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

Animal Motivations

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Have you ever watched your pet do something that seemed silly or weird and wondered why? I usually have two different reactions to this depending on if I’m worried about the animal’s health or not. If I’m concerned, I immediately consult google searching for all the worst case scenarios to make myself crazy. But on the less horrifying side, I usually make up a reason and often say it out loud in a funny voice as if it is the animal talking. Today write a poem about animals motivation. Find poetic descriptions for their actions and explain in a humorous way why they do the silly things they do.

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

Poetic Form: Lai

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The lai is a nine-line French form of poetry that uses an “a” and “b” rhyme scheme. The rhyme scheme follows the pattern: aabaabaab. This one is more than just a rhyming poem though it also has a syllable count to contend with. The lines with an “a” rhyme use 5 syllables; the “b” rhyme lines have 2 syllables. People sometimes use the lai as the stanzas of a larger poem because the syllable count limits what they can say in a single verse.

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

Lines Between Dreams and Memories

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about the line between dreams and memories. How much of your dreams are formed by real memories? How many of your dreams do you remember? What links can you draw between your dreams and memories? Do you have any memories that you’re unsure if they’re dreams or if they really happened?

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

Feeling Used

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

It is an unfortunately common circumstance that people end up using each other to get what they want. Write a poem about a time when you felt used or when you felt guilty for using someone else. What happened that made you feel used? How did you use the other person? Was an apology ever given? Was anyone physically or emotionally hurt as a result of the situation you’re writing about? Did it feel worth it in the end?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades