Internet Inspiration: He Doesn’t Look So Tough

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

If you haven’t seen it yet you should check out this video of a house cat challenging a lion. It’s a hilarious cat version of David and Goliath. Honestly I could almost even believe that the house cat would get the lion to back off. I mean I’ve seen cats that make dogs three times their size scared so why not a lion. Write a scene where your character faces a challenge that includes something that would be considered physical intimidating. Is your character, like this cat, ready to face a larger challenge? Does your character succeed? If so, is it by skill or luck? 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

More Difficult With Time

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

You know those times where you really should do something, but you don’t, and the longer that you put it off, the harder it gets to will yourself to do it? Write a poem about that struggle. The struggle to motivate yourself after too much time has passed. What was holding you back initially before all the time went by? What made you finally motivated enough to see the task through? Was it a relief to finally do it? Or was it a disaster because of how long you waited?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Life by Degrees

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I just finished Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It is a young adult romantic fantasy that features werewolves. The interesting thing though it that the change from human to wolf isn’t dependent on the moon cycle as is the tradition with werewolves. Instead they change based on temperature. When it is cold out they shift to wolves and as it warms up they shift back to humans. It was an interesting version of the werewolf that I hadn’t seen before. Write a scene that shows a dramatic change in your character’s life between different types of weather. Does your character experience seasonal depression? What other things can change in your character’s life with the weather. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

Shared Misery

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I’m sure that you’re all familiar with the saying “misery loves company.” I want you to write a poem that gives us your interpretation on this old phrase. Do you view it in a negative light? For example, someone who is miserable will seek to make others feel the same? Or can you put a positive spin on it? For instance, when you share a burden with someone else it can bond you together. I’m sure there are more ways that you can interpret the phrase. What shared miseries will readers see in your poem?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Naturally Inspired

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Hungarian couple Gabriella and Adam make Leafling Bags. They are waterproof bags, with woodland inspired designs, and are made in their home studio in Budapest. With the rainy season starting here, a waterproof bag doesn’t sound like such a bad idea. Especially when they look as cool as these ones. I love the top flaps leaf inspired look. Write a scene that includes something that is made to mimic the look of something from nature like these leaf bags.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Near Death Poetry

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the closest you’ve felt to death. Was it a near death experience or something that felt like one? Or were you sick physically or mentally? Or will it be more about the actual proximity between you and a dead body? However, you want to interpret the idea of being near death for this poem go for it.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Celebrities Who Share Your Ailments

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I just finished Carrie Fisher’s book Wishful Drinking. She certainly led an interesting life, to say the least. In the book, she talks quite a bit about mental illness as it has been something she struggled with most of her life. A few different times throughout the book she mentions lists of other celebrities that share her ailments or experiences. This part was funny to me as it reminded me of a website called Celebrities with your Disease. And once again I was struck by the realization of how much we are pushed to want to be like these famous people. We even find ways that we suffer the same as them. Write a scene in which your character discovers something that she and her favorite celebrity have in common. It doesn’t have to be an illness in this scene even though that was the sample I gave you.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poems of Donation

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the word donation? Do you think about a specific time when you donated something to someone in need? Or a time when you were relying on the donations of others? Do you think about donating time, money, or objects? Write a poem about some sort of donation that has taken place in your life.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Narrow Escapes

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I rewatched a movie I used to love as a child this week: Quest for Camelot. This story follows a young woman and a blind man who want to become knights of King Arthur’s court. These two heroes gave us a story with some much-needed diversity when the movie came out in the 90s. From the very start of the journey, the heroes make a lot of narrow escapes on their way to Camelot. Write a scene where your characters escape danger seemingly by luck or because of some sort of well-timed, narrow escape.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Holding Back Comment

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Do you ever hold yourself back from saying something because you know it will only lead to trouble? This is a frequent habit of mine. Write a poem that lets loose all the comments that you’ve been holding back. Or at least the comments that you’ve been holding back for a specific situation. Let the poem be your release held back thought can be expressed without having to do any damage.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades