Deb Lisa’s Secret Life

I have a secret life.

I feed my kids organic milk, whole wheat linguini, and sloppy joes made from soy.

But I have a secret stash of Twinkies.

I come by it naturally. When I was growing up, my mother force-fed my brother and me carab chip cookies (sort of like chocolate, but more like cardboard), granola, and ground turkey burgers (which do not, despite my mother’s protests, taste exactly the same.)

She had a secret stash of peanut M&Ms.

And my biggest secret is that I can not write without a steady stream of snacks. Sometimes I OD on Beachside Barbecue chips, sometimes chocolate chips (when I’m trying to pace myself), sometimes, half of a gallon-sized ziplock bag of my husband’s special birthday cookies. (Sorry, dear.)

Apparently, my imagination is fueled by crap. Cheetos, in particular. And sweets. I spent four days holed up in a beach hotel to get a start on my novel last year, certain that a writer’s retreat would be the answer to my sluggish progress. (This is the problem with selling a book before you actually write it — once you cash the check they actually expect you to produce a complete work. On time. Can you believe it?)

On the way to the beach, I stopped off at Target for a couple of bags of junk food to get me through the weekend. Four days later, I had seven chapters and a sugar hangover.

That’s my secret. Now, can I have a cookie?


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10 Replies to “Deb Lisa’s Secret Life”

  1. Soulmates, we are…I ALWAYS have a stash of peanut M&Ms and they are my go-to snack while I work at my computer. Now sadly, my butt/gut reflect that ;-( …
    I did try to break the habit but found instead I was reaching for a million other things, none of which satisfied the urge. So I finally figured I may as well yield to it…

  2. Lisa, I usually have a stash too. And like you, I find chocolate chips to be the ideal writing companion. And they’re so small, they can’t be all THAT bad for you. Right?

    Jenny, thumbs up on the M&Ms too.

  3. I’m convinced that the best parts of me–mostly clear skin, the ability to write a coherent phrase–are due to the regular consumption of Cheez-its during my formative years. Don’t deny your children the Twinkies…who knows what potential all those mystery ingredients could unlock?

  4. I love the peanut butter M&M’s. Did you know you can get them with whatever you want on them? You could get your book title. Then eating them is part of marketing. Imagine it.

  5. Twinkies? When I was a kid I LOVED Twinkies. Them I graduated to M&M’s and stayed with those a looooong time until I became an unbearable health freak. But I do VERY much believe in chocolate (now it’s dark and organic) but I can’t imagine writing without it!
    Fun post!!

  6. So who has had the good fortune of having MINT M&M’s?
    Let me tell you, SEEK THEM OUT starting November 1…They are to die for (and great in tollhouse cookie recipes in lieu of chocolate chips!)

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