All Things End… Or Do They?


This month (and last actually) seems full of endings. It’s not fair. I hate it when things end.

I’ve finished several awesome books. I’ve seen the end of the BBC series Merlin (which was great right up to the last episode which was horribly disappointing). I’ve just finished season seven of Supernatural. My maternity leave has also ended which means I’m ‘back at work.’

Yes, all things end and it can be disappointing/sad/scary but isn’t that what life is about?

I apologise in advance for what is probably going to be something of a rambling post about nonsense, but the thought has been on my mind a lot recently.

Particularly Merlin; I think stung by that ending. I feel cheated. With Supernatural I’m all geared up to watch season eight and can practically hear my brain vibrating against the cage of my skull. And my maternity leave? Well that needs a post all of it’s own since, despite being ‘back at work’ I still haven’t been into the office.

But the main reason I’ve been thinking about endings is because I took the opening sequence of Walking The Razor’s Edge (sequel to Silk Over Razor Blades) to my Tuesday writing class. This opening sequence is comprised of the epilogue to SORB as well as some additional prose. So it’s an ending and a beginning. It was well received when I read it. There are obvious points within it that need looking at like certain facts and continuity, but I’d expect that from a first draft.

What bothers me, however, is that I’ve sent SORB out to various places now, with it’s ending as is. If I’m finding things I want to change in the opening of WTRE then shouldn’t they change in SORB too?
lion with black eye from OpenClipArtYeah, totally makes my head spin too.

What I don’t want is for any readers I may one day get, to feel cheated as I did with Merlin. To bring this whole rambling post back into it’s full circle, I want readers to feel like I did at the end of Supernatural. Or even as I did after the end of the Tales Of The City series; pleased, calm and genuinely pleased at the closure of all the new friends I made in the beautiful characters.

It sounds like a really tough job, but being well under way with WTRE I have to keep in mind that there are still two endings to go. And some may even say three; the end of WTRE, the end of the third book and the end of the whole trilogy all together. Now there… is a challenge!

Have you guys ever thought you’ve finished something only to realise that you haven’t? Have you ever read/watched something with an ending that left you dissatisfied? What endings do you remember fondly, be they from books/films/TV? I’d love to hear from you. As always.

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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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2 Responses to All Things End… Or Do They?

  1. jmmcdowell says:

    I thought I’d finished my first novel when I queried it. After getting no response or “no thank you” from agents, I set it aside and worked on the next one. When I picked up the first one, I realized how much I had missed before. It wasn’t done. 😦 Now we’ll see if the current version is anywhere close when I hear back from beta readers….

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    • Ain’t that just the way. But the point is that you’ve looked back at it and realised what you needed to do. I know too many authors who insist that their first draft is ‘fine’ and that they ‘can’t understand why they can’t get an agent’ when they query.
      *sigh*

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