Man, where did that weekend go?
I fully intend to continue my “Choosing a publisher” series, but I’m not continuing it today (as I said, I’ll probably do it on Friday and it will likely run all summer). I’m not sure why, since I have no other topics prepared (note to self: when compiling blog ideas in a file, don’t drunkenly jot down something and assume I’ll remember) but those posts are long and complex to write and as I’m just about to finish a novella I’m working on I don’t want to lose the flow. So we’ll be quick today. Sort of.
Everyone is gearing up for the big RWA conference next week, and I’m gearing up for my first EC novel release next week (Wednesday), so it seems we’re in a bit of a lull. Nobody’s writing, nobody’s submitting, nobody’s leaping on submissions (I assume) because soon it will be time to fly off to the conference.
I’ve never been to a writing conference of any kind, except for that panel where I acted like a big dork at DragonCon. But that’s not really a writing conference. It was fun, though.
So far in our Summer Movie Education program we’ve shown the sd: Jaws, Speed, Rear Window, Shaun of the Dead, Enter the Dragon, Rocky Balboa, and The Thing. (Tonight we plan a double bill: Face/Off and Hot Fuzz.)
I love The Thing. But I hate the ending. It’s my big problem with John Carpenter films. he loves those ambiguous endings.
The hubs likes them too. I hate them. I wonder if it’s a gender thing? Because I’ve never known a man who didn’t think the ambiguous ending was somehow cooler than an ending that, you know, actually ends and resolves the story. And I’ve never known a woman who wasn’t irritated by them. At least none that I’ve talked to about it, because watch, I’ll say that and every lady I know will comment how much they love ambiguous endings and I’ll feel like a big dumb dummy.
The exception to this, of course, is Gone With the Wind. Because it’s Gone With the Wind, so it can have whatever ending it wants.
Books going into series often leave us with unanswered questions, but we know there will be a resolution at some point.
What do you think? Which questions are okay to leave open, and which ones need to be closed? How do you feel about ending a book or movie and not really feeling like you got a resolution?
And was MacCready a Thing?