The Promise of What Praise Can Do: “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note 5]

Actually there is a little more going on than just surfacing over enjoyable reviews on the pleasures and pains of marriage. I did do some editing of Episode 14 yesterday and got stuck at the “rushing feet on stairs” part. Ugh! Sound effects… And I’m not sure if I need to do that rushing myself. I remember I did make a recording once but I’m not sure where that recording is of such a sound effect. Either way, I’m still waiting for the responses to come in before releasing Episode 14.

So I put out a new podcast for The Pit… called “Happy Talk”. I had enough entailing various fandom characters I passed it around everywhere. Oops! It made some confusion with The Ghost & Mrs. Muir fans. I felt bad, but since I’m a humourist I managed to lighten the discussion with a banner I’d been wanting to create for ages:

ghost of ultimate banner

I love his steely-eyed gaze in a determination of steering Collinsport to better shores.

Then I picked up a bottle of Madeira and suffered some strains for that the next morning in the lavatory. 😦 So I’m taking it easy today.


Meanwhile in the world of The Addams Family, with all the love Gomez and Morticia share, many fans get irked by those almost-on-the-lips photos. I felt I found a few that were close enough for me. However, someone posted this to a page today and I shall repeat her words:

Gomez and Morticia on the lips

“The Holy Grail has been found!”

❤ ❤ ❤


Good segue to our next stop. Margaret Josette Dupres, chapter 7! Yes, the one written in first person by:

Wadsworth smiling

Wadsworth! 🙂

Once upon a time I supposed Wadsworth would leave The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows when all was sorted out. What was I thinking? Well, something bittersweet, I guess. But in a better Collinsport, what community could love him more? Where else would he fit in barring vacations and other adventures? I’ve been taking a lot of screen shots of House of Dark Shadows and saw visual elements that blended even better in a Clue way.

It’s an amusing chapter in which he details how awkward being around this married couple could be for him and his friend, Mr. Loomis. They overhear some romantic sounds from upstairs, become fairly embarrassed and must venture away, only to be stalled by Doctor Hoffman just outside The Old House. Uh-Oh… How to describe this?

myhrr chapter 7 . 
So so so deliciously appetizing…so Japanese per se…almost hiding behind the eight fold fence. I didn’t get what “they” were up to until half way thru the chapter! Can’t wait for the next one. I am kind of reading these vignettes at random but will go back and read them again properly. Blood great job, guv!

Yay! I wonder for the chuckles but when it comes to words of encouragement my Myhrr stands out. Also love the British element added since that is Wadsworth’s background. (I hedge that it is but he never spoke of being there in Clue, btw. Accents can be handed down, etc.)

Helena  chapter 7

That was a funny chapter, Daryl 🙂 Imagine the three of them having that conversation while hearing the banging and moanings from above. Lol Yep, going into town is far enough to get away from the thought of Barnabas and Maggie/ Josette getting it on! So will Maggie’s previous life as the German guy be explained in this story from “Pit’? I nearly forgot about the guy!

LOL! Yes. That hits the nail on the head. Bless you. Well, Hansel Bachmeier I rather look at as a previous life in which Josette is relieving herself of some of her angst as her first incarnation and her Kitty incarnation. I don’t delve too much into Hans so far. But Julia had to mention it!

Not a whole lot for this one, so let’s go back to a review of the old draft of it in 200 Years Away. The M-rated version really needs to be finished first before I re-start 200 Years Away. (I’ll miss my old reviews by deleting that one and starting again.  And it needs to be re-started afresh because it’s so scrambled the reviews per chapter aren’t in alignment.)

Osheen Nevoy chapter 3 . Feb 4, 2014
Hey, I’m glad I’ve finally gotten a chance to read some of this. I have a confession to make – from glancing at the first chapter, I thought that the whole work was a songfic! Which isn’t my thing particularly … But at any rate, having now discovered that it is, in fact, prose, I’m happy to be reading it. Fun interactions between Willie, Julia and the added butler. Willie and Julia definitely sound like themselves – though knowing the condition of the furniture in the Old House, I wonder if David really bought the line about jumping on the furniture – he’d probably know that the furniture wouldn’t stand up to that kind of treatment! I loved the line about prescribing a sedative (Touche! Considering Julia’s usual modus operandi), and I’m very glad she’s going to take the guys out for a beer.

My  husband chuckled and I howled with laughter to see Osheen’s take on this improved Collinsport! At last! Someone else who wasn’t afraid to simply book-club it with discussion. All the little details to it I was dying for. Plus that helped people to know it wasn’t a songfic. I started it as a one shot and then realized I could take 200 Years Away and create a T-rated romance from the M-rated material. Which is strange because to get the healing chapters back in there I had to use more violence and less sex. (Why do we do this when it comes to censorship? I even question myself there.)

But yes! The beer and Julia taking the guys out for one. It just came so naturally. Now we’ll be wondering if Bob The Bartender is gonna get the scoop! LOL And I deeply appreciate how she sees the characters personality in my work. That validation is never taken for granted. 🙂


Anything I picked up for 8 was more discussion about the notes and I think that can finally be laid to rest. Chapter 8 came out of me on Thanksgiving when I had that cold for over a month in 2013, so going to a family gathering with a cold wasn’t going to be gracious of me. I was tapping into more of Barnabas, and seeing certain elements of Humbert from Lolita available with Barnabas. Humbert is diseased from missing his Annabel who died of typhus. Barnabas is heartsick from missing his Josette, and becomes deranged through that loss and his curse. Similar, hmm… I looked over that, and saw other elements. So Chapter 8 “The Whom of Many” came out as discussing the blend of Kitty with Maggie and Josette, but also addressing the Julia Hoffman issue. (Barnabas gets about as smug as Humbert here.)

I’d been studying that and making theories as to why no one was coming out and discussing the romance I found in this reincarnation, much less my multi-fandom radio drama. The more I studied the more I found a sense of alienation those fans would have via feistier fans of Julia/Barnabas, or Angelique/Barnabas. And I still get messages from people who believe they are different or alone in this. I think we need to have a convention. And I think we’d need a place with high occupancy. I’m not kidding. 😉

But why Josette or Maggie? Not much special about her? I’ve found too much that is special about them both, particularly combined. As for a number of fans for who performed these characters…

KLS in a bikini

Oh my! I see the attraction in other regards.

But the good news is that sense of alienation I studied and wrote notes about with regards to knee-jerk reactions from a creation where Julia does not get Barnabas? It healed a dear friend’s writers block and with that understanding in the notes she started a 1960s story that is Julia/Barnabas as well as a bit of Julia/Eliot. Now that is something to be happy about.

There aren’t a ton for some of the later chapters, but I think part of that is we’re beginning to delve into the hurt that is to be healed with the couple. Troubles that have to be faced, and that insight is likely more difficult to give consultation about. But I do appreciate that in reviews for Healing: Parts 1-3. Getting the characters down and how their hurts can be healed is no easy task. With Maggie being the reincarnation of Josette, and the kidnapping having happened, forgiveness comes at a price. And Barnabas Collins would be willing, even to encourage her towards harm on him, so he could pay that price. 😦

maggie barnabas wrestling move

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2 thoughts on “The Promise of What Praise Can Do: “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note 5]

  1. And I remember that last scene still: Barnabas twisting Maggie’s arm behind her back. How rude! But he was “Evil Barnabas” at the time, right? That’s a great pic of Captain Gregg. “The Ghost of Ultimate Dark Shadows.” whoopee! I’m going to finally hit up Happy Talk while I still have the image of Barnabas and Maggie gettin’ it on ^_^

    • morlock13 says:

      LOL! Thank you. I know. It looks like he’s pulling a wrestling move on her. Osheen dropped this over to me and I said, “This image makes me glad I emphasized her slap on him so hard in my 13th Episode.” Also I was cringing through bits of “The Music Box” because it was “Evil Barnabas” again after everything I’d gone through to help him get better. (Still a great story, though!)

      It’s a pretty good podcast. I keep re-listening to make sure I got all the important details out. I hope you enjoy music from “South Pacific.” ❤

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