Sunday, 11 November 2012

Is it time for a chocolate break?

Despite my plans to buy myself a big box of Thornton's to bribe treat myself after a hard day's NaNo-ing, I haven't had any... Yep, 11 days without chocolate... I'm breaking out into a cold sweat just thinking about it. Tomorrow... I'll definitely be going out to buy myself something yummy, tomorrow.

I wasn't planning to post very much during November, but that goes hand-in-hand with not managing to visit many blogs - and the ones I have read, I haven't had time to comment on. Currently my blog post queue stands at 880!

Today I've reached another slump. I've got to about 13,000 words, and all my characters have started receiving the anonymous Facebook troll messages that they're supposed to - but I can't find an uncontrived way of getting all these characters together to talk about the fact they're receiving them.

Instead of staring at a blank page, I thought I'd say hello, and read lots of posts. I might not get around to commenting on many, but at least I'll have a fair idea of what's going on in bloggyland!

Tomorrow evening, after my huge box of chocolates, I'll start writing again... although by that time, I'll need to write about 7000 just to stay on track... No problem... easy peasy...

Today's question: what's your favourite Thornton's chocolate?
And if you haven't heard of Thornton's, what's your favourite luxury chocolate?

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  1. I got a big box of Thornton's chocolates for my birthday, and amazingly, there are still some left! :D

    Good to know you are making progress on your NaNo novel, even if it isn't going as quickly as you'd like!

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    1. How have you managed to still have chocolates left????????????????

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  2. It will hit you tomorrow. Both the answer and the chocolate!

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    1. I'm going to be sitting down to write later, so I'm thinking positive thoughts.

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  3. Yum, for me anything with nuts in hits the spot! Hope the chocolate works its magic for you :)

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    1. Dark chocolate brazils are yummy, but rare - milk choc is more common, but dark is awesome!

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  4. i couldn't get past the neglect of chocolate! it's suicide! hahaha...keep up the good writing with nano

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    1. I know, I'm ashamed and disgusted with myself!

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  5. Yum - love chocolates. I'd like a piece, but no coconut - that's wrong! I'm thinking you'll be typing furiously, eating chocolates, and the keyboard will be sticky. Go for it! 7000 words - pshaw - the words don't have to make sense do they? That's what December editing is for......!

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    1. I'll definitely be needing December and probably half of next year to sort this out! But at least I'll have sugary goodness :-)

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  6. That picture was torture. I'm on week four of a self-imposed vegan and no sugar regiment. Listen, I'll pour wine if you bring the cocoa goods. NaNo is a great goal but only if you don't go crazy. The real point is to write.

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    1. Oh that diet sounds hard. At least wine isn't off the menu :-)

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  7. Oh chocolate, what a wonderful invention. I'm pretty fond of the Trader Joe's chocolate. It's just fantastic. As for NaNo, well, it's sort of an interesting thing. Sometimes it really works out, sometimes not. I'm feeling pretty lucky so far this month, but the NaNo gods are fickle creatures.

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    1. I think I've done something to upset those NaNo gods! But at least I'll always have chocolate :-)

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  8. Thank you for taking a time out from NaNo and checking in. I know how overwhelming it is to see so many notifications on your blog queue. We all have so much going on and sometimes it takes my breath away. Good luck with NaNo and get some good, fine chocolate soon. You deserve it.

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    1. I definitely feel overwhelmed at the moment, but hopefully with just another few thousand words I'll start to feel happier.

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  9. Chocolates = energy. It's a law of thermodynamics. :)

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    1. I knew there was a scientific reason :-)

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  10. You're following more than 800 blogs? Wow! That's a lot! I think I'm only following about a 100. I don't think I'm familiar with Thornton's chocolate, but I do know I couldn't go more than a day without eating chocolate. :) I like peanut M&Ms best, but as far as the fancier kind goes, I also like Godiva chocolate and chocolate covered almonds.

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    1. Lol, no, I'm not following 800 - that would be a full-time job! I follow about 300 blogs, but they all post a lot :-) I'm not sure I've ever tried chocolate almonds, but they sound delicious!

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  11. There's no luxury chocolate here sadly. But I love the mint variety Frago makes.

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    1. I imagine that luxury chocolate will taste amazing when you come home though :-)

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  12. Hi Annalisa .. thankfully I don't need chocolate around - though the waistline doesn't go away! Good luck with Nano - that queue will disappear as time goes on - I hate it when mine gets that high ..

    Have a great Nano week .. cheers Hilary

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    1. I don't need chocolate either. I haven't had any for 24 hours now :-)

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  13. Chocolates are always good. I am sure you will do well with Nano, just keep going!

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    1. I'm being slow and steady - I'm probably not going to make it to 50k, but I am writing over 1000 words a day, which is a lot more than I've been doing recently!

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  14. Keep going, you'll get there. I could go for ANY chocolate right about now (I'm very behind with NaNo!) but I'd have to say a big bar of Galaxy is what I want the most...

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    1. I've never been keen on Galaxy, but I like the idea of a big bar!

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  15. I'm sure you will get back on track with the story. I don't think I've heard of Thornton's chocolate. But there is a fudge recipe on the back of a creamed marshmallow jar that I like the best. Hopefully fudge counts.

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    1. Fudge reminds me of my childhood. Whenever we went out for the day - especially to seaside towns - we'd always find a fudge shop. As long as it's covered in chocolate, I'm happy. Rum and raisin is always a favourite!

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  16. I don't think I've had Thornton chocolate... not that I'm aware of!

    Much luck with your writing. I need to get back on track myself (and I've had WAY too much chocolate this week...)

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    1. I think Thornton's might be a British thing - so if you're ever passing...

      Hope you're back on track now. I sort of am, which is why I'm only just getting around to replying :-)

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  17. I have a hard time picking a favorite. Cream, mint, caramel. They're all good. :)
    Good luck with the Nano novel, I'm sure you'll figure out how to make it work. :)

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    1. You sound like me, I find it hard to pick a favourite too. In fact, it's easier to list the ones I don't like :-)

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  18. Mmm, chocolate. I'm running low. There's a stout and salt caramel bar at Whole Foods i want to try. I tried the dark chocolate and bacon two weeks ago.

    Try a shower. That's when aha's always come to me. I'm hoping one will come to me on my WIP in a few. Usually I get new story ideas instead, though.

    Best of luck with NaNo.

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    1. Stout and salt caramel? Dark chocolate and bacon? Wow... I'm suddenly feeling very traditional with my chocolate choices!

      My ideas come to me when I'm working out at the gym. I think the rule of thumb is whenever it's hard to make notes, that's when you'll want to make notes!

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  19. I love chocolate! I could eat Lindt chocolate all day long - it's so addicting and it just...MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH. I gotta have milk chocolate though, it makes everything better.

    Now, go eat your chocolate! You deserve it, Annalisa! :)

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    1. Ooh yes, Lindt is lovely, but far too easy to eat precisely because it melts.

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    1. I have a bar of 81% chocolate in the cupboard at the moment - a little goes a long way :-)

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  21. I hate getting stumped with something and then just sitting there staring at the screen while the minutes tick by! Such is the writing life, at times :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. I wrote a paragraph last night, and then sat there staring - I just couldn't work out how to move the scene on. I did it eventually, but it was a late night!

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    1. It's not quite as bad as that now, but people keep writing such great posts! :-)

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  23. I think you're amazing doing all this NaNo-ing. I seem to remember that Thorntons do a dark chocolate with a cherry and cherry liquid inside. My mouth is now watering and I want one... now!!!

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    1. Dark chocolate and cherries are made for each other... my mouth is watering now as well!

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  24. You know, I'm an equal opportunity enjoyer of chocolate. I like it all!

    Good luck figuring out how to get your characters together. The other night I was stuck on NaNo. I'd introduced a character, who I liked, but he didn't have a strong enough part, so I was stymied. I went to a movie and two words in the movie went straight to my brain and gave me the answer I needed. I think we all just need a break sometimes. Speaking of which, I've not been home the last couple days to even try to get any NaNo'ing done, so I have major catch-up to do tonight.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. I love it when the answers just appear. I hope your catch-up worked!I'm still well behind, but I'm amazed at how much I can achieve - the more I write, the easier the words come.

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  25. Ooh I love their toffee - nearest shop is 30miles away though :( Good luck with your writing :)

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    1. You just have to buy more whenever you are there, then :-)

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  26. I'm failing at NaNo too. Doing edits...which sounds productive, but the editor said...put in a fight scene here. A fight scene? All right. Well, that's what I said. So far I have 0 words written in that confrontation. Trolling the blogs like yourself...looking for inspiration.

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    1. Oh I sympathise - fight scenes are hard. I hope you've managed to crack the scene now.

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  27. Well, thank you for visiting my blog :) My bad, I just noticed your comment from September & have only just replied to it, sorry.

    I have a piece to re-write & I'm finding it very hard at the moment. And I'm sure chocolate would help!

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    1. Lol, hi Anita. Chocolate would definitely help your re-writes, it has magically properties :-)

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  28. *mouth watering*
    I've stayed away from chocolate and have been walking/jogging 6 times/week with hubby after we drop off the kids at school. Then, my butt is happy to sit down in the chair and write :)
    I know you can do it for NaNo!

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    1. That sounds like a great start to the writing day. I manage getting to the gym a couple of times a week, but there are days when I'll sit straight down to write and realise I'm still in my PJs at lunchtime :-D

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  29. Chocolate! now I want one. I love Lindor truffles and toblerones, though I dont know if those are high end :)

    Nutschell
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    1. Lindor definitely high end, and yummy. Toblerone is normal, but equally yummy, albeit really awkward to eat - which I guess slows you down, at least :-)

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  30. Good luck on your NaNo quest. I've never heard of Thortons. Seems like I could be missing something!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I think Thornton's are British - but they are definitely something to look out for if you visit - they have shops in most town centres.

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  31. I love Thorntons too! Best of luck with nano wri mo - I'm sure you'll catch up and even if you don't - well you've still got masses of words down!

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    1. Unfortunately I have to go to a Thornton's cafe on Tuesday to meet a friend - I'm sure a box of chocs will be bought, for the last week of the challenge :-) I'm actually catching up quite well... didn't think I would, so I'm really happy!

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  32. Hey,

    Hope NaNOooooooo is going well and you're back to where you need (want!) to be :)

    I've neveer heard of Thorntons chocolates, but I do remember a Thornton's Hard Cider... is that bad :)

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    1. Cider is never bad - there are many cider farms near me, yum yum :-) Chocolate it good too. You can get chocolate beer, but I'm not sure about chocolate cider ??

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  33. I thought I was the only one who bribed myself with chocolate to keep butt-in-chair and make myself write. So glad to know I'm not alone. Have a great chocolate break and then get writing. You don't necessarily have to know how your characters get together -- you can fill that hole later -- for now, just write a scene where they exchange info.
    Good luck! :-)

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    1. Chocolate is perfect for bribery. I've come to the conclusion that I can fill the gaps later. Words are what matter right now.

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  34. I'm reading this post a week later and see now that you are up to 30,000 on your novel! Wow, that's awesome!! You must have had a great week. Was it the chocolate that did it?
    This project sounds so interesting, I love the tidbit about the characters all receiving the troll messages. Good luck with the rest of the month! :)

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    1. Hi Julie, yes everything is getting a bit easier. In fact, I'm surprised at how much I can write in one go - not thinking is a skill though!

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