Don't forget to read any posts from June you might have missed as it has been busy! There are many give aways that will be drawn later this week! Included in that list of give aways are posts from Kara Louise, Becky Thumann, Sharon Lathan and Shannon Winslow as well as Laura Ann Nattress; as well as the posts from Gayle Mills, Jan Ashe, Stephanie Hamm and Krista Bagley. Read ALL of them and don't forget to comment! Comments are your entries to WIN those giveaways!
July 3--Jennifer Petkus
July 6--Karen Aminada
July 8--Aimee Avery, June Williams and Enid Wilson
July 10--Marilyn Brant
July 13--Meredith Esparanza
July 17--Lori Smith
July 24--Barbara Tiller Cole: Christmas in July
July 27--Amy Cecil
July 29--William Deresiewicz
July 31--Maria Grace
August 3--Wendi S.
August 7--Moira B.
August 10--Barbara TC and the DBF
August 14--Colette S.
August 17--Regina Jeffers
August 21--Sally Smith O'Rourke
August 24--Amber Godat
And Many more to come!
Pam is proving a giveaway of one paperback (US only) and an ecopy (International) of her book Bewitched, Body and Soul. Comments on her post will also enter you into the monthly drawings here at Darcyholic Diversions. Winners will be selected along with other June winners, at the beginning to July. Entries will be based on comments on blog posts; but additional chances will be given for joining this site, tweeting this post,
I am P O Dixon, and I am a Darcyholic.
The 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie sealed my fate as an ardent Darcyholic. I credit my obsession to Matthew Macfadyen’s portrayal of Mr. Darcy, and cite its onset with the instant he ‘appeared’ in Lady Catherine’s parlor. To me, that moment was magical. I am so fascinated by the scene, even to this day, that I endeavor to recapture its essence in my stories.
My initial viewing of the movie was in 2007 on HBO on Demand. I would watch it daily for weeks, sometimes twice a day. Alas, its run on HBO ended. For the first time in my life, I knew how it must feel to suffer withdrawal. Dazed, confused, it one day dawned on me that I might find relief by reading the book. Ah, Barnes and Noble.com tempted me with a hardcover edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice for only $9.99. I succumbed.
What a delightful experience. I consumed the book in a few days. Still, I needed to learn more about Mr. Darcy, so I went back to Barnes and Noble.com. It had served me well before; surely, it would do so again. Did it ever! My search revealed Linda Berdoll’s stories. Excited, I bought and read both of Berdoll’s books. Wow! That led me to Pamela Aidan’s books, and what I fondly refer to as another turning point. The Q&A section in the back of the first book in the trilogy referenced online Jane Austen fan fiction. From then on, there was no turning back for me. I realized that if I were to have time enough to read every Pride and Prejudice variation I came across, life as I knew it had to change.
It is a good thing I had spent so much of my professional life managing, prioritizing, putting first things first, and perfecting the art of saying ‘no.’ To be truly proficient in my obsession, I needed to give it my all.
It’s wonderful when obsession combines with passion as it has in my case. When I shared my first P&P ‘what-if’ story with others on a popular fan fiction forum, I was thrilled. It was only after I published my story and confided to someone in the real world what I had done that I was reminded that I had written and shared stories with others during my teenage years.
Indeed, the pursuit of advanced business and technical degrees and professional career objectives literally had relegated my earliest writing endeavors to the furthest recesses of my mind. During all those aspiring years, I could not have imagined that watching a single period film should prove to be such a life-changing experience. My hope is that having lived with it and having enjoyed it for the past five years, my addiction to Mr. Darcy never ends.
By the way, I have two copies of the 2005 film—the original DVD and the fabulous Two-Disc Collector’s Edition. I am no longer beholden to HBO on Demand. Now, all I need is a version where Darcy actually kisses Elizabeth at the temple. One can always dream!
Matter of Trust is my current WIP. It will be available this Fall. Readers can be directed to check my Pinterest page for details, to track progress, etc.
Author site: http://podixon.blogspot.com