⌗IWSG, monthly post, LOCATION

Welcome to another month of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group post.

If you would like to know more about this very helpful, supportive blog hopper go here 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 4 posting of the IWSG are Gwen Gardner, Doreen McGettigan,Tyrean Martinson, Chemist Ken, and Cathrina Constantine!

September question (optional) : If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?  

Would it be some faraway, exotic location?

Or maybe a location that would be the actual story setting?

Or is your sweet spot the local coffee shop, where you spend many hours bringing your story to life? 

Thank you to Michelle Wallace for her article this month on the favourite writing locations of famous authors. Check it out on the home page of the IWSG. (see above) Personally I learnt a lot and it gave me inspirations to reflect upon.

My answer.

My favourite place to write is at Elie du Bois, Dordogne. Outside looking over the meadow with the dawn caressing the trees. The 250 year-old farmhouse sends vibes and its ghosts whisper tales to my soul. In the winter, I drag the wooden table from the dining room in front of the fire and lose my mind in the flames.

I also like to write in the location where my story is set. My Caged Bird I wrote mostly in Sitges, in the morning, on the terrace of the Hotel Capri looking over  the Garraf mountains tumbling into the sea. The sun cresting the rock.

My Red Wheelbarrow is set in Staten Island, New York. I couldn’t go there in July or August but my memory, pictures, Super 8s and the red scooter I handled in my mother’s garage in Paris this summer, all helped re-create the setting across the Pond.

My novel in progress is set in Cameroon and New York. So I’d love to be able to live and write between the two locations. However this will not be feasible in the foreseable future. Photos, music, travel notebooks take me back there. But tha’t not good enough. That’s maybe why I’m stalling … I need to be immersed in the air I breathe, the air my characters breathe, hear the birdsongs they hear, see the waves break on their shores, the bush antelope dart between the trunks, the honking of yellow cabs, the rattling of the train taking us both to New Orleans …


Kanda Bongo ManKwasa Kwasahere

                                Muchanago here

                                 LIVE, here

Golden SoundsZangalewago here

                          Waka Waka, the original, here

MaeleMadjing Mawocgo here

            Abom Ngonghere

EyongoYou must calculer, go here


               Tu n’as pas comprishere

Ray CharlesI got a Break Babyhere

Preservation Hall Jazz Bandjust little while to Stay Hereclick

Elie du Bois, August 2019


Mount Cameroon

Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to comment, discuss. And I will be sure to reply. Have an inspiring September.

8 thoughts on “⌗IWSG, monthly post, LOCATION

    1. Check out my photos on my Facebook profile. Look at Album Elie du Bois May 2013 to have a good look at my dream house. A neighbor in the Dordogne phoned us up out of the blue last week, asking if it was for sale. We answered that it would never be for sale. Our children all want to keep it … No wonder ! It is very cosyin winter too. I’ll send you a video of the fire in the fireplace, if you like via Messenger.


      1. Hi Susan. I will do that immediately! You give me reason to visit you. How have you been? Now that Alexa is done it would be nice if you can let me know how to go about the Insecure Writers Group. How often do we write, what’s the premise etc.

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  1. Hi,
    I don’t know how I missed your IWSG entry for September. I know I usually try to get to all of the people that participate in the WEP and who are members of the IWSG but somehow I missed yours and I’m truly sorry about that because I enjoyed your poem. It reflects similar feelings that I have. I too want to live in two locations. I have no idea I am going to do that but I know it will happen. I sing about it, dream about it, and think about it.
    All the best and now that I have your blog in my reader, I will be visiting you when you write a post or a new poem.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

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  2. Apologies, Susan for this late visit. I’m overwhelmed with commitments.

    Anyway, what great locations to write in. Inspiring compared to my home office. At least, I have my favourite mountain – Snowdon – as a photo above my desk.

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    1. Thank you Roland. Yes our second home in the Dordogne is a real haven of peace and Nature. No internet ! 250 year-old traditional farmhouse, next to Riberac, Périgord Vert. In Toulouse I have a wonderful view over the coteaux and also posters and photos on the walls: monument valley, Dorset, El Capitan, Bryce Canyon, La Réunion, New Orleans…..

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