genre help

something on genre fiction
  • not every story that includes gay characters has to include homophobia and gay angst
  • if it’s a fantasy world, you can just mosey on down and say that being gay is as accepted as having brown hair
  • if it’s a real-world setting, guess what? you could still do this. of course in certain circumstances there may be angst but sometimes you don’t have to.
  • bend the rules of society. throw them all in the bin and start again. that’s what writing is.
  • see: the raven cycle, ink and bone, a darker shade of magic.
  • your story is not about homophobia, it’s about dragons and magic and murder and whatever the hell else you wanna throw in there.
  • it’s your world, you make your rules. go ahead and make your happy gay characters in their happy gay worlds. i’m rooting for you.
  • make genre fiction your bitch.
  • the world is your fucking oyster.
Tips and Ideas for Writing Post-Apocolypse

Writing post-apocalypse/dystopian future can actually open a large range of possibilities and original ideas but there are some things we should try to keep in mind. The problem with this genre is that is a heavily research-based genre, it requires a lot of information so a lot of things can slip up or be forgotten.

Limits of the Body - This is something that seems to be largely forgotten unless in extreme situations. Yes, humans are tough, but they are also weak. We have that balance of nature within us. People can keep going whilst in a lot of pain, but something like a headache could knock them senseless. I knew someone who got shot in the leg and ran three miles because he thought he had been hit by the brick. The second he realised he had actually been shot and was safe to do so, he collapsed in pain. Quickly establish what your characters can and cannot do.

Children - Children are more robust than so many people give them credit for, they wouldn’t make it to adulthood otherwise. Children are emotionally stronger than they are physically but many children have a lot more endurance for their size than adults because they have to keep up with adults. Two good examples are The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

Hygiene - Namely with periods and stuff. It is hard work keeping the body clean, so personal hygiene will be poor but people tend to stop caring at a point when they realise how hard it is to maintain. A lot of people would revert to old fashioned methods of vagina health as well, so people would use reusable cloth or diva cups. The only book I know of that covers this is The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

Simple Killers - More people died of the Spanish flu than in the First World War (source). It is surprising how often it is “little things” that kill people off. An emotional death does not have to be all that dramatic, no bloody death or major killer. Something as simple as a small cut that festered will kill someone if not treated correctly. An asthma attack, diabetes, things we see as treatable would make quick work of us without medical aid. Also most deaths are really simple and sudden.

World Limitations - What is this obsession with guns and everything happening in the summer and unlimited cans of food? No, let’s be honest, none of these are realistic. Guns will not last, can goods will be snatched up by the shop loads, most natural disasters will happen in spring or autumn. Remember to do the key thing, make your world real and people are more likely to believe it.

Take a Page - Who are most renowned for their post-apocalyptic stories? British pre-1950s authors. Why? Their worlds are real, the possibilities of what could happen in those worlds are real. Some where and still are scarily accurate, they looked at the current and possible state of things, creating a world too similar to our own. Great examples like 1984 by George Orwell, The Death of Grass by John Christopher, The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, Soylent Green and the Mad Max Series.

Winter Anime Final Impressions

I was supposed to do this like two weeks ago but with Gundam ending so late and me getting swept up with many things, I didn’t have the time, but here’s a quick rundown of the best and worst of the Winter season. I’m gong from best to worst and also since I watched very few shows this season, I ‘m not gonna break them down in best/meh/worst

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

A masterpiece to the very end, as heartbreaking as it was full of joy and love. There was this weird insinuation at the end that didn’t sit well with me at all and I’m not sure why they felt the need to do it, but I can overlook it because the rest of the picture is so wonderful and special and heart-wrenching. When Konatsu asked Yakumo to make her his apprentice, I actually cried. What a beautiful show. Don’t let the obscure antique Japanese art keep you from experiencing one of the best anime of this decade.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto-hen

I was a bit worried about this one because lately, when an “old” show gets a sequel many years after it last aired, said sequel turns out underwhelming and poorly done. See D.Grayman HALLOW (which also adapted my favorite arc from that manga) and Berserk (production values aside, the decline of this is due to Miura’s gross storytelling, so I guess it was inevitable). But I was more than surprised and ecstatic to see this rendition of the Kyoto arc did justice on the source material, with excellent production values, a good pace and wonderful emotional and action scenes alike. AoEx is one of the finest examples of the battle shonen genre and that translated wonderfully to this new iteration of the anime. I can only hope we’ll see Izumo’s and Shura’s arc eventually too.

ACCA-13-ku Kansatsuka

I was a Little on the fence on this one at the start, but once they laid down all the cards and tied all the loose threads, it became absolutely amazing. I’m sorry I ever doubted you Natsume Ono, your ability to craft smart and fascinating adult stories shall never be questioned again. Definitely worth checking out if you want to try something different to your usual anime genres. Helps that the visuals are really interesting and that Mauve is such a bae. I still feel Jean was the weakest link with his absolute nonchalance, but even that somehow worked at the end. Definitely worth going through the somewhat slow initial episodes.

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

NGL i’m not a fan of Kaburagi, he’s so much like Naruko I don’t feel he adds anything to the team. But this is now officially the Teshima show and that compensates for the snooze that is Kaburagi because Teshima has become so fabulous and cool I’m just excited every week to see what he’ll do next. Also the First-year race was a true highlight and I’m very disappointed Sugimoto didn’t make the cut, they did a fantastic job in making him likable, so it was sad to see him lose. Hopefully he’ll get to assist Imaizumi when they’re 3rd years.

Originally posted by animagamefan

Little Witch Academia

This show’s a lot of fun, with really sweet animation and it also sports the Best Girl of the season, Sucy Manbavaaran, although I gotta say there were a bit too many fillerish episodes and it was frustrating to see them take so long to get the plot going. I’m not hating on the show, it is in fact extremely entertaining, but it’s a little lacking on the plot department. Hopefully we’ll get more of that on the second cour.

Classicaloid

I’ve never been happier of not quitting a show as I am about Classicaloid. By episode 3 I was on the verge of giving up because it wasn’t what I had expected, but I kept going and I ended falling so hard in love with this show I’m ecstatic it’s getting a second season. Once I embraced the absurdity, it became the best comedy of the season, and I honestly would watch Schubert’s fishy misadventures for 52 weeks a year. It’s an acquired taste for sure and not easy to recommend, but if you’re willing to let go of all reason, you’re sure to have a good time.

Originally posted by mimimochi

All Out!!

I have a lot of love for this show and its characters (and Sekizan’s ridiculous hair), but I’m afraid the pacing they chose basically doomed them because with the abysmal sales, it seems unlikely we’ll ever see a second season and therefore we’ll never get to see if Jinko does get to Hanazono. It’s a perfectly competent sports series, that does a really good job of developing its huge cast, definitely much better than the likes of Prince of Stride or DAYS, but its inconclusive ending is quite frustrating. I really do hope we get to see more of these boys, but Madhouse’s never been all that good with the whole getting-sequels-done so…

Originally posted by dexicon

Kuzu no Honkai

In spite of its low ranking, this is actually a really good show and a unique take on teenage female sexuality that you wouldn’t normally see in this mostly sexist medium. Hanabi made for a truly interesting protagonist and I liked seeing her explore herself and her relationships. I was however quite disappointed by how little focus we actually had for Hanabi and Mugi’s relationship. I felt there was more telling than showing in that regard, especially in the latter half of the show. The ending was pretty good and mature in spite of everything, and as always, I’m just really fond of all the vaginal imagery in the ED animation. Could’ve done without Moca though.

Originally posted by jyoshikausei

Gundam: Tekketsu Orphans

At the end of the Fall season, I expressed my concern about pointless, meaningless deaths. Clearly the Gundam writers thought I wasn’t concerned enough because the amount of characters that died pointless deaths went on to, I think, the double digits. I wouldn’t have minded the carnage if there had been some sort of payoff to the sacrifices. For example, if Shino hadn’t stupidly and conveniently missed his one shot because the show couldn’t afford to kill Rustal yet. I always felt Orga, Mika and Akihiro had a ton of death flags looming over their heads, but I certainly didn’t expect all three of them to get to the chopping block. Orga’s death was particularly random and pointless, but then again, what they did with Orga in general was very confusing. That he agreed to McGillis’s sketchy propositions to become “king of Mars” never made a whole lot of sense to me and that’s the result we got. I’ll also never get over how creepy and weird the whole Atra giving Mika a baby thing was. In short, I have very mixed feelings about it.

Originally posted by shokugekis

Hand Shakers

I could write thousands of words for everything that was wrong with this series but I think it wouldn’t make justice to the absolute experience that is watching this amazing trainwreck. Go watch it to see a masterclass of how not to anime. Honestly I had such a good time hating this show, it was so horrible in every possible way. Good job GoHands, even animate, who sponsored this show, won’t give it any publicity.

Super Lovers

I’m not sure of how this production team managed to put out 20 episodes of nothing actually happen. Like you just have to give kudos to the writers for managing to simply not do anything over the course of 6~ hours of content. No drama, no decent comedy, no character development, not even relationship development in a BL romance. It’s kind of amazing how pointless the whole thing is. The dog’s still cute and the relationship is still creepy and gross and that’s about all there is to say about this.

Although most of the shows I watched turned out great, it did feel like a weaker season because there wasn’t that much that was interesting (my Wednesdays were literally empty). Or maybe everything looks lackluster in this post-Yuri on Ice world D: But there was Rakugo and rakugo is good and I’m glad we live in an age in which such a niche, quiet and adult artistic show could be made and tell a complete story.

Celia Cruz (1925 - 2003) aka The Queen of Salsa

Born in Havana, Cuba , Celia would go on to be one of the most popular and beloved salsa  performers of all time, with 23 gold albums. Although there was initial doubt about her ability to sell salsa records in a male dominated genre, throughout her career she rose to the very top of the genre and helped popularize latin music in North America

anonymous asked:

Hi! You seem to know a lot about lesbian books so I wanted to ask if you have a suggestion. The books I've read,even though they weren't advertised as such,included a lot of erotic scenes and that's not what I'm looking for. I just want a book with a happy ending that doesn't include men or cheating, and is about the relationship not sex.(Like I know sex is included in relationships and I don't mind like one sex scene but I'm demi so I don't want sex scenes without a strong relationship first):)

For sure! So you still wanted a romance book, but without the sex scenes, or did you want any lesbian books regardless of genre? 

YA might be helpful for this! From what I remember, these don’t have sex scenes in them, but I could be misremembering: 

Does anyone else have more recommendations?

Masterlist

I’ll update it as I keep writing!  

Sketches and Coffee (Steve Rogers x Reader College!AU)

Summary: Steve is an art student observing your dance rehearsals for his sketches.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

French Girl (Steve Rogers x Reader College!AU)*

*Sequel for Sketches and Coffee!

Summary: Steve draws you like a french girl.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

I Wish (You Were Mine) (Steve Rogers x Mutant!Reader)

Summary: “Yeah but you know…” You shrugged playfully, a shy smile gracing your lips. “Now I can say I got saved by Captain America.” 
He let out a hearty laugh and that was it. 
You had a high school kinda crush on Captain freaking America.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

New York Baby (Steve Rogers x Sokovian!Reader)

Summary: Steve fights for a living. So he’s most definitely fighting to have you back.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Worth The Wait (Skinny!Steve Rogers x Reader Modern!AU)

Summary: “So my friends dared me to ask a random person out on a date and the person I asked actually said yes wth do I do?!” AU
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Keep You Here (Skinny!40s! Steve Rogers x Reader)

Summary: “No, I mean if you don’t mind I could draw you?”
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Home (Steve Rogers x Reader)

Summary: So she is a little box full of surprises. He isn’t expecting the lightness, the freedom, the spontaneity. Rare traits in the life he leads, as a super soldier, as Captain America. But exactly what he needs.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Sunday Kind of Love (Skinny!40s! Steve Rogers x Reader)

Summary: He comes in and sit in the closest table to the stage. Just to watch you sing.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

98 Kisses (Steve Rogers x Reader)

Summary: Steve’s girlfriend promises to fulfill one of her birthday’s tradition with him. One kiss for each one of his years.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Vintage Bars and Ballrooms (Steve Rogers x Reader Modern!AU)

Summary: Tony tries to hook his assistant with his ‘muscly virgin’ friend, Steve. But she just can’t take this also muscly guy she met in a vintage bar in Brooklyn out of her mind.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

The Convenient Accident (Steve Rogers x Reader)

Summary:  You’re having a relaxing night back at home with a bubble bath, wine, candles and good music to keep you company. That changes when you decide to send a sexy picture to your asshole of ex-boyfriend and when that picture ends up in someone’s phone. More like Captain America’s phone.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Be Patient (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Be patient and let me grow into your arms.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Angst, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Just So You Know (Bucky Barnes x Reader)*

*Written as a prequel to All My Lows but can be read separately!

Summary: Mornings with you are Bucky’s favorites.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

All My Lows (Bucky Barnes x Pregnant!Reader)

Summary: Bucky has another nightmare and ends up hurting you. What happens next?
Genre: Romance/fluff, Angst, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

The Bet (Bucky Barnes x Stark!Reader)

Summary: “Pin me down onto the mat for 15 seconds and you get whatever you want from me.” Bucky said and bit down his lower lip to hold back a grin as he continued. “If it’s the other way around, I get whatever I want from you.”
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Loved (Bucky Barnes x Avenger!Reader)

Summary: Bucky’s journey until he can accept himself again.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Bucky Barnes’ Infinite Playlist (Bucky Barnes x Avenger!Reader)*

*Hold ties with Loved!

Summary: Bucky would make sure remember every single one of her songs.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Second Chances (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Does Bucky believe in his second chance?
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Not a Bad Thing (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky wants a kid while you…don’t.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Pictures Of You (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky couldn’t help but feel like there was something missing, someone missing.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Angst
Rating: T

Memories Of You (Bucky Barnes x Reader)*

*Sequel for Pictures Of You!

Summary: He just didn’t want to mourn another lost memory. 
Genre: Romance/fluff, Angst
Rating: T

Liar, Liar (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Making-out without touching. Who wins?
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Skin Deep (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky just wanted to help. Like you helped him.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Partners (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky feels vulnerable and impotent when he finds out her life had been just as hard as his and yet– she smiles brighter than Stark’s stupid customized fireworks. She’s everything that he isn’t and everything he wants to be.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Matchmaker (Bucky Barnes x Male!Reader)

Summary: Natasha sets you up on a blind date with Bucky.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Only Forever (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: 13 days with Bucky Barnes.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Life As We Know It (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: When he wakes up in the middle of the night, tear stained cheeks, heavy chest and frantic heartbeats, Bucky goes out. And meets you in the way.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Homecoming (40s!Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky is back home after the war.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Rainy Zurich (Bucky Barnes x Stark!Reader)

Summary: Five times Bucky finds solace in his room and one time he doesn’t.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Birthday Candles (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky celebrates his 99th birthday!
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Two Sides (Bucky Barnes x Reader)*

*Written as a prequel to The Apartment Chronicles but can be read separately!

Summary: Every war and battle has more than one point of view. The one they’re in is no exception to the rule.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

The Apartment Chronicles (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky’s little place in Romania holds a lot of stories.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Loyalty and Hope (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: You both complete each other in every way possible.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Of Pictures And Videos (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky gradually grows fond of three things; himself, social media and…his fellow teammate.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Of Games and Memes (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: In which Bucky creates a private Facebook account, enjoys fatherhood, discovers Pokemon Go and makes a meme out of Steve.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Benefits (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Having Bucky Barnes as a friend brings all kinds of benefits.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: M

Thousands (Bucky Barnes x Reader Soulmate!AU)

Summary: When Bucky is old enough to really understand what a soulmate is, he’s consequently old enough to do the math for it and he’s expecting everything but that. He’s got 36.858 days until he can meet his.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Russian Muses (Bucky Barnes x Reader Art School!AU)

Summary: Bucky ‘helped’ around the school, you got that part pretty much figured out. He just didn’t help in the way you had previously thought.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Countdown (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Placing bets with Bucky is a dangerous thing…but it often ends in pleasure so you don’t complain much.
Genre: Smut
Rating: E

Beautiful Escape (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Bucky’s secret is no longer a secret.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Victim of Love (Bucky Barnes x POC!Reader)

Summary: In which Bucky and his beautiful black girlfriend don’t back out against racist asses.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Touch (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Maybe waking up from nightmares and dreams isn’t so bad. Or so Bucky thinks.
Genre: Smut
Rating: E

Fall To Winter (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Maybe Bucky is just starting believe he’s very much loved despite everything he’s done.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Tastes Like Love (Bucky Barnes x Reader)

Summary: Three different sweet treats for a very sweet day.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Futile Devices (Tony Stark x Reader)

Summary: You get rescued from a HYDRA base by Tony.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

5 Stages (Matt Murdock x Reader)

Summary: The 5 stages of falling in love with Matt Murdock.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Heartbeats (Matt Murdock x Reader)

Summary: How does Matt tell you that you’re pregnant?
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Kiss Land (Matt Murdock x Reader)

Summary: Matt Murdock was an insanely great kisser. And he absolutely loved to put his lips to use.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Coming Down (Matt Murdock x Reader)

Summary: Based off Halsey’s ‘Coming Down’.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Hollow Promises (Matt Murdock x Reader)

Summary: Matt finds and loses a life he’s never had. A life he doesn’t even feel like deserving sometimes.
Genre: Angst
Rating: T

God or Goddess? (Loki x Stark!Reader)

Summary: You’re pregnant with the God of Mischief’s baby. How are you going to tell your older brother?
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Find You (Clint Barton x Archer!Reader)

Summary: You saved Clint during a HYDRA attack. And now he just needs to know who you are. 
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Karaoke Night (Clint Barton x Reader)

Summary: It’s karaoke night for Clint Barton!
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

You and Me (Clint Barton x Doctor!Reader)

Summary: The both of you were the perfect match for a disaster.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

The Five Days (Clint Barton x Agent!Reader)

Summary: Five days where Clint Barton tried to spoil you. Tried.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Sleepy Speedy (Pietro Maximoff x Avenger!Reader)

Summary: 5 times Pietro sleeps against you and 1 time you sleep against him.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Much Better (Pietro Maximoff x Avenger!Reader)

Summary: Late night talks with Pietro.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Hurt/comfort
Rating: T

Lost Stars (Ben Solo/Kylo Ren x Reader)

Summary: 4 times the stars meant something good in Ben’s life. And 2 times they didn’t.
Genre: Romance/fluff, Angst
Rating: T

Lucky Strike (Poe Dameron x Reader Modern!AU)

Summary: Your excitement to meet the company’s most requested pilot was nearly zero. Little did you know you were going to swallow your words.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

Winner’s Luck (Tom Hiddleston x Actress!Reader)

Summary: Tom is called onstage to receive an award from you, the presenter. A congratulations cheek kiss turns out to be something else.
Genre: Romance/fluff
Rating: T

DRABBLES MASTERLIST

Eggs

Summary: Dan has way too many eggs beacuse he keeps borrowing them from his cute neighbour.
Phil is all out of eggs beacuse his cute neighbour keeps borrowing them.

Based of this prompt:
Person A:  Asks cute neighbour to borrow an egg literally 5 times a week as an excuse to talk.
Also Person A:  Can’t cook??
                          Has too many eggs,,
                          Help

Genre: Humor, fluff 

Word count: 4015

A/N: I’ve written the first about a thousand words of this ages ago and stumbled across it again today, I’ve been working on it all day and I hope you’ll enjoy it! I personally find it very funny, Manon was just constantly cringing because of how awkward this is when I let her read it.
~Lonneke 

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Eggs

Summary: Dan has way too many eggs beacuse he keeps borrowing them from his cute neighbour.
Phil is all out of eggs beacuse his cute neighbour keeps borrowing them.

Based of this prompt:
Person A:  Asks cute neighbour to borrow an egg literally 5 times a week as an excuse to talk.
Also Person A:  Can’t cook??
                          Has too many eggs,,
                          Help

Genre: Humor, fluff 

Warnings: food mentions (obviously) 

Word count: 4015

Distractions pt 7

Pt. 1 || Pt. 2 || Pt. 3 || Pt. 4 || Pt. 5 || Pt. 6 || Pt. 7 || Pt. 8 || Pt.9 || Pt. 10 || Pt. 11

Yoongi x Reader (ft. Jimin)

Genre: Angst/Fluff

Summary: Getting help from him was great…but you hadn’t expected it was going to be difficult for you and for your fluttering heart.

Word Count: 1783

Originally posted by berry852

You were bent in an awkward position which caused the muscle in your leg to stretch and make you feel uncomfortable. Jimin watched as your face distorted in response to the small amount of pain and so he came over to help. As if it were second nature, he laid his hand on the side of your hip and adjusted you in the correct way,

“You just gotta tilt your hip a bit more.”

A small tingling feeling coursed throughout your body. The feeling didn’t make you uncomfortable…it made you feel nervous. It was like a swarm of butterflies was let loose to flutter around inside your stomach. Subconsciously, you smiled and adjusted yourself to better fit the curve of his hand. 

“Yeah, just like that. With your hip positioned like this, you can easily ease into the next move without accidentally pulling something.” Jimin was focused on the dance and especially focused on helping you. He looked very professional as if he was an actual dance teacher who ran his very own dance academy, which made him look very manly and dependable. Aside from that, with the sweat dripping down his chin, and his shirt clinging to his glossy skin and his hair sleeked back….you felt a rush of heat attack your face. You didn’t really have any close contact with an attractive young male ever since…well…Yoongi, but you internally scolded yourself for swooning over the first guy who came your way. It wasn’t like he was attracted to you in that way and vice versa….or so you thought. 

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MY WRITING MASTERPOST

I just have a lot of writing tips and masterposts and just stuff in my likes and I decided to put them all into this. All rights goes to the people who made them.

Cool Other Masterposts:

  • Writing Specific Characters
  • Writing References
  • Writing Masterpost
  • Character Guides
  • Writing Help for Writers
  • Ultimate Writing Resource List
  • Lots of RP Guides
  • Online Writing Resources
  • List of Websites to Help You Focus
  • Resources for Writing Bio’s
  • Helpful Links for Writing Help
  • General Writing Resources
  • Resources for Biography Writing
  • Mental Ilnesses/Disorders Guides
  • 8 Words You Should Avoid While Writing
  • The Ultimate Writing Masterpost

General:

  • The Official Ten-Step Guide to Becoming the Next Gatsby
  • The Periodic Table of Storytelling
  • Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips
  • Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone
  • 34 Writing Tips that will make you a Better Writer
  • 50 Free resources that will improve your writing skills
  • 5 ways to get out of the comfort zone and become a stronger writer
  • 10 ways to avoid Writing Insecurity
  • The Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Insecurity
  • The Difference Between Good Writers and Bad Writers
  • You’re Not Hemingway - Developing Your Own Style
  • 7 Ways to use Brain Science to Hook Readers and Reel them In
  • 8 Short Story Tips from Kurt Vonnegut
  • How to Show, Not Tell
  • 5 Essential Story Ingredients
  • How to Write Fiction that grabs your readers from page one
  • Why research is important in writing
  • Make Your Reader Root for Your Main Character
  • Writing Ergonomics (Staying Comfortable Whilst Writing)
  • The Importance of Body Language
  • Fashion Terminology
  • All About Kissing
  • Genre Help: Romance
  • 187 Mental Illnesses
  • Types of Mental Illness
  • Eye Color List
  • Spectral Groupings
  • Do you have trouble creating your titles?
  • On being a co-writer || Additional tips on effective co-writing 
  • The length of a chapter
  • How to deal with too many story ideas
  • On writing two stories simultaneously || a similar ask
  • When a story stops working
  • Copyright
  • Reading critically for writers
  • The question of outlining
  • Avoiding publishing scams
  • Finding story ideas
  • Tips on building a platform [guest blog]
  • How much does writing “in genre” matter?
  • What a “real writer” is
  • Pennames and aliases
  • A series of thoughts on series titles
  • The self-pub miniseries: the why
  • The self-pub miniseries: the what
  • Rewriting fanfiction into original fiction
  • Formatting long quotes and songs 

Characters:

  • 10 days of Character Building
  • Name Generators
  • Name Playground
  • Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test
  • Seven Common Character Types
  • Handling a Cast of Thousands Part 1 - Getting To Know Your Characters
  • Web Resources for Developing Characters
  • Building Fictional Characters
  • Fiction Writer’s Character Chart
  • Body Language Cheat
  • Body Language Reference Cheat
  • Tips for Writers: Body Language
  • Types of Crying
  • Body Language: Mirroring
  • Character Building Workshop
  • Tips for Characterization
  • Character Chart for Fiction Writers
  • Villains are people too but…
  • How to Write a Character Bible
  • Character Development Exercises
  • All Your Characters Talk the Same - And They’re Not A Hivemind!
  • Medieval Names Archive
  • Sympathy Without Saintliness
  • Family Echo (Family Tree Maker)
  • Behind The Name
  • 100 Character Development Questions for Writers
  • Aether’s Character Development Worksheet
  • The 12 Common Archetypes
  • Six Types of Courageous Characters
  • Kazza’s List of Character Secrets - Part 1, Part 2
  • Creating Believable Characters With Personality
  • Angry
  • Bad Asses
  • Bitches (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  • Childishness
  • Emotional Detachment
  • Flirtatious
  • The Girl Next Door
  • Introverts (2)
  • Mean Persons (2)
  • Psychopaths
  • Party Girls
  • Rich (2) 
  • Rebels
  • Sarcasm
  • Serial Killers (2)
  • Shyness (2, 3)
  • Sluts
  • Villains (2)
  • Witt
  • Body Language Cheat Sheet
  • Creating Fictional Characters Series
  • Three Ways to Avoid Lazy Character Description
  • 7 Rules for Picking Names for Fictional Characters
  • Character Development Questionnaire
  • How to Create Fictional Characters
  • Character Name Resources
  • Character Development Template
  • Character Development Through Hobbies
  • Character Flaws List
  • 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters
  • Ari’s Archetype Series
  • How to Craft Compelling Characters
  • List of 200 Character Traits
  • Writing Characters of the Opposite Sex
  • Making Your Characters Likable
  • Do you really know your characters?
  • Character Development: Virtues
  • Character Development: Vices
  • Character Morality Alignment
  • List of Negative Personality Traits
  • List of Positive Personality Traits
  • List of Emotions - Positive
  • List of Emotions - Negative
  • Loon’s Character Development Series - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
  • Phobia List A-L (Part 1), M-Z (Part 2)
  • 30 Day In Depth Character Development Meme
  • Words for Emotions based on Severity
  • Eight Bad Characters
  • High Level Description of the Sixteen Personality Types
  • How Not to Write Female Characters
  • Writing Female Characters
  • How to write empowering female characters
  • Why I write strong female characters
  • Red Flags for Female Characters Written by Men
  • Writing strong female characters
  • The Female Character Flowchart
  • Eight Heroine Archetypes
  • Eight Hero Archetypes
  • Help on picking character names
  • A tip about realistic characters
  • Strategies to create believable characters
  • Additional tips on writing PoC characters
  • Advice on writing genders
  • Creating unstable characters
  • Ambiguous Antagonists
  • A tidbit on psychological trauma [trigger warnings]
  • On writing accents
  • What makes characters stick with me
  • Sweetening up character description
  • Making an introverted character stand out
  • Conveying too much or too little character “inner reflection”
  • Revealing a character’s asexual orientation
  • Revealing a character’s gender & orientation
  • A habit of killing characters
  • When characters aren’t standing out
  • Breaking hearts with character deaths
  • Quick tips on expressing character 
  • Character development versus pacing 
  • A mini guide to character voice
  • A Description Resource
  • 55 Words to Describe Someones Voice
  • Describing Skin Colors
  • Describing a Person: Adding Details
  • Emotions Vocabulary
  • 90 Words For ‘Looks’
  • Be More Descriptive
  • Describe a Character’s Look Well
  • 100 Words for Facial Expressions
  • To Show and Not To Tell
  • Words to Describe Facial Expressions
  • Describing Clothes
  • List of Actions
  • Tone, Feelings and Emotions
  • Writing A Vampire
  • Writing Pansexual Characters
  • Writing Characters on the Police Force
  • Writing Drunk Characters
  • Writing A Manipulative Character
  • Writing A Friends With Benefits Relationship
  • Writing A Natural Born Leader
  • Writing A Flirtatious Character
  • Writing A Nice Character
  • Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Villains
  • Five Traits to Contribute to an Epic Villain
  • Writing Villains that Rock
  • Writing British Characters
  • How To Write A Character With A Baby
  • On Assassin Characters
  • Disorders in general (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety (2, 3, 4, 5) 
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Alice In Wonderland Syndrome
  • Bipolar Disorder (2, 3)
  • Cotard Delusions
  • Depression (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)   
  • Eeating Disorders (2, 3)
  • Facitious Disorders
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Multiple Personality Disorder (2)
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Night Terrors
  • Kleptomania (2)
  • A Pyromaniac
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Psychopaths
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (2) (3)
  • Sex Addiction (2)
  • Schizophrenia (2)
  • Sociopaths (2)
  • Aspergers Syndrome
  • Apathy 
  • Autism
  • Someone Blind (2)
  • Cancer (2, 3)
  • Disability
  • Dyslexia
  • Muteness (2, 3)
  • Stutter
  • Actors
  • Ballet Dancer (2)
  • Christianity
  • Foreigners
  • Gamblers
  • Hinduism
  • Hitmen
  • Satanism
  • Smokers
  • Stoners
  • Taoism
  • Journalists
  • Vegetarians
  • Alcohol Influence (2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Cocaine Influence
  • Ecstasy Influence (2)
  • Heroin Use
  • LSD Influence
  • Marijuana Influence (2, 3)
  • Opiate Use

Tips on Writing Dialogue:

  • It’s Not What They Say…
  • Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue
  • Speaking of Dialogue
  • The Great Said Debate
  • He Said, She Said, Who Said What?
  • How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters
  • Writing Dialogue: Go for Realistic, Not Real-Life

Tips on Writing Point of View:

  • Establishing The Right Point of View
  • How to Start Writing in the Third Person
  • The I Problem

Style & Craft of Writing:

  • The literary “weak verb”
  • Do you have word tics?
  • Victoria’s Vitamins: vague descriptive words
  • Victoria’s Vitamins: mood
  • Breaking writing habits
  • Varying sentences
  • Describing colors
  • Sweetening up character description
  • Purple prose
  • Grammar is a tricksy thing
  • “Smartening” the language of your narrative
  • Building suspense and making readers sweat
  • A couple tips about description in fast-paced scenes

Content:

  • The story of exposition
  • 10 ways to hit your reader in the gut
  • Make your reader root for your main character
  • Make your reader hold their breath
  • What’s the big deal about intros?
  • A tip about description
  • The word count of your manuscript
  • Things that make me keep reading
  • Choosing ideas and endings
  • When to describe setting
  • Battling cliches
  • Is your story YA, NA, or adult?
  • When a plot isn’t strong enough to make a whole story
  • Flashbacks with multiple POVs
  • Bulking up your word count
  • Avoiding cliches
  • Conquer that opening line || response || discussion
  • Tips on revealing setting awesomely kind of
  • Deciding between different ideas for the same story 

Revision:

  • You’ve finished your manuscript! Now what?
  • Revision sucks but doesn’t have to suck
  • Where to find beta readers/critique partners
  • Tips on taking critique
  • Tips on giving critique
  • What to do with bad writing advice
  • Additional insight on bad writing advice
  • Five quick steps to get into revising that manuscript
  • When to say you’re done revising
  • Beginning the awesome journey of revision
  • Friends are not always the best readers 

Plot, Structure, & Outline:

  • Writing A Novel Using the Snowflake Method
  • Effectively Outlining Your Novel
  • Conflict and Character Within Story Structure
  • Outlining Your Plot
  • Ideas, Plots and Using the Premise Sheets
  • How To Write A Novel
  • Creating Conflict and Sustaining Suspense
  • Plunge Right In…Into Your Story, That Is
  • Tips for Creating a Compelling Plot
  • 36 (plus one) Dramatic Situations
  • The Evil Overlord Devises A Plot: Excerpt from Stupid Plot Tricks
  • Conflict Test
  • What is Conflict?
  • Monomyth
  • The Hero’s Journey: Summary of Steps
  • Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes
  • Plotting Without Fears
  • Novel Outlining 101
  • Writing The Perfect Scene
  • One-Page Plotting
  • The Great Swampy Middle
  • How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?
  • Create A Plot Outline in 8 Easy Steps
  • How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel
  • Create Structure in your novel using index cards
  • Choosing the best outline method for you
  • Hatch’s Plot Bank

Setting & Making Your Own World

  • Magical Word Builder’s Guide
  • I Love The End Of The World
  • World Building 101
  • The Art of Description: Eight Tips to Help Bring Your Settings to Life
  • Creating the Perfect Setting - Part 1
  • Creating a Believable World
  • Setting
  • Character and Setting Interactions
  • Maps Workshop - Developing the Fictional World Through Mapping
  • World Builders Project
  • How To Create Fantasy Worlds
  • Creating Fantasy and Science Fiction Worlds

Helpful Tools & Software:

  • Tip Of My Tongue - Find the word you’re looking for
  • Write or Die - Stay motivated
  • Stay Focused - Tool for Chrome, lock yourself out of distracting websites
  • My Writing Nook - Online Text Editor, Free
  • Bubbl.us - Online Mind Map Application, Free
  • Family Echo - Online Family Tree Maker, Free
  • Freemind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
  • Xmind - Mind Map Application; Free; Windows, Mac, Linux, Portable
  • Liquid Story Binder - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $45.95; Windows, Portable
  • Scrivener - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $39.95; Mac
  • SuperNotecard - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free trial, $29; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
  • yWriter - Novel Organization and Writing Application; free; Windows, Linux, portable
  • JDarkRoom - Minimalist Text Editing Application; free; Windows, Mac, Linux, portable
  • AutoRealm - Map Creation Application; free; Windows, Linux with Wine

Grammer & Revision:

  • How To Rewrite
  • Editing Recipe
  • Cliche Finder
  • Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written
  • Writing 101: Revising A Novel
  • 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
  • Synonyms for the Most Commonly Used Words of the English Language
  • Grammar Urban Legends
  • Words Instead of Walk (2)
  • Commonly Confused Adjectives
  • A Guide on Punctuation
  • Common Writing Mistakes
  • 25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
  • How to: Avoid Misusing Variations of Words
  • Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
  • The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
  • Other Ways to Say..
  • Proofreading
  • 300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
  • List of Misused Words
  • Words for Sex
  • 100 Beautiful and Ugly Words
  • Words to Use More Often
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’ or ‘Laugh’
  • Three Self Editing Tips
  • Words to Use Instead of ‘Walk’, ‘Said’, ‘Happy’ and ‘Sad’
  • Synonyms for Common Words
  • Alternatives for ‘Smile’
  • Transitional Words
  • The Many Faces and Meanings of ‘Said’
  • Synonyms for ‘Wrote’
  • A Case Of She Said, She Said

Creativity Boosters:

  • *Creative Writing Prompts
  • *Ink Provoking
  • *Story Starter
  • *Story Spinner
  • *Story Kitchen
  • *Language is a Virus
  • *The Dabbling Mum
  • Quick Story Idea Generator
  • Solve Your Problems By Simply Saying Them Out Loud
  • Busting Your Writing Rut
  • Creative Acceleration: 11 Tips To Engineer A Productive Flow
  • Writing Inspiration, Or Sex on a Bicycle
  • The Seven Major Beginner Mistakes
  • Complete Your First Book with these 9 Simple Writing Habits
  • Free Association, Active Imagination, Twilight Imaging
  • Random Book Title Generator
  • Finishing Your Novel
  • Story Starters & Idea Generators
  • Words to Use More Often
  • How to: Cure Writer’s Block
  • Some Tips on Writer’s Block
  • Got Writer’s Block?
  • 6 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block
  • Tips for Dealing With Writer’s Block

Improvement:

  • Improve Your Writing Habits Now
  • 5 Ways to Add Sparkle to Your Writing
  • Getting Over Roleplaying Insecurities
  • Improve Your Paras
  • Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
  • 4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
  • Writing Better Than You Normally Do
  • How’s My Driving?

Motivation:

  • Backhanding procrastination
  • On habits and taking care of yourself || Response
  • More troubles with writing motivation
  • The inner critic and ways to fight it
  • The writing life is hard on us
  • For troubles with starting your story
  • Writing to be published
  • “You’re a writer, will you write this for me?”
  • Writing a story that’s doomed to suck
  • Writing stamina builds slowly
  • When depression goes and writing goes with it
  • Additional inner critic strategies
  • Tips on conquering NaNoWriMo (or any project, really)
  • You will change as a writer
  • Ways to keep writing while in school
  • 13 quick tips when you’re starting your novel
  • First draft blues
  • Getting in your own way 

Writing an Application:

  • How to: Make That Application Your Bitch
  • How to: Make Your App Better
  • How to: Submit a Flawless Audition
  • 10 Tips for Applying
  • Para Sample Ideas
  • 5 Tips on Writing an IC Para Sample
  • Writing an IC Sample Without Escaping From the Bio
  • How to: Create a Worthy IC Para Sample
  • How to: Write an Impressive Para Sample
  • How to: Lengthen Short Para’s

Prompts:

  • Drabble Stuff
  • Prompts List
  • Writing Prompts
  • Drabble Prompts
  • How to Get Into Character
  • Writing Challenges/Prompts
  • A Study in Writing Prompts for RPs
  • Para Prompts & Ideas
  • Writing Prompts for Journal Entries
  • A List of Para Starters
Theatre Kids : Headcanons

Anon: could i request headcanons of tsukishima, yamaguchi, tanaka, kageyama, ushijima & oikawa having a musical theater loving gf - like it’s the thing she’s really passionate about so she always has vocal & dance recitals, & always has a musical that she’s apart of?

OH BOY IF THIS AIN’T ME! I’ll be giving a musical to each boy (and probably my personal favourites to tanaka and ushijima and tsukishima but shhh) so I can write head canons on that :3


Tsukishima

Wicked

  • tsukishima laughed when you told him you were playing glinda, as you and the character are nothing alike
  • he hasn’t heard you sing before, so to hear you sing about how much you loathed someone was pretty funny and he totally has it on his phone
  • your vocal range is superb and tsukishima is jealous
  • last time you were in the theatre, you were miss hannigan in annie, and you loved your song “little girls” just because you got to act drunk in it
  • during stage rehearsal, you loved the bubble thingy you got to go on and off stage on bc it was the grandest entrance ever, the first time you used it in costume you yelled “WASSUP BITCHES” and rehearsal had to be postponed ten minutes bc everyone was laughing too hard
  • rehearsals are always a lot of fun
  • also, you and the other gal who plays elphaba making everything low-key gay bc no way were those two ‘just friends’

Yamaguchi

The Sound of Music

  • he finds it funny that you’re a nun in training and won’t stop calling you Sister Y/N for at least a week and a half after telling him
  • you play maria, and he also thinks it’s very in character for you to adopt seven children and then marry their father (you didn’t know what to think of that but you did find it hilarious)
  • he loves the song “maria” and your “do-rei-me” and “my favourite things”
  • his favourite part of rehearsals is seeing you dance and prance around the stage with seven other people following after you
  • your vocal range makes him fall in love with you even more
  • he loves your voice, and bonus points if he rests his head on your lap and you run your fingers through his hair as you sing to him
  • he isn’t really jealous of the guy playing georg von trapp?? like, sure, you two have to kiss, but it didn’t really bother him?? it was just ‘oh that happened then’ and gave you a kiss after telling you how good you were
  • rehearsal lunch dates!!

Tanaka

Hamilton

  • okay, but hip-hop is his genre man, he’s gonna help you sing them lines (work girl!)
  • he adores the period dresses, and during dress rehearsals when you’re not on, he will dance with you backstage just to make the dress swish around
  • he is astounded when he sees you execute the choreography perfectly not only without the costume but in costume  as well
  • if you play eliza he’s the tiniest bit jealous of the guy who plays hamilton
  • and you tease him relentlessly for it
  • he cries when he hears burn, not gonna lie, your vocal range is perfect and beautiful and it tugged at his heart man
  • he’s sad whenever he doesn’t get to see you bc rehearsals, but he understands and avoids planning anything massively big around broadway season
  • tanaka went to all our plays, bc you always got to put a request down for how many tickets you wanted; some for your family and one for tanaka
  • he loved your donna from mamma mia tbh, it was a rollercoaster
  • post-opening night cuddles!!

Kageyama

Les Mis

  • if you play ephonine there is a 98.9% chance he will cry during rehearsals. every. time
  • he also loves your solo and affectionately calls it you “angsting over a dude who’s not me”. you are not impressed
  • watching the movie Les Mis one night and crying over hugh jackman and how beautiful everyone in the movie is bc, hot damn everyone in that movie is gorgeous
  • swanky-ass period clothes amiright, kageyama finds the new fashion trend by letting you put clothes on him
  • he loves every song and he becomes best buddies with your cast mates and friends
  • brings you flowers on the opening night 
  • when you come home stressed from rehearsals he kisses you and you talk about it a lot, and he always offers to help you with whatever you’re stressed about
  • him humming your latest solo as he makes you breakfast

Ushijima

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • okay, but you in Truly Scrumptious’ dress?? sign him the fuck up
  • also, you totally get him to practice the duet you have with the guy who plays Caractacus Potts and it turns into a make-out session
  • ushijima has a good singing voice himself, so it’s like a plus
  • his favourite song is toot sweets just because of how crazy it is in reality, like, he thinks it’s spectacular
  • he loves the original movie as well
  • he wants two kids like jemima and jeremy, and low key he wants you to be his truly
  • he’s cheesy that way
  • he also attends all of your rehearsals and brings you food on the opening night

Oikawa

Heathers

  • oikawa relates deeply to heather chandler and you don’t have the heart to tell him that she dies
  • you, on the other hand, play veronica sawyer, and he’s got a flaming, burning dislike for the guy who plays JD, even if it does please him that the guy dies in the end
  • oops, guess you’re singing seventeen to each other in the kitchen
  • he likes heathers because it’s black comedy satire, meant to make you think beneath the layers of jokes and references to the original 1989 film
  • also you watched the original film together and cried
  • there were real tears
  • he loves the knee highs (noted) and the skirt (also noted)
The Ol' Switch-a-roo
  • NINTENDO: Hey, thanks for helping us out with our launch by proving that we have a strong relationship with 3rd party companies this time.
  • BETHESDA: No problem! Nintendo's a great company, and we're honored to release Skyrim on it. A game full of open-ended exploration, high fantasy, and an ability to define your own journey should be the unique and wholly unexplored genre that will help Nintendo be its best!
  • NINTENDO: You're fantastic!
  • BETHESDA: Say, what IS your launch title, anyway?
  • NINTENDO: Literally Skyrim but better and with stronger name recognition.
  • BETHESDA: ...
  • BETHESDA: ...
  • NINTENDO: What?
  • BETHESDA: ...
  • NINTENDO: What!? What's wrong?!

anonymous asked:

I'm listening to Michael Bublé's "Sway", and all I could think about was Johsnavi?? Like I could vividly picture them dancing to this and I was smiling like an idiot ?? I'm so obsessed with johsnavi !!

Fun fact, the fic series I semi keep updating was based around that fire escape chapter where they listen to “Fly me to the moon” by Sinatra.

I actually have a johsnavi list of songs I listen to when I gotta write and it’s all New York crooner/ rat pack songs. So I’m glad I’m not the only one!

mermaidsforpansexuality  asked:

ive tried to watch and read some superhero comics and shows but i could never read more than a few comics or watch more than a few epeisodes. do u have any suggestions for really good ones?

Hmmm, I think so! It might be tricky, only because I don’t really know your preferences but, I can share some stuff that I’ve really enjoyed? With the disclaimer of course that YMMV. 

I think the best way to attack this is to narrow the ‘results’ as it were. I don’t know about you, but I find that the most…daunting? thing about superhero comics is the sheer MASS of continuity standing between you and the current issue, so. I’m gonna recommend some stuff that is fairly self-contained, and is easy to find either on comixology, @ the book store, or the local library. (Provided they have a good selection of comics/graphic novels.) 

RIGHT THEN, LET’S DO THIS:

- Matt Fraction/David Aja’s Hawkeye. At 22 issues, it’s pretty easy to get through, and it doesn’t require a ton of background knowledge of the Marvel Universe. Just follows Clint. Doing what he does when he’s not hanging with the Avengers.
- Darwyn Cooke’s The New Frontier. Okay, so you want to experience the DC Universe without actually having to read five billion books SO, GRAB THIS ONE. It’s like…the best stuff about DC crammed into one gorgeous trade.
- Scott Beatty/Chuck Dixon/Marcos Martin/Alvaro Lopez’s Batgirl: Year One. (If I ever make a list of recs that doesn’t contain Batgirl: Year One, please just assume I’ve been swapped out with a pod person and proceed accordingly.) Self contained origin story of one Barbara Gordon, Batgirl. 
- Keith Giffen/Bilquis Evely’s Sugar & Spike: Metahuman Investigations. Two private investigators deal with embarrassing stuff from superheroes’ Silver Age pasts. And if that pitch doesn’t sell you, believe me, Evely’s art will.  
- Ryan North/Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe. This was marketed as a kind of–I want to stay ‘stand alone’ even though that’s not quite right–graphic novel featuring Squirrel Girl and her pals, and it is 1.) Lots of fun 2.) packed with all the zaniness of the Marvel Universe w/o the meddlesome event comics and crossovers 3.) a convenient easy-to-read single volume. 
- And, okay, okay. This…this one might be a little out there, and you might not like it, but I gotta throw it in the mix here because I was so pleasantly surprised when I read it. Tom King/Gabriel H. Walta’s Vision. It’s only 12 (?) issues and collected in trades and it…is so weird but very, very good.
- Also Adventures of Supergirl. The creative team is crazy huge but I think you should be able to track it down on title alone.

So, those are some pretty solid superhero comics that I can think of off the top of my head (read: currently sitting on my bookshelf in my direct line of sight) and they’re short(ish), complete, and fairly easy to track down.

 If you want ongoing title recs, here’s a bunch of stuff I read last year and really enjoyed. (Spider-Woman is not pictured but she absolutely should be because her book is GREAT.)

As for Superhero shows…mmm. Try the first season of Agent Carter (don’t bother w/ the second) and The Middleman. Those are both ‘superhero’ shows that…aren’t really ‘superhero’ shows. So you might find them more to your liking? (Agent Carter is spy-fi set in the MCU, and Middleman is…also kinda spy-fi? and pokes fun at the genre.) 

Hopefully this helps! :D

Magic Realism: Let’s Talk Genre

I have been reluctant to call magic realism a genre. I would call it a literary style. I often compare magic realism to the gothic, but gothic too is a style, even if it also happens to be a genre. 

Lately though, magic realism has come across my Goodreads dashboard one too many times to ignore. A few times I’ve even picked up books under the magic realism category, only to realize, these are often not at all examples of magic realism. Often they are urban fantasy or even gothic. This becomes even more problematic when writers come to me saying that they write magic realism (and I get all excited and want to talk about it) until I find out that what they thought was magic realism is not magic realism.  So today, I’m going to try to explain it. 

Magic realism is a literary style that originated in Latin American Literature. It was popularized by the writer Gabriel García Márquez. A great contemporary example of this style in use is in pieces of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  The key characteristic of magic realism is that magic is normalized. It exists in everyone’s normal day to day life, whether it be in the form of curses or talking animals and so on. It isn’t suddenly discovered. Magic is not the conflict, though it can create situations for conflict (eg: “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel García Márquez). It exists and is real and most importantly, magic in itself is not feared - this is the biggest thing I emphasize. 

In a gothic, magic is scary. Magic or the belief in magic is often the conflict. It can be questionable whether the magic is real or not, but it causes fear regardless (eg: “The Thorn” a gothic poem by William Wordsworth). Curses are also common in gothics and animals too often play significant roles, but the difference is that these things will likely be the central conflict for these characters. Magic is still pretty believed by characters in these stories, but it is not normalized. In fact, magic is abnormal and that is why it is so frightening. Gothic is a genre that was popularized in the 19th century. Often gothic influence creep into today’s literature and that is more of a style than it is fitting with that historic genre. Stylistically, gothics and magic realism tend to fit more within the literary genre than they do horror or fantasy. 

Urban fantasy is a genre that is more recently popular. It commonly includes hidden worlds or the discovery of magic whether it be positive or negative. The point is that in urban fantasy, magic is not part of the every day. Curses and talking animals are also present in this genre. Magic has to be discovered. Characters need to convince someone to believe in it. Magic can be fun and uplifting, but still, it is not part of the norm, or at least normal for the entire world as we know it. Urban fantasy books can be very lyrical and fresh and are most often what I see people mistake for instances of magic realism. Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres and unfortunately, it’s one that a lot of new writers are very hesitant to identity with. Examples here include The Mortal Instruments Series, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, - most books that include werewolves, vampires, supernatural creatures as characters, and so on. This of these three is the only one really inside of the fantasy genre. 

Due to lots of questions and criticism, I should note, magic realism is not the same as the fantasy genre. They exist separately. I cannot say the I have read a fantasy story I would say includes magic realism, because nearly all examples I’ve named and others I am aware of tend to be literary fiction. I will not say that all are because I have not read everything and I believe that it’s a popular style that has a lot of room to grow. In fact, I would love to see it grow and expand. If you want to become more familiar with magic realism, I highly recommend reading some of the examples I’d mentioned.