Awesome Review From The Birthday Girl! (The laughs are finally returned!)

This is a post I crafted for a review that gave me many of the joys I’ve been looking for by sharing The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. It is for my 3rd Episode which can be found here:

Episode Three Link


Man, I was busting up when I found this to approve! SHITDAMN! I  will respond to your comments as I applauded them with enthusiastic laughter!

A chuckle and a sigh for poor Willie and his jigsaw puzzle joy.

MILLIGAN: … Meanwhile at Wyndcliff, Willie Loomis is completely absorbed in his new 666 piece jigsaw puzzle of a cloud.

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WILLIE: YES! YES! YES! I have completed it! I rule the Sanatorium.

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A snort for Dorothy and her complicated cheesecake.

DOROTHY: Ma! We’ve gone through half of the blueberry, pumpkin, chocolate, raspberry, rhubarb cheesecake. Were you going to get to your story or NOT? 

A warm smile for Sophia calling the Collins family what they are- rich snobs.

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Your Mrs Johnson is lovely.

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A haha to Madame Slick, brought home, loud clothes and all, by dear Roger.

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[Damn, I couldn’t find a photo of Cassandra’s crazy butterfly moo-moo because I wanted this photo to follow that one:]

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And I had forgotten the bladed glove fellow and the knitted sweater part! Cute. What a cat! 😉

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Now, I did not care for Adam, in Dark Shadows, but it was good of you to make use of him, here. 

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Sophia’s every line was gold!

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Many kudos for the Laura Palmer/Twin Peaks/Lara Parker,

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and for Sophia sending the newly weds to Jack’s Fry House.

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Lady, it’s your birthday and you just gave me the biggest gift! AT LAST!

Preparing for bland, effect-less Episode 14 Edit…

All right… Must remember… count the scenes. I truly don’t want to make another print out of the dialogue and format this time around. I did it for 11 and 12.

1) Intro with Milligan and Hecubus

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2) Sam Evans and Barnabas Collins

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3) Willie & Wadsworth

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4) Barnabas, Maggie and Sarah

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“Oh… but, I believe you’re forgetting someone… He was… accused of something.”

“[Gasp] WILLIE!!!”

Then running down the stairs to ask Pop for help while he’s working on his artwork.

5) Dr. Hoffman and Professor Stokes

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Still gotta love what my pen pal wrote me about this scene: “Oh my, Dr. Hoffman has Professor Stokes’… respect. Steamy!”

Then she sees the rest of the crew they helped the previous night are at her workplace, and the two are concerned the shock of it all will bring Mr. Loomis a total collapse.

6) Side-splitting encounter of Wadsworth, Willie Loomis, Sam Evans, Barnabas Collins and Maggie, then Julia rushes in.

(I have no photo for this kickin’ scene.)

7) Then the sad scene I hate but is necessary…

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(For anyone who knows, no spilling beans, please.)

8) Then the awesome mail-opening scene between Roger and Elizabeth.

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(This was mentioned in my blooper reel.)

9) Then Wadsworth expressing to Willie his confusion comes from believing all the changes might have come from a single person or one happenstance, when it’s well known life is too complicated than that.

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And the ending credits, with the song for Willie I’ve adored since I picked it for him.

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It’s interesting. I started keeping this blog because I barely have anyone to discuss my work with. It has been therapeutic and helping me stay focused. Thanks, wordpress.

The Love, The Gratitude, and The Trust: The Baby is Born…

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Yep, lots of characters, birth and all the rest. I keep wondering if I should remove the cigar comment Willie makes here. (Maybe it doesn’t fit?) Anyway, the chapter is done. Hit the link below if you would like to read it. And as Mr. Marley says, “Let’s get together and feel all right…” ❤

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10240300/36/Margaret-Josette-Dupres-A-Novel

By the way, checking this through the kindle was a small portion of hell. Guess what everyone? They decided to update software on the kindle fire! So while I was on the phone trying to get the blasted thing to work again the lady on the phone helping me was great and I could hear in the background other voices helping a ton of people through the same thing! I guess the new kindle fire’s software is as hard to bring into the world as our baby Sarah. >_<

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One Love… One Heart…

Let’s get together and feel all right.

Hear the children cryin’ (One Love!);

Hear the children cryin’ (One Heart!),

Sayin’: give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;

Sayin’: let’s get together and feel all right. Wo wo-wo wo-wo!

Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One Love!);

There is one question I’d really love to ask (One Heart!):

Is there a place for the hopeless sinner,

Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs?

One Love! What about the one heart? One Heart!

What about it all ? Let’s get together and feel all right

As it was in the beginning (One Love!);

So shall it be in the end (One Heart!),

All right!

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;

Let’s get together and feel all right.

One more thing!

Let’s get together to fight this Holy Armagiddyon (One Love!),

So when the Man comes there will be no, no doom (One Song!).

Have pity on those whose chances grows t’inner;

There ain’t no hiding place from the Father of Creation.

Sayin’: One Love! What about the One Heart? (One Heart!)

What about the – ? Let’s get together and feel all right.

I’m pleadin’ to mankind! (One Love!);

Oh, Lord! (One Heart) Wo-ooh!

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;

Let’s get together and feel all right.

Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right;

Let’s get together and feel all right.

(-Bob Marley)

The Good News, The Bad Past, and A Welcome Image

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I was treated to the possibility of a kindred soul on 6 November 2014. With this image he created he wrote the caption of: “Barnabas snapped this pic of Maggie Evans on their honeymoon…”

I was so excited I made a special pod/minicast just because of it. You may listen to it here:

An Offering of Explanations

It is about 20 minutes long. Again I do get frazzled. Much of the reasons many of my intros go down that direction is I am heavily downloaded and have no idea who all the people are who are listening to my very difficult work. Meanwhile I am left with the more talkative types, many of which are hard on a lot of the characters I’ve adopted, as well as other writers of DS fanficiton who do not understand, or weren’t understanding about where I was coming from being a writer/actor/comedienne. I was left to several people who have been extremely invalidating, some of that just from confusion, and a number of others who came to me with big smiles, then poured down their negativity and attempts at manipulation and dictation of what to change or what to do. (Another reason I get frazzled here is I’d had a lot of wine that night to perform Barnabas Collins’ lines for my 14th Episode.)

With all of that and a huge audio project incorporating so many fandoms and having spent so much money? It is extremely stressful to deal with such things, especially without a paycheck. But most of the podcast explains where I’m coming from and has it’s very fun moments. I am looking for my people and I don’t want to get in anyone’s way. It’s simply nerve-wracking to take on so very much, so very passionately, and as soon as it looked like things were getting better something horrendous kept happening almost every single week for a year now.

Thankfully our Auntie who loves “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” has received four episodes on CD, is currently up to the task of listening and writing letters to me to both enjoy the show and help me keep it going with her delightful discussion. This is a portion slightly augmented for her anonymity:

She dates this 1 Nov 2014 and even wrote the time as 10:45 A.M.

I will paraphrase a few things because she does stuff like calling CDs-Tapes, etc. My responses are in [brackets].


Dear Daryl,

I have listened to the first and second episodes twice. I find your introductions on each helpful. (Since I never listened to or watched “Dark Shadows” I feel ignorant, and in the dark.)

I love your voice! Your different voices amaze me. You do have a talent.

I hope to be more knowledgable when I listen to the next episode. I appreciate how you bring in the music and sound effects. I laughed at several conversations, example: “Can you keep a secret, so can I.” [yay, Wadsworth!]

I remember Postum.

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I don’t know if I ever tasted it, I don’t remember… Aren’t we lucky that we live in a world that doesn’t have chamber pots, etc. ? I love modern plumbing! [She expounds more on personal experience similar to this as she goes… outhouses and such.]

I think you sang, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” very good. I always liked that song. I liked how Roger said [in intro] “Smiling faces remind me of advertisements.” How TRUE!

I think I will need to read Oliver Twist again as I don’t remember Willie Loomis. [Ooops! I think she missed my metaphor there as she doesn’t know Dark Shadows.]

I don’t know how to be a critic, so I hope you’re not disappointed. [HARDLY!]

That’s the trouble with soaps, as soon as someone is happy – you know something will happen to change it for the worse. [Haha!]

So more later, my dear. I have read over my notes from episode 1 & 2. Maybe I’ll need 3 or 4 listens but first I’ll try the 3rd episode.

I hope you baked some of your delicious Halloween muffins! [Nope, I didn’t this year.] I did not have any trick-or-treaters. I was sad as it is fun. I always buy candy I like just in case. We had so much fun as kids going trick-or-treating. When I lived in _______________ there were lots of kids in costumes. In the condo very few come.

Love,

Aunt ____________

[Anyone want to tell me now: “No one writes letters anymore.” ? 😉 ]


I have already written her a letter back and we mailed it this weekend.

Sunday Service: very groovy. Mentions of Star Trek and Doctor Who. I let the Rev. know most of the people who have been hip to my show are fans of Star Trek and Next Generation. Makes sense, wanting a better future and outcome and all of that.

Lots of discussion over universal human rights and the concept of that pulling in ground. Then the delights of coffee and such for afters. The kindred-soul I met last Sunday, and who comes to the craft/sewing gathering, DID show up and I got to meet her sweetie. I told them more about the program and how thrilled I was to meet her as she loves radio dramas. She’s hoping to listen to Episode 1 of The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows tonight or tomorrow. I told her if she needed my email or whatever for her thought- and she said, revving up her New York accent: “No, no, I got yer numbar and we’ll TAWLK on the phone, honey.”

I wanted to let her know it’s not nearly as slow as the original show. It’s more like Clue”. Her eyes brightened.

I said, “Oh, yes! Wadsworth…”

“Wadsworth?!”

“Yep! He’s the first one who steps in after Willie goes to Wyndcliff. And he knows the house from a Better Homes & Gardens article.”

YES! Wadsworth! Winning people over again and again. Thanks, big guy.

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Episode 14: Lines, Lines, And More Lines:

Hopefully by now everyone has picked up on the admittance of Daryl continuing to pursue this without uploading anymore episodes. If one is an internet spoiled-brat, one may be nervous or upset by this turn of events, but considering all the burden I have struggled under just to receive some bloody human dialogue over the work, with so many characters in so many fandoms, frankly, I quote the Frenchman in Monty Python’s Holy Grail and, “I fart in your general direction.”

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For those noodling about online for whatever reason or find this blog via a post on tumblr or facebook or whatever, and perhaps are familiar with my hard and expensive work, one might remember there is a character that carries with him a mega-ton of weight:

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Willie Loomis

I learned my lesson last October 2013 when people only received the textual version of my work and didn’t know I was channeling everyone by that time, and channeling Willie, after all the other hard work I’d done? And still receiving feedback only from my angel Helena back then? This Willie Loomis is a nation-state of problems unto himself. Some believe he’s the happy-go-lucky chap and no big deal. Well, as one of my helpers has responded to that, “You obviously did not watch Dark Shadows, did you?”

Thanks, sweetie. 🙂

That’s why I’m continuing to produce my program but, with Episode 13 complete and Episode 14 in the works, I promote here and there, 12 Episodes being what one would consider an entire season, but with years of work, thousands of dollars, and some of the most difficult research I have ever done, as well as some of the most difficult acting, writing, editing and all the rest I’ve ever done in my life? No… people don’t get it spoon-fed to them without giving it’s creator something in discussion.

And the amazing thing about all of this? Other writers, helpers, and people on fanpages are more than happy to discuss details of the various programs without giving a snit about what I’m doing. They’re just happy to chit-chat over the accuracy of what happened on those shows. So for people who like my show? I’d say: do like those people do there: chit-chat with me about it. And if typing is too much? I currently have Skype voice-call we can use, email, my P.O. Box to write letters, or if I believe you are not a blasted troll I will give you my GD phone number! That’s how strongly I feel about this project.

I do my work online because I do not have enough access with no car, and very little DS friendships around me. The entire point of posting most work online is to communicate on a two-way street. And if anyone has been in the belief that life online isn’t suppose to work that way? All I can say is “The Powers That Be” did a great job of programming you into being a docile primate.

“But I’m busy!”

Oh? Then how did you find the time to listen to my program?

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Like many a Dark Shadows fan does not buy this: “I love you… ” After everything?

Daryl Wor does not buy: “I’m too busy.”

Nor should she considering the expense, time and effort just for entertainment. As I have said to the keepers of The Audio Fanfiction Library about my series that this is: “big, really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts…” (-Douglas Adams.)

So that is the end of my score on that point.

As for the work for the curious noodlers… Let’s see… On Election Day I managed to get Sir Simon Milligan, Manservant Hecubus, and Sam Evans lines down. Yesterday I worked my system into a frazzle trying to wake up with ginseng, ginko biloba, Sam-E, and the strongest green-tea in the house, so I finally put down Elizabeth Stoddard and Roger Collins lines, next I managed to hit up Wadsworth after watching and listening to a lot of the movie “Clue”. And then I managed via extra credit: Dr. Hoffman & Professor Stokes having their discussion together in a sort of morning-after affair drive to Wyndcliff, which doesn’t mean anything happened. Julia just nodded off on his couch. Hey, after a night of intense driving and its climactic culmination? The lady needed some company from a studious fellow. And it was his car, after all.

That was rather awesome and I had a lot of fun with it. It was like extra credit, and as I finished those lines my husband walked in the door from work and I called out, “Hey! Julia and Eliot! A song popped into my head! What is that song ‘You really got me, girl’?”

“Oh, ‘You Really Got Me’? That song? It’s The Kinks.”

“Okay! New Julia/Eliot song!”

And then we proceeded to play it and sing along together happily. (Y’see. It ain’t about one pairing with me. I’m out to do ’em ALLLLLLL!)

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You Really Got Me

As for the enjoyers of my program who are telling themselves, “Ohhh, I want more episodes of this… I just… I don’t do that. I’d be so bad at commenting.”

Welp, folks, all I gotta tell ya, is out of the very likely 500+ listeners now? I guess y’all will just have to wait until a precious five give up the courage to do so. ^_^

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Peace.

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Listening to demo of Episode 14: Reunion At The Old House

Hee hee hee! Very funny, Sir Simon Milligan. It’s incredible how much growth that comes from him and Manservant Hecubus. I went into this re-hashing original work from The Pit of Ultimate Darkness on The Kids In The Hall, and eventually found that the more I worked with Milligan and Hecubus the more could come out as wacky hosts to this radio drama. The essence was on goofy darkness and dying for a date. Kevin MacDonald wasn’t a big favourite of mine back in the day but he sure is now. I can empathize with him as well. There was a stand-up moment of him introducing himself in a later episode and him saying words to the effect of, “I’m that other guy no one pays attention to.” Pretty much. Plus he spoke in an interview about how people off-set would call out, “Oh, hey! Cool. The Hecubus guy.” And he’d inwardly growl, “I’m not Hecubus! I’m Sir Simon Milligan!”

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It also makes me want to go on some kind of radio station tour so I could meet Kevin MacDonald. I’d like to know more about where he’s at and where he was at breaking into comedy. Plus his closer duo-ship with Dave Foley reminds me of what Terry Jones and Michael Palin had before getting together with the rest of Monty Python. Lots of interesting connections in growth with both groups.

So, it definitely looks like Milligan and Hecubus will have to be re-performed. I remember most of Episode 14 had this quiet magic of smoothing things over and everyone being able relax, minus Willie until the end of it. It’s almost like today. The excitement of Halloween came to its crescendo and November opens up to a day of rest or exhaustion. I know I have another performance of Willie’s conflict with Barnabas recorded, but even that I’m sure I’ll have to perform again. Not my favourite. The scene is to make sure the avenues the characters are working in are convincing. Plus it really ticked me off about Willie Loomis getting so many gun shot wounds that weren’t addressed in Dark Shadows later on. It’s the perfect road for a confrontation toward Barnabas, as much as it’s not the part of this episode I enjoy. I know in my listening to it over the last year, it was often a scene I would skip.

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Then there’s Barnabas. That is something that has to be re-performed!

The demos of old have Barnabas sounding more like he did in “Episode One: Parapsychology”. I know I can do better than that now. That’s hard. The Maggie lines are much better. Dr. Hoffman’s lines might be fine. Professor Stokes has to be re-done. I got much closer to his voice in Episode 13, so 14 should be done the same. There is a lot of falling on the floor I have to perform… aaaaand…

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Here is something I’m looking forward to performing!

My spouse, when I request this, is usually a little embarrassed knowing our kisses are being heard by Heaven knows who, but still he’s more likely to say, “Oh, my!” when I tell him I want to record more of this with him for all of these people.

Sam Evans also needs some touching up, as well as some of the dialogue too. Roger and Elizabeth need some lines re-done. I remember I had a negative that needed to be a positive or vice-versa in something Roger says when they open the mail together. OH! I love that opening-the-mail scene! Hopefully after a whole year of laughing about Elizabeth’s disdain toward her photograph will allow me to perform that one again without bloopers!

Roger Collins and Elizabeth Stoddard

I also finally got a phone call from the fellow who got my CDs. He left a message and kept saying, “More, more, more!” Now, again, like with Margaret Josette Dupres, that’s a good thing to hear. He also enjoyed the singing for “Sweet Transvestite” in Episode 4. AT LAST! Just to finally hear about this stuff from someone reaching out. One of the most incredible things I encountered was weeks ago at a church gathering. I mentioned the coffee scene in episode 2 out of context and the two women I told it to immediately hooted with laughter. Just to SEE THAT! I’d written it years ago and finally to see visual reactions and hear the laughter. It was so wonderful, like one of the many weights plaguing me was being lifted. How many others have reacted like that? There’s no way for me to really know.

Looks like there are a lot of sound effects I’m going to have to record for Episode 14 as well. A few I have. And then that wonderful song for Willie at the end. And Wadsworth’s wonderful expression of so much that’s wrong in all of their lives and how it could work if they managed to change things.

What I’m hoping for in the future is to have a smaller audience that’s simply more vocal as is the case in Margaret Josette Dupres. More attention given to the work and discussing it with me than just me in general. Tracking down the right people has been extremely tough for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. There seems to be a number of people who love the show I create but hate me. I’d rather talk to a small group of people who can tell me what they like about it, but it’s terrible that these negative people are the more vocal ones. It doesn’t make the work go any faster. If it’s time that’s another question. If the people have time to be so invalidating or maligning me, do the positive types who appreciate the work not have the time? In some cases it does seem to be, but at least one fellow has my number now. I eagerly await his phone call.


… And so he has called. Over three hours and he was worried he was taking up my time! Hardly! I need some balance after all of this stress. And wow, amazing guy! Does a lot of helpful things for others and tries to stay involved. Was very accepting of what I was explaining in all of the harsher treatment I’ve been getting. Has also done acting and directing which gives one introspection in to fill another’s shoes.  He made me laugh referring to Twin Peaks in my 3rd Episode! “Some people wouldn’t make that connection but I got it immediately. Of course! Running away from Collinwood and now they’re all worried about getting caught up in a murder investigation.”

LOL! Ohhh, so nice to hear, plus there is so much that I get caught off guard even though I’ve been listening to this stuff for years and put it all together.

*sigh*