A Little Bit More

Shade of Evil It has occurred to me that there’s an aspect of my “novelette” Shade of Evil which may make some people wonder.  The ending is unusual.  I have no desire to write any spoilers here, and I think that I can safely avoid that.

I make no attempt to tie up all the “loose ends”!  The story ends as it should.  The unfinished elements, however, reflect the fact that the lives of the characters go on, unobserved by us.  I’ll admit that it may seem strange to have a book end like this, but then Life isn’t tidy.  People, with their stories, come into our lives, spend a little time there, and then pass on.  The rest of their stories become unknown, even those stories we were an intrinsic part of, for a while.  We may, at some later time discover how the stories turned out.  We may even reconnect with those same people.  If we do that, it may surprise us to discover that the story has still not ended.  To write a tale that has similar loose ends isn’t to deliberately leave open the option for further tales attached to it, it’s simply a reflection of how Life actually works.

Loose ends are, in fact, popular with some readers.  They allow the reader to imagine their own developments.  Fans of particular books will eagerly seize loose ends and follow them in the form of fan fiction, whether the author approves or not.  Other readers hate them, and if you are one of these, then I apologise, but I have no intention of changing anything!  If you are truly eager to discover where certain lines lead, why not drop me a line and say so?  Who knows, while I have no plans for a sequel at this time, I may just be persuaded to write one…

~ Steve


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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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