Tell Me What Was Solved

Good Evening, fellow fans.

I have a new idea.

I realise it has become virtually impossible for my listeners to tell me what they enjoyed in my episodes (minus a very precious few; keep it up)!

So, what I wish to tell all the tongue-tied folks, who might not be in touch with me, this second format:

Listen to an episode in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows, listen carefully.

Find what problems were solved from Dark Shadows itself.

This will mainly be good for fans of Dark Shadows who know and remember the details of the television program very well.

As you list the solutions created in a Pit episode let me know by email, or here on this web-log, or in a review box where there is a script for it. (I’d suggest podomatic too, but I didn’t want the options to become too lengthy.)

After that? Listen to the following episode and go at it again!


I think that should be simple enough.

Don’t forget to have fun!

(And hopefully in the least negative way possible.)

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Cheerio!

Daryl

2021 June Updates and Online Diaries

(I think the play button works now! 🙂 )

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DS Annotations is back up and my involvement with that. Much love to Saramonster!

Continuing narrative between The Pit and Osheen Nevoy’s “In Darkness” along with kind words from Helena Clara Bouchet. Also why I found the Hoffman/Stokes romance made the most sense.


Next segment for beloved pen friends: postage stamp updates, things coming out and so forth.


Alternative social sites by using a search-engine of choice and looking for the words “online diary”. These are my (first page search) results. I am not listing the sites I speak of here because the point of this podcast is to encourage listeners to search this topic on their own.


How I dissected my anxiety over hype-modules in both the 20th Century and recently. Life experience is an important aspect of this. Plainly put; many people don’t really care! (frowny face)


A response about our old long-lost friends, who have been taken over by big biz social media, to my new friends. (They did care.)


Pointers about how to treat people who don’t have expected life-skills; such as how to drive. No matter how politely you nag someone: Nagging doesn’t work.


Online journal suggestions I found and one of which I use and am grateful for. (Stalkers likely already know about this.) My solution to the “like” and “kudos” button problems.


Going to the source is still important. Responding to notifications created by someone else may be very unimportant.


Continued support for Dark Shadows and the 2012 film for very important reasons.


Get in touch when you can, if you can.


internetarchivelink


podomatic link


podbay link


Downloadable from iTunes, as always…

‘Love Came For Me’ (MJD-support)

I wanted to post this to show there is a lot interest. (And why shouldn’t there be when Barnabas and Josette is the main romance, with or without the reincarnation swarming all over the place?)

These discussion reviews have meant a lot to me over the years and I gladly welcome more! I like escapism, I like this series, I like a lot of things entailing many, many characters, and these two are no small matter in my relief-series endeavour. (I do not particularly care about who fictional characters “should” love. I care about who they do love. And how the original creators formulated those concerns.)

So here is my tribute to the people who helped and I am sorry if I neglected anyone. I am easy to reach if you want more recognition. Why not? We already have this extremely-complicated couple in common, right?

(I also love this particular song since, in the ‘Splash’ film, the lady portraying the mermaid was also named Daryl, a-ha.)

As James Burke (of ‘Connections‘ fame) once expressed, “… a good start would be to recognize within yourself the ability to understand anything, because that ability’s there as long as it’s explained clearly enough. And then go and ask for explanations.

“And if you’re thinking right now, ‘What do I ask for?’ Ask yourself if there is anything in your life that you want changed… That’s where to start.”

I wanted this soap-opera changed into a humour-mystery relief-series, and by golly, I GOT IT! (I hope you all get-it someday, too!)

And, man… to get a review from angelsinstead of “Forever Mine” fame? Among all of you, that was incredible!

Keep listening, reading and loving this couple. It’s complicated and who the heck wants simple when it comes to Happiness? Damn it!

love,

Daryl

The Exponential Growth (of Laura Collins)

DS Episode 142:


With Sam being so disturbed at the painting he creates of Laura Collins, somehow Victoria is compelled to request it and, after some endless arguments about nothing, Sam allows her to take it.


Frankly, I think it looks kinda sexy! Hee hee hee!


Victoria takes it back to Collinwood. Our David is swiftly enamoured with the painting as it represents his dream of Laura when she arrived. Laura, herself, is upset and distressed but still agrees to let David have it after asking Miss Winters for it. (More endless arguing ensues.)

I, myself, am in total agreement with David. It is, as he says, “cool”. Not to mention she’s got WINGS in the darn thing! I strongly felt that should have been David’s argument about the painting, “Dude, Mom, you have wings in it!


(Perhaps someone dropped a tab in Pop’s whiskey?)


David gets the painting hung up in his room and says he could “watch it all day”. I can see where he’s coming from. It rather looks as if it’s animated.


Of course, Sam returns home happy as heck the canvas is gone and then in another state of possession begins forming a new one… (Which reminds me that I managed very naturally with his character in The Pit… The man is clearly psychic.)


But the highest delight of this episode? David Collins rests, almost peacefully, in the bliss of his mother’s psychedelic picture hanging in his room and…


The portrait begins glowing…


And Laura’s head appears to be glowing…


And growing


And growing


Until it seems to encompass the entirety of the room to David’s understandable horror.


[Commence Daryl writhing with hysterical laughter in the recliner to her husband’s great amusement.]


Forget Barnabas, people.

Laura Collins is a force to be reckoned with here.


Then the interview with Diana Millay on the same disk will kick your butt even more resolutely. She is a Phoenix, she even claims it, and she has no fear of the “R-word”. (Reincarnation.)


Fill as much virtual space as you want with deceptions and misguidance about Dark Shadows. Try!

For you shall never exceed the size of Laura Collins’ IMAX head!


M’WA–HA–HA—HA–HA–HAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!

DS Annotations is back? Because of me?

Hi All!

Apparently, for those familiar with DS Annotations Theater on youtube, the annotation captions got disabled somehow and Saramonster considered all of her jokes were lost forever. However! I had sent her copies years ago that I made with a weird app/program that I had at the time due to some of the shows getting blocked in whatever country sometimes. Those blocks kept switching so I managed to get most of her shows over time. (I had no idea the captions got removed recently on youtube.)

Anyway, Saramonster/SlaveOfAVampire just wrote to me a couple days ago with the link for the “Back From The Dead” edition of DS Annotations Theater and she gave me the credit on the front of the playlist for making this possible!

Wow. I’m stoked. I didn’t know the annotations got messed up but I am very happy I am responsible for their renewal.

As I wrote to Saramonster in response to her news: PAW-TAY!

Here ya go, for those who want it. For those who don’t, she has another suggestion on her channel.

It also helps a great, great, great, great, great deal to view these if you are a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This style of humour is heavily inspired from that program, which was lovingly ignited from the mind of Joel Hodgson.

Daryl

Spoilercast-Update April 2021/October 2013

Personal updates and discussion with a beloved pen friend as we chatted over the phone, including Doctor Who, and the goofiness of the villains therein. Going over books I’ve been listening to and enjoying.

Working on Hoffman/Stokes romance and consulting Helena for help. Bad things and good things in pairings and enjoyment.

Reading notes about “House of Dark Shadows” from another pen friend who is an avid movie fan rather than a DS fan.

Working with Madam Findley’s character, things coming up in “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” for her and consulting Osheen Nevoy about the fun with Osheen’s input. Also mixing things up with knowledge of the 1897 portion of DS.

Sharing an old recording from 2013 in consulting my husband with changes I’d made to Episode 2: “Chamberpots and Coffee Cups”. (Some swear word warnings prior to beginning.)


archive.org link

podomatic link

podbay link

Downloadable from iTunes, as always…

Massive House, Mini-Dining (WTF?)

We just watched episodes 140 + 141 and very much enjoyed them!


However…


As many fans of “Dark Shadows” realise, and have a clear understanding of, this is a BIG place, REALLY big. The estate itself is rather huge to the point we’re not sure how darn many houses and dwellings are actually on it, yes?


Example:

Or here is a clearer, in-colour version:

And that’s simply The Great House, by itself.

Big, right?

Where do they have dinner in this hugely, vastly, mind-bogglingly massive home?

WTF? How does this make sense? This is where the STAFF has dinner, not the residents!


Anyone out there still wondering why I incorporate so much humour into my “Dark Shadows” themed show?

(It’s kind of hard not to…)


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Anyway, I highly recommend these two episodes of “Dark Shadows”… and if anyone can explain the miniscule dinner arrangements, I’d love to know.

And now: Back to “Doctor Who”… 🙂

The Past In Flux

Going over the mid-to-late 600’s episodes in DS again. It looks like with Madam Findley potentially being saved she may also help to incorporate some clues as to what the ghosts of Quentin and Beth are in this portion of The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows: not spirits. Ghosts, yes, but not living spirits of the previous human beings.


If one has heard the demo for Pit episode 23, Dr. Hoffman and Professor Stokes are also facing the hardship that whatever memories they glean keep changing. Maggie Evans may also be noticing this in that there is only so much she can recall about the 1890’s as well. (Much of Kitty Soames’ experience was related to her previous life as Josette, so that a great deal of the estate’s troubles and goings-on would have been more background noise than in her foreground.)

The possibilities in problem-solving I see now for The Pit relief-series is our heroes ascertaining that the past is in flux. There are entities echoing the anguish of past days so severely as to cause a great deal of confusion and damage except that we continually bypass incoming terrors as they fall. Sort of a dodge’em procession, perhaps?


We do have a great deal of help in our reach! The ghost of Sarah Collins, the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg, Samantha and Endora ought to be showing up relatively soon. (Samantha should have something up her sleeve for Chris Jennings.)


Then there is our other paths on the “QE1” with Bill Malloy’s spirit, Lily Drake (Munster) and Elizabeth Stoddard, as well as what’s going on in The Addams Family abode with Peter Bradford and Victoria Winters.


One of the big delights in “The Haunting of Collinwood” DVD is that, quite often, Professor Stokes is being asked to lend a hand! I am tickling my sweetheart with announcing, every so often, “Professor Stokes to the rescue!” ❤ Whatta dreamboat. ^_^


I do wonder what Henry James would think of all of this at times… Yes, sir. Someone used your book for these portions of a screenplay and further years after that someone else is taking that and trying to bypass all the dilemmas created from that path. I imagine his response would likely be, “It’s all Greek to me!” However, he might be fascinated what other books are blended in and the sense his work was rubbing shoulders with some most interesting choices.

I Am A Woman Who Loves Scott Thompson!

I know, I know I told all’y’all that if you want to believe I am a gay man because it makes you feel better, go ahead, but I am a woman… Daryl Wor is a woman...

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But still.. I have been wanting to share this for a while here…

Because I (and my sweetheart) grew up in a different universe. That universe was all about breaking the boundaries in a funny way.

You made your grown-ups uncomfortable with jokes… and you did it because you could. (People in previous generations couldn’t do that.)

So, for people looking for more marriage novel stuff or more Pit stuff, get in touch, because there is a LOT to talk about already! (And I love talking about it. Always have!)

But… in the meantime: I am a woman who loves Scott Thompson:

lots and lots and LOTS of love,

Daryl

P.S. I love the bit in Paul Myers book, “One Dumb Guy” where it’s asked from afar, “Hey, Scott! Would you like to be a Kid In The Hall?” and Scott turns to them and gets all weepy! ^_^

Bloody Brilliant, boys! ❤ ❤ ❤

Marriage Novel Inquiries

Aye, I still feel weird calling the novel “Margaret Josette Dupres” by “MJD” because it makes Maggie sound like a rap-star, but it looks like the abbreviation has stuck.

Anyway! I was delighted to receive some questions about it by email so I’d like to relay the answers I sent the other day.

The questions were good, along the lines of:

How is it Maggie is a vampire and did Barnabas change Maggie into one?

How is it they are walking around in the day and don’t need coffins?


Answers: The marriage novel came to me in flashes back in 2013. Glad you were spared the first draft! It was a mess. This is the second draft and much better. I wasn’t sure why they ended up as vampires initially. The wedding night threw itself at me one very surprising morning that autumn.

Then I figured it out! The daylight-walking vampirism will be a wedding gift from Lily Munster. Her and Grandpa Munster, who are vampires, walk around in the day time and can see themselves in mirrors. I also think she’ll do this while still in her norm-disguise in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. So when the vampirism transfers over they won’t be all pale like Lily usually is. 😀


Then I realised that if Barnabas and Josette/Maggie have been separated for nearly 200 Years they need a bit of immortality to make up for the time lost. So I’m planning that Lily will put the bite on Maggie to start and she’ll give that same bite to Barnabas, who is more than willing to be always under Josette’s spell. ❤

That’ll give having a child difficult, but somehow Lily had a werewolf son, so I worked that out, too. The Dracula-Munster genes are just wacky. ^_^ Then, when Barnabas and Maggie do have a child that child will eventually be faced with the “Tuck Everlasting” question! (To be immortal or to not be immortal?)

I want to add that I have long expected to hear the complaint of Lily Munster being the giver of this type of vampirism to be too corny or cheesy but I have never gotten that complaint. If someone groused about it on social media it never reached me.

(And of course that’s what that stuff is designed for. To wail complaints into a wilderness no one hears but the tech wizards. If you’re shocked by what you see about me or anyone else there? That’s what it’s built for: Shock-value to promote advertisement sales. I prefer an outlandish Marilyn Manson album, myself.)


I’m so glad she asked the questions! Very few people do. It’s frustrating having seen that for years. Emails are pretty simple from where I’m sitting. There are bits of the novel that need be re-written but I’m pacing myself and not worrying about that until the (hopeful) third draft. (That Willie toilet papering chapter was a great idea but needs a major re-write.)


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And while I’m posting I just want to offer an “oops” on my latest Hoffman/Stokes romance drabble. I think it needs a re-write, but that was nagging me to finish and post just to have something on the Hoffman/Stokes romance level out there. It’s some slim pickins for that couple!


So, yes. Ask questions if you would like. I might not always have the answers but I can track them down. I am very glad the entry “On The Subject of Victoria Winters” keeps getting read. I know human-downgrading and the fracturing of psyches will be a tough thing to heal from, but I think we can do it. With these long-long narratives it might even be fun! ^_^