5 Interesting Links for 01-15-2016

Regency (History)

A tongue-in-cheek look at the life of a Regency Era bachelor.

Prevention (Child Abuse)

While the fact of young hockey players being abused by their coach is horrific, what Sheldon Kennedy and the Canadian town of Swift Current are doing with that fact should help protect future athletes and more. (Via Facebook)

Fibromyalgia (Medicine)

An interesting new treatment for Fibromyalgia that shows some promising results—oxygen. (Via Facebook)

Public Domain (Photography)

The New York Public Library has made a portion of its digital collection available for reuse.

Endings (Writing)

A look at the types of endings available. While I’m not sure this list is complete, it has good things to think about, especially the description of a twist ending.

Beneath the Mask Sharable

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4 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 01-15-2016

  1. darsword says:

    I especially like the bit about fibro. Of course. Having moved from Reno where according to the eWeather barometric pressure app I have on my phone, the BP was all over up and down all the time. Here in CV, OR the BP is nearly flat. I am in a stress-free zone, plenty of sagebrush to clean the air so I am breathing better. So the hyberBARIC chamber that pushes oxygen in with pressure helping sounds like what I’ve experienced here. Does that sound right? But it is cool there is something fellow sufferers might be able to do, without moving locations, to help them feel better.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      I thought of you when I found that. I find it fascinating how “modern medicine” is starting to explore some of the logic behind traditional practices. And what you say about the barometric pressure makes perfect sense to me. It wouldn’t be something I would think to check for, but it explains some stuff. Glad your new home is making such a difference :).

  2. Linda says:

    Re: endings

    I love that he talks about the story going on after the bit the writer wrote about. It speaks to one of my pet peeves with assumptions made about fiction, especially literary fiction-that a happy ending is somehow less real than a tragic, sad, or otherwise unhappy ending. Everyone’s lives have happy moments and sad moments and angry moments and fearful moments and so on. All of them are real in the life of a person. The same is true for characters. A happy ending is one where the story stops at a happy moment. A tragic ending is one where the story stops at a tragic moment. And those aren’t the only choices.

    But not all emotions are good choices for story endings. Anger or fear, for example, pretty much leave a reader feeling like the story isn’t quite finished. And choosing your ending is not as simple as thinking about where the story would go after you’re done and picking an ending from a list. He left out what I think is the most crucial criteria for a good ending. It has to make sense within the context of the rest of the story first. Then it must flow into the future of the characters. It shouldn’t feel like you’ve totally, and randomly, set up a future that makes no sense from the past that was told in the story.

    Last, a twist ending is one of the hardest to write well, but it’s extremely effective if it fits your story. The film “The Usual Suspects” did both a prologue (which I usually hate) and a twist ending that was brilliant. I figured it out, but if I weren’t a writer I probably wouldn’t have. When one looks back upon the story, the twist has to make sense. I don’t know if you’ve seen the film and I don’t want to spoil it, in case you decide to look it up and watch it. But the twist is set up brilliantly. As you reflect back on the film, it’s the only ending that makes sense. And that’s the other thing about endings. They should be the only ending that makes sense.

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      I agree with you on the purpose. I saw this more as a list of possibilities you could explore across your stories than a pick and choose for a specific story.

      I have seen The Usual Suspects and I enjoyed it, but the surreal film quality gave away the twist though not the specifics, and the seeding of the specifics was nonexistent. Until the detectives overtly found the clues, the viewer didn’t have the necessary information. Had I read it as a book, I would probably have found it a cheat (unless it was seeded better) but I give movies more leeway.

      Of course you may be right about the viewer versus writer perspective. I started telling stories so long ago I have no memory of when I couldn’t either see a twist coming or feel cheated because it came out of nowhere. Twist endings are not my favorite. I prefer culmination endings that drive the knife that much deeper and leave you thinking about the ramifications :).

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