Endings can be scary times of loss; be that the loss of a job, a relationship, a life, or simply the sad closure to an exciting or emotional read, or movie, or TV drama.
Or it could be the close of a distressing time, making way for a bright new beginning, like Winter moving into Spring, or December moving into January (hello 2014!)
Do I enjoy endings?
It depends on what’s ending; I race through a good book to find out how it ends, only to fall flat knowing it actually has ended.
Some books or movies can’t end quick enough, let’s face it (Evil Dead 2013 anyone?), and Christmas celebrations get me all excited, but halfway through the family/feast month, I’m on the verge of murdering someone. Endings are pretty awesome (necessary) then.
We’ve found it helps to go on holiday straight after the holidays, and my husband regularly plans a January break every year; this year it’s SYDNEY Back on the 13th Jan).
Endings on the Net.
Check out these ten good movies that were made great by their endings (including, for egs. the fabulous The Usual Suspects (1995), the classic The Graduate (1967).
How I end stories (in short).
I considered talking comprehensively about how I end my novels, about the process of it. But thought most peeps would do something like that, and they’d probably have more to say on the subject. You see, my first novel is the first of three in a series, so the big ending is yet to come.
Finding more and more that I write in layers, slowly, it isn’t really until the final layer that I discover the ending. I so want to be a planner, a plotter, and I’m reading all about how to be, but my instinct is so far removed from that, that I feel a huge resistance to it. I did plot (without an ending) book two before writing it in last years NaNo, but I have already changed so much of it in the first revisions that the plot has changed a lot already.
The plotting vs panstering debate goes on and on and is not for this post. 🙂 I hear cries of relief!
So, what’s all this in aid of and what’s it all about?
What did I choose to write about for this endings blogfest?
To participate in this blogfest (celebrating L.G.Keltner’s second year of blogging – Congrats!!) we had to sign up, display the badge proudly, and write a post about endings. This could take any form. For the rules and the sign-up post, go here.
I chose poetry. I usually reserve poetry for my other blog, Shah’s Scribbles, but what the heck. Here’s something I wrote for OCPOWRIMO this October.
The prompt given to us was to write an epitaph.
EPITAPH = “…something written or said in memory of a dead person”
I wrote about my dad.
A. J. C
February (1950) – October (2005)
Here lies a floundering slouch who resisted life,
but given the chance, he’d do it all again.
“My ashes sit beneath the surface,
should you come to
“Don’t bring me flowers,
I never much liked the smell of
“But bring poetry & opiates; the sweetest
peace, and by all means,
stay a while.”
A MUSICAL ENDING
In honour of my dad, who turned me on to the remarkable Bob Dylan, I added this awesome and very old video of Bob singing a song which would be a much better epitaph for him, than mine. 🙂
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