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.

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.

Margaret Josette Dupres, Chapters 1 – 5 (Valentine’s Day 2019)

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Listeners expecting to hear me swear will be disappointed. This entry is the long-awaited first podcast about the marriage novel, and exploring the chapters of it; one through five.

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 who granted me a way to stop panicking from lack of talk and finally allowed me to begin sleeping again which had been a problem at the end of 2013 into the beginning of 2014.

Chapters discussed are as follows:

Chapter One – The Wedding Day

Chapter Two – The Wedding Night

Chapter Three – What We Whispered

Chapter Four – Josette Speaks

Chapter Five – Sharing The Past, The Present, And The Future


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Stoa’s “Sakrileg” & “La Lune Blanche” + Aurora Sutra’s “Consecrated Lover”.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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Happy Birthday, Kathryn Leigh Scott

It’s Kathryn Leigh Scott’s birthday, and for that reason I decided to focus on what I admire in our beloved actress.

My initial thoughts brings me to the marvelous job she did on Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Who Watches The Watchers”, just to see her opposite Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard, and even the Twin Peaks dude, in that episode is pretty spectacular, but she also played her role excellently. Her character, Nuria, was well fitted. Nuria being the matron of her tribe, the person looked up to for guidance. (I would move on to her characters on Dark Shadows, but I write and speak of them often in my own journey here .)

The main thing I keep thinking about is how impressed I’ve always been by her DS publications. With that there often feels like there is a sense of community and a gathering of the group who put together Dark Shadows. In those pages you find someone who likes to bring people together, showing that it’s a group effort rather than establishing any kind of singular limelight. My favourite parts are the behind-the-scene anecdotes that often represent the same atmosphere of friendship I also see in The Next Generation cast of Star Trek.

It’s obvious KLS has an admirable, fine appearance and keeps herself fit and healthy, but her charm to connect a sense of friendship in show business is second to none. I haven’t seen anyone else achieve that resonance of welcome and appreciation in entertainment. She emits a presence of splendour, talent and warm-hearted grace.

Of course reading her books years ago made me anticipate similar things in Dark Shadows fandom for which I was not prepared to find a great deal of the exact opposite, but on this day of days I am very grateful she was born and allowed us to marvel at how beautifully she managed the hardships of working on a daytime drama while still giving us so many characters to love.

When I perform her roles I find a tranquility and gentle cheer that is quite rewarding to capture. I have to follow Kathryn’s lead and it’s something I always look forward to, especially when a character she played is in a fun mood.

The selections in “Dark Shadows: Return To Collinwood” (2012) are a treat to read, with the fun they had reuniting on the movie set, the steps in time and memory taken, as well as the care and attention provided among old comrades. It is a wonderful look at deep bonds and loving friendships.

 

I salute her this day and pray that spirit lives and thrives with more understanding than these more recent troubling years have given.

Thank you, Kathryn Leigh Scott.

Happy Birthday.

The Promise of What Praise Can Do “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note 11]

Yes, again I’d prefer this not say “Praise” anymore but maybe “discussion”, which isn’t as fantastic. I am getting into bad moods when things are much better than they have been in years, with a myriad of accomplishments in work productivity, friendship, helping others, creation and cleaning. But it only takes a few minutes of exposure to something bad to mess things up. So I am back to focusing on this.

 
Mind you, I still get head-scratching hits for the unhappy author’s note which I am waiting to rescind when enough for the later chapters is discussed again. When that happens I can replace the chapter and potentially share more of the darn thing rather than just tell friends over the telephone about what’s being created!

 
I’m starting to realize one reason why I didn’t continue to this chapter years ago for these notes. This chapter really didn’t get a whole lot of discussion. I think it made people feel too weird or something. I mean it’s Sam Evan/Andre duPres in first person which is likely to throw people for a loop who are used to Barnabas or Maggie narrating the chapters, with that one in particular via Wadsworth or the third person omniscient one with Tony and Carolyn.

 
When I realized how badly another return for Sarah would be desired, I started getting strong influences from Sam’s character, things he wanted to say and express. I wasn’t sure I could just be him in first person, but then I picked up an old non-fiction book I favoured and realized it was similar to how Sam tended to sound. Someone also pointed out that it sounded like Andre too, so that was in all of our favours!

 

Chapter 22: A Candle For Sarah

 

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One of the things that I found very appropriate was taking verbatim lines from Dark Shadows episodes and blending them into the novel. The quotations for this chapter were from Episode 413, written by Gordon Russell, repeating the discussion Sarah and Naomi had about Barnabas supposedly leaving for England and a candle Sarah had made, with the help of Riggs, for Josette. The idea Riggs relayed to Sarah entailed a candle at a window bringing someone home. I asked for help to find the episode (thank you!) and then watched and wrote down the dialogue as precise as I could. (It took a bit of rewinding and listening repeatedly to get it correct, as it always does.)

 
After the quotations Sam begins his narrative. (Slight additives on “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” style of things are appropriate because in my work Sam is friends with Captain Gregg.) The long chapter begins with detailing Sam doing some artwork with the ghost of Sarah as well as spending time with her, helping her to create a new candle from wax, old crayons and a beer can. I, myself, have mainly done the same with soda cans, but I would envision Pop being the kind with more taste for beer than soda anyway, so a can as such might have been more readily available. It’s not the safest way to make a candle, but it was handy to my own experience.

 
For the sake of things not going on for as long as it takes wax to harden, the chapter proceeds with Sarah sitting outside with Sam who is putting a bit whiskey in his evening coffee. Sarah previously expressed she wanted a candle for herself to give Josette a second time, a token for Sarah, herself, to return one day. As they sit outside Sarah asks Mr. Evans what it is to be reincarnated, just to make sure she has the idea well enough in her mind. Sam gives her a fair idea then waxes poetic about the stars being our guides which Sarah doesn’t specifically understand, but feels she knows enough.

 
Later they take the candle and drive to The Old House. Sam explains it as, “…driving through the town of Collinsport to get to The Old House, where my daughter now lived with her excessively romantic husband…” This has got to be one my favourite lines. Pop just says it like it is, and to me it’s almost poking a little fun at Barnabas. It’s not a stand-alone segment since the rest of the sentence goes into why the drive itself wasn’t exactly a wise choice, but I still highlight that sentence fragment as being a hilariously fun one. (Thanks, Pop.)

 
What comes later… gosh, this is a complicated chapter… is their arrival and Sarah explaining why she’s offering a candle to Maggie (Josette) due to having given her one previously for the sake Barnabas might come home. In a moment alone with Maggie, Sam explains that this was only the final time they were seeing Sarah as a ghost. Maggie picks up on the understanding Sarah Collins will come back in the flesh, but completely uncertain who the lucky mother will be. Oops…

 
“Margaret Josette Dupres,” Sam gives her a grin, “why does it have to be somebody else?”

 
Of course, Maggie is flabbergasted, anticipating something sudden and also wondering if her and Barnabas are even capable of having children in their less-earthly state of being. She has every right to wonder, but Sam laughs at her concern that she might suddenly give birth the next day or some such silly idea. She and Barnabas would know and be ready when the time was right.

 
The farewell takes place in Josette’s bedroom, with the obviously sad Barnabas rather unsure of why these events are happening, and what Sarah even means by returning a different way. Admittedly the farewell is a tearful one, even beautiful in its ghostly allure.
However, Barnabas’ lack of understanding got on Sam’s nerves, and a little bit on mine, truth be told!

 

It wraps up splendidly with Sam thinking aloud things to Barnabas on the other side of the door as he leaves. Then Wadsworth steps from the shadows to assure Sam that he is very correct indeed. I love this just because from Episode One in The Pit, Wadsworth pretty much knows what requires attention for Barnabas Collins’ love life, so at this juncture of a possible child. Wadsworth is also just as aware as Sam is where Barnabas is not.

 
Helena came through first, as she often does:

 
Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 22 . May 22, 2014

This chapter was so touching, Daryl 🙂 And I love arts and crafts, too! Maybe one day, I’ll make a candle like that (only mine will be yellow or pink). Looking forward to Sarah’s big return!

Oh good! Even some love for the candle. I can’t remember if I explained to her the technique I once used. I’m sure there are much better ones.

katieyoung1960 chapter 22 . May 25, 2014

I love this chapter. A voice for little Sarah, and a hope for her return. That would be a very happy occasion!

Nice and simple. I think back then folks were far more aware of the leaps that were being taken so that almost everyone of a good nature could heal together, including a lost loved one.

Cynthia Curran chapter 22 . Jun 3, 2014

That’s cool, Barnabas always seem more like her father anyways and maybe she being conceived an interesting way will make the story interesting.

Aye! It was interesting to say the least! But that’s another chapter. I love the pointer of Barnabas seemingly more like a father than brother to her anyway. (She’d need an alternate father when we think over Joshua in his earlier days.)

Of course these wonderful comments still left me in want for the details that might have been noticed otherwise. Osheen picked up the chapter upon my request:

Osheen Nevoy chapter 22 . Dec 16, 2014
So here I am consulting my notes from last night. I really like Sam/Andre’s comment about there being “no shame in the common.” That worked and totally made sense. It does a perfect job of linking plain, common-and-garden Sam Evans with the reality that Andre lived – the brother of a countess, very wealthy, seemingly of the aristocratic stratum of society, but still a very blunt, to-the-point, down-to-earth sort of man. (As we see from his awesomely blunt snide comments to Joshua and Rev. Trask in the show!)

Throughout the chapter I could completely hear the voices of the actors saying the lines that the characters are speaking here. From that I know that the depiction of their “voices” in the word choices and speech-patterns is precisely spot-on

The candle-making from melted crayons brought back a lot of happy childhood memories for me. Did you make candles from crayons in your childhood as well? I remember that very vividly, and reading about it summoned up a lot of those feelings of warmth and contentment that good childhood memories bring. The kind of warmth and contentment that you also conjure up in the scene of Sam and Sarah outside experiencing the night while waiting for the candle to cool. My childhood candles, of course, were made in frozen orange juice containers or that sort of thing, not in beer cans! But naturally, the beer can version is fitting for Sam! And of course Sarah picking purple – is that for some other, additional meaning, or is it a nod to the well-known affinity of little girls for purple?

Great little down-to-earth, matter-of-fact Sam details that appear throughout, like him managing not to slice himself on the beer can. I very much like the description of the sort of dream state that ghosts tend to think in and relate to reality through. Other great details throughout – the old cloths that Sam should have thrown away long ago.

I adore the description of the “golden, silvery silences.” Seems to be an oxymoron, since how can a silence have colors, and yet it’s right, totally right. I guess silences do have colors, and so does sound. The “vast stretch of the universe” portion of the conversation with Sam and Sarah fit perfectly with those high-flown turns of phrase and imagination that Sam reveals in the show – of course in the show, usually those are on darker topics, such as his repeated freakings-out about the Collinses and their haunted house on the hill during the first 200 or so episodes of the show.

I wasn’t particularly happy with Sam for drunk-driving – I would have hoped he would avoid that, given the experience witnessing the result of Roger, Burke & Laura’s drunk-driving accident! I guess he had Sarah along to help make sure he didn’t kill anybody, and he DID admit that it wasn’t a great idea, but still, I wish he hadn’t done it and had walked up to the Old House with Sarah, instead. Though Sam is not a character who is consistently known for making good choices, so I guess him choosing to drive at this point is consistent with his character. I just wish he hadn’t chosen that!

I love Maggie’s humor that you portray here – again, it is just exactly right for Maggie was we know her on the show, particularly in the early days, before things get so f-ed up for her. And I guess that’s why it fits so perfectly here, since in this reality, things are not f-ed up for her anymore. The description of her “chortling” is the example that I have written down for this – just great, and again, absolutely right.

Another fabulous, funny down-to-earth Sam detail – the brush filaments in the scenery. Loved it! Also loved Sarah’s “I thought so, but it’s impolite to boast, you know” – and loved Sam’s reply to that.

Now, the bit about the broo-ha with the unfortunate Jeremiah Collins – that led me to wonder. Have you, or do you plan to if you haven’t yet, had a sequence which includes healing for Jeremiah and reconciliation between him and Barnabas? If you have, and I haven’t found it, I’m sorry I haven’t, and please tell me where it is! If you haven’t, maybe that would be something that would work for you to explore at some point. He definitely is someone who needs healing and reconciliation, considering all the crap he was put through (and the rather messed up Ghost of Jeremiah stuff in the show), and presumably Barnabas also needs the reconciliation with him, since having a dear friend who then becomes, at least seemingly, your enemy, and then killing said friend/enemy, has got to put some pretty deep wounds in a person’s psyche. I guess maybe I’m rather protective of Jeremiah, since he’s become such a major character in my DS tale. Anyway – if that kind of sequence does exist in your work, I want to know where it is so I can listen to or read it. If it doesn’t, maybe it’s something for you to contemplate for the future.

And my final note is about Barnabas kissing Sarah’s hand, and telling her that teaching them to grow has made her the finest of ladies in the world. Loved it. Perfect.

It completely works. It IS these characters, it is what they would say, and it is a beautiful depiction of love and hope and the little fragments of reality that weave together to create human happiness.

 


I do believe I remember a possible use of orange juice cans instead of soda cans and I’m glad she mentioned that one. I’m honoured that I was able to get the voices down so well. But it is the exposure of the right materials, the original show being the big one. I believe Sarah’s pick of purple was a combination of liking purple but also to give it a regal touch, as one might recall purple was used for royalty because it was such a pain to create that colour of dye. (I even remember a tale of snails being used to make the dye. Not sure if that’s true!) Even the details in the night sky and colours of sound.

 

Now let me relieve the idea Sam was actually drunk-driving. Definitely tipsy. I guess he could have been more intoxicated if I didn’t care, but I tried to word it where he said, “I wasn’t very sober when we left.” So there was enough sobriety, and he points out being aware of it. So it’s surely not really a case of, “As I stumbled my drunken ass into the truck.” But I can see where a quicker read might give that impression. Another reason to make a third-draft of this novel: I can meander a bit more instead trying to gesticulate a zillion descriptions into one sentence as Vladimir Nabokov tends to do. (Yes, he is an influence: All of his books, not just that one!)

 

For all the wondering over Jeremiah? I have apprised Osheen of the plans, all of which are for redemption and easily showing Jeremiah Collins (reincarnated as Burke Devlin in The Pit) to be a good guy after all is said and done. So grateful the farewell details were to her liking as well as Maggie being very much herself.

 

A newer reader to this novel left these lovely words:

D.S.Romance Fan chapter 22 . Dec 11, 2017

Aww the thoughts of Sam .. He is ready to be a Grand father… It’s time. Beautifully written. Sarah has always been a bright magical child. Lighting candles is such a great peace offering.

 

And I dig that because she made the fine observation of Sam becoming a grandfather someday in this scenario. I’ve been a bit worried readers didn’t understand what was being explained in this chapter. If Maggie is to give birth someday to Sarah as a reincarnation, Sam would undoubtedly be a grandfather then, and would no longer be able to call Sarah by the previous title of “daughter-in-law” as he did at the Evans Cottage. This works due to Barnabas being his son-in-law, therefore the sister of his son-in-law could theoretically receive a similar title. But Sarah as a granddaughter will be easily to say and to write down, not to mention far more precious still.

 
For this chapter being so filled with details and discussion, I must allow one log entry. The others will be more difficult because they aren’t so much chapters but basic summaries. So I might make the next note about those or skip ahead to chapter 25, etc.

 

Well, I hope this shows that I’m feeling a bit better from my tragic thoughts and social media temptations. The phrases of “never cured” and “one day at a time” springs to mind. Plus I do want to focus on this novel much more again so that we can continue that as we continue in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows audio series.

 

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As much as a struggle it can be to make sure Sarah Collins is as convincing as I can present her, she remains to me an honour and joy to be present in my endeavour. Joy seemed to leave our friends on Dark Shadows when Sarah did. Her return in The Pit and later this novel brings joy back to them over and over again. ❤