Food For Thought

Last evening was another glimpse of sunlight after 4:00 pm. Again, my eyes drifted up to the orange colored sky in the east and I started to think of ice cream. An orange dreamsicle sat on the tip of my tongue and my mouth watered a little bit in the middle of traffic. Yes, something cold and sweet as the temperature drops back down to freezing made suddenly made sense in the middle of winter.

I was tempted to turn my steering wheel in the direction of the grocery store but I resisted. I just made the trip yesterday. I can’t hide forever under winter sweaters when the season changes. It was hard but I decided to pick up my husband instead. How would I explain the grocery bag? How would I keep up my record at being better at hiding the evidence? He‘s not good as I am.

My attempt to avoid excess failed when he mentioned a stop for fast food. Our excuse? We still need to do the dishes in the sink and didn’t want to create any more piles. And you know what happened? I ate a few cinnamon twists and then had an apple instead of finishing what I ordered? Bizarre right? I’m the foodie researcher for my books and blogs. I had a few bites of taco out of guilt for not taking part in the indulgence and then I finished my apple.

I even helped throw away the empty boxes. My hand patted his belly for finished the food I couldn’t eat and I touched my forehead. Maybe I’m getting sick again. I mean, an apple with a glass of water – there must have been something wrong with me. My last thought was that I might have to make up for this tomorrow by that stop at the grocery store. Avoided cravings means eating lost calories, and I don’t mean dieting. I eat until I finally give into what I really wanted.

Since I couldn’t make up my mind in what I wanted for dinner, I started to fill myself with a different kind of food. Maybe my mind was hungry instead of my stomach. After all, I’m supposed to share prompts and other kinds of literary inspiration once-in-a-while.

For those who hunger for words, I will leave you with the final thought of starting out with a new reading list for 2022. I found reliable list of what to read through my one my go-to resources, They started the year with a reading challenge for 2022, and you can take part in going through their list. Click on the challenge photo, and type in the number of books you want to read this year and see where it leads you. Then, go to their best categories at the bottom and start reading recommended books.

As authors, we need to keep feeding our minds in order to become the writers we are. My posts are Monday through Friday.

Get closer to your writing goals with my Writer’s Journal filled with writing prompts and exercises. You can find a copy at

~Yoon Ju

Published by yoonjuwrites

I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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