Tech Suits

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw a video while I was scrolling of a robot-looking armor that someone had made and it made me wonder what else was out there in the way of robot suits. Some of these robotic “exoskeletons” are being created to assist people with disabilities, some of them are also made for combat, and some are created for construction and other utilitarian purposes. None of them are at that comic book/science fiction level that we are used to imagining but they are all stepping-stones towards those futuristic devices. Write a scene that includes some kind of technological armor or suit. What is the intended purpose for your technology in the scene? Can it be used outside it’s intended purpose?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Meaning of Names

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Do you know the meaning of your name? How much power do you personally place in the meaning of names? Write a poem about the meaning and power of names. If you don’t like the meaning of your name what names would you feel suit you more? Can you link any life events to the meaning of your name?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Desert Desserts

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It is a fairly common occurrence for me to find pictures of food pretty but it is a much less common occurrence that I find a food so pretty that I’ll share it as a piece of art on here. These cakes are designed by Iven Kawiby to look like terrariums full of succulents and other desert flowers. Over the past couple of years I’ve seen a lot of friends get into succulents and grown to appreciate their beauty myself but using that aesthetic on these cakes really does look like art to me. Write a scene in which your character encounters a dish that looks more like art than food. How much work went into this dish? Did the person eating it appreciate the artistry of it?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Uncrossed Lines

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a line that you haven’t crossed in your lifetime but fear you might at some point. Why do fear crossing this line? What temptations stand on the other side of the line? Is it a moral, social, or some other type of line? What do you imagine it will be like to cross this line? Is it only fear that keeps this line uncrossed?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Hints and Innuendos

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I don’t know about everyone else but I was disappointed in what Disney was calling gay representation in the live action Beauty and the Beast movie. This version of Gaston sang during a Broadway Villains Party was a much more satisfying version. The use of innuendo is far more entertaining here up until they just let the joke slip and flat out call the characters gay.  Write a scene where your character makes use of innuendos while interacting with someone. Is your character being subtle or obvious? What is the purpose of the innuendos in this scene?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Settling For Less

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It is very rare in life to have truly never settled for something less than what we want. There are times when the food you got isn’t what you expected but you settle for it because the alternative is too much effort. And then there are times when you settle for a job we don’t really want but we know we have bills to pay. Most often we can hope that we won’t settle when it comes to something we view as important. Write a poem of a time when you did settle for something less than what you wanted. How did it feel? Did it motivate you to not settle for less in other scenarios? Or did you find that you can settle for somethings and find happiness in others?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Secret Hiding Places

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This table made by Craig Thibodeau Fine Furniture has more secret hiding places in it than I even know what to do with. Watching the video, every time a new hidden cubby was revealed I would swear there couldn’t be any more. Needless to say I’m in love with it and want one of my own. But since it would go with nothing else in my room currently I will reframe from putting myself in debt for a table I don’t need. Still it’s a cool concept. Write a scene that involves a piece of furniture that has a secret hiding place in it somewhere.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: The Fibonacci

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Fibonacci poetic form was created by Gregory K. Pincus. This poem relies on a specific syllable count for its form. It is a 6-line poem that follows the Fibonacci sequence for syllable count per line. That makes the basic break down look like this:

  • 1 syllable for first line
  • 1 syllable for second line
  • 2 syllables for third
  • 3 syllables for fourth
  • 5 syllables for fifth
  • 8 syllables for sixth

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call For Submissions: Palooka Press Chapbook Contest

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The Palooka Press Chapbook contest is currently accepting submissions. They will consider manuscripts of all types, styles, and genres and aren’t looking for a particular aesthetic. Please send your best fiction, poetry, nonfiction, graphic narrative, or hybrid genres. Enter thirty-five to fifty pages online: https://palookamag.submittable.com/submit. There is a $10 entry fee and the prizes include: $200, publication, twenty copies, promotion, and feature on the website. The deadline is May 15, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Slipstream

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Slipstream is currently reading for Issue #37, which will be published in the fall of 2017. They are seeking poetry that explores the theme “the road.” However you chose to interpret that. Submit up to five (5) poems in one document file online: http://www.slipstreampress.org/submissions.html or by mail: Slipstream Press PO Box 2071 Niagara Falls, New York 14301. They accept year-round submissions but I believe the deadline for this next issue is May 1, 2017. There is no entry fee listed.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades