All Your Favorite Monsters Dancing

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

“The Monster Mash” is one of my favorite Halloween Songs! It is completely corny but it never fails to make me smile. All the classic monsters get mentioned in the lyrics. Do you have a favorite among the monsters mentioned in the song? Write a scene that makes mention of your favorite classic monster from “the Monster Mash.” Whether it is an actual appearance by that creature or just a casual mention by one of your characters, find a way to get your monster in there.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: LGBT History Month

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

In my experience, when you are part of a minority it can be hard to feel connected to history. In school, the only time I learned about gay history was when it was a tragedy of some sort, and even then it was something that I would have to dig into on my own to get any real information. That’s why things like Black History Month and LGBT History month are necessary. This month is LGBT History month, and I encourage you to seek out the stories that this month is meant to highlight. I found this website that recognizes historic achievements for the community. And I’ve written on here previously about an app called Quist that gives a daily history for the LGBT community. Find a story that you can connect with and try write something that relates to it. Maybe write a scene that educates one of your characters about something in LGBT history. Or one that shows why history needs to be taught with more diversity in mind.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: LUMINA Journal

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

LUMINA Journal, established in 2000, is the official literary journal of the M.F.A. Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College. Anyone is welcome to submit. They are accepting fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, visual art, and multimedia submissions until November 5th. The theme for this year is Resistance. Submission guidelines can be found here: http://luminajournal.com/submit/ There is a minimum $5 fee to enter.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: TINGE Magazine

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s online literary journal, is seeking submissions of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Go to tingemagazine.org to submit and for more information. You can submit fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for this one. For fiction, you are allowed one short story, up to 25 double-spaced pages.  You can submit up to three poems all included in a single file. Nonfiction can include one personal essay, memoir, or interview up to 25 double-spaced pages. There is no listed entry fee that I’ve seen. The Deadline is November 1, 2017.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Journals, Diaries, and Other Daily Logs

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

This October I’ve resolved to read some of the classic books that our favorite monsters first appeared in. I started with Dracula. Other than very rigid ideas of gender that this book contains, which I blame mostly on the times that it was written in, I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I love style of telling the story through journals, diaries, captain’s logs, and new paper clippings. Today write story that is composed in a similar manner. Dracula uses multiple character’s writing so as to get new insights and perspectives in the story. Will you use the same method or remain in the diary of one character?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Atypical Ghost Behavior

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

In honor of our first week of Halloween, today’s movie was the 1995 version of Casper! Everybody loves a ghost story or at least most everybody does. After all, we wouldn’t be telling them still if there wasn’t something about them we loved. Today write your own ghost story but make sure that you give the ghost some sort of odd quality that you otherwise haven’t seen in ghost stories before. Like Casper, his friendly demeanor is very unusual for ghost stories.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Witchy Wardrobe

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found some more crazy expensive accessories for us to all pine over on Etsy! My goodness, the money I would waste on that website if I didn’t have to eat. Keeping in my theme for the month these are some witchy items to add to your wardrobe if you feel so inclined. Check them out and let them inspire you to write a witch character. Whether she actually has magical powers like in the fantasy genre or she is a Wiccan in a less fantasy based world is up to you. How does her identity as a witch influence the way the world treats her?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Modern Magic

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found this set of gifs on Tumblr, titled Modern Male Witch Project, that was made by an artist that goes by Brenna-Ivy. Check out the links and look at the ideas that went into these pieces. I particularly love the technology one in the set as I love the idea of mixing magic and technology in stories. See if any of these pictures inspire you into a story of your own version of modern-day magic. Write a scene that explores the idea of magic in the modern world or even explores the concept of mysticism in the modern world. How have magical traditions changed with the world as it changed?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Dancing With Skeletons

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Happy First Week of Halloween BTs! I thought it would be fun to theme this month’s fiction posts towards Halloween since it is neck and neck with Christmas for my favorite holiday. Today I’ve found a remixed version of a Halloween classic “Spooky Scary Skeletons.” I legitimately would dance to this in a club. It makes me happy. Inspired by this song write a scene that features a skeleton in some way. Is it a human skeleton? Who was it? What happened to them?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Internet Inspiration: Food For Your Mood

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I found a whole list of foods that you should be eating for different purposes like weight loss, muscle gain, and other random things but this one was the one that caught my eye the most. I like that it gives a different food for different types of bad mood. I don’t know that there’s any science behind any of these, but I do like the idea that food can be used to alter your mood. What food does your character like to eat when she’s in a bad mood? Is it a healthy choice or an unhealthy one? Write a scene that shows the relationship between the food your character eats and her emotional state.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades