Fatless Friday!

I really worked hard at eating right this week and it paid off with another 3.8 pounds lost at my weigh in! This gives me a total of 12 pounds lost! That is like a small dog! lol The best part is I am starting to notice it in my jeans. Before, after I washed my jeans, they would be so tight I would have to lay on the bed to zip them up. I would then dampen the seat and legs and sit for awhile to loosen them up. (for a little comfort, you know) What a long process just to wear jeans! Yesterday, I pulled on my jeans, zipped and buttoned them with ease, and lo and behold, there were wrinkles and a little space in the leg area! Sigh…what a blessed day!

Speaking of blessed days…yesterday I worked until 10 a.m., then took the rest of the day off. I went for a skin check up at the dermatologist (where they biopsied 2 moles), and then went to see a movie! You all know how I have complained about my work load this year, so taking a day was pure bliss.

I saw Love Happens, with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart and it was good. Not your typical happy-go-lucky love story. It had depth and dealt with the issue of loss of a loved one. I couldn’t help but notice that Jennifer stayed entirely clothed from head to toe for the entire movie! I wonder if it the age of the actors…no, that’s not it, because Sandra Bullock stripped down for all to see in her last movie The Proposal. I will say that it was refreshing to not have any bedroom scenes and to see more of the development of the relationship.

I did notice that the beginning of the movie was all about Aaron Eckhart and took FOREVER to get Jennifer Aniston on the screen. It made me think of writing romance and how you are supposed to get the hero and heroine together sometime during the first chapter. I did not do that in my ms. Well, I did at the very last paragraph, but you don’t really know it is the hero. (you just know the heroine is getting saved from the hands of ruffians…while she is passing out) You meet the hero in the second chapter. I thought it worked, but maybe I need to rethink that.

Whew, I am rambling today, so let me ask a question for you writers out there. Do your hero and heroine enter during the first chapter? Do you think it is really necessary?

16 responses to “Fatless Friday!”

  1. No, my hero and heroine do not meet up in the first chapter. But I might be revising that.

    I think the hint of the hero entering at the end of Chapter 1 is intriguing. It leaves the reader wondering, “is that the love interest?” I like the suspense.

    Glad you had a fun afternoon yesterday.


  2. Maybe Jennifer nedded to mix it up a little since she does seem to be scantily clad in most of her movies. I think mixing it up is good. Alfred Hitchcock got all that crazy excitment with Psycho because he didn't follow the formula. :O)


  3. Good for you Sherrinda! You are in the double digit weight loss now, check you out!

    I guess since my MS isn't a love story my first chapter is a little different. The conflict between the hero and heroine takes place in the first chapter.

    Blessings to you…


  4. Congrats on the weight loss! Are we going to see pictures soon šŸ™‚ I bet you are looking great.

    Conflict takes place in my first chapter. I throw the reader right in there šŸ™‚


  5. No worries on your chapter. It's probably fine. šŸ™‚ I usually make mine meet right away, but that's just how I like it. You don't have to do that, esp. in a longer historical. Glad you enjoyed your day off!


  6. Congrats on your progress, Sherrinda.


  7. Sherrinda, great job with the weight lost. You're doing so well! It's great that you got to take time for yourself as well. I was just realizing how important it is for us to have a day or even several hours completely free of stress, work, even writing.

    In my current WIP, my hero and heroine don't meet in the first chapter. I'm considering revising it, but I'm not sure. He sees her from afar and almost goes to talk to her (and her son) but then decides against it. I'm not sure if it would be better to plan a meeting or not.

    Have a great weekend!


  8. Yay! You lost a small dog–or a big cat! Woo-hoo!

    I like the romance right up front. Can't help myself!
    Have a terrific weekend!


  9. Since I write short category romance, the H/H need to get together as quickly as possible. If they don't actually meet up in the first chapter, then they need to each have a POV scene in the first chapter so the reader knows who they are and what they want.

    Congrats on 12 lbs and loose jeans!


  10. Wow, 12 lbs is a great accomplishment. So proud of you.
    I saw both of those movies, as well and enjoyed both. I think the energy was higher in “Proposal”, but also enjoyed the depth and intrique of “Love Happens”.
    When I am reading I want the hero to meet the heroine at least in the first chapter and I plan to write based on what I like to read. Cool comparison of both movies.


  11. No, I think mine will enter in later on. It is all about what works best for you. Congrats on the weight loss! Yay!!!! :o) I hear ya on the bedroom scenes. It is good that they took more time to focus on the relationship. Maybe I will check that film out one of these days. :o)


  12. Who-hoo!! 12 lbs is a lot, girl!! I love the feeling of good fitting jeans! Mine, sadly, are going the other way. It's all the brownies, you see.

    Congrats! And I'm glad you enjoyed your day!


  13. Congrats on the weight loss! I'm glad you're feeling great about your success. I don't write romance, but my main group of friends are together from chapter one. It sounds like what you have will work nicely.


  14. Hi Sherrinda-
    Congrats on the 12 lbs! I lost 20 lbs this summer and gained almost all of it back and am so mad at myself!! Your progress in inspiring…Monday might be my first day back on WW.
    Keep up the good work!
    Good luck!


  15. Hi Sherrinda –

    Whew! I finally got over here. It's been a hectic week in my neck of the woods.

    Congrats on the 12-lb. loss! You gave me a good chuckle with the small dog reference.

    I decided to give my latest character a love interest and realized I have to get her into the story earlier rather than later. They won't meet until later, but I want to introduce her to readers.

    Susan šŸ™‚


  16. Thanks everyone for all your great comments! I am guessing that while we may or may not introduce both the hero and heroine in the very first chapter, you need to do it at least in the SECOnd chapter! šŸ™‚ You ladies are good! lol


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