Open Thread: Endings

(Posted by chris the cynic)

The month ends today.  The week ends today.  If you believe in “Don’t wear white after Labor Day,” then the summer ends this weekend.  The point is: Endings.

If all goes to plan (when has that ever happened?) some significant things in my life will end, hopefully being replaced by better things.

And apparently this is the second open thread titled endings so I guess we hit the end of my creativity as well.

So, the topic: Endings.  Good or bad.  In life or fiction.

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5 thoughts on “Open Thread: Endings

  1. Firedrake September 1, 2013 at 7:11 am

    I’ve said it before, but can’t remember whether it was here: I detest the sort of ending (often to a children’s book) where the protagonist’s memory of his adventures is removed. It just seems to render the whole business pointless.

    I do like an ending that has the guts to be an ending, not “off they go, but they’ll be back in the sequel if enough people buy this one”. (Of course, when the sequel to the former type does appear, it’s more of a wrench to get the protagonists involved.)

  2. Lonespark September 1, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Endings: They’re important to do right, just as much as beginnings.

    I have things ending too, though I guess I look at it as beginnings of new things, or new chapters of things… Still, that requires old things to end, officially, though ended in all but paperwork already.

    I can’t get my f***ing wedding ring off. I’ve tried a few things, and my doctor gave me a few suggestions. If anyone has any tips, please share. If it has to be cut off, I’ll live with it, but I’m resisting the idea, perhaps because I’d like to think that you can end things without destroying them. Well, sometimes you can, and other times it doesn’t work like that.

    When the decision was made that things would end this way, I said it felt like finally admitting we lost a war. There can be things you know in your bones without being able to face the implication of admitting that they’re true. And not being able to deal with them without intermediaries. Something something Dar Williams lyrics about turning into “ashes, and lawyers and…dust.”

    There are wonderful beginnings in my life, but that’s a different thread.

    Also, if you are the sort of person who doesn’t tell everyone everything all the time, making a significant life change can feel like needing to retcon your life story, and that can be overwhelming. Even good retcons are hard to swallow…

  3. Lonespark September 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

    @chris the cynic:
    No, it never goes according to plan A. You need backup plans, and you need to to know ahead of time where the decision point will be between “go ahead without element X” and “abort mission.” And you need people who have been there who can give you advice and help.

    Also, re: fictional endings that are excellent…
    Sneakers.

    I thought the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was pretty awesome too.

    And Isabel Cooper (aka Izzy)’s books have the kind well-earned happy endings I like.

    Another one:
    After three books of imaginative and well-characterized but violent and grim plot, Maurice Broaddus’s Knights of Breton Court trilogy ends on a sweet and hopeful note. I especially liked the idea about the moat filled with Skittles.

  4. Firedrake September 1, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Lonespark, if you are healthy enough for it, chilling the relevant hand can help shrink it. About 20 minutes of ice-pack plus elevation (hold it above your head). Then lubricate finger and ring, mineral or baby oil is standard. Compress the next bit of the finger you’re going to move the ring onto. Re-chill and re-elevate as necessary for each stage.

    If you have string or dental floss: slip one end under the ring, then wrap it reasonably tightly 20-30 times round the finger just distal (outboard) of the ring. Wrap past and over the joint.

    That’s pretty much everything I remember·

  5. Lonespark September 1, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Thanks Firedrake. Similar to Dr.’s advice, haven’t had much time to try anything so involved yet.

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