I return! With a post! And plans for more posts!
Today’s Magic District is all about endings — specifically, endings that don’t work. I’m not entirely sure what it is that makes an ending work in the context of the story, and all of the criteria that come to mind are reader-specific; that is, things I notice as a reader instead of things I can work on as a writer. It’s a little like the difference between saying “there’s a weird clunking noise in the engine” and “aha, the rear infundibulator reticulation is out of alignment.”
Hm. Maybe there’s a post to be made about the difference in perceiving problems while writing and reading. I’ll see if I can come up with one for Monday.