Lit, when you are writing, what are some things that are a recurrent themes/arcs/tropes in your work?
For me, one major one I've realized is "The results of failing to protect someone important to you.
Most people aren't really in control of their own lives. Driving/roads. People with strange motives or worldviews. Blue-collar culture or lack thereof. Most beliefs can be made to appear true from some perspective.
I guess one of the major recurring themes in my works is, "can you still find happiness and meaning in life, even after you've fucked up real hard and keep fucking up more, no matter what you do", and the various excuses the characters use to drag themselves forward.
The melancholy tragedy of the failure of twentieth century political ideologies from the perspective of communists and fascists both, and the triumph of the soulless apocalypse of liberalism that resulted, in all of its beautiful hedonistic - and ultimately destructive - glory.
Crippling layers of self-analysis where the self-analysis becomes what is analysed and then the inevitable chastisement for analysing said own analysis. This leads to an attempt to not analyse at all, which then leads to further analysis as to why self-analysis isn't desirable. There are many meta elements where my book considers the nature of presenting said thoughts to the world. It is implicit, but I attempt to treat it with large splashes of tongue-in-cheek humour. If I thought that my writing would ever have a social function, which is itself dealt with in the book, then I hope it is to further the state of confusion and anxiety in modern society. Pathetic attempts at subversion are also dealt with. The mental states of my characters are a mess, but I try to temper this convolution by paying much attention to my prose style, which isn't great, but whatever. I'm reading a lot of Henry James and James Joyce alongside meme-post modernists.