Writers eat chocolate and biscuits to write – My Diabetes avoidance blog- May 2019.

The call from the prevention people hasn’t come. They haven’t emailed me either. I’m quite pleased with myself for cutting out chocolate with 50% sugar in it, and not eating a single ice-cream all month.

Usually, in a break between a long bought of concentrated writing, I dash off to buy a packet of biscuits, something sweet that doesn’t need cooking or attention so that I can continue writing, because it is going so well, and I don’t want to lose the thread.

Are you thinking the same thought that just came into my head?

I was thinking, if I had more sense I’d have made up some muesli or paella last night ready for that hungry moment. Writing isn’t like that. Inspiration comes when you least expect it; when you let go.

Take Tuesday, I was sitting in the garden having a quiet moment staring at all the beauty in nature and dreaming up the next plant I would bed in, when a bee buzzed by and drew my attention to a clump of purple flowers, which proliferate so well that I’ve propagated them in every corner of the front and back gardens.

I went in doors to get my camera, but the bee had gone. My sister loves bees, and I was going to send her a photograph. The bee didn’t return. I began to feel melancholy as the sun went in.

It was then that I wrote a poem about bees, trees and wasps, as I was reminded of something I experienced as a teenager which upset me.

I haven’t written a new poem like that since I was an undergraduate and my tutors told me I was a poet….

You can read the poem on Tuesday’s blog.

Thanks for reading.

Have a lovely day.





Published by hermionelaake - Awards-nominated writer and associate editor O:JA&L

Whilst working on long fiction, Laake/Wilds write short stories, poetry, essays and blogs weekly. Laake appeared on Blog Talk Radio in 2016 in an interview across continents with Susan Wingate. Laake is an awards nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013 for the original #MYFRIENDALIEN out on AMAZON BOOKS in 2022. Flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters. Laake has an MA from KU with distinction and a BA in English Literature.

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