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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Okay, if enough people say this belongs in Grist for the Mill (as in one or more), I'll move it there.

But I thought it would be interesting to see if, along with the topics on "music to write by" and such, anyone wanted to share their preferences on what to munch while they write.


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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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I'm partial to crunchy munchies, and what I really like is dark chocolate with substantial nuts (as in Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Roasted Pistachio Toffee and Trader Joe's Swiss Dark Chocolate with 30% Whole Hazelnuts).

Sad to say that we don't have Trader Joe's where I live, so I have to pig out when I get near one.


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Osiris
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I live in Massachusetts, where we have Trader Joes in just about every town lol.

I like my writing like I like me movies, salty and crunchy.

Though to be honest I usually drink coffee or soda and don't much on anything.


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MartinV
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Since I'm trying to lose weight, I'm boycotting this thread. Munching on a carrot at the moment.

[This message has been edited by MartinV (edited November 19, 2010).]


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We have a couple of excellent bakeries and mom'n pop coffee houses here In Denton, TX. I tend to get up early and spend a coupla-three hours at the keyboard so my thing is; Blueberry/Cranberry muffin or French Toast bagel or fresh made Banananana Nut Bread and the 'endless cup' of hot joe... mmmmmm.
At night it is more like Whole Grain Wheat Thins and a room temp Shiner Bock... oooohhhh.

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Elan
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I like drinking coffee. I fire up my computer first thing in the AM and slurp hot coffee and write until I have to go to work, or on my days off, until I have to break to eat. For a chocolate snack, Lindor's Truffles are a favorite.
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These are my - for writing or graphic design snacks.

1 from this list - coffee, hot cocoa, water, soda, or a glass of wine.

1 from this list - tostitos, m&m's, goldfish crackers, oreo's, blueberry muffin, popcorn.

1 from this list - grapes, strawberries, slice of cantaloupe/watermelon, orange, or apple.

If sketching or painting everything changes because of problems with lead or paint on the hands, and far to much risk for an oops moment 'spillage' .

Sometimes I'll get fancy stuff like trader joes dark chocolate raspberry sticks or a fancy drink, but it's not to common.

W.


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Diet Dr. Pepper
Dove Dark (Promises)
Chips (anything with flavor, but not too hot)
Popcorn

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Coffee or water.
Oreos - traditional or golden. Or some other sweet, bakery-type item.
On rare occasion, a salty snack like Ritz Chips.

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When I'm serious about my writing, water or decaf. When I'm serious about my munchies, just about everything else.
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I don't munch while near my computer, well I don't snack much anyway, even though I do drink. On Sundays I treat my self to one of the hot Starbuck drinks if it's cold outside and one of their cold drinks if it's hot outside. Different flavors one different Sunday. Right now I'm playing with Pumpkin spice with chocolate and/or carmel drizzle.

I like the peppermint white chocolate mocha but sometimes it doesn't sit well with my gut. Never can figure why only sometimes.

Most nights I may have some type of fruit juice-usually the newer mixed types- or pop. Well, at work I do snack-fruit, nuts and sometimes sweets- while writing on my laptop because there's not enough time during break to eat first.


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Grayson Morris
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Coffee and a big bag of carrots (waves at MartinV).

Unless my evil husband has bought some form of chocolate, in which case I am unable to write ("there's chocolate in the cabinet. Focus! Focus. Okay...he pulled the sword...Hey, there's chocolate in the cabinet") until I have eaten it all.


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For munchies: during my more health-conscious streaks, I like either walnuts, salted peanuts, or raisins. During those times when health considerations are as alien as some of the characters I create, chocolate is the answer.

For drinks: in the summer, I prefer plenty of ice water. Most of the time, however, it's usually cola. I don't normally drink alcohol while I write, but rum has made an appearance in my studio from time to time.

Oh...and, depending on what my schedule for the day looks like, I've been known to eat entire meals at my desk while I write. I've become quite a good one-handed typist.

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At my computer, when confined to things like right now, I'll bring in a can of soda (usually Mountain Dew), or occasionally a bag of potato chips or a brownie.

But when I dig in and get to writing, I usually forget they're there...by the time I come up for a drink, my can of Mountain Dew has warmed up...

I'll eat all kinds of other things anywhere else in the house...


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My muse enjoys anything with caffeine and sugar. Chocolate covered coffee beans are one of my favorites!
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Drink -
Diet coke - drink of choice, although on hot summer nights, a cold beer doesnt hurt and sometimes loosens me up to write a little different.

Munchies -
I try not, too many laptops have gotten greased up from potato chips and such. But if I do, I am on the trail mix bandwagon now.


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This isn't a bad discussion and it does have to do with writing, Kathleen.


But when I first saw the title I thought it might deal with how to feed a Muse. In other words how to get your Muse healthy and active.



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Kathleen Dalton Woodbury
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Well, we can talk about that, too.

It's been years since I've been able to read a How-to-Write book all the way through. Reading one tends to "feed my muse" so that I have to put it down and go write. So that's one thing that works for me, when my muse gets hungry.


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All I have to do to feed my muse is say to myself: "You know, that story isn't going to write itself." And if the lazy me says "But I don't know how to write this particular chapter!" I say to myself "Work on another chapter. That one will come to you by itself." It usually does. I'm on 30,000 word count after a couple of months, I plan to be done by new year.

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I have tried to follow OCS's advice to reeeaaaadddd! and read and read......

When I read really great books it helps me focus on my goal of improving my skill and finding a 'voice' which is natural to me. Most of my learning has come from reading the genre based books I am interested in writing, such as CJ Cherryh, Frank Herbert, OSC, Jim Butcher (all vastly different from each other). It inspires the muse into action ~ much like lighting a fire under the camel...

I recently read R Ludlum's Bourne Identity again after two decades... blew my ever-lovin socks off. Oddly enough it brought everything I'd read in OCS's two books, Writing SF&Fantasy and Character & Veiwpoint to a meaningful, usable reality. My muse, who has been vacationing in Egypt for months suddenly appeared at my doorstep. I am now reading Cherryh's 'Morgaine' series for the sheer soul-food of it. And a healthy diet it is.


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I really like water, and I have to watch myself when I'm writing because I sometimes drink too much, and then I don't spend much time with my butt in the chair.

As for munchies I go through salty/sweet moods, but whatever it is it needs to be something to suck on. The only time I like cheese puffs is when I'm writing.


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quote:

Well, we can talk about that, too.
It's been years since I've been able to read a How-to-Write book all the way through. Reading one tends to "feed my muse" so that I have to put it down and go write. So that's one thing that works for me, when my muse gets hungry

Lately I haven't had that problem my Muse seems to be over active. I have all types of ideas I don't have time for. Some are in a file. Some I have started- I have a lot of slips of paper... two inches by three notepaper hanging around-and have started a third novel(which doesn't include the Nano novel) just to pacify my Muse and get the idea out of my head.


But I find that I don't always have to actually read a book for my muse to jump up with an idea. Just looking at the cover pic or the description of the book is enough. That is how I got my idea for my novel Storm Born. There is one out there with that title already, I saw it and my Muse liked the title so came up with my idea.

Reading does influence what I come up with. I have been reading a lot of Urban Fantasy lately which may be why in the last year or so almost all of my ideas-both short stories and novels- have been UF. A few months ago I decided that was enough UF I'll go back to space opera and other SF....nope I couldn't let go of UF. I have written a couple SF and maybe one regular fantasy but mostly UF.


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A PS I just thought of.

What I like also feeds my Muse.

I came up with two ideas for Bolo stories...love those AI tanks. And have my own version which I would love to do someday. I think they may be different enough to not be a copy but I still haven't settled on a main weapon. Thought about a double pulse laser or a EM pulse but ....

Which would explain my Muse's obsession with UF, I referenced last note. I have also come up with two Honor Harrington stories and would love to be invited to write in that universe. That invite is a looong way away.


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Not sure if there's a better thread for this but speaking of feeding our Muses.

Here are two ideas that coudl do that,

One is that there's a blue moon this month. Usually a fantasy or UF type of event but could be SF.

The second idea is this:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20101120/sc_space/tinyasteroidthatbuzzedearthisafastspinningrock


All types of ideas could come from a spinning space rock. And it's the opposite of the first idea. Usually this would be a SF but it could be fantasy in any incarnation.


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I am going to take this VERY literally and say that I love to munch on Pringles while I write (sour cream and onion is a current favorite).

But seriously, it's all about nourishing the imagination. Reading a lot and paying attention to the world around you usually does the trick.


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Tea, hot or cold, to drink. Sometimes water or cranberry juice. Sometimes an ale; I don’t like to drink too heavily, especially while writing, but if I poured myself a beer to watch a hockey game, and didn’t finish it, I’ll usually kill it while I’m at my desk, then switch over to tea or juice.

Snacks: Bagels or matzoh during Pesach (Passover), but since it’s impossible to eat matzoh without leaving more crumbs than Hansel and Gretel, I have to eat that in the kitchen. Grapes or bananas, the nice balance between “fresh fruit” and “won’t make a mess of my keyboard”.
Oh, and the greatest snack ever devised by humankind: leftover Italian food.


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