try something different

new genre concept: soft apocalypse

the world as we know it has ended and mother nature starts taking back what’s hers. there are no zombies or cannibals or murderous bandits. the most valued members of the community are those who know how to garden and farm, sew and weave, treat wounds, work wood or build with bricks, cook from scratch. 

people bond together to begin rebuilding instead of killing each other. everyone teaches each other whatever they do know and works together to figure out the stuff none of them know. books become incredibly valued resources because they’re often the only way to learn critical information. if someone is elderly, disabled, or otherwise unable to work at the same level as most of the community, they’re taken care of by the others, not told any sort of “survival of the fittest” bs.

as the generations ware on, communities begin expanding into small cities. some of the settlements even find ways to repurpose solar or wind power on a small scale and have electricity in some of their buildings. storytellers wander the countryside telling tales of the old world in return for some hot stew or a place to rest for the night, and the mythos of the new world start to incorporate elements of the past. the only thing that remains constant is that humans survive, and they do it by working together.

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The Defenders countdown: One Defender • Jessica Jones
“Knowing it’s real means you gotta make a decision. One, keep denying it. Or two, do something about it.”

Even though I’m comfortable here I know if I stay here I can’t grow. The best thing for me to do is break out of my comfort zone to become who I’m meant to be.
—  Affirmation of the day.
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kingdom hearts appreciation week
↳day one// favorite outfit

did you know? if you write about a gay man, you aren’t actually required to call him “fabulous.”

it’s a common misconception, i know. but the truth is, there’s an entire dictionary of other adjectives out there! and there are thousands upon thousands of words! and even if the character you’re writing about is a man who’s exclusively attracted to other men, you don’t have to be exclusive in your choice of descriptors! 

throw off the familiar yoke of literary staleness! let a liiiiitle bit more of your creativity shine through! expand your heteronormative horizons! stop relying on tired, moderately offensive linguistic coding to do the heavy lifting of characterization for you!

(and steer clear of “fierce”, too.)