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!

Love,

Daryl


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“Just Judgey People?”

Remember a while back this month where I got a pen friend’s question of:

 

 “What do people run away from if they ‘sleuth’ you? Just judgey people?”

 

I wasn’t sure what to tell her, but I came up with my response today:

 

You asked about the “sleuthing”. I’d say you’re accurate in the judgey people thought. It’s very “make stuff up” while skimming and misreading. These people see online stuff as gospel without actually fully digesting the information. They don’t ask a source and rely on third-party gossip that also is likely not articulate.

 
On the odd occurrence of “wising up” they are likely then too embarrassed to admit it. So I’ll have a rant somewhere some third party will repeatedly view and just focus on that as the “true” person.

 
But it makes me want to tell them, “Gee! I’m sorry. I didn’t know that having deep concern over the clear damage this technology is doing to people’s brains was somehow offensive.”

 

Hence my utter and absolute joy at being with pen pals again! ❤

 

There is also some fandom politics trouble with fans gas-lighting each other for at least twenty years that a non-canon romance was canon. Boy! That got bad. They even inflicted it on the kids. I’ve discovered group-think is extremely damaging.

 
You ever wonder whatever happened to appreciating certain things for being cheesy or corny? I do. Feels like the whole world is a big soap-opera these days.

 
Anyway, I’m glad you don’t do the hopped-up scandal-sleuthing. It’s about the worst habit I can think of. Really bad for the mind and soul. The people doing it are really messed-up by the social networks that make their platforms highly addictive and don’t play fair. (Google gets approval from me for dumping their version this month. 🙂  ) [I expressed interest in platforms without like-buttons.] “Like” buttons are highly addictive. They cause dopamine highs.

 


 

Then I let her know some of the greatest listeners I have ended up not knowing much, if any, Dark Shadows, minus maybe the film. It’s because they aren’t swayed by any group-think or fandom politics. It’s true. Also that the characters they do know along the way makes it more inclusive. ^_^

 

That’s been the best thing really. A slow dawning to each chatty listener of,

“Ohhh, wait. I know THIS character! Oh my gosh!”

 

Often in “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows”, you’ll recognize someone slowly. This is kind of funny, actually, because it’s similar to what happened when they were pulling Frankenstein monster moves from the original Frankenstein story as my husband and I watched Dark Shadows. We’d see Adam doing certain things and we’d shake our heads, “Aw, crap! Here we go!”

 

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Or even 1897. Cackling woman upstairs? Oh, it’s Jenny Collins? I could’a swore that was Mr. Rochester’s koo-koo wife from “Jane Eyre”! Oh, wait… it basically IS. Hee hee hee hee…

 


But yeah, the whole people getting messed-up is pretty sad. A few old friends are back and they tend to be the ones who noticed for years, ”Sheez! People get crazy on that social media. They aren’t like that in person. Not even at the bar!”

 
Well, what can we expect? Criticizing gets trendy, there are like-buttons giving dopamine highs (rewards) for foul language and name-calling, or saying cruel things. What’ll it lead to? A lot of training to be an outright maniac, jack-ass, and rude mo-fo.

 

And we’re raising the kids on this, eh?

 

I used to truly believe growing up in the 1980’s was awful.

 

I have since had quite the change of heart.

Rehashing: Why Not?

Here ya go peeps:


D. Wor
4 years ago
Hi folks. Yep. I was pretty intoxicated and ticked off when I created this photo show, but at the same time this song is freaking awesome and should have been on youtube a LONG time ago! Please support the most romantic Gothic band I’ve ever known: The Last Dance. ❤


MetJetPat

4 years ago
Great song . really goes with the photos. Love the way you share Dark Shadows with us in new and different ways.


Myhrr Cee

4 years ago
luv the band, what’s their name????


D. Wor

1 second ago
The Last Dance


That’s all she wrote! ❤

 

10 April 2019

Hi people-who-avoid-contact,

 

I’m working on stuff. Checking statistics. Looks like that last MJD show helped a great deal, eh? Just having things spelled-out as to what the main romance of Dark Shadows is within each production either by Curtis or with his estate’s “okay”, what-have-you. It was puzzling, wasn’t it? I guess a lot of us presumed many fans would figure out Barnabas + Josette’s reincarnation was kind of obvious, but I suppose it wasn’t.

 

Still, it’s been quite a struggle watching a ton of people so very addicted to social media.

 

There were a few pen pals who “ran away screaming” since they automatically decided staying in touch with the source of me, Daryl Wor, which IS me, either on paper, through email, via telephone calls, or even comments on this web-log, was just not the thing to do. Instead? They go to unreliable third parties on social media…

 

Social media: companies with loud brand-names trying to control a majority of people’s communication while distracting them with wasting more time, buying more stuff, and infusing their sites/apps with addictive components to make you dependent on them.

 

This is where you decided you would find the most reliable information? Not the source?

 

This is one of the reasons I find all the hullabaloo hard to take seriously. You aren’t using the internet to get in touch with someone directly. Instead you prefer to play “Telephone” with random others I highly doubt you have ever met in person to begin with. Have you ever read any articles on Snopes.com? It’s pretty educational, folks.


 

 

If you are plum flummoxed as to how I could garner the friendships of so many others, well… I looked for people who actually made sense;  They didn’t jump to conclusions, were honest with themselves about what they liked, why they liked those things, and didn’t feel the need to pander to any kind of a status-quo other than for practical purposes of home and hearth, as well as their own needs for companionship.

 

They’re book-readers, learners, doers, makers, listeners, and above all, they think for themselves. They don’t look for massive group-approval. They prefer to reach the heart of matters, ask insightful questions, and don’t make any snap judgement from bare-shreds of unreliable evidence.

 

These people know how to do what I believe are simple things:

Write letters

Compose emails

Make telephone calls

Attend community gatherings on their topics of choice.

Vote (okay, not always a simple skill.)

 

Slap-dash “sleuthing” online is not one of their trademarks. One pal did admit to looking a bit and then confessed to feeling “intimidated” so she decided to “log-off” and begin responding to my letter. Another pen friend said, “Yeah, I looked around online to check you out. I didn’t find anything bad.” He did that years ago and we’re still in touch. Then there is Helena who I’ve known since 2013, Osheen Nevoy and Lisa Weyenberg who I’ve known since 2014, then Melissa who I’ve known since 2015, and several others who agree with me that social networks are addictive and they wish there was an alternative to them that worked better and wasn’t such a mess.


 

I received a letter today asking, “But what do people run away from if they ‘sleuth’ you? Just judge-y people?”

It’s hard to know how to answer her simply. I’ve had this question before. When people stop talking to you, well, you can’t ask them why they stopped talking to you, can you? You get blankness as a response.

I think that’s been one of the worst elements of our plight. Rather than finding accurate information people pull random assumptions (crap) out of their rear-ends. They don’t have an answer so they make one up! Sherlock Holmes would not approve, would he?


 

 

Anyway, I am working on another show and LV chapters. I’m just letting myself relax these days. If you’re curious for more specifics, get in touch. I don’t expect it, but I am allowing the chance that someone reading this will or can possibly make that choice. It’s up to you.

 

See you later.

thoughts on tumblr and advertising

I noticed an old log entry comment (on this platform) that described tumblr with the words “addictive and disturbing”. I left this comment in reply:


 

Addictive and disturbing. I think you hit the nail on the head. I made a friend in the last four years, who I meet with in person, and she referred to it as “the nastiest social media site on the face of creation”. I’ve watched some of the kindest people turn into monsters while using it, too.

Sadly it boils down to brain science and advertising. The advertisers get sneakier too. If one has Windows 10 you often get a lovely scenic image when you begin. Even this is an advertisement that, if you fiddle with enough, will lead you to a travel agency to attempt to sell you tickets to a vacation spot. Reliable equipment becomes unreliable for these designs.

This has happened before, of course. Once upon a time you could get cable or satellite television with premium channels that had no product advertising. Along the way they would add in other channels that did have such advertising that were considered “extras”. The extras increased until we wound up paying for television that previously had been paid for by the advertisers anyway.

 

I think the saddest outcome in all of this is how those of diverse natures, or even rebellious ones, become part of a status-quo and group-think mentality. The worry over “approval” matters more than free will or freedom of choice.

And all of it provided by the competition for profit. :/

Margaret Josette Dupres, Chapters 6 – 10 (March 2019)

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Again, “Explicit” while being fairly clean for all that! This entry is the second podcast about the marriage novel, and exploring the chapters of it; six through ten.

I address one pointer of how to encourage me to share more of the novel so far. No high hopes on that score, of course.

This audio session goes through, step-by step, discussing what occurs in each chapter, my personal struggles and triumphs through this journey as well as the wonderful discussion that arrived from wonderful friends and kind strangers.

Chapters discussed are as follows:

Chapter Six – “A Broken Bed” (including the hilarious consequences…)

Chapter Seven – “Other Reactions” (Characters outside the marriage making the best of it.)

Chapter Eight – “The Whom of Many” (Yes, tons and tons of discussion from all sides about the author’s notes in the details of the big non-canon pairing of Julia/Barnabas.)

Chapter Nine – All of Us

Chapter Ten – Prior Disturbances Come To Haunt

Background music (which I would love to know that you purchased) for this podcast is:

Stoa’s “Maare” & “Hanuz Nitz” + Madonna’s “Human Nature”. (Although if you haven’t purchased a copy of “Human Nature” by now? I shall wonder what rock you were living under that was even farther sequestered into the ground than mine.)

Happy St. Patrick (McGoohan)’s Day!

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What’s In The Works

I’m working on another podcast about the marriage novel this week, along with segments of Episode 20 in The Pit…

 

The main thing I’m having trouble with is expressing the horrors and sadness I encountered when finally reaching Barnabas/Maggie fans. People have surely mistaken my bouts of anger over the years to mean that I am “the biggest fan” of this pairing. I’m not sure that I am, frankly! The outrage from me comes from several issues like the simple understanding of what is a canon romance and what is a non-canon romance.

It’s so blatantly obvious to me but what I was getting from Barnabas/Maggie + Barnabas/Josette fans I finally talked to was that it was a “preference” or, much worse, a “view point”. No. It’s what is right there on the damn screen.

 

There is a very old saying I learned back in the 1980’s.

I shall speak it thusly.

It is this:

“DUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHHHH! ! ! ! ! ! ! !”

Although, I can see why fans of this canon pairing would prefer to just post photos. They pretty much say it.

 

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barnabas and maggie in wedding clothesAnyway, I knew that I might finally get some venting about the fans of this pairing feeling ostracised or more angry than I could be. I was just hoping… you know… the venting would end. It surely doesn’t folks! They have got years and decades to erupt over it when given the chance. I don’t blame them, but, you know, it gets to me.

I remember when people watched TV and films to… relax, escape, enjoy life. This stuff becoming that which divides people into weird armies and factions is rather ridiculous. Still, if I didn’t work my tail off scouring enough fans we wouldn’t have the relief that we do. We just needed a few good women.

So that’s the toughest thing to consider how to explain and word properly. Otherwise? I’m more than happy to keep doing the podcasts about the marriage novel, “Margaret Josette Dupres”. The audio drama episode construction goes slowly and the talk for it goes equally as slow to obtain. Who’s in a hurry, though?

 


 

After that I’ve been a touch melancholy thinking over the “Big Brother” known as social media. It simply takes all that a person could be, or a group of people, and drains it of life in exchange for cheap dopamine highs. Who someone is or could be just slowly fades into an empty echo. Slave to the machines, they be. Slaves to the company wielding the machine. Humans using brain science to turn other humans into slaves. How free are your thoughts and feelings? How much freedom of choice do you really possess?

They have the one thing you cherish most: your people, your friendships, your family.

(They even put their logos and marks on your favourite food products, among other things.)

 

And I’m supposed to be “polite” about all this? I think not.

Once upon a time it was the badge of The Elder to say, “We used to have standards!”

I don’t say that. Instead I ask you all, “What are your standards? Do you have any? Where are you coming from?”

 

I have mine, which is why I get angry and vent what I am angry about. I don’t like to see people turned into slaves, nor harassed into voicing things they don’t believe, much less being scared to talk about a fictional romance they enjoy. Sheesh! I’m trying to imagine being a “Revolutionary” for that in 2005. I rather doubt it would have been as difficult, actually.

 


 

Anyway, there is the first “Margaret Josette Dupres” podcast out there for the first five chapters, and I’m working on a second one, and commentary for other people’s work. (Lisa’s chapters are one hell of a treat!) We’re keeping up with the music here, new and old. The workshop podcast with Osheen is still getting listened to, among many others. I would love to know if a pen friend is listening and feels good to hear me thanking them for their support. I really mean that, folks. I do.

 

Just about everyday I wake up and think, “I wonder who is going to ostracise me today?” It ends up being quite a few people. Plenty has happened that can’t be explained easily, but it can be explained if one listens carefully enough after asking the right questions.

 

Of course, we have this “instant communication” and all most people do with it is hunt down unreliable sources and not-so-knowledgeable third-parties, when the person of origin is within easy reach. Ah, well. What can you do? Write letters to others who still know how to write letters, or make phone calls to those who can still talk on the telephone. That’s about it.

 

Peace.