On baby steps towards writing a blasian novel 2
In the last dippy post, a few questions arose that need to be addressed. After awhile, everyone will get used to the disorganization of my brain. Until then, I apologize profusely for not being able to start at the beginning. Jumping 1/4th of the way in is how I function. Strangely enough, having this scattered brain makes me extremely good at my job.
Today, I'd like to explain why I desire a black-black actress to be the model for my book and what I plan to do after the novel is complete as I do not expect it to earn money. ;) Perhaps even I can manage this.
I told Eccentricyoruba this would be a mini-post. Fail! It's as long-winded as the others. :D
When I wrote, "And when I say black actress, I mean one who doesn't have a Caucasian parent or doesn't appear to have one," I gave Avastacia an ouchie and that was not my intention. My sentiment was meant to be viewed as pro-Black woman, not anti "white."
Having been born a safe brown and short (barely 5'1), I'm usually not perceived by anyone as a threat and this has benefited me greatly in this seriously screwed up world of ours. This does not mean I'm oblivious to the blatant discrimination my darker skinned sisters experience at the hands of others both within the community and within society at large.
Colorism affects the very heart of my family. There are people who flat out accuse my significantly darker mother of not being, in fact, my mother. Can you believe that crap? With the exception of my eyes, I look just like her. I'm built exactly like her (When I as 16 and flat at as a pancake, I used to despair of not having the sista-booty - thanks Mom for kicking that DNA over to me).
Therefore, when I told my family I was writing a blasian novel, four of my sisters were adamant that I feature a beautiful dark-skinned young woman. They didn't need explain why. We all know how dark-skinned women are represented on television, in movies and on book/magazine covers. Don't even get me started on the roles they're forced to undertake (no more Precious). This is wrong, wrong and wrong and I won't be a part of it. I won't perpetrate the lie that a dark-skinned black woman is inferior to a lighter-skinned one.
After I complete NaNoWriMo, National November Writing Month, I intend to spend as long as six months to two-years refining it. After I'm satisfied, it will be translated into Japanese and then I will publish them both simultaneously at my own expense (rather The Husband's). He has agreed to be the main translator and fully intends to put his name on the cover as author. ;D He's already published a book and a part of it focused on our early life here and it was well-received. It's odd meeting people for the first time and realizing that they know things about me that they'd read in his book. It still sells although we haven't seen nary a royalty since the first year.
Once the blasian book has been published, good, bad or ugly, I will write a screen play. I intend to see this book on film, somehow, someway with a gorgeous Black woman and her family standing as equals next to the Japanese/Ainu man and his. If this piece tilts towards either side, it'll tilt in her direction, not his. You all know how I feel about the neglect of the Black woman, her family, her culture and her traditions. I'll get this done even if I have to buy a better camera and learn how to be both director and crew.
Before trying to get a movie made, as I am clueless about the process, I will attempt to sell the script to the Japanese as a television drama. This is why it's so important to have friends in Japan. As a foreigner, a Black woman at that, I wouldn't be able to get my foot in the door. Without help, I'd never understand the process either. The Gods have been good to me. They not only gave me a new friend, they gave me one with connections and she's gung ho about getting the story out there.
If either the film or drama comes to fruition, I will demand that the actress and actor that I choose to be the models for the cover be given these roles. I hope Uncle Johnny won't charge me both arms and legs for the use of one of his "junior" guys although said cutie currently has the number one movie in the country because he's kick-ass awesome despite that fact that he's dorky, goofy, random and isn't six feet. In addition to being a cutie, he's from Hokkaido and the Ainu hub (I have pictures - need to write a relevant post).