It’s time for another meeting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The first Wednesday of each month, we share struggles, triumphs, quandaries, and fears.

This month’s question is:

In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

I absolutely cannot see myself ever actively depicting incest, and on the RARE occasion a rape scene is necessitated by a storyline (for a real reason, not the lazy, offensive “rape as character development” trope), I refrain from being very graphic. Child abuse is also a huge no-go for me.

I predict a lot of my writing this month will be creative nonfiction in the form of my posts about classic horror films celebrating landmark anniversaries this year. Upcoming films will include The Wolf Man, The Invisible Ray, Dracula’s Daughter, Invisible Ghost, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

November will feature a few more film posts, and a post about the album Imagine for its 50th anniversary. I also have a few more Dantean posts left to write. For over half of this septcentennial anniversary year, my main focus has been on researching, writing, and editing my Dantean posts, and my fiction was largely neglected. Now I’m eager to get back to it.

Shameless plug: If you’ve not seen it yet, this is the video of me reciting Canto I of Inferno in the original Medieval Florentine Tuscan Italian. I spent six months working on memorizing and mastering those lines, and thinking up body language to go along with it. It means a great deal to me that some native Italian speakers liked it and thought I did a really good job.

I’m also growing in confidence as I do more vlogs for my newly-revived channel. At the moment, my main focus is BookTube and AuthorTube, so I’m doing mostly book reviews, background information on my own books, and general writing and reading topics. Once I’m able to install iMovie on my computer, or get a new computer with enough space and the newest OS, I’ll start doing fancier vlogs with inserted images and text.

During Preptober, I’d like to finish several more chapters of my alternative history and get some more research on the Middle Ages done. If time allows, I’d also like to resume my radical rewrite of the book formerly known as The Very Last. One of the prizes for winning NaNo is always a free title setup at IngramSpark, which is good through the end of March. Realistically speaking, TVL is the only possible candidate this time around if it’s finished and polished in time.

Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, NaNo cancelled all in-person events and is encouraging snitching if people discover get-togethers are being arranged. As I’ve detailed in previous posts, I’m so disappointed at the new direction they’ve gone in since their awful new webpage was unveiled. Although if all goes according to plan, next NaNo I’ll be in Israel, where lockdowns are long since over.

I’ve changed my mind several times about where I most want to live, and now I think Tzfat would be most suited to who I am. Many artists, writers, creative types, mystics, and quirky people live there, so I’d feel right at home. And the beautiful scenery would provide constant inspiration for my writing and artwork!

Yes, there really is snow on that mountain!

That’s a poster of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, a very interesting person. Ironically, the Chasidic sect he founded is known for being very happy and always dancing and singing, and yet Rabbi Nachman suffered from depression throughout his life.

Have you ever taken a break from fiction to focus on creative nonfiction? Did it revive your inspiration? What place would most inspire you to write?

5 thoughts on “IWSG—October odds and sods

  1. I really enjoyed your post, Carrie-Anne! You have so many fascinating things going on in your life. Moving to Israel would be quite amazing and what a cultural education for you. I’m sure you’ll be so happy there. Love the adorable illustrations for Halloween. All the best and stay safe!

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  2. There’s almost never a better time than October to view the Universal Monster classics! And I think it’s neat that you did a recital of the Inferno! I haven’t read the Inferno in a long time but I remember a lot of it and really liked it. I’m not in a situation to turn on the video on my phone right now but as soon as I am I’ll check it out. Thanks!

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