Thursday, October 23, 2008

Naming Your Baby Part 2

Last year, I blogged about giving your book a title. At that time, I had named my book Reasonable Doubt. That title was too common and my publisher wanted me to think of some different ones. After coming up with several other titles (none of them very good), they decided to let me keep Reasonable Doubt. I was so happy. It always seemed like the perfect title for the book.

Now, I'm finding the same challenge. My next book comes out in May 2009 and I had named it One On One. It's actually been called One On One for almost 3 years when I first started writing it. It's so hard to imagine it being named something else because that's what I've known it as since it was born.

However, it is a very common term, so my publisher has once again asked me to think of additional titles. So, I'm thinking...

The book is about basketball. Basketball is a huge theme throughout the book, and the term one on one goes right along with it. This book is a spin-off of Reasonable Doubt, taking place 5 years later and tells the story of Mick Webber. He was the college basketball player who was arrested for the murder of his fiancee in Reasonable Doubt. In this new book, he is one of the anchors of a college basketball show called One On One, hence the name of the book. Also, he has some initial sparring with his co-anchor, Cara, and they eventually face off in a game of one-on-one.

Even though the title seems so perfect for this book, it's time to think of a new one. I really can't think of anything else right now. Still thinking...

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Here are some recent pictures of my kids, just because I feel bad that I almost never post pictures of the kids. Diego just has some great smiles. In the middle one, Ruben is hugging his cousin. And in the last one, Omar is having fun at the beach.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Political Politeness

I don't usually blog about politics, and I've thought very hard about posting this, but I feel a need to say this. Right now there is such a focus on politics and people feel very deeply about their political beliefs. I don't think there's anything wrong with nice, healthy debate about issues and candidates, but I've heard too many ugly judgements about people because of their beliefs.

I read on someone's blog that her child's friend from church was told she couldn't play with her anymore because of the parents' support of Barack Obama. Someone I know who is a member of my church once said that no one that is a Democrat could be a faithful member of the church. I don't know how someone who has not lived my life can decide for me what kind of voter I should be.

I think that our political beliefs are shaped by many factors such as our culture, background, upbringing, and life experiences. All of those things have shaped who I am--a Democrat. I can't argue with someone who says that voting Republican is right for them. I don't think they are wrong; that is who is right for them. Their decision to vote Republican was shaped by all of those factors-their culture, their background, their upbringing, and their life experiences. Those are not my mine; they're theirs, and that is why for them, it's right to vote Republican. For me, it's right to vote Democrat. I believe that that is the right vote for America, but I don't expect someone else to believe the same way.

We're all different, and we've all experienced life differently. How can I say how someone should vote when I haven't lived their life and I haven't seen the world through their eyes?

I'd like to see more political politeness. Sure, let's talk about the issues, the candidates, but let's be respectful about each other. Don't say I can't be a good member of the church because I'm a Democrat. Please let my kids still play with your kids even if I support Barack Obama. And, please, please don't accuse me of drinking the purple Kool-Aid. Obama supporters are accused of not being able to see past the charm. For me, it's not just about pretty words from a pretty man. It's so much more. It's all of those factors-my culture, upbringing, background, and life experiences that have shaped who I am and why I vote this way.

I don't even like purple Kool-Aid. Red, maybe.

Fall Into Reading Challenge

I just signed up for a Fall Into Reading challenge hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days. I've done her reading challenges before, and they're a lot of fun. The challenge officially started on September 22 and goes to December 20. I'm starting a little late, but it doesn't even feel like Fall here in Texas, so that's okay. If anyone wants to participate, it's not too late. There are also some prizes being awarded.

Here are the books I will be reading during the reading challenge.
Splitting Harriet by Tamara Leigh
A Modest Proposal by Michele Ashman Bell
Fool Me Twice by Stephanie Black
Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde
Her Good Name by Josi Kilpack
I may add more if time permits.