He’s really a terribly lonely character. Everything Lestat does he does out of love and longing–yet he’s sadistic […] Everyone was saying to me, ‘Oh, Lestat’s so evil.’ And I remember thinking, ‘Jesus, are these people looking at the same character that I’m looking at?’ […] He really does love Louis.

Tom Cruise (Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, pg. 68)

The feeling of the eerie is very different from that of the weird. The simplest way to get to this difference is by thinking about the (highly metaphysically freighted) opposition — perhaps it is the most fundamental opposition of all — between presence and absence. As we have seen, the weird is constituted by a presence — the presence of that which does not belong. In some cases of the weird (those with which Lovecraft was obsessed) the weird is marked by an exorbitant presence, a teeming which exceeds our capacity to represent it. The eerie, by contrast, is constituted by a failure of absence or by a failure of presence. The sensation of the eerie occurs either when there is something present where there should be nothing, or is there is nothing present when there should be something.

Writers remember everything…especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he’ll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.

Stephen King, Misery
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Coffee shop AUs redefine escapism from wild fantasies about dragons and space travel to the comforting ideal of having a steady job and supportive relationships.
 
For a generation who came of age during the Great Recession, living in a time of constant political trauma, it’s not hard to understand the appeal.

How coffee shop romance became fanfic’s hottest genre

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This article features fanart by @sheepskeleton of the coffee shop AU that @wicked-felina and I wrote!

The fic is called Signature Blend, and there are additional chapters called the Last Drop. 

Fanart used with permission from both of us and the artist, @sheepskeleton:

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Write because you want to communicate with yourself. Write because you want to communicate with someone else. Write because life is weird and tragic and amazing. Write because talking is difficult. Write because it polishes the heart. Write because you can. Write because you can’t. Write because there is a blackbird outside of my window right now and oh my god isn’t that the best start to the day? Write because you’re trying to figure yourself out. Write because you might not ever figure yourself out. Write because there still aren’t enough love poems in the world.

Modernist manuals of writing often conflate story with conflict. This reductionism reflects a culture that inflates aggression and competition while cultivating ignorance of other behavioral options. No narrative of any complexity can be built on or reduced to a single element. Conflict is one kind of behavior. There are others, equally important in any human life, such as relating, finding, losing, bearing, discovering, parting, changing.Change is the universal aspect of all these sources of story. Story is something moving, something happening, something or somebody changing.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Rice, who relishes living in what she calls “the golden age of fantasy and horror,” admits that keeping fans happy can be tricky, especially in the Internet age, when readers can respond swiftly and savagely to developments they don’t like.

“Readers today are ready to fight with you over a character,” she says. “They’re vocal. If an author has betrayed a character they love, they get mad. I can post that Lestat is a fan of Honey Boo Boo, and it sets off a firestorm. They’ll wrestle you to the ground over it. It’s wonderful, but it can go bad for some authors. In the end you’re obligated to write the best book you can write. You can’t deliver what groups of people want you to write.”