Monsters in the City

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The pictures below are just a few of the creations from SubwayDoodle. You can follow @SubwayDoodle on InstagramFacebookTwitter & Pinterest. I love this art because it makes me think about the unseen “monsters” that people carry with them daily. What if our problems, worries, and fears manifested as creatures like these ones? What would the world be like? Write a scene that features a concept like this. Do the monsters actually manifest? Are they visible to everyone or just the person they came from? Or are they not real at all but just something that your character is imagining around the people surrounding her?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Missing The Deadline

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Write a poem about missing out on something because you waited to long. Did you know that there was a deadline when you first heard about this thing? If so, what caused you to miss your deadline? Were you overwhelmed with other tasks or did you procrastinate for too long? What happens now that you’ve missed the deadline?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Least Favorite Songs

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This song, “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks, has been stuck in my head since I woke up this morning. It is probably my least favorite country song. For those that don’t want to listen to it, since that wasn’t a great way to sell it, it’s all about a man that shows up at an ex’s wedding and gives a toast about how over her he is. Which has never been a trope that I’ve liked. Don’t ruin someone else’s wedding. If you’re showing up to say I’m over you, you probably aren’t actually over them. If you’re showing up to stop the wedding and win the person back, you probably should have spoken up way sooner. Sorry about the little rant there. Point of the story being, for today’s prompt write a scene where your character can’t get an annoying song out of her head. Or if not a song can’t get someone else’s annoying words out of her head.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Same Goal, Different Motivations

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I was thinking about how often we can be doing the same task as another person but be doing it for completely different reasons. Does having different motivations make the goal any less important? Write a poem about this concept of sharing a goal with someone without sharing the same motives. With this difference in motivation, what does achieving the goal mean to each person?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Take It To Your Grave

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When I first read the arm of this pair of sunglasses I just laughed off the quote placed there. But with a bit more time it got me thinking about the idea of taking items with us to our graves. There are some people who want to be buried with material items. In fact, it was part of ancient Egyptian culture to send their kings to the after life with everything that they might need, at least according to every movie I’ve watched that include mummies. Write a scene that feature this concept of taking items to the grave. Does your character want to be buried with a specific item? Or are your characters at a funeral where the casket holds more than just a human body?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: Anagrammatic Poem

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The idea behind an anagrammatic poem is that every word used in the poem is made up only of letters that can be found in the poems title. A good example is Christian Bok’s poem “Vowels.” There’s no rule about how many words make up the title but I recommend working in a few good vowels and consonants.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Ella100project

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As a celebration of her life, art, and contribution to the world, Ella100project is compiling a collection of texts inspired by Ella Fitzgerald. Submit up to fifteen pages of text by email to: ella100project@gmail.com. There is no listed entry fee and the deadline is February 28, 2017. For further guidelines check out their website.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Cloudbank Poetry Prize

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Cloudbank is now accepting submissions for Cloudbank 11. A prize of $200 will be awarded for one poem or short prose piece. Electronic and postal submissions are accepted from around the world with no citizenship limitations. Submit no more than five poems or flash fiction pieces (five hundred words or less) online: http://cloudbankbooks.submittable.com/submit or mail: Cloudbank Books, P.O. Box 610, Corvallis, OR 97339. There is a $15 entry fee and the deadline is February 28, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Minding Your Manners

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I read Alice in Wonderland this week. My goodness it’s a weird book that much of the time feels like a stream of consciousness. Things change so quickly in Wonderland. The things that Alice rolls with and the things that stop her in her tracks seem random. The one thing that I found Alice particularly concerned with was the manners of so many characters. You can’t expect the same manners in such a strange place. Write a scene that puts your character in an environment where the manners are different from her own. Is it hard for her to catch on to what is considered rude in this new environment?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Growing Discontent

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My social media feed is usually there to bring comic relief into my life. But with the passing days the posts I see grow more and more political. Not because I’ve changed the people I follow, but because these people are all experiencing a growing discontent with the political situation here in America. I’m sure that I’m not the only one that’s made this observation. Write a poem that shows your encounters and feelings with the change of our political situation.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades