I have been a bad blogger.  Shame on me.  If it’s any consolation I’ve also been a bad employee this week and the break-up with the country that decided I just wasn’t good enough for it is not going well.  (At least it let me back in to get my things and I’m not sitting in a tiny, cramped room waiting for the next flight out because I was denied entry.)

This week is showing me that I’m not good at ending things.  I don’t do clean breaks.  I do messy, elastic, not quite separated but trying to pull apart endings.  Probably why my writing endings aren’t the best either.

Things don’t end in climactic epiphanous moments of revelation in my real world.  My endings are more like that guy in Reservoir Dogs who lies in the corner and bleeds out for most of the movie.  And I hated that about that movie.  So, it’s not a good thing that I would take real life experience with endings into my writing.

Actually, my endings are more like.  “Hey, they got there, it’s all good now.  Move on.”  (I at least know that the sticky, never-ending, never-advancing approach is miserable enough to live through that I’m sure no one would want to read it.)

Anyway.  Randomness.  I must  now go be a good employee.  (Or talk my way out of this project, which would be better.  I hate to quit anything, but sometimes…it is the best choice.  As long as someone can pick up the slack, which I’m not sure anyone can, so I’m probably stuck.  But we will stop talking about that now, because…ugh.)

In the meantime, I haven’t shown the PCW love in a while.  So, we’ll give you a two-fer.

Patricia C. Wrede on Blind spots and on Subplots.

I have to say that I love my subplots.  Most weren’t even in the first draft of the novel, but they add a little seasoning to the whole mix that just makes it that much yummier.  (And, yep, I’m going to use that word there even if it probably doesn’t work.)  Plus, subplots are where I can let the creepy characters be without having to spend too much time in their heads.  Ew.

Both articles are good.  Read them.

About M. H. Lee

M.H. Lee is a speculative fiction writer currently residing in Colorado whose stories are sometimes dark, sometimes funny, sometimes darkly funny, but hopefully always thought-provoking and entertaining.
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2 Responses to Endings

  1. Don’t feel bad. I’ve been so caught up with personal stuff and the move that I’m struggling not to neglect my own blog. ❤

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