On Chocolate.

I was going to do a really deep post on subjectivity. I even started writing it. But then I realized I had something more pressing to discuss. CHOCOLATE.

Laugh if you will, but chocolate plays a big role in my writing. If you ever saw my very first YA Rebels vlog, I showed the world (or at least the 7 people watching the YAR that first week) my chocolate DRAWER.

The chocolate is strong in this one (I hope I got that line right, I have only seen Star Wars twice).

I made a comment about my chocolate love on Twitter last night. Apparently, others feel the same. I never expected to get so much sugary support at 12:15 on a Saturday night.

But then people say, HOW can you always be eating sugar???

And this is where the third factor in my writing triangle comes in. Thankfully, writing and exercise (not EDITING and exercise mind you; during editing I turn into a slug) are really intertwined as well. I’ve told people, only half in jest, that I tell my stories first to the stripe on the swimming pool floor.

So. Writing. Chocolate. Exercise. It makes a good triangle. But back to the CHOCOLATE.

Oh chocolate
Bitter and yet sweet
You tweak my words to make them richer
You make my book complete
Taken late night from the drawer
Snagged in cupcake, bar or cookie
I am always wanting more
And sugarfied I sit awake
And ponder that last chapter
The rhythm, plot, mistake
The line before, that scene right after
Chocolate smooths the moments out
And makes the scenes all sweeter
Oh chocolate
You make my book and me complete…r.*

That’s about as far as I got before I realized this blog idea seemed MUCH better late last night.

But the moral is simple. Chocolate is important. As Jocelyn Davies and I agreed last night, chocolate is necessary for revisions. And drafting, and plotting, and musing, and editing, and percolating, and wondering, and formulating, and thinking, and reading…

*That was not intended as a serious attempt. Please don’t judge me :p

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16 thoughts on “On Chocolate.

  1. lynseynewton says:

    Thus giving me fuel for the fire – a future blog post on the relationship between writers and sweet stuff. Although seriously, I expect someone will steal the idea before I get a chance to write it!
    LOL, your poem was awesome!

  2. juliakarr says:

    Chocolate and hot tea – books would not get written without these…

  3. veschwab says:

    Oh man, I could write a whole post on my love affair with TEA.

  4. veschwab says:

    Haha there does seem to be an INSANELY high correlation between writers and the possession and consumption of sugar!

  5. juliakarr says:

    I am been tea-crazed since I was a little kid. I used to have the entire collection of Twinings’ Teas in their tins (including a nearly impossible to get gold tin – well, not real gold, heh.)
    I am now into fair trade & organic teas. I do have my favs – jasmine, gunpowder and lapsang souchong. Although a good darjeeling, iced, on a hot summer day is nice!

  6. veschwab says:

    I love tea with a passion. My mom’s a Brit, so was raised on it, and I have to admit I’m a bit of a purist. I only like god English Breakfast (HATE HATE Earl Grey) and a good green tea in the afternoons :p

  7. juliakarr says:

    Oh I am so glad to hear someone besides me who hates Earl Grey! 😛

  8. veschwab says:

    Earl Grey tastes like smoke. It’s vile. English and Irish Breakfast are divine. Green and Green mint are lovely too 🙂

  9. juliakarr says:

    I do love the breakfast teas, too. We should definitely get together over tea sometime!

  10. jndavies says:

    you make my book and me complete…r
    Brilliant! I could not agree more.
    And I could ALSO not agree more about the exercise part. Thankfully, someone is brave enough to say it! I do some of my best thinking on the elliptical–when I’m WRITING, I need that time to let my brain work things out. Something about the rhythmic motion, I don’t know. And then when I’m revising, I need the break to STAY SANE. Although in this draft, I’m doing a lot of RE-writing, so…yeah, the elliptical is my friend. And chocolate.
    The end.

  11. veschwab says:

    Re: you make my book and me complete…r
    EXACTLY. I need be physically moving in order to process plot. Something about that movement is crucial. And then yes, when I can no longer exercise and work, I need to exercise to retain what little sanity I have left!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Yummy! A truly delicious poem. 🙂
    –Linda G.

  13. veschwab says:

    Hehe can you tell my love for it cannot be contained? These words do no justice to my bittersweet love affair.

  14. daisywhitney says:

    A girl after my own heart…I too like to work out the stories during my morning dog walk…and I have also found that dark chocolate and green tea are the proper fuel for butt-in-chair writing time.

  15. veschwab says:

    Those walks are INVALUABLE. I have such an easier time thinking if my feet are moving.

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