2019 July Update (Etc, Etc, Etc.)

2019 July Update 2

 

Difficulty in celebrating Dark Shadows and The Pit… As well as communication technology going bad. Appreciating Helena Clara Bouchet for being a non-canon AND canon romance fan. (Seriously!)

The perils with audience members attempting to be “critics”. Troubling responses from those *only* talking about what they *think* that ‘People’ think. (I’d much rather know what *you* think!)

Explaining all this to pen pals. Work on Pit episodes recently. Notes to those who always say “Change it!” with loving kindness to DS cast members.

Podcasts about the internet. (What was The Web like in 1999?) Discussing alterations in people’s behaviour with pen friends. Coming to terms with what Barnabas and Josette/Maggie fans have had to deal with for many years.

What I’ve been doing while utterly “wiped-out” including watching tons of Marx Brothers movies. Going through double overplays between our two centuries: 20th and 21st. (TV/youtube, mobile phones/telephones.)

If nothing else? I have finally done what I set out to do: Share the work to find the companionship. ^_^

 


 

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Spoilercast-Update (May 2019)

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Why “House of Dark Shadows” is a party movie, with much love and apologies all around.

Spoilers for Pit episodes (20) Twenty and (21) Twenty-One. It’s going to take a lot of effort for Chris Jennings to understand he’s in a relief-series now and not a soap-opera. Also a little consideration for how to word things with Bewitched characters.

How I came to learn about The Center for Humane Technology (humanetech.com) and how very important I consider their work, with incredible validation about my own social media experience, as well as the experiences from other pen pals. Theories on the discussion-avoidance problem.

I also talk about a self-taught trick I learned of *how* to pay better attention, there is a fun story about why I learned it. I hope it helps anyone who wants to improve their focusing skills. After that I share a treat of a memorable tool I grew up with from the 1980’s.


 

Discourse about grassroots help, and then: A heartfelt affirmation towards all those who love or enjoy “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows”.

Background music:

      “Pure Energy” – Information Society

“Me” – Zion De Gallier

“Living Room” – Broadcast

“Tangram” – Tangerine Dream

“Undertow (Spooky Remix)” – Lush

“Looking For You” – Patti Smith


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“House of Dark Shadows” Saves The Day

I’ve just responded to one of the best letters I’ve received in years. I hope my new friend doesn’t mind if I discuss that here on WP. I was sure she was going to indulge in my own work better by watching the 2012 “Dark Shadows” film to get familiar with those characters. However, the contents of her letter showed that instead she viewed “House of Dark Shadows” from 1970! Oh, dear! It didn’t go down well, for which I am incredibly grateful!

 
Does this sound confusing to anyone? If so it’s because the strong memories of life in the 20th Century might be gone for you. They are not for us.

 
My friend loves movies of all sorts, but is also an admitted film-snob in certain regards: fun regards! Regards in which I delight hearing about. This is a world Joel Hodgson of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” found a way to share with many of us who understood, in a story-format that entailed coercion rather than choosing to view B-grade movies. (Mad scientists were making them watch the movies. They were not viewed on The Satellite of Love by choice, so it was less cruel to heckle openly in such a setting.)

 
With my new friend, her reaction to “House of Dark Shadows” was, well, to endure it. Hee hee hee! I feel blessed to read the words of her gazing into this world that makes more sense to myself as a viewer of the television show “Dark Shadows”. Also it was apologetic as if I prize this movie as one of the finest, which to me it is not. I love it, but I love it for other reasons.

 
Still, I wanted to express myself as being incredibly happy with this turn of events. Our exchange on this topic is stepping back into a world many of us knew before 2013. Movies exist to entertain us, whether they be our favourites or not. It’s for some of us to share in the delight or the “oh dear” together. They didn’t range into the ghastly realms of hate-speak or sacrilege to enjoy. They were our bonus stories to choose somewhere in our day when we were not working. Leisure in moving pictures and sound. How we took to them depending on who we were, our personalities, not the amount of “likes” we would garner for saying something outlandish or extreme.

 
I love this world. I grew up in this world in which things could be exciting or pleasurable in fiction. Analyzing the special effects was just a little something we did when the story seemed to go on a long time without dialogue. Sometimes we’d be argued with about our favourites but it didn’t get too heated most of the time. If someone wanted to get long-winded about why they disliked a film and we didn’t care, we’d open a book and wait for them to get it out of their system.

 
In the 1980’s Frank Oz once admitted, “When I get out of the theater I look around and ask, ‘Ok, what’s for dinner?’ I’m just like anybody else…” and then went on to describe a film he helped to create that really touched him and why. But that it was his experience, really, in the creation, so it would make sense he would want to discuss how important it was to him. He didn’t expect it to be of vital importance to every other last movie goer in the world.

 


 

When listeners hear my gratitude to pen friends in my podcasts it is no joke. I truly am grateful. Whatever we’ve paid so much money to become entangled with online is a far cry from what I would choose for myself. I’m happy to be less known, less hated, less put-upon, and spend my time with people of like-mind and interests.

 
Some new friends in this decade have asked me, “Are you famous?” and I’ve answered, “Maybe a bit…” But to another new friend I made in the last half decade, I expressed, “I might be more infamous…” and she smiled, “I think I like that more.”

 
As the ghost of Sarah Collins tells Maggie in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows, “Oh, it should turn out all right if you keep your wits about you.”

 

I feel … as though … said “wits” have been found. ❤

 

(((knock on wood)))

Ready To Go (April 2019)

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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

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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.