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It’s August!

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If you can’t tell I’m a big sports fan, specifically an Atlanta Braves and Detroit Pistons fan. I based my decision to go to The University of Michigan mostly because of my obsession with Wolverine football. It’s part of my personality, although I do my best not to be obnoxious about it. A lot of my family are Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants fans, so I root for those teams when they aren’t playing my beloved Braves.

In my first novel – A Forgotten Innocence – my heroine falls for a high school basketball player. Before I took my novel to a critique group, the one thing I struggled with is how descriptive I should be with the basketball scenes. Since I played ball all through high school (and I’m currently a high school referee), I thought my scenes might be too detailed, especially with my novel targeted towards the tweens and women’s fiction. So my first thought was to generalize the basketball action, or on a more drastic measure, cut the scenes out entirely.

But life is full of surprises – and my critique group – in various parts of the country – suggested I keep the basketball scenes in the novel as I originally wrote them. They thought the scenes gave credence to my heroine’s love for her basketball star. One critiquer mentioned one of the more crucial examples of her love is during one of his basketball games in which she’s describing what’s going on. Their recommendation is not to take it out. If my editor says not to take it out too, then I’m convinced to roll with it, even though I wonder how many readers really care about a pick and roll anyway?

And on a note unrelated to writing, Corazon Aquino passed away yesterday. She was not only the first woman President of the Philippines, but the President who overthrew the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

Rest in peace Corazon, and thank you for doing your best for the Philippines.

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