Idyllic Settings (And news…)

Hello All,

I’m pleased to see people giving a listen to the “2019 July Update” podcast without me having to share it on social media so far. (Mercury is in Retrograde so it’s just as well I don’t bother with that stuff. Big social networks are almost constantly like what “they say” about Mercury in Retrograde anyway.)

Just been going through all the mail and the piles are rather massive. A lotta good people who I let know how much I appreciate their kindnesses to me. The feeling is mutual. As to the sadder tales, well, I’ll have to sort through those and decide where to place them. Then some pen pals are just pen pals, and some of the people who ‘faded away’ gave me good, solid company through 2016-2018 and their amiable company helped enormously, so saying “farewell” to those letters doesn’t hurt. We did good together.

I am concerned about some of the younger DS fans, of course. I’ve been ruminating in my renewed solitude how unhealthy it was to encourage and pressure things like non-canon romances on the grounds that it was “trendy” or “popular” or would place you with the “in-crowd”. It wasn’t fair to you. And it certainly wasn’t fair to me.

A great many of the elder DS fans lost their following of the original features and began handing down to new fans something much different in scope, giving it the simple label of “Alternate Universe” and then skewing that title to be all that fanfiction is when it is not.

However, the new technology, riddled with casino elements straight outta Vegas and Reno didn’t do ANY of us any favours either! A whole lot more out there got corrupted than Dark Shadows, that’s for sure!

The irony to me in all of this, as I journey through my latest struggles is, “Hmm… yep! I was sold on the internet for the sake of good sites, librivox, wikipedia, Willie Loomis Saves Collinsport, Golden Girls shows and fans to talk to, Sailor Moon stuff and chat rooms, abebooks, hard to find goodies for purchase.” (Yes, people DO still sell 5-HTP, dammit! THEY “don’t make it anymore” because YOU want to sell me something ELSE! *raspberry*) And the days when craigslist was still pretty good and changed my life for the better. 🙂

So with that irony of being sold for using the internet? I eventually was, but then with social networking something crept in and suddenly that was no longer a choice. It used to be all about individual differences and choices and then suddenly it wasn’t, not so much. People we knew for decades changed, and it felt like it happened overnight that they changed. Will they change back? If at all it won’t be completely.

Finally, the thing that seemed to scare people above all else? I might just use non-internet avenues to accomplish my goals! Yes, I did. And not only did they work, they worked a LOT better! (((gasp!)))

And all the broo-ha over me. I’m cool with DS fans not wanting anything to do with The Pit or even to hear about it. They’ve made their choice. Whereas DS fans who go out of their way to look for me and what I do just to get angry and pissed off is another quandary. Don’t you all have something more important to do? Or do you actually enjoy The Pit show and can’t remember how to say so?

As for the guilt-ridden who do love The Pit episodes and know it? I hate guilt most of the time. You know why? Because it just makes people procrastinate in a lake of anxiety and woebegone circles. Then you reach the end of life and have nothing but regrets. It’s a waste of time. Is life and living important or isn’t it? We’re so raised with contradictions, aren’t we?

You can still get in touch, you know? Perhaps you can tell your tale of how you misplaced your manners. I’m sure it’s a fascinating story. I already got to tell the tale of how I misplaced my own manners, which were hard enough to procure before the internet. My tale is out there. What’s your tale?

And if you don’t want to talk about that and prefer to talk about Episode 14? (Or any others?) I’m sure that’s a fun chat too. That’s why I love my positive and fun comments. They keep me company and I love them for the shows I create as well as loving them for the personal insights to people. Someone talked about trying to listen while mowing the grass, then falling asleep during Episode 7 and being abruptly woken up by Neil Sedaka. It still makes me laugh to know. Or there was someone who wandered away at the end of Episode one and the dishwasher drowned out the All Due Respect list as the listener thought, “Oops, I bet that was important…” It still gives me a grin.

As to all the anger in the world, particularly over fiction: Well, why are you so upset? Sure there are “enemies”, but what would the world be like if there weren’t any? Or that the villain in us only popped up on rare occasions? What would it be like?

There may be no such thing as a Perfect World, but what kind of a world would be the closest to one? Can we describe what that is? Or can we only describe what it * isn’t *? If all we can do is point out the flaws, then we can’t comprehend what we want or what we prefer, can we?


I’ll give some examples of idyllic settings for me:

The Riverbank from “The Wind In The Willows” by Kenneth Grahame. (And the Thames series.)

Avonlea and Carlisle from “Anne of Green Gables” series and “The Story Girl” by L.M. Montgomery

Fairacre Village in a book series by Miss Read.

Virginia Avenue from “Vic & Sade”

The planet of New Delaware in “The Skulking Permit” by Robert Sheckley (on X Minus One)

Mister Rogers Neighborhood

and of course,

Sesame Street

All very good examples of how peaceful a world could conceivably be.


2019 July Update (Etc, Etc, Etc.)

2019 July Update 2


Difficulty in celebrating Dark Shadows and The Pit… As well as communication technology going bad. Appreciating Helena Clara Bouchet for being a non-canon AND canon romance fan. (Seriously!)

The perils with audience members attempting to be “critics”. Troubling responses from those *only* talking about what they *think* that ‘People’ think. (I’d much rather know what *you* think!)

Explaining all this to pen pals. Work on Pit episodes recently. Notes to those who always say “Change it!” with loving kindness to DS cast members.

Podcasts about the internet. (What was The Web like in 1999?) Discussing alterations in people’s behaviour with pen friends. Coming to terms with what Barnabas and Josette/Maggie fans have had to deal with for many years.

What I’ve been doing while utterly “wiped-out” including watching tons of Marx Brothers movies. Going through double overplays between our two centuries: 20th and 21st. (TV/youtube, mobile phones/telephones.)

If nothing else? I have finally done what I set out to do: Share the work to find the companionship. ^_^



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The Demo for 21 Is Completed

Yes, the demo for the 21st Episode in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows got finished last weekend. I was pretty damn jazzed at the time, doing some edits, to make it more listenable for me as I work on any little script changes… I kept getting ideas for doing something celebratory for it like a slide show or a picture or something… Then? I just decided to keep enjoying it or listening to music by myself. 🙂


I’ve been busy getting to my letters. Still have to edit an LV chapter I’ve had trouble with, well, edit it more.


Other than that I am really enjoying pen friends, telephone calls, hanging out with friends in person, and listening to my old TV teacher, James Burke. ❤ (Of course, nowadays when I see stuff about Schweppes on his shows I think of Caleb Collins’ bottle collection…)


If you are a pen friend helping me through the days and reading this: Thank you. (If you’re an admired TV teacher reading this: Thank you, too!)


I’m looking forward to “Your Undivided Attention” podcast coming out on 10 June, from The Center for Humane Technology.


Otherwise, my email address has not changed, and if any other readers are curious about anything else (within reason, as Wadsworth says,) you can write or inquire on this web-log.


See you later.

Take care.

Spoilercast-Update (May 2019)



Why “House of Dark Shadows” is a party movie, with much love and apologies all around.

Spoilers for Pit episodes (20) Twenty and (21) Twenty-One. It’s going to take a lot of effort for Chris Jennings to understand he’s in a relief-series now and not a soap-opera. Also a little consideration for how to word things with Bewitched characters.

How I came to learn about The Center for Humane Technology ( and how very important I consider their work, with incredible validation about my own social media experience, as well as the experiences from other pen pals. Theories on the discussion-avoidance problem.

I also talk about a self-taught trick I learned of *how* to pay better attention, there is a fun story about why I learned it. I hope it helps anyone who wants to improve their focusing skills. After that I share a treat of a memorable tool I grew up with from the 1980’s.


Discourse about grassroots help, and then: A heartfelt affirmation towards all those who love or enjoy “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows”.

Background music:

      “Pure Energy” – Information Society

“Me” – Zion De Gallier

“Living Room” – Broadcast

“Tangram” – Tangerine Dream

“Undertow (Spooky Remix)” – Lush

“Looking For You” – Patti Smith

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“House of Dark Shadows” Saves The Day

I’ve just responded to one of the best letters I’ve received in years. I hope my new friend doesn’t mind if I discuss that here on WP. I was sure she was going to indulge in my own work better by watching the 2012 “Dark Shadows” film to get familiar with those characters. However, the contents of her letter showed that instead she viewed “House of Dark Shadows” from 1970! Oh, dear! It didn’t go down well, for which I am incredibly grateful!

Does this sound confusing to anyone? If so it’s because the strong memories of life in the 20th Century might be gone for you. They are not for us.

My friend loves movies of all sorts, but is also an admitted film-snob in certain regards: fun regards! Regards in which I delight hearing about. This is a world Joel Hodgson of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” found a way to share with many of us who understood, in a story-format that entailed coercion rather than choosing to view B-grade movies. (Mad scientists were making them watch the movies. They were not viewed on The Satellite of Love by choice, so it was less cruel to heckle openly in such a setting.)

With my new friend, her reaction to “House of Dark Shadows” was, well, to endure it. Hee hee hee! I feel blessed to read the words of her gazing into this world that makes more sense to myself as a viewer of the television show “Dark Shadows”. Also it was apologetic as if I prize this movie as one of the finest, which to me it is not. I love it, but I love it for other reasons.

Still, I wanted to express myself as being incredibly happy with this turn of events. Our exchange on this topic is stepping back into a world many of us knew before 2013. Movies exist to entertain us, whether they be our favourites or not. It’s for some of us to share in the delight or the “oh dear” together. They didn’t range into the ghastly realms of hate-speak or sacrilege to enjoy. They were our bonus stories to choose somewhere in our day when we were not working. Leisure in moving pictures and sound. How we took to them depending on who we were, our personalities, not the amount of “likes” we would garner for saying something outlandish or extreme.

I love this world. I grew up in this world in which things could be exciting or pleasurable in fiction. Analyzing the special effects was just a little something we did when the story seemed to go on a long time without dialogue. Sometimes we’d be argued with about our favourites but it didn’t get too heated most of the time. If someone wanted to get long-winded about why they disliked a film and we didn’t care, we’d open a book and wait for them to get it out of their system.

In the 1980’s Frank Oz once admitted, “When I get out of the theater I look around and ask, ‘Ok, what’s for dinner?’ I’m just like anybody else…” and then went on to describe a film he helped to create that really touched him and why. But that it was his experience, really, in the creation, so it would make sense he would want to discuss how important it was to him. He didn’t expect it to be of vital importance to every other last movie goer in the world.



When listeners hear my gratitude to pen friends in my podcasts it is no joke. I truly am grateful. Whatever we’ve paid so much money to become entangled with online is a far cry from what I would choose for myself. I’m happy to be less known, less hated, less put-upon, and spend my time with people of like-mind and interests.

Some new friends in this decade have asked me, “Are you famous?” and I’ve answered, “Maybe a bit…” But to another new friend I made in the last half decade, I expressed, “I might be more infamous…” and she smiled, “I think I like that more.”

As the ghost of Sarah Collins tells Maggie in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows, “Oh, it should turn out all right if you keep your wits about you.”


I feel … as though … said “wits” have been found. ❤


(((knock on wood)))

Moving on…

Howdy Doo,


Yes, that last show was rather exciting. Looks like a lot of people got excited. Well, heck, it was about time, right? Enough fooling around with a fun movie like “Dark Shadows” (2012) and turning it into “Thee Anti-Christ” for crying in yer beer…


Still, I was working on Ep. 21 this week, and not so much on the new show with the Ep. 15 Retrospective. However, I’m coming to recognize those retrospectives are more important than I thought! I mean the show I’m building is condensed “Dark Shadows” so it moves faster but then adding a bakers dozen other shows makes it that much more intense and wild, and maybe a breather of explaining all the details PER episode is necessary!


I’m also feeling like I’m alive again, which is strange enough. I’m yearning to watch my old Pippi Longstocking movies and not doing that either. I think it’s a good sign, though. I mostly dig the scenes where it’s just the kids playing around randomly. Good times…


But what I’m tripping on big time now, after all the bullcrap is, “YIKES! No wonder we all went koo-koo! No wonder I kept getting treated like some capitalist venture people had to bash. We were soaking, utterly and completely, as some still are, in a tsunami of commercialism brought to the online world and infecting our social lives!” I mean really, those “likes” are meaningless, stats don’t tell ya sh*t, but that’s a business model completely! Numbers and stats and all that crap: For THEM it means dollars, pounds, Euros, BANK… Then WE, the standard citizens, got our (usually) meaningful social lives roped into that! No profit for us, but it sure messes us up!


And I still get spasms here at wordpress too. People scope out their whatever topic, like-click my crap in the WP reader and think it’s gonna get ‘em somewhere. Nope! Maybe it’ll hit some wacky dopamine high, my friends, but it’s a racket and you’re still stuck in it.





And so, for now, I just wanted to relay that scariness. Oh, and I pray to Heaven that people aren’t too thrown off by the wake-up call when I explained the canon-pairing main romance for all of DS in my Chapters 6 – 10 podcast for “Margaret Josette Dupres”. It is continually being listened to and I am wagering that there are a ton of people either feeling some sense of relief, (or trying to combat the obvious information in aligning all versions of company-produced DS toward the Barnabas/Josette plus reincarnation romance-which can’t make one feel very good if they’ve been against it for decades and claimed to be a fan,) or there are other listeners who are probably thinking, “Oh… oh… that’s right… this was the main romance and great love-story and I either forgot or I never saw it staring straight at me.”


Well, for those coming to their senses? I just would like to reassure you of my earlier topic. It took me years to really comprehend that we got ourselves and our social lives roped into a commercial venture that messed many, many of us up, and some people are still there; they haven’t finished their wave of dupe-dom yet. (It all seems to work in a wave-pattern, I notice.)


So, again we can come back to the sound reasoning my Auntie told me a couple years ago about big social media stuff, and this is an echo from earlier days of sharp advertisers,


“They sure know how to get ya.”


They do. It’s their job to “get ya”. They make money “getting ya”. Long-ago it was the reason we “critiqued”: so they would be less likely TO “get ya”.


And once upon a time we had this better known emotion, which we called self-deprecation. Narcissistic tendencies enhanced in people makes them less likely to self-deprecate.


Barnabas Collins is good buddies with self-deprecation. (Angelique Bouchard? Not so much…)


Talk to you all later.

Ready To Go (April 2019)

2019 april part five


2012 Movie Fans: WELCOME!

This is an update for old listeners and for new listeners please get in touch.

Thanks to pen friends and offers to keep in touch from others who got “distracted” and how to get in touch with me. (I did all this for friendship and discussion, not popularity.)

Little touches on something small coming up in Pit # 21. (Willie and Wadsworth)

Pointers on what “The Haunting of Collinwood” is about.

Background music: George Michael and Republica.

Keep on listening and keep in touch!



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