A Threat You Can’t See

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I recently finished Prey by Michael Crichton. The basic concept is about scientists that created robots smaller than the human blood cell. But as is the case with almost all science fiction the technology doesn’t work exactly as planned. The characters are then faced with a threat that is on an individual scale too small to be seen with the naked eye. It’s more terrifying than germs. Take inspiration from Prey and write about a character that is concerned with a threat that is that small in size. Is this character rightly concerned? Or is their fear on the level of hypochondria? 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Wearable Energy

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Scientists have once again found a way to make clothing even cooler! As you’ll see from the image below a fabric has been created that has two ways of generating energy. I’m not sure how much it costs to produce this fabric but hopefully just creating it is a step in the right direction. Write a scene that features something made out of this fabric. What have you decided to make the fabric into? What does this item get used to power? Is it something for everyday use or a special event?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Joy Of Balloon Animals

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto creates the most intricate balloon animals that I’ve ever seen. There have been times when I’ve been impressed by the creations of balloon artists but never at this level. The thing that amazes me most about these is the idea of putting this level of work into something so temporary. Balloons always deflate with time, and I think it would be so sad to watch one of these creations lose its air. Write a scene that involves the joys of balloon animals and other balloon art, whether they are this complicated or the most basic balloon creation.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Unreasonable Expectations 

Hello Beautiful Thinkers, 

I’ve been listening to Demi Lovato’s album Confident a lot the last few day. And while it might be silly, I can’t stop thinking about how unreasonable the line “Die for each other” is in her song “Cool for the Summer.” We jump from what sounds like a summer fling to being willing to give up our lives for each other. The song is really catchy but I can’t help but laugh at that line. Today write a scene that includes a character having very unreasonable expectations of those around them. 

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers, 

The Boy In The Heart Shades 

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

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 

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

Celebrities Who Share Your Ailments

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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

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

Patchwork Fashion

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I saw these patches online, and for a minute I wanted to go back to the days when I carried a backpack covered in patches. The more I look at them, the more I want to find some purpose for them. This got me thinking about the different uses for patches. So far all I can think of is scouts and soldiers add patchwork to their uniforms, right? These certainly wouldn’t fit either of those, but they’d be really cute on a hippie vest now that I think about it. Anyway, today write a scene that makes use of some kind of patches on a character’s clothing whether they’re as decorative as this, as symbolic as those of a uniform, or just pragmatic patches to hold old clothes together.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades