the coffee saga

guysisolvedititwasgregagain  asked:

Hi! I was considering writing coffee shop AUs of some of my ships, and I was wondering if there were any tips/pet peeves/logical mishaps usually found in coffee shop AUs that you could give me. Sorry if you've answered this already.

TBH I AM NOT SURE if I’m the best person to ask for unbiased advice on coffee shop AUs. I have a history of taking pot shots at them in a really childish way.

If I put on my editor’s hat and put my personal feelings about them to the side, I would say the biggest issue with coffee shop AUs is that people don’t push the envelope far enough when it comes to the AU elements or the plot itself. With a majority of fics X is a Barista and Y is a customer, usually someone suave and hipster-ish. Most of the time it’s set in our world in the current time and Y falls in love with X, coming back with increasing frequency to the shop. Not much happens beyond this small slice-of-life narrative filled with shy, fleeting glances. And like, this is fine in isolation, but when upwards of 75% of the fandom(s) is writing the exact same setting and exact same sequence of events, it can get redundant real fast.

Like sure, X and Y can meet in a coffee shop, with one a Barista and the other a patron, but why does it have to be in our time? Why does it have to be in our world? Like what if this coffee shop is set in 1980s Miami, or a coffee shop that happens in-universe, for example? What if the coffee shop is not actually a coffee shop? What if it’s a front for money laundering, or while serving coffee a terrible disaster happens and our X/Y couple has to band together out of convenience to survive it? What if there’s a secret entrance to the sewers beneath this coffee shop that leads to a secret nest of mole people and one of our characters is the first to discovers it? Like, some of these ideas seem far more ridiculous than others, but fiction should be to push the limits of our imagination while working within predefined spaces (i.e. fantasy genre). Narratively all of these ideas could be pulled off.

So my biggest advice for coffee shop AUs is the same advice I would give for any trope, really. Subvert that trope and push the narrative further.

Stretch goal met!

(*The next stretch goal has been met!! (thank you so much for the kind messages and support!!)

(* Goal met: 95 Coffees - Rose and Frisk with Drunk!Chara)

(* I’ll be starting on it shortly after i finish my current work with redoin the designs n the roughs for the next updates)

(* Next goal is:  120 Coffees - Lycoris and Rose petting Lesser Dog!)

(* You can click here to see all the goals and completed art!)

(* Thank you all for your continued support!!)

the asriel coffee drive is OVER!

… actually, it was over a few hours ago, but i was busy! so, how far did you all get?

The Coffee Saga: Part 17

wha-!? WOW! you guys got asriel into pretty much all of the coffee goals. i am utterly speechless. this is AMAZING. in this last stretch, an extremely generous coffee crusader even pushed through a few more goals! huge, huge thanks to you. let’s see what those goals are.

  • 650 coffees:
    chara and asriel show frisk how cooking is done
  • 675 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk SOLVE WORLD HUNGER 
  • 699 coffees:
    35 year old frisk marrying 36 year old chara – asriel is there
  • 729 coffees:
    chara makes lasagne for asriel – wearing the infamous naked apron 

asriel was already in the 650 goal, but now he’s being added to the following three as well! you’re just 19 coffees until the next goal, too.

  • 750 coffees:
    asriel showing off his “chaos saber” to chara
    NSFW!

… which, as it would happen, is also relevant to asriel! 

i really don’t have the words to express our gratitude. we’ll keep working as hard as we can for all of you!! thank you so much! this huge amount of coffee art will take time to complete between the comic pages, but we will work diligently as always. on that note, the first completed coffee art featuring asriel goes up later today! 


asriel coffee drive: the results

you all accomplished a LOT. here’s a list of all the goals that were hit, all of which will include asriel thanks to your overwhelming generosity and support!

  • 329 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk doing jojo poses (jojo’s bizarre adventure crossover)
    Status: [100% Complete]
  • 350 coffees:
    chara in a wedding dress – asriel is there, too
    Status: [Pending]
  • 379 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk have a pokemon battle (pokemon crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 399 coffees:
    anon sucking the caretaker’s “spike”… feat. asriel?
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!
  • 429 coffees:
    chara, frisk, and asriel dressed as OFF characters (OFF crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 450 coffees:
    frisk and 13-year-old-anon practice for the nose nuzzling championship (feat. asriel practicing for the championship as well)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 479 coffees:
    something gravity falls related (gravity falls crossover) feat. asriel
    Status: [Pending]
  • 499 coffees:
    frisk eating the totally safe pie, feat. asriel
    Status: [Pending]
  • 529 coffees:
    female chara “spiking” male chara  – now with 100% more asriel
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!
  • 550 coffees:
    chara REALLY loves books (and asriel?)
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!
  • 579 coffees:
    frisk, chara, and asriel as sora, riku, and kairi (kingdom hearts crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 599 coffees:
    chara x spike becomes real (feat. asriel)
    Status: [Pending] NSFW!

  • 629 coffees:
    steven meets frisk. chara meets yellow diamond, asriel meets… someone else (steven universe crossover)
    Status: [Pending]
  • 650 coffees:
    chara and asriel show frisk how cooking is done
    Status: [Pending]
  • 675 coffees:
    chara, asriel, and frisk SOLVE WORLD HUNGER
    Status: [Pending]
  • 699 coffees:
    35 year old frisk marrying 36 year old chara – asriel is there
    Status: [Pending]
  • 729 coffees:
    chara makes lasagne for asriel – wearing the infamous naked apron
    Status: [Pending]

that’s seventeen pieces of art that will include asriel, all thanks to you guys. this is phenomenal! 

at the end of it all, we’d like to once again thank kyle, our coffee crusaders, brilliant baristas, and everyone else who supported the cause for this hot goat. thank you so, so much!