On the conclusions of stories, and how we interpret them

Today, I’ve time for only a tidbit – I’ve been engaging in animated preparation for Christmas Eve with my family.  Albeit that I am an atheist of Jewish background, I’ve always celebrated Christmas.  This is partially by dint of most of my family’s being rather relaxed about religion, and thus observing what its members think to be the most convenient and popular option.  I’ve been wrapping gifts and making last-minute adjustments.

That said, I’ll post another set of questions today, but not prior to indulging in a notification.  Neil has founded a blog, and this has rendered me thoroughly excited!  To those unfamiliar with him, Neil is my closest friend; he’s a thoroughly intriguing, awesome person.  I’ve added his WordPress to the blogroll.

Now then, questions:

How do you take your story endings?  Nicely and neatly tied up, with all of their ends secured?  Is a sturdy, closed, rigid conclusion necessarily a thorough conclusion?  Is it not more complex to leave a story open-ended – to, perhaps, throw in some red herrings and leave the reader to delve into subtleties?  Do you like your stories open-ended?  Is there an evident relationship between this and your M.B.T.I. personality type?  Could this knowledge be utilized to aid students in learning new information?

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