Does Your Character Measure Up?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Roman Ondak’s Measuring the Universe at Tate St Ives has grown through the contribution of around 90,000 participants to a constellation of black marks. It’s a pretty cool idea for an interactive art piece that can pretty much grow endlessly. I’ve always liked those moments when you notice little markers that show a character’s physical growth through their childhood. This art piece reminds me a bit of that concept of course. So today write a scene that features height markings like these. Do they belong to your protagonist or someone else that she knows? What memories or thoughts do these markings provoke?

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Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

One Man’s Trash

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I’m sure most of you are familiar with the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Draw on that phrase for inspiration today. Have you ever coveted something that someone else was going to just throw away. It doesn’t have to be something you actually saw as treasure. Even if it was something a simple as food that they were going to waste but you would have eaten. Write a poem about seeing value in someone else’s waste.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Songs of Stress Relief

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

So according to a few sources, including a Huffington Post article, the song “Weightless” by Marconi Union is scientifically proven to reduce stress. It is apparently so effective that it’s dangerous to drive while listening to it because it can make you drowsy. Any of you that have trouble sleeping should give it a try to see if the scientist know what they’re talking about. Whether it works as well as they claim or not, I can totally believe the concept of using music to reduce or relieve stress. Write a scene about your character doing exactly that. Does the song your character use feel like one of meditation like this one or is it something less calming but just as stress relieving?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Stepping Down

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I’ve been thinking a lot today about the difference between giving up and stepping down. Giving up brings with it a negative connotation that you couldn’t do something. But stepping down doesn’t have to take on that negativity. It’s not a bad thing to know your limits and let go of the things that are taking away from the projects that really matter to you. Write a poem that explores the idea of respectfully stepping down from a position or project.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: You Won’t Learn That At School

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This post is a part PSA/part writing prompt today. If you’d like to skip my opinions on Sex Ed I will put a ** at the start of the actual writing prompt. For an insane amount of Americans, sex ed was never a thing. Most of the American school system either doesn’t or isn’t allowed to teach it and leaves it to parents who are often just as uneducated to teach children on this subject. There is now a pornography website that is launching a free sub-site that is dedicated to educating people on sexual health. I have pre-screened it and despite being associated with a pornographic website there is no pornography on this educational site. The most risqué images are the anatomical break down of the internal organs that link to the reproductive track which you’d be able to see at a doctor’s office. I’ve always found it ridiculous that sex ed wasn’t taught in schools and I think that this is an important resource for teens that need to understand their bodies before getting into sexual situations that could drastically effect their futures. ** Write a scene where your character gets “the birds and the bees” speech from her parents. How do they handle it? Is it awkward? Does she actually listen to them?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Form: Bref Double

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The bref double from an aesthetic point of view looks like a sonnet. It has fourteen lines and follows a specific rhyme scheme. You won’t be counting syllables or worrying about your meter in this one though. The only rule is to follow this rhyme scheme: AxBC, xAxC, BxxC, AB. The Xs in this list don’t have to rhyme with each other they can simply be whatever word ends that line well.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Fairy Tale Review

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The Fairy Tale Review decided to dedicate The Charcoal Issue to fairy tales as forms of resistance and protest. For the coming issue, they are most interested in fairy tales that challenge the current political climate, fairy tales that resist outdated norms or binaries, fairy tales that reconfigure the faults of older stories, and fairy tales that expose abuses of power. There is no entry fee listed and the deadline is March 31, 2017. Submit up to 8,000 words of prose (or three linked flash pieces of 1,000 words each) or up to five poems (totaling no more than ten pages) online: https://fairytalereview.submittable.com/submit.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Prime Number Magazine

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Prime Number Magazine is now accepting submissions in Poetry and Short Fiction for Issue 109 (July 2017). Their guest judges will select three poets and three short fiction authors for Issue 109. There is no entry fee for this issue and the deadline is March 31, 2017. Submit online at: https://press53.submittable.com/submit.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Same Events, Different Story

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I’m reading Mira Grant’s newest in the Newsflesh series Feedback. It is set at the same time as the original book Feed. But this time we are following a new cast of zombie fighting bloggers. I wasn’t sure about how I would feel about this because in concept it feels like selling me the same story twice. But there is definitely a difference. The events of the campaign that both stories follow might be the same but it is a different story for sure. Write a scene where you explore one of your older stories from a new cast’s point of view. Don’t adopt the point of view of one of the original story’s secondary characters. Bring on an entirely new cast. How are they involved in the events? What does their perspective reveal that wasn’t shown before?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

I Am What I Am

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I had this idea for a poem that is composed of “I Am” statements. So the thought is that you come up with a list of things that are a part of who you are. Create I am statements using this list. Then use each of these statements as the first line of a stanza. The rest of the stanza should be used to explain or show what the statement means to you. So if your statement was I am a feminist then you  would follow it with a few lines about what connects you to that idea.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades