My Fictional Boyfriend

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It’s fairly common in my experience for people who read a lot to form crushes on fictional characters. We joke about it mostly. My friends and I aren’t actually sitting around pinning for imaginary people. But the desire for someone like the person we’ve imagined is real. Embrace this desire today. Write a love poem for a fictional character. Or write one to yourself in the voice of a fictional character.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The End of the World

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Let’s pull a Robert Frost and imagine the end of the world. Write a poem that draws inspiration from “Fire and Ice” and gives your own thoughts on how it is all going to end. Will you pull from religion or science or something else completely for your poetic apocalypse? Will you keep the poem in a dark tone or will you bring some hope of new beginnings to the piece?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

When Are We Ever Gonna Use This?

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

There is a phrase widely used in shows set in high schools: When are we ever going to use this? Are you guilty of ever having asked or thought this question? Today we answer it. Write a poem that makes use of a language or knowledge taught in grade school that you thought you’d never use. Maybe you’ll write similies that make use of historical figures or perhaps you can find poetry in some mathematical terminology. Even if you aren’t totally accurate don’t worry about it. Research can come with revision if you write something you want to pursue further.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Designing Tombstones

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found this link to a site with information on the symbolism found on tombstones. It’s full of interesting tidbits for those of us that love the morbid and macabre. Read up on cemetery symbolism and then design some tombstones of your own. Come up with stories of characters that end up with each tombstone. Or design a tombstone for each of your existing characters.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Landmark Ages

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

We have a lot of landmark ages throughout our lives. At 5 we start grade school, 13 is a big one for our Jewish friends, quinceanera at 15, at 18 we can join the military. They just keep going, whether they are ages of personal, cultural, or legal significance. Write a poem that tells the story of some ages of significance you experienced. In what ways did they live up to the hype? In what ways were they different from what you expected?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Avoiding Old Patterns

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

My friend got obsessed with Dua Lipa recently. Her most popular song “New Rules” has a great story music video. Check it out and then write a scene about characters that don’t want to fall back into old patterns. What do your characters do to achieve this goal? Do they make rules for themselves like Dua Lipa? (PS favorite part of this video is that it opens and closes on images of flamingos and I like to pretend that the whole video was the flamingos’ dream.)

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Better Off Without

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

There are a lot of things in life that we are better off without even if they are things we want. For example, I really want some ice cream right now. Today write a goodbye poem to one of those desirable things you are better off not having in your life. Is it something you are ready to give up or will you regret saying goodbye? What was the final straw that made you decide to give it up? Is there an alternative that would be equally satisfying but not as bad for you?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Universal Table

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Universal Table is looking for pieces on the subject of joy for their Wising Up Anthology. They take prose of under 5000 words or poetry no more than 5 poems. There is no listed submission fee and the deadline is February 1, 2018. See their website for full submission guidelines and how to submit work. They consider dual submissions and previously published work only if informed of this at time of submission.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Parentheses Journal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Parentheses Journal is a bi-annual publication, with issues released every March and September. They are seeking submissions of poetry, prose, and art. They request all previously unpublished work. This includes content posted on personal websites, blogs or social media. All responses of acceptance and rejection will be sent 3 weeks after the submission deadline, February 1, 2018. Check out their website for all other submission guidelines. There is no listed submission fee on this one.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Pants Off Planning

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Normally, I like to fill my reading time with fiction, but every so often it is good to read books on craft. I just finished reading Libbie Hawker’s book Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing. If you already have your own system for outlining your books or stories, then I don’t know how much this book will help you. It’s a fast read, and it never hurts to hear about how other writers work. If on the other hand, you don’t really know much about outlining a story this book could prove to be an excellent read for you. Whether you end up checking out the book or not, today write a scene that features a character that loves to plan everything out. Do plans always work out for them? If a plan doesn’t work out how do they react?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades