Saturday, May 4, 2013

My Black Pride on Facebook

Well, welcome to an awesome Saturday morning.  If it still snowing where you are, then you'll enjoy the summer better.  If you are already enjoying the summer benefits this May, you'll be hotter than a potato wrapped in foil in no time.  But don't despair, everything in due time.

I have started writing again and have no further desire to divulge the secrets of my true story and wish to wait for the finale in the final book to reveal the outcomes.  Isn't that something?  A woman letting you in and shutting the window on your very fingers? SMH

Pride and Prejudice is a book loved worldwide by women that are of all ages enraptured in a really modern-day fairy tale.  There is the stone castle, the handsome gentleman, the non-damsel in distress and the two very different worlds into which the two insufferable characters are born.

Despite the differences, the despite all that the external world fears of these two hearts joining together, the true story isn't just about the chemistry and passion that these differences create.  No, the biggest story that will have people saying Jane Austen's name in 100 more years is the fact the two had the courage to keep growing and bringing themselves to lower their pride to continue along their journey to come together finally.

I think this is the bigger magic in a climate and world full of true stories of people giving up on their loves just to save face or not become the better person they are supposed to be.  Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy were given to us as a gift.

An example from an pretty extraordinary petite woman with a plain name to teach us modern girls how not to forget to sometimes to be the girl and let the man become a man.  Well that is all for now.  I truly am changing directions these next few months and will return to this board at a much later date.

Right now, my focus should be on Giselle and her character's world which I will continue to write delightfully with my heavenly writing partner. So, much of my world has been knocked and turned around now for the better that I could not possibly live in another world until I found my own once again.

My about pag tells you how this story came to me out of the blue! I appreciate those who come every Saturday to shoot the breeze, but I promise to be more engaging in the new Facebook page I just created today here: http://www.facebook.com/myblackprideandprejudice .  Now is the time to do what most writers do.  Only I completely stopped drinking and writing years ago, Steven King wink ;).

He accurately admits that the first years and books could be praised due to his lifting the bottle until his wife threatened to leave him.  Yes, it is so much easier to let the spirits take over and write your tale, I would have a shallow career by now if I did and would be in rehab.  But I'm proud to say that I owe my growth and non-career to the Heavenly Father who kept saying 'not now a better you is need before I let you off the hook'.  He was correct.

Writing words is every bit of recording someone's soul on the pages for someone to sit with for hours.  It is best to give the best account of that self and record of your learning as art can breathe life as well as death into someone else's soul.  And this is why I am an extremely starving artist.  But if you like the depth, follow me on Twitter where I have even crazier notions.  Love you all.  http://www.twitter.com/iamdenisemorris.

Until then smooches,
Denise R. Morris


Saturday, April 27, 2013

Even if Mr. Darcy Existed

You survived another week, you deserve to sleep a little bit before mowing the lawn or running to the mall.

I must say that I finally was able to write a little something.  But surprisingly, about part 2.  As I said before, it does not matter where this novel journey goes, it is a story that must be told and will be told no matter how many readers it reaches.  And it screams to continue.

Anyhow, I always see a lot of women who love Pride and Prejudice complain that there will never be a real Mr. Darcy.  I concur, if that word means I disagree.  Lately, I have lost my extreme eloquence in wording, but will be regaining that soon when I start reading again.

I know it's possible to have a real Mr. Darcy.  Let's examine why we love Mr. Darcy so much.  Well, let's get past the easy parts such as a great dresser, his know how and of course his high standard.  That's the external which is easy to have. But let's look deeper.  Why do we want a Mr. Darcy when he was very unagreeable, was detached from emotions, Elizabeth had more to talk about in every conversation, he complained about everything that did not have an iota to do with his standards and the list goes on.

I think what we love about Mr. Darcy is that DESPITE all of the negatives about him, no matter what, he still could not shake that Elizabeth shook him to the core of his soul and heart.  Mr. Darcy had the whole world and love castle in his hand waiting for society to see him through to the next generation only to forego all of his 'dreams' for the love of his life.  Something thought to be lower class, but actually deemed higher when all of the external pretenses were carried away.

Take away the 'charm' of Mr. Darcy and you have a very unagreeable man who fell in love with a very honest woman.  I believe if Mr. Darcy did not come to his senses the second time around, Elizabeth could have found a matchable suitor, not as passionate as she may have wanted, but she would not have died alone.

That is just my opinion.  Before we go off wishing for a magical Mr. Darcy, just see him for what he is, a regular man who fell in love beyond his reach.  But then that wouldn't be so romantic. ;) Well, it's about that time, I hope you have just as an agreeable week and enjoy the rest of your Saturday and make the best of it.  Smooches!


Denise R. Morris

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Have We Lost Sight of the Fairy Tale?

I'm beginning to understand why so many people in the entertainment business check themselves into some kind of mental or rehab ward.  I just found out last night that I was being stalked by one of my real-life Mr. Darcy's fans online.  Well, new week.

I like to give a shout out to all the people who answered and gave me a prayer from last week's post about my situational real-life romantic comedy mix-up with my Mr. Darcy.  The next day I received the phone call I had been waiting for my breakthrough.  If you have been following my novel's updates, you will know that my Elizabeth character, Giselle's world is set in New York.

You will also know that a lot that was written in my book has come true.  So true that I am actually going to be scared as a writer to pursue any other form such as scary dramas other than romantic comedies with a very happy ending.

I wonder how Stephen King makes it through the years, even though in one interview he hinted that what he wrote about might not be all fiction but possibly true in what he sees spiritually.  If that is the case, then I'll fit right into the Hollywood mix.  Well, long story short, I received a call that I will be going to New York trip paid.  Where is my real-life Mr. Darcy?

Why, he lives in New York as well.  this call is coming many months ahead of schedule and actually as the months went on by, I didn't assume it would come at all.  I don't know about you, but as I have received this book from a revelation and believe deeply that there is a spiritual world full of good and bad people who have passed on, that I am being guided by the good people now more than ever.

Why did things work out this way?  Why go to New York now when there is not any communication with my Mr. Darcy anymore?  Well, I always try to rationalize everything.  I think so I can establish my own foundation there.

Do you believe in fairy tales, because I have and ever since this book was laid upon my lap by a bolt of lighting, I know fairy tales do come true for those who do not give up on them.  I believe dreams are waiting for those who are willing to walk a bloody path and fight a harsh battle just like in the stories with the princess at the top of the castle waiting for her knight to save her from the dragon.

My fairy tale was one inch from coming true like the knight was right at the other side of the door when he was snatched and carried away by the dragon.  Will I give up?  Stay tuned.

I think this is what is wrong with a lot of our entertainment today is that it reflects a people who have given up and lost the vision of reaching a world beyond our own crazy one.  I never gave up on mine and 35 years later it came to me and have started on part two of the journey.  Whoever prayed for me last Saturday you are a part of me forever.

If I leave soon, I will have to begin focusing on my mission there, and will keep my posts short, but will keep you posted every Saturday.  Even though you don't comment, I see you and thank you for helping me hang on by returning every Saturday when a sister was hanging on at the end of the rope of her dream.  Here's to fairy tales coming true to your heart.

True Love Never Dies,
Denise Rochelle

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Life is Like a Box of Nutty Chocolates

Okay, well, we made it to another week. Congratulations.  I guess I can write this because I must have super strength even though my whole world is at a stand still.  Shocked.  Even when Mr. Darcy comes into my life, the universe won't let him come to me or me to him completely even messing up things, causing misunderstandings.  And then Pride arises and takes over.  What on earth could one possibly be talking about?  Life.  The world of love...even if you play by it the right way, somehow somebody comes and shakes up the box just to mix it up.

We know that Romantic Comedies are full of surprises, misunderstandings and mix ups to everyone's happy surprise.  Now, be honest.  Are you laughing out loud when these events happen in your own life.  I can tell you now, still not overcoming shock of a revelation that has innocently separated me and my Mr. Darcy, it is not funny and broken hearts are not something to laugh about.

I guess these romantic comedy writers really have lived what they are writing about.  Well, I mean before the poorly written ones of our day and time.  Like back in the Audrey Hepburn era all the way to the 90s when values were still in place.

Two people coming together, even if they are meant to be with each other will never have a straight path if they leave it up to fate.  Pride and Prejudice had several misses for Mr. Darcy, mostly the pride of Miss Elizabeth, who I have a faint notion actually fell in love with Mr. Darcy before the proposal and the only thing keeping her away from him was herself.

That's my conclusion with me.  Only in my case, I don't think I actually can fit into my Mr. Darcy's world like Ms. Elizabeth can in Mr. Darcy's castle. :)  I feel in his world could not except a 'commoner' like me and the singer he is with due to very poor miscommunication is what is best for him...for now.  Hopefully, we will be able to fly over the roadblocks to the shared dream we both have.  It's written in the stars just like Mr. Darcy and Mrs. Darcy.

Have a good week and keep me in your prayers, I've waited 13 years for my Mr. Darcy to show up and no movie style miscommunication is going to end that.

Love,
Denise Rochelle

Saturday, April 6, 2013

What If Elizabeth Bennett Had Met Her Match?

Welcome to the weekend, Baby!  What a week and not a bit of writing for the whole month of March. It's too deep for words how a writer's good writing depends on a clear and healthy unstretched mind which I could not yield the entire month.  This is to hoping by May 1 to have a clean, out-of-this world final draft.  Yes, that is my goal.  To have a romantic comedy with spitfire rhetoric, snide remarks, jokes and an actual funny story.  All I have now is the basic foundation to a house.

We all remember Mr. Darcy's wildly arrogant aunt who boldly let's it be known that Elizabeth was not worthy of Mr. Darcy's hand for many accounts, plus he was betrothed to her niece since birth.  She has everything on paper that says she belongs to Mr. Darcy forever why would he possibly want Elizabeth who doesn't even have the ability to trace her family lineage and the ones who do show up are not worthy of the fine caliber Mr. Darcy.

I think this is the second appeal that draws the masses of swooning women to this tale.  The chance that someone out-of-their caliber per se would actually be able to look at the truth, the heart and forsake everything to unite their heart despite circumstances to be with them.

This is what drew me to Pride and Prejudice because it was similar to my situation, only the out-of-the league in the original guy who rejected me was only in his head as he was an unemployed and only thought his class and extreme beauty was in his head. He was like Mr. Darcy in the fact he looked his nose down at me because of my color even though he is black but doesn't know it, when I was more educated, nicer than his uncouth meanness and had hidden class. But this book resignated with me because I felt the essence of Elizabeth's pain after experiencing such an offensive person.

Remember how sickly they made Mr. Darcy's betrothed?  All of the movie versions have her looking weakly, ill, wearing glasses and not holding her head up and some characters are mousy and unattractive.  She seemed very docile and unchallenging to Mr. Darcy as if she would jump at his very command. This I did not like about the book.  It made it all too easy for Mr. Darcy to leave his position than if he really had affections for his fiancee.

What if he was actually in love and they have a nice history together and THEN here comes this charlatan who waltzes in and he has to make an even tougher decision to leave his position.  His friend's sister definitely tried to bring in this challenge in every way to undercut his attention from Elizabeth only to cut the very feet from underneath herself.

In my version I do not even bring any challenges either as it does seem it would interrupt the flow.  There is plenty of challenges just between Elizabeth, my Giselle and Mr. Darcy, my Mr. Washington's pride and prejudices of class and men/women relations.  BUT, I do plan to bring in certain other women challenge in part 2.

Well, that's enough jabbering for today, until next time see you next Saturday.

XOXO,
Denise Rochelle

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!


 I didn't make my deadline for my update in time for this Easter weekend.  I haven't been able to write...I am looking forward as I continue to live the beginning of my dreams in reality and start to focus back on My Black Pride and Prejudice.

I am starting to see the whole picture of this story in a brighter light in the last few days after I had some revelations in dreams about black men and society. Some pretty deep stuff such as the new slavery in America and I feel an obligation to integrate it into this story.

I think every comedy, well writers are taught, every funny story is balanced with reality and we just have to see the light side of the most tragic things.  I think I'm coming to completion of my journey seeing it full circle of living the life of my Elizabeth character and as I move to the next level, I will have a clear point of Black Pride and will be able to finally do a final rewrite.  Writers should never think that they have writer's block if they are truly living their lives because while their story is being written they are writing.


Thank you lovelies...an have a lovely Saturday.  I think I will have something very good to report next week.

Until next time,
Denise Rochelle ;)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Was Mr. Darcy a Bad Boy?

Here we are 200 years later still swooning over a character who exhibited what seems to me to be a bad boy persona.  When it comes to Pride and Prejudice, I hear many Team Darcy more than Team Mr. Bingley.  I actually have to look up his name to remember him.  The latter was loveable from his first entrance.  So, why so much love has been given to  Mr. Darcy more than the gentlemanly Mr. Bingley who stole Elizabeth's sister's heart?

What is Mr. Darcy's true appeal?  Even Elizabeth didn't have nice words about him before she even approached him.  My only way to understand the pull toward Mr. Darcy is that he is a bad boy in the sense that he was harsh with his words, judgmental of others, ruthless in his status in society and didn't care how he treated women he didn't deem worthy of his attention.  

This is the type of man women are drawn to, so in conclusion I think looking at Mr. Darcy as a bad boy who changed because of his love for Elizabeth is the only answer.  We all secretly have that dream that we can change a bad boy into a Mr. Bingley.

Isn't that what great stories are about?  Having very abrasive characters who change toward the end because of some form of love in hopes that every harsh individual has hopes of change and therefore bring about a world of peace full of dancing and laughter?  A little grand thinking I might say.  

Whatever the case, Mr. Darcy has always been portrayed as the very cold mysterious, good-looking dresser in every adaption.  What would misses Austen's tale have been with a Mr. Nice Guy as the main character?  There would be no tale.  There would not be that pull of two different polarities that creates chemistry between the beginning Mr. Darcy and the bashful Mr. Darcy in front of Elizabeth in the last few pages.


Mr. Darcy Bad Boy Reputation  in Black Society

In my update of the story told in the black community, I had a different approach to the bad boy syndrome.  I felt that many movies have portrayed black men in this harsh cold way already and there are not enough positive responsible  views of black men that do exist in the media or cinema.  

So, I decided that certain points needed altering. Elizabeth's black character Giselle would switch roles as the one who was unwilling to change her harshness but slowly dissolves as every time she approaches Mr. Washington expecting the same old war she has with black men that he always surprises her and therefore, it is Giselle who must change in order for the story to continue.  

I don't know if I had already mentioned this in earlier posts, but I have already written the first chapter of the sequel and it flows very well.  I did so because the ending, as I have mentioned before, is going to be different than the original Pride and Prejudice because I would be able to fulfill the same ending in the next book.

Plus, unlike some movie versions that have either Elizabeth getting married with her sister or already married at the end, I felt that the time period before all the sisters' marriages would be a great plot to revisit using the same template of the original, Instead of looking for husbands, the drama would focus on the girls dealing with the extra drama within a committed relationship that may or may not lead to marriage even with a proposal.  

Well, that's enough gab for today...Please leave some suggestions for posts or questions, I am in dire need of some ideas.

See you next Saturday.

Love,
Denise Rochelle