Colonization does not, after all, affect people only economically. More fundamentally, it affects a people’s understanding of their universe, their place within that universe, the kinds of values they must embrace and actions they must make to remain safe and whole within that universe. In short, colonization alters both the individual’s and the group’s sense of identity. Loss of identity is a major dimension of alienation, and when severe enough it can lead to individual and group death. When an individual’s sense of self is… distorted by the impact of contradictory points of view, colonization and its terrible effects will not be assuaged by mere retention of land rights and economic self-sufficiency.


Gorgeous artworks by T.S. Claire


smoke & mirrors | a witches fanmix [listen]

you taught me well. no life is safe. no soul is clean [x]



I made my sister some bat wings for her boots as a late Christmas present!
I think they came out pretty good!

*Spits drink all over computer screen*


genderplay: cover songs that don’t gender/heteronormalize

1be my husband (nina simone) by ed sheeran // 2when you were mine (prince) by tegan and sara // 3. no angels (‘no scrub’ by tlc) by bastille // 4. sex and candy (marcy playground) by la chansons // 5. wherever, whenever (shakira) by mundy // 6. wicked games (the weeknd) by coeur de pirate // 7. this woman’s work (kate bush) by greg laswell // 8. electric feel (mgmt) by katy perry // 9. hot in herre (nelly) by jenny owen youngs // 10. alejandro (lady gaga) by all time low // 11. nothin’ in the world can stop me worryin’ bout that girl (the kinks) by feist // 12. you outta know (alanis morissette) by jonathan coulton // 13. hollaback girl (gwen stefani) by foals // 14. daniel (bat for lashes) by josh reichmann // 15. surfer girl (the beach boys) by cocorosie // 16. it’s my party (lesley gore) by kings of convenience // 17. whatever you like (t.i.) by anya marina // 18. girls just wanna have fun (cindi lauper) by starfucker // 19. i don’t wana know (mario winans) by florence + the machine // 20. you know i’m no good (amy winehouse) by arctic monekys // 21. just like heaven (the cure) by the watson twins

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in an empty place;

this fanmix doesnt even make sense but here it is anyway

01. of the night - bastille | 02. where is my mind - pixies | 03. love lockdown - kanye west | 04. afterglow - wilkinson | 05. nightcall - london grammar | 06. glory and gore - lorde | 07.  hurt - johnny cash | 08. frame and focus - lights | 09. counting stars - onerepublic | 10. kids - mikky ekko | 11. hold on we’re going home - drake | 12. far too young to die - panic! at the disco | 13. running up that hill - placebo




Guide to Writing Steampunk


Punk Genres: most common genres are in italics

  • Atompunk: Optimistic retro science fiction based on the Space Age. Think The Jetsons.
  • BiopunkThis genre is about altering genetics and DNA. These stories often take place in the near-future in which humans have been altered or in which human experimentation is common.
  • Candlepunk: Similar to clockpunk, but darker and with less technology.
  • ClockpunkThink Da Vinci’s inventions, but more advanced while. This genre follows the aesthetics and technology of Western civilization during the mid to late middle ages, though sometimes it’s set in the Victorian era.
  • Cyberpunk: Has advanced technology and often focuses on artificial intelligence and the cyber world. The setting is often near-future rather than far-future. Blade Runner is an example.
  • Dieselpunk: Based on aesthetics and technology between World War I and World War II, sometimes up until the Cold War.
  • Decopunk: Ranges from the aesthetics of the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Decopunk aesthetic is heavily based on modernism. Less gritty than dieselpunk.
  • Elfpunk: Basically urban fantasy, but with common high or epic fantasy creatures put in an urban setting rather than vampires and werewolves.
  • Nanopunk: Similar to biopunk, but biotechnology is less available and nanotechnology is common.
  • Sandalpunk: Set in ancient worlds, such as Rome, but with advanced technology.
  • Splatterpunk: Extremely graphic and contains a lot of gore.
  • Steampunk: This genre gets its name from the heavy steam-powered technology involved. Aesthetics are based on the Victorian and industrial eras of the Western world, though other cultural elements may be used.
  • Western Steampunk: Similar to steampunk, but with Western (as in Wild West) aesthetics and settings.
So why are there so many sub genres? For starters, they help agents and publishers get an idea of what they’re in for if you’re going through the traditional publishing route. While bookstores usually just put these genres within science fiction or fantasy, you can still market your book through sub genres to reach a specific group of people who are looking for these genres.
However, there are a lot of sub genres, most of which many have not heard of. If you’ve written one of these genres and intend to publish it, the best would be to put it under another name (with the exception of steampunk, cyberpunk, and biopunk). For example, if you have written a candlepunk story, you can propose it as fantasy, alternate historical fiction, or any other genre it may fit in. While atomicpunk is quite common, it’s not well known by that name. If you have written an atompunk story, the best way to market it would be to call it retro science fiction.
But what’s the difference between punk genres and historical fiction? The technology is a big difference. It’s usually more advanced for the time it’s modeled after.
The technology is one of the defining aspects of steampunk. It’s the basis for the world you’re writing in. For the typical steampunk story, technology will be (of course) steam powered.
Another defining feature of steampunk is the aesthetics and the characters. Steampunk takes the latter part of the word (punk) to mean the opposition of the mainstream, though that’s not always necessary in your story.
Research jobs common in the Victorian age and add steam to it. Your characters will revolve around their setting and their clothing may be a part of that too.