Internet Inspiration: Able To Call For Help

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I almost scrolled past this video at first until I read the captions that people had attached. The video features the audio of a 911 call that is rather upsetting but the concept of giving someone a way to reach out and ask for help even when they feel like they’re being watched is important. This is a bit of a dark prompt but write a scene in which your character has to find a secretive way to ask for help? How hard is it for your character to seek out help in this moment?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: Gwawdodyn

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There are two common versions of the gwawdodyn. Both are composed of quatrains that consist of a  9/9/10/9 syllable pattern. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th lines have matching end rhymes. The two versions vary in that third line. One version has an internal rhyme within the third line. So there’s a rhyming word or phrase somewhere within the third line that pairs with the end of the third line. In the other version, the internal rhyme of the third line works with an internal rhyme in the fourth line. Both feature the rhyming word in the middle of the third line though. Whichever version you decide on I’m sure you’ll have fun with this form.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Weatherbeaten

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Weatherbeaten, a brand new literary magazine seeking words new works for submission. Now accepting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid works, and art for its inaugural issue. This no-fee, no-pay market is reading until June 1, 2017. Check their website and submit up to 2,500 words of prose or three to five poems by email to weatherbeatenlit@gmail.com.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: MacGuffin’s Poet Hunt Contest

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The MacGuffin is on the hunt for a poem to win our 22nd National Poet Hunt Contest. One first place winner will get $500 and their work published in a future issue. Please submit no more than three poems, an index card with your name, poem titles, and contact info, and a $15 check/cash entry fee (make checks payable to Schoolcraft College). For further guidelines check out their site. The deadline is June 3, 2017. Postal: The MacGuffin, Poet Hunt Contest, Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Really Bad First Day

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I just finished a couple of books by Emily Skrutskie called The Abyss Surrounds Us and The Edge of the Abyss. They were based in an interesting fantasy world that broke up the United States into several smaller countries. This character is going on her first-time solo mission when things go horribly wrong. It seems like there’s always that worry but rarely, in reality, do things go this badly. Write a scene where your character is starting something new and has a terrible first time at it. Does your character want to give up altogether? Or does this failure motivate her to try again?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Simple Pleasures

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There’s that old cliché about “stopping to smell the roses” that is supposed to remind us of the simple pleasures in nature. Sometimes I think it is good to remember to indulge in simple pleasures in general, whether they are natural or not. Make a list of the simple pleasures that you wish you had more time to enjoy. Write a poem that praises the simplest pleasure you can think of. It could be something as small as eating a meal for joy rather than just survival. Or even simpler still, the joy of a calming deep breath.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

A Parents Support Or Lack There Of

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I rewatched Zootopia today, and I was more disturbed this time around by how against Judy’s dream her parents were. I know that as parents they wanted to protect her but had she not been a boundless optimist for the beginning of her life she’d never have made it past her parents’ lack of support. Did your character’s parents always support her dreams? Write a scene about a time where your character’s parents were less than supportive. Is it out of a place of love or were they just not the best parents?

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Spellbinding Poems

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Write a poem that embraces magical thinking. Write about fairytale creatures, witchcraft, and wishes that come true. Write a poem that sounds like a spell to you. Write a poem that changes real life problems into dragons and monsters that you have to face. Summon the most whimsical lines of poetry you can.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Prints From The City

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Berlin-based art collective Raubdruckerin (which translates to pirate printer) uses parts of the city to create guerilla printing presses, adding ink to manhole covers, grates, and street tiles to create utilitarian designs on t-shirts and bags. I love this idea. It’s a bit like carrying a part of your hometown with you everywhere you go. Write a scene where your character finds a way of representing her hometown in the way she dresses.

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The Boy In The Heart Shades

Uniquely Universal 

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Think about the things that feel unique to your life, your family, and your personhood. Once you’ve got one that you really like descibe this thing in a poem as if it is a universal thing everyone understands. Sort of the way that comedians will start a joke with “You know that thing where…” and end it with “No, just me?”

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades