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sc-hunter asked:

Hi! How would you write steampunk? I the basic concept but I don't really understand it. Thanks!

Steampunk is basically a subgenre where, instead of there being futuristic/advanced technology, society runs on steam-powered machinery. The main inspiration behind it is the industrialized west of the 19th century. At this time, there were a lot of ideas and concepts that were maybe ahead of their time or which couldn’t be achieved due to the technology simply not existing yet. So sometimes, Steampunk takes these ideas and envisions the tech etc. as it would have existed had it actually been invented.

Like with many genres and subgenres of fictional literature, you can pick and choose elements from other areas and incorporate them into Steampunk (such as horror and historical fiction, for example). So it doesn’t necessarily have to be restricted to the themes it has become known for.

There’s already quite a fair bit out there on Steampunk already and it’s not a genre I know an awful lot about… so I’ve collected up some resources and put them below for you to have a read through.

As always, keep an eye out for replies on this post in case other followers can offer you more advice.

Thanks for the question & best of luck…!

Resources

- enlee

We like to build these little worlds where everything gets sorted out and makes sense and, if possible, the good guys win. No one would call Agatha Christie a fantasy writer, but look at the books she’s most typically associated with - they’re about tiny isolated little worlds, usually a country house, or an island, or a train, where a very careful plot is worked out. no mad axeman for Agatha, no unsolved crimes. Hercule Poirot always finds the clues.
And look at Westerns. The famous Code of the West largely consisted of finding somewhere where you could safely shoot the other guy in the back, but we don’t really want to know that. We’d rather believe in Clint Eastwood.
I would, anyway. Almost all writers are fantasy writers, but some of us are more honest about it than others.
And everyone reads fantasy … one way… or another.
—  Terry Pratchett Whose fantasy are you? Book (W. H. Smith), 17 September 1991 in A Slip of the Keyboard pg.88
“5sos are the new Green Day”

NO! No, 5sos are not the ‘new Green Day’! They’re different genres. Green Day are punk-rock and 5sos are pop-rock. Only because 5sos likes Green Day doesn’t mean they’re the new Green Day. Different Bands, different music. Get that in your head! There will never be a ‘new Green Day’. Green Day and every other band is unique. I like both bands, but I hate it when someone says 5sos are the new Green Day!

forgotten-souls-broken-promises asked:

Books for each sign?

Aries- modern fiction especially with an emphasis on drama or thriller

Taurus- romantic fantasy

Gemini- magic realism

Cancer- cookbooks :p or dark fantasy

Leo- auto biographies or political memoirs

Virgo- non-fiction stories or history books

Libra- romance or even erotica

Scorpio- thriller and mystery

Sagittarius- satire and other forms of humor literature

Capricorn- history fiction, dark humor, and horror

Aquarius- science fiction

Pisces- general fantasy or fantasy world based books

As requested by my best friend about a month ago, my favorite Spanish songs. [ LISTEN ]. 

gotas de agua dulce // sera // entra en mi vida // que lloro // somos lo que fue // volverte a ver // suelta mi mano // sirena // la vida (respira el momento) // mi peor error // hacer el amor con otro // llama por favor // no me olvides // reconozco // caramelos // que bonita la vida // tabaco y chanel // inolvidable // la luz // torre de babel // ave maria // me voy, me voy // te sonare // tu amor me salvara // rayando el sol // dejame entrar // en el muelle de san blas // me vale // tu carcel // te amo // si tu supieras // a medio vivir // un nuevo amor // me da igual // perderte de nuevo // sin tu amor // la cima del cielo // me va extranar // dejame llorar // elsol no regresa // algo mas // daria // cambio de piel // vivir mi vida // cancioncitas de amor // donde esta el amor // cuando nos volvamos a encontrar // loco // corre // por lo que reste de vida // llevame contigo // humanos a marte // corazon en la maleta // duele // brillas // colgando en tus manos // nunca imagine // ojala que te mueras // mientras dormias // a chillar a otra parte // my promesa // y todo para que // ensename a olvidarte // suena // el poder de tus manos // a donde estabas // contra viento y marea // mojado // que te ruege quien te quiera // acabame de matar // y que quede claro // media naranja // los hombres no deben llorar // por mujeres como tu // perdoname // por tu maldito amor // que te ha dado esa mujer // el rey // volver volver // la diferencia // aca entre nos // mexico lindo y querido // de que manera te olvido // 11:11 // querido tommy // mientras tanto // medley // nunca imagine // caraluna // mi primer millon // te mando flores // enredame // hace tiempo // como me mira // arroyito // un siglo sin ti // dejaria todo // torero // por amarte // enomardo por primera vez // nunca te olvidare // heroe // mentiroso // quizas // donde estan corazon // lloro por ti // deseos de cosas imposibles // maria // jueves // vestido azul // un minuto mas // fragil // reloj // 16 // aqui // platicando con la luna // na na na (dulce nina) // fuego // sabes a chocolate // mi gente // no tengo dinero // no me queda mas // amor prohibido // como la flor // fotos y recuerdos // bidi bidi bom bom // ya no // el chico del apartamento 512 // tan solo tu // tu de que vas // si la ves // aqui voy // con quien se queda el perro // como no // queiro que me quieras // me llora el cielo // tu mi poesia // me voy // llorar // que hago yo // odio amarte // con los ojos cerrados // el rencuento de los danos // el favor de la soledad // adelante corazon // asi fue // amor del bueno // desde que llegaste // por amarte asi // me dedique a perderte // la venia bendita // morenita // si te pudiera mentir // como tu mujer // memorama // sentimetal // mil demonios // no hay otra manera // hechizo de amor // miralo miralo // llama por favor // oh mama // gafas oscuras // lo que necesito // nueva sencasion // si mi delito es rockear // por que senos murio // escapar // sin despertar // lejos de la ciudad // llevame // dejame gritar // no te vayas // calendario //  tu // volar // ni freud ni tu mama // bella traicion // luz sin gravedad // angel // boba nina nice // vivir // voy a conquistarte // dos enamorados // sinfonia // instinto basico // enomarado // buscando la luz // a cuatro pasos // dame un beso // saca tu disfraz // llore // cupido // eres // como te extrano mi amor // la ingrata // entre tus jardines // via lactea // luna // como tu // la musica no se toca //  corazon partio // senora de las cuatro decadas // amar y querer // amor eterno // volcan // querida // para volver amar // tal vez quizas // yo no soy esa mujer // la nave del olvido // el triste.

anonymous asked:

Is there any difference between paranormal YA and supernatural YA? From what I read, they're pretty much alike, so why two labels?

The difference is slight:

  • Supernatural refers to things that are “beyond” our world, e.g. a vampire or a dragon.
  • Paranormal refers to inexplicable things that are “extra” or things that are “abnormal”, e.g. a witch or a ghost or psychic powers.

In fiction,they’re usually interchangeable because so many paranormal/supernatural stories contain both supernatural and paranormal elements.

The exception is with paranormal romance. A lot of paranormal romance is actually supernatural.

Using micro-aggressions to set Uncanny mood

My story, a horror, surrounds a multiracial Protagonist (mother is Black, father has White and Arab heritage). I’m wondering if it would be offensive to occasionally use microagressions as a form of the Uncanny, that aspect of horror or mystery genres that make and keep up an uncomfortable and creepy atmosphere. They will consist of assumption of adoption/nonrelation, questions of race, and being followed in places.

I initially thought it could be a good play on the Uncanny, which is all about making one feel ‘off’ because something/someone is obviously not behaving like ‘normal’. This time, the behaviour is ‘off’ because it’s accepted as ‘normal’ by the masses.

Additional info: Race is not the center of the story/series’ plot, but will be commented upon by the characters. My protag starts as a child and ends as a teen, starts out friendly and tries to be confident and reliable. As story progresses, the plot wears them down into becoming anxious, depressed, and paranoid.

Thank you in advance for your response!

As long as it’s occasional I think it should be fine, although it will differ between people. Some people are more sensitive to micro-aggressions than others. Remember that poc are already forced to put up with occasional micro-aggressions, so it might be frustrating, but it could also feel like “finally someone understands” or “finally a story about my life”… something like that. It depends on how you write these scenes too. I’d say be careful with how much you add, make sure that you show how these are wrong and hurtful and mix them in with other things which will add up to an uncomfortable and creepy atmosphere. You can still make clear through narrative that the protag deals with micro-aggressions on a daily basis or otherwise.

And btw, your idea is very interesting to me, since you are actually trying to portray this aspect of many people’s lives for what it is: horror. It is unsettling, frustrating and very damaging and it is partly so because people are 99% of the times unaware that what they are saying or doing is offensive. To make this understandable to your readers you will need to break these micro-aggressions down for them. Otherwise you might just confuse (some) of them. To pull this off, you’ll need to really know what you’re writing though. It will be very hard to do without personal experience, so in case you don’t, find some good bèta-readers who do. Personally though, I think this would be handled best by someone from within the group you’re writing (which your protag identifies with), since if this goes bad, it will really ruin the story. If it is handled well though, it could be a masterpiece!

Then, especially with adding in mental illness, do your research thoroughly and find the right people to read. Make sure you also research tropes concerning depression, anxiety issues and other mental illnesses mentioned in your story so you won’t add to harmful stereotypes.

The addition that the plot (and I assume that includes the racism) wears your protag down is actually a very realistically but poorly understood subject too. You’ll find during your research, not only that racism in any form can cause PTSD, but that this is not always acknowledged. Poc with mental illness seeking treatment sometimes even have the really bad luck of having racist therapists which add on to their problems (people having this problem should try to find a therapist who’s a decent human people and not ignorant so they can do their job properly and help their client achieve better health). 

~ Mod Alice

Young Adult is not a genre. I hear that often — “the YA genre.” You’re wrong. Don’t call it that. Stop it. Young Adult is a proposed age range for those who wish to read a particular book. It is a demographic rather than an agglomeration of people who like to read stories about, say, Swashbuckling Dinosaur Princesses or Space Manatee Antiheroes or whatever the cool kid genres are these days. Repeat after me: Young Adult is not a genre designation. See? Not so hard.