Of Endings…

Farm workers shoulder tools at end of day near Ripley, in the fertile Palo Verde Valley of the lower Colorado River region, May 1972My latest article, How Truancy Taught Me the Importance of Endings, is up at Write Anything (and for the pedants among you – yes it went up almost two weeks ago, but I was off on holidays at the time and I’m currently in catch up mode).

The September theme was endings and while I’m still miles from ending either of my projects nominated for completion this year, I thought it timely to reflect on the broader theme and also need for endings:

Being caught in an endless warp, of expending energy, for no real gain, is a slow insidious destruction of self, dreams, motivation, creativity and momentum. This is why we need endings in our lives; the more the merrier. We need a sense of completion, to give our endeavours, whatever they may be, sense and purpose.

The full article is here.

Ending FROM STAGE DOOR SHADOWS on the high note of an instore book launch followed by karaoke among kindred souls (even if none of us actually got up to sing) was the perfect way to bring closure to the final Literary Mix Tapes project for the year… as well as an ending to the backlog of 2011 projects!

I’m pleased to report the void created by the end of editing is not being filled by more publishing projects but the evolution of my novel Byrthed. But more on that later on in the week.

What ending do you have in your sights? How do you plan on celebrating it?

Image: (Original Caption) Farm workers shoulder tools at end of day near Ripley, in the fertile Palo Verde Valley of the lower Colorado River region, May 1972. Photographer: Charles O’Rear

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