Monday, January 2, 2017

Mailbox Monday - Jan 2

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you had a nice holiday season. I'm spending this last day before getting back to full-time work organizing my office and enjoying some peace and quiet.

It's also goal setting time. I've set my writing goals and reading goals. My first business planning meeting of the year is Friday. While my business plan has been set for a few weeks now, I need to nail down my goals to achieve that plan by then. As for personal goals, I have just two (and one of them is related to my work schedule):
  • Dedicate time each week to what I enjoy most: family, reading, cooking and gardening;
  • Continue my health and wellness plan from 2016. 
I think Tuesday will be my day off from real estate. Weekends are usually busy for agents, so that's not feasible. Eventually I hope to have a couple of agents working with me so that I can take weekends off, but until then I must plan Saturdays and Sundays as work days.

Last year, I lost 14 pounds to bring me to my goal weight. In the past couple of months I've been so busy I haven't exercised much, but better food choices have allowed me to maintain my weight. This morning, I decided to exercise and plan to time block three days a week to exercise going forward. 

As far as my mailbox goes, it's been slow since Christmas. I did, however, download a couple of writing craft books on character development.

Character development can be one of the hardest aspects of great writing. You may have a great plot and story line but if the characters aren't real or just don't fit in--the whole story is a flop.

This short workshop will help you develop meaningful, true-to-life characters. Get personal with them, get inside their head and learn to create compelling characters from the inside-out.

How do you create a main character readers won't forget? How do you write a book in multiple-third-person point of view without confusing your readers (or yourself)? How do you plant essential information about a character's past into a story?

Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by award-winning author Nancy Kress answers all of these questions and more! This accessible book is filled with interactive exercises and valuable advice that teaches you how to:

•Choose and execute the best point of view for your story
•Create three-dimensional and believable characters
•Develop your characters' emotions
•Create realistic love, fight, and death scenes
•Use frustration to motivate your characters and drive your story

With dozens of excerpts from some of today's most popular writers, Write Great Fiction: Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint provides you with the techniques you need to create characters and stories sure to linger in the hearts and minds of agents, editors, and readers long after they've finished your book.

That's it for this week. Wishing all of you a year filled with health and happiness.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You got some books that should be informative. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Elizabeth said...

ENJOY your books and first reading week of 2017!!

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bermudaonion said...

I lost some weight last year too and am trying to figure out how to keep those pounds off. I feel like I'll never be able to indulge again.

I hope you learn a lot from those books.

Happy New Year!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Sounds like some good goals. Congrats on the weight loss! Happy New Year!

Martha Eskuchen said...

Great job on the weight loss. I got half of mine done and still working on it... slowly.
Your goals sound really good. It is sort of too bad that Real Estate ends up being a weekend job too.
I really like your new books. So good to study your craft.
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!

Laura Fabiani said...

I'm a goal setter too. It helps me stay organized and get things done. I hope you achieve all your writing and blogging goals!

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Cheryl,

I used to be the super organised type, with a list for just about everything and everything in its place. Over the past couple of years though, personal circumstances have rather brought me down and my regimes have slipped beyond recognition. perhaps 2017 will be the year I manage to get back on track and turn things around again.

I probably wouldn't sit and read either of your picks this week (perhaps that's part of my problem), but I love the cover of your first book :)

I hope that you manage to work out your own personal work / life balance and that your books help you with that. Have a good 2017 :)


Cheryl said...

Thanks for visiting, everyone.

Congratulations on your weight loss, Bermudaonion. I have to admit I do indulge. The key being moderation and keeping up with exercise. You need to burn extra calories if you do indulge.

Thanks Mary and Martha. I'm glad to be feeling more like myself now that the pounds are off.

Good luck with your goals, Laura.

Happy new year to all of you.

Cheryl said...

I'm sorry you've been struggling, Yvonne. Life can be so overwhelming at times. I often veer off track too, but need to start the year off fresh. I pray that things will turn around for you. Thanks for visiting.

Serena said...

Both of these books look fantastic. Balance is tough. I hope we all can find balance in 2017.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for dropping in, Serena. I hope all is well.