Thursday, November 7, 2019

My Belated IWSG Post for November

Today is November's belated contribution to Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group.

Why makes me an Insecure Writer this month?

Not knowing what the coming months will bring.  

Needless to say, despite last month's post that I might be doing NaNoWriMo this year, a lack of progress on my outline had caused me to decide I won't be competing this year. A variety of life events, including a cat who's been ailing for the last month and a half, have kept my attention elsewhere. Unfortunately, I'm the kind of person who can't concentrate on writing when I have other things on my mind, especially when it comes to health issues for family members (which, of course, includes all our cats.) 

This month's IWSG question is:

What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

I can't think of anything particularly strange, but I've done plenty of research into alchemy and old legends, both of which can be huge rabbit holes once I get started. I've come across some seriously weird stuff in there. 

I've also been researching chemistry for my current WIP, deciding what my antagonist's secret plan for taking over the world should be. I don't find much of the chemistry strange, but I suppose a non-chemist might disagree.

In other sad news, Halloween is over. 😔 And to add insult to injury, last night it snowed. I was hoping we could put it off a little longer.

For those of you participating in NaNoWriMo, good luck!



  1. Well, there's always next year (or next month if you plan on doing an unofficial NaNoWriMo).

  2. Wishing better health for your cat family member, and more success with your writing in the days ahead.

  3. My daughter is a chemistry major at U of M working on her masters. She'd say researching chemistry is wonderful! Yes it sadly snowed here too.

  4. Snow - bring on Christmas! Wait, too early?
    Sorry about your cat. They are indeed family.

  5. I'm sorry about your cat. I wouldn't be able to focus on writing either if my cat was sick. Or a human family member, I guess ;)

  6. I'm sorry about your sick cat. I've been there.

    We had snow on Halloween in ABQ.

  7. That is a very pretty picture of the snow. Sorry about your cat yeah it would be hard to write. Hope kitty is better soon.

  8. Sorry that Nano didn't work out, but I'm with you. When I have a family member in crisis (and yes, that includes Hemi) that's where my focus is. We had snow on Halloween, too. I tend to drag the holiday out through the Day of the Dead.

  9. Better late than not at all, Ken. I understand you're not doing NaNo when you're not prepared and your mind is concentrating on something else. We didn't have snow (real stick to the ground snow) until Thursday. According to my sister (who lives on your side of the state) it's much colder over there. I think winter is coming too soon.

  10. I signed up for NaNo, and have made zero progress. :) I totally get the inability to focus on writing when there's other stuff. I hope things work out well for your cat.

  11. Late is better than never. NaNo might be exactly what you need. Good luck.

    I hope inspiration falls at your feet. ;-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette