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General Life Update: Camp NaNoWriMo and My WIP

I haven’t been reading as much lately (or more accurately finishing at the usual speed). I have about three or four books started or already in the middle of—which is highly unusual for me. It has not been a great reading year so far and I doubt it will be later on.

Depression and anxiety have continuously been eating away at me as always, but I wanted to finish my WIP this summer before I start my fall semester for college. And if this semester is anything like the last, I will not have time to write anything but a mountain of essays.

So, I’m using Camp NaNoWriMo to hopefully motivate myself to finish. Looking at my cabin mates’ progress makes me want to do better (than my current self). They have interesting ideas and it looks like everyone’s doing fine. Shout out to the T-Bird Cabin.

The idea for my WIP came to me in December 2016. I wrote one chapter at that point and put the project off until this summer so I could work on that without interfering with coursework (Spring 2017 was hell with assignments).

MY WIP is based on a myth (think gods and gold). I would use the word retelling loosely since I only borrowed one aspect and changed all else. I’m doing my best to stress female friendships and ace representation (main character). And I know some people don’t like it, but I’m not including romance for the MC (but there will be for one m/m couple—they will be important to the plot and will have a WIP of their own). I’m excited to finish this WIP and start the second WIP.

On Books, Goals, and 2017

2016 came and went. It wasn’t my best reading year, but I’m not beating myself up over it too much. I have high hopes of finishing my set goal of 80 or more books this year. Besides reading all the books and becoming focused on my upcoming semester (which is not a goal–a necessity), I have one big goal I want to achieve this year.

–I want to finish writing and editing my current WIP.

Though most likely I won’t get to seriously touch it until May because I am the worst multitasker (which is why I always fail at Nanowrimo–school+writing=wishing to die). That and online classes have ridiculous workloads.

My favorite book of 2016 was:

I wish this was a series. It’s a shame that really great books aren’t the ones to have sequels.

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A tweet that inspired me:

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Currently reading:

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I’m still considering getting a co-blogger to help out with the blog when I’m busy. For me that would take a lot of trust, so hmmm.

I would also like to write more discussion posts this year.

And as always improve reviews and the blog in general. c;

I do not like (most) open endings

Since I haven’t done a proper discussion post in an extremely long time, I decided it’s time to talk about books with open endings.

My definition of an open ending is when all the pieces of the puzzle aren’t exactly put in place, the outcomes of relationships aren’t revealed (as in those love triangle situations), and a cliffhanger that won’t be resolved (sometimes there are those endings that stop right before new action starts and you’re just left hanging, specifically when there is no sequel).

 

I could give many examples of books which are guilty of leaving an opening ending. Some do work well considering the context of the story and some do not work at all. However, I’m sure everyone has at least one book in mind when it comes to unsatisfying open endings.

It’s annoying when standalones do it, but it’s worse when trilogies and so on do it. I do not want to read several books in a series just to be left hanging. It feels like a waste of time and money just to be told ‘you can imagine your own ending.’ If I wanted to do that I wouldn’t read any books. I’d just imagine my own little stories with their own little complete endings.

I’d rather all the heroes and heroines be brutally eaten by a monster than be stuck wondering if he/she/they lived, and if they accomplished their mission, or if they had a happily ever after or became forgotten, drunken nobodies on a street corner. I’m not asking for an unending epilogue detailing every aspect of their lives after their great adventure or their children, just enough for a sense of closure for the main story and any important relationships.

How do you feel about open endings? Hate, love, meh about them?