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I have a love/hate relationship with horror. I appreciate the craft it takes to scare someone with words. I even enjoy a good spine-tingler now and again. Unfortunately I lack a sufficient distancing mechanic to really indulge in it, especially when it comes to images and film. I get tired of rebooting my brain from nasty places so in the end I don't partake of horror very often. I tend to regard it as something fascinating but best studied from a distance, rather like train wrecks or Republicans.

That doesn't mean, though, that I don't have an appreciation of the craft. I actually spend a decent amount of time now and then studying the craft of storytelling, of which horror is a valuable part. After all, the fight-or-flight instinct is powerful and close to the fore in people. If I can figure out how to scare you, how to involve you and trigger that, then I'm halfway to getting you to buy off on much subtler responses such as sorrow, or joy, or vague misgivings. Given that I'd actually like to be a published author one day, it's an important field of study and one I'm still plugging away at, generally more slowly than I'd like.

Writing blather behind the cut. )

Aaaand that's enough rambling for today. Off to dance class.

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