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Life is Bittersweet November 30, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Fiction, Food & Drink, Humor, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ Chocolate (in Public Domain)

I am planning to write a semi-autobiographical historical sci-fi romance murder mystery set in a chocolate factory.

The working title . . . Life is Bittersweet.

I shall conduct research in Switzerland, Madagascar, and other cocoa producing regions.

Chapters will include:

* Now you see it . . . now you don’t.

* Chocolate . . . Here today. Gone today! 

The novel will have self-help overtones . . . encouraging readers to help them selves to copious amounts of chocolate while they read.

Aah . . . that’s bitter!

Related posts:  The Romance of the Sleeper Train (Kate Shrewsday) * A Writer’s Confession ~ I Have No Patience For Research (Eric John Baker)


1. ryoko861 - November 30, 2012

I just bought copious amounts of chocolate candies, all wrapped in Christmas colored foil in bell shapes and Santa shapes. This would be great reading while stuffing my face with them! You could have a chapter called “Just Melted Away”.

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Yes! Or like the Witch in the Wizard of Oz . . . “I’m Melting. Melting. Melting.” and “What a World.”

And perhaps a chapter featuring the Oompa Loompas fishing someone out of the river of chocolate? That might work.

ryoko861 - November 30, 2012

Your options are endless!! LOL!!!

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

I know! If I cover “Chocolate Through The Ages,” I shall be able to do delicious research for the rest of my life! How divine. 😀

2. suzicate - November 30, 2012

Need any characters to help you make those chocolates disappear?

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Ooh, yes! And we must also taste-test chocolate in brownies, cake, cookies, fondue, eclairs, etc.

Cookies and Brownies and Cakes . . . Oh, My! 😛

3. aawwa - November 30, 2012

Very good! i enjoyed that 🙂

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Thanks, aawwa. A dose of silly is always a great way to end the week or commence the weekend. 😛

4. ericjbaker - November 30, 2012

Write the sequel from chocolate’s point of view. “Once Bitten, All Devoured.”

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

From chocolate’s POV, chocolate lovers are VAMPIRES! 😯

Lovely to be thinking of a sequel before I’ve even started eating, I mean, um, researching, the first novel. 😉

ericjbaker - November 30, 2012

I’ve been researching this concept my entire life.


nrhatch - November 30, 2012

It’s a labor of love! 😀

5. Don - November 30, 2012

I’ll write the book for you if you supply the chocolate.

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Thanks for offering, but I think this is finally a project I can sink my teeth into. CHOMP! 😀

6. Playamart - Zeebra Designs - November 30, 2012

Ummm; Ecuador is known as one of the best origins for the finest chocolates of the world! The cacao grows best in several sections of this country and is dried then shipped to those chocolate-making countries! z

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

I recently heard about Ecuador (and Colombia) being central to Swiss chocolate production.

In order not to get bogged down, I might assign research for cacao and cocoa to an assistant . . . while I focus on the finished product. 😉

Playamart - Zeebra Designs - November 30, 2012

good luck! i look forward to hearing about the progress! z

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Even if the book is not a bestseller . . . I’m sure to enjoy the journey of researching and writing it. 😀

7. seeker57 - November 30, 2012

Chocolate, yum. Just had a bar of chocolate yesterday, ate it first as dessert before eating my lunch. Eat the good part first. Please add Wisdom of Coco, would love to see Charlie and Willy as part of the equation (maybe) and, and, and. Can’t wait to taste the bitter taste of life. Good day.*=)

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Life is uncertain . . . eat dessert first. Especially if dessert = chocolate! 😀

8. sweetdaysundertheoaks - November 30, 2012

I had a Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark square yesterday. Tasty! I have to say though when I am craving chocolate nothing does it like a Hershey’s Kiss! Or a Fanny May Pixie… 🙂

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

I’m fond of Dove Dark Chocolate squares and Lindt White Chocolate Truffles . . . but Kisses are little drops of deliciousness too.

9. katecrimmins - November 30, 2012

I can help you with your research. I am very good at consuming chocolate — for research purposes only though!

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Excellent! I am apt to have all sorts of volunteers for this project.

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

I just read your most recent post:


That ties in nicely to today’s theme. 😀

10. Andra Watkins - November 30, 2012

This is an excellent premise for a book, Nancy. 🙂

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

It’s got ALL the genres covered! 😉

11. Zen and Genki - November 30, 2012

Enjoyed that quite a bit! (And now I’m craving chocolate too!)

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

‘Tis the season . . . to eat chocolate . . . fa la la la la la la la la
Let’s be fat and jolly elves!

12. dearrosie - November 30, 2012

…semi-autobiographical historical sci-fi romance murder mystery set in a chocolate factory…?

Sounds like a comedy to me…!

I don’t know a woman who doesn’t like chocolate. Your book is guaranteed to be a best-seller

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Life is both comedy and tragedy . . . chocolate too! Maybe the cover graphic should include an open box of chocolates. 😀

13. Barbara Backer-Gray - November 30, 2012

So who did you kill? I’m kidding! I lived right next to a chocolate factory once, in Holland. It was cheap chocolate, bordering on what is called Hersheys here, so the smell was cloying. But still. What a great excuse, too, for traveling. You can go to the Congo, and Holland has some pretty good chocolate as well (Droste).

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Ooh . . . more places to visit. More flavors to taste. 😀

As much as I love chocolate, living in “Hershey” with chocolate permeating the air might be a bit much.

And, as it’s a murder MYSTERY, I cannot share whodunnit yet. At least not until I’ve completed all necessary research. 😉

Barbara Backer-Gray - November 30, 2012

I understand that you can’t give away whodunnit. I was referring to it being semi-autobiographical 😉

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

I knew what you meant . . . and I knew that you weren’t really accusing me of being a murderer (or expecting me to confess in public). I have the write to remain silent. 😀

14. Tom (Aquatom1968) - November 30, 2012

I think the book will be an excellent self help book for others who may be planning on tasting chocolate for the first time… actually, can anybody remember when they tasted chocolate for the first time? I can’t… see Nancy – told you! 😉

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

That’s an interesting question . . .

I can remember getting small amounts of chocolate in my Easter basket and my Christmas stocking. I recall gathering copious amounts of chocolate during costumed Halloween forays around the ‘hood.

But I cannot remember the FIRST time I tasted chocolate. 😀

15. Piglet in Portugal - November 30, 2012

Like the idea…

Have you read the Novel “Chocolat” set in France…

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

I haven’t read it, but I think I saw the movie (starring Johnny Dep).

16. sufilight - November 30, 2012

I was planning to volunteer but remembered there are chocolate covered bugs which are considered a “delicacy” in various parts of the world. Since I don’t know what the other chapters of the book are about, I don’t want to get stuck eating these! :D.

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Oh, don’t worry. I’ll assign the research for that chapter to Andrew Zimmern. He’ll eat anything:


I’ll save the “good stuff” for us! 😀

17. diannegray - November 30, 2012

Oh yes!!! I know this one is for me. You had me at ‘chocolate factory’ 😉

nrhatch - November 30, 2012

Instead of a movie about vampires, like Dark Shadows, it can be a tale of people sucking up real sustenance . . . Dark Chocolate! 😀

18. jannatwrites - December 1, 2012

Research for this one sounds yummy. Will the book come with samples?

nrhatch - December 1, 2012

Maybe a coupon for a FREE candy bar. Or maybe a sweepstakes . . . with the finder of the golden ticket winning a lifetime supply of chocolate. 😀

19. bluebee - December 1, 2012

I’m a fan already! 🙂

nrhatch - December 1, 2012

Hi BlueBee! Welcome back. We’ve missed ya. 😀

I wrote this off the cuff to see how many genres I could encompass in a single book . . . but it sounds like a book that might fly off the shelves. So I better get researching. And writing too, of course. 😉

20. Three Well Beings - December 1, 2012

A story that will sell well! I’m very happy to provide some added research if you’re in need of supporting evidence!

nrhatch - December 1, 2012

Judging from the enthusiasm . . . I’ve got an idea for the next “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series:


Anecdotes from readers’ lives that relate in some way, shape, or form to chocolate!

21. William D'Andrea - December 1, 2012

If this is a murder mystery, I remember a song by the comedy team, the Smothers Brothers, titled “I fell into a vat of chocolate”


“Did he fall, or was he pushed?”

nrhatch - December 1, 2012

Or did he dive in . . . head first? 😉

I’m going to see if I can find that Smothers Brothers skit. Thanks, William.

William D'Andrea - December 1, 2012

Since we’re talking about the Smothers Brothers, how’s this for a motive?

“Mom liked you best!”

nrhatch - December 1, 2012

Good one! Their childhood taunts are such fun to watch . . . talk about hanging on to baggage. 😉

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