, what’s not to love about a ghost story set at Christmas time. I think that Ebenezer Scrooge’s description is one of my favorite descriptions of a character. He was so dark a character in that first description that even seeing eye dogs dragged their owners away from him to keep them safe. But we learn he wasn’t always so. The Ghost of Christmas that come to visit Scrooge shows us a happier Scrooge. He wasn’t always so dark. Things get darker as he meets more spirits though. The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come is darkest of all, showing us how Scrooge’s spirit has been twisted. Write a description for your darkest character that shows just how dark they’ve become.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Shouldn’t I Be Excited

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I got free tickets to go to Disney the other day but the other day but when the day came to actually use them I was completely numb to it. Zero excitement for an event I’d previously been looking forward to. I don’t know if any of you experience these things sometimes. Try to write a poem about this kind of apathy for something you should be excited about.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Stealing Christmas

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

With Christmas just around the corner I couldn’t resist doing a post inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas. My favorite part of the movie is the song “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Just listening to this deep voiced man read the Grinch to filth makes me smile. If you haven’t heard it you should definitely watch this movie and enjoy the horrible things said about the Grinch. Write a story about a character like the Grinch that hates Christmas and wants to take its joy from others.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Watching the Colors Spin

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

As kids Kaleidoscopes were things of wonder. I haven’t looked at one in so long but got to thinking about them today. It turns out there are tons of kaleidoscope themed videos on YouTube. Watch one of them and see what emotions and thoughts it provokes. Write a poem based on these thoughts and feelings. I’ve picked one of the videos for those of you that don’t want to hunt one down but if it doesn’t speak to you there are a bunch of choices.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades