World On Hold (2020 April) -podcast

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Personal current events, we re-observe recent troubles compared to the old ones that maintain their hold on us.

Finishing the demo for 22 and what came from that for Doctor Hoffman and Professor Stokes’ romance. (Delving into the relationship they may once have had as Magda and Sandor.) Plenty of fun.

Reminder: Daytime Dramas are *not* built on resolution. (Which is why The Pit is built the way that it is.) Continuing on with what is coming up in Pit 22.

Switching over to where we are in our 4th Doctor “Doctor Who” viewing with “Underworld” (1978). Getting bored of villains and who I explain that to. The defeatist response to kids wanting to solve problems and how extensively unhelpful that response (from grown-ups) has been.

Viewing early Laura Collins episodes of “Dark Shadows” and how, in those episodes, Sam Evans has clouds of mystery.

Doing what I can to explain my personal calm in this time of crisis. (I already watched droves of crisis no one else could see for years.) More love for John Karlen and his personal choices that so dearly resonate with me continually.

For those who have lost their ability of voice: I still am concerned for you above and beyond any “haters”. You still matter to me.

Thank you to all who are helping me and for those I am helping? You’re welcome.


 

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2020 March Spoilercast-Update

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Beginning with my understanding of what is happening to most listeners of this podcast program. Why direct communication is important and the examples of mishearing what I’m saying. My concern for our current sense of isolation and how I was told, “You saw all this coming.” Pointers of how to use the narrative site. Discussion over the previous web-log and what folks have been viewing. (Fun stuff.)

Why “Dark Shadows” is a TV show that constantly reminds you that it IS a TV show. 🙂 Then off we go into technical aspects of Pit episode 21 and further spoilers for that. (Bill Malloy’s ghost as an ‘Honourary Widow’.) Blue Whale bits, West Wing bits, Old House bits. Focus on Maggie Evans as Josette duPres; How I understood why that was probable. (Sailor Moon comes up in this and reincarnation research.) With Andre and Josette returned: Barnabas easily feels far less alone. ❤

A tad of Bewitched. More West Wing, and more about Roger Collins = The Perfect Fifth Wheel. Continuing on to the rough draft of Pit 22: ‘The Endless Night At Collinwood’. Further developments for Maggie Evans as the reincarnation of Josette. (More fun stuff.) A little Sarah and Barnabas. Active details with Carolyn and Maggie. Victoria/Peter and Addams Family goodies. Ways that Willie Loomis is able to digest what’s happening overall. Moving on to yet another séance and why Magda’s presence creates further union in Dr. Hoffman and Prof. Stokes’ romance.

My concern for everyone possibly depending on commercial social sites during isolation, while I maintain my ability to carry on without them. Hopefully what I say here will do more good than harm. (Without direct communication we can only speculate.) Why the chips fell where they did years ago: Criticizing to emptiness to rewards-for-hate. Why the like-button, and all it’s ‘offspring’, gives growth to the negative and depletes the positive.

How I keep working to re-grow the articulate response in the positive. Directions on how to use thepitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com for that. If this show makes you feel better? Don’t turn away from it. Return to it, like I did.

I hope this show has helped to welcome you back to your old preferences and let you know that you do have the ability to choose for yourself, however lost that became.

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Kathryn Leigh Scott Interview (2011)

 


 

This interview is from October of 2011, but it is absolutely wonderful and I am in love with it. I needed something to take me back to the way the world once was. To me it’s a precious healing moment stretched to an half hour. (27 minutes to be precise.)

Kathryn Leigh Scott talks over the phone with a gentleman from WKAC in Athens Alabama. I keep listening and thinking about the time this aired when we were much less polarized.

Wonderful story of how Kathryn Leigh Scott left the Playboy Bunny job, too funny. Her “Dark Passages” book was just released and there is even fun enthusiasm for the “upcoming” movie, “Dark Shadows” 2012, a movie I still love! (I am not caught in the hate-machine for it.)

There’s a pleasant explanation of why some mistakes came about on Dark Shadows, very human details. Great enthusiasm for so much to enjoy and the work that goes into it.

Perhaps listeners to this now will allow it to help them remember how to enjoy life the way we did not that long ago. Thank you, WKAC, the interviewer, Kathryn Leigh Scott, and the up-loader. ^_^

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Love & healing,

Daryl

2020 February (podcast)

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For anyone who wanted another explanatory ramble: You got it! Technical problems in both story and audio building of new Pit radio drama episodes.

The convincing spell of social media (of course!) with the double-whammy of a belief non-canon pairings actually happened on the (DS) show. Much comparison to “Little Women” is involved. How Captain Daniel Gregg may also feel about a “kudos” or “like” button. Sharing mutual concern between myself and other fans of “The Ghost And Mrs. Muir”.

More pride for John Karlen staying away from The Internet along with pen pals helping me break the social media addiction: “Good job!”

Why hate a character for not reciprocating another, such as Jo March or Barnabas Collins? (It’s like blaming Christopher Columbus for the misinformation someone else told you about him.) Updates on the marriage novel and a little banter about the characters of Barnabas Collins and Josette duPres. (Please pardon Munsters references here… or… don’t! 😉 )

Tips and memories about social media of olde. Know the difference between a waste-of-time and saving-time and know the difference between canon pairing and non-canon pairing. Working out what is coming up with Dr. Julia Hoffman and Professor Stokes in the radio drama episodes 21 and 22.

Gratitude and great appreciation for pen pals; both maintained and adrift. “We pulled through. We made it!” Bless you all!


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Pit Retrospective: Episode 15 (January 2020)

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And now, finally, back to the story… (I’ve been building this podcast since March 2019, so bare with me.) After mention of the dedication we get to what happens during Episode 15 in ‘The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows’, the annotated version, of course.

The hilarious gin-rummy game between Nicholas Blair and Vampire Angelique, continuing on to the scene with Roger Collins, V’Angelique and Lily Munster. Next, Grandmama Addams and Morticia’s foray into Victoria Winters’ memories of Reverend Trask. Later, we cut from Josette’s room to a Willie and Sarah scene to David’s surprise and back again as Wadsworth enters, which leads to The Great House, Elizabeth’s announcement(s), and Barnabas meeting Lily Munster. (Is Lily’s vampire side helping out too cheesy or corny? Late 20th Century: Yes. Early 21st Century: No.)

How the Willie and Wadsworth scene reveals why Willie Loomis has been affected by the nurturing touch of Professor Stokes and others.

Barnabas, at last, encounters the ghost of Caleb Collins. Why Barnabas IS “So Mr. Darcy” and other “Pride and Prejudice” influences. The importance of Maggie/Josette that Caleb understands, leading us to the ending in which Tom Jennings meets Vampire Angelique that night, and why the song fits.

My feelings about Heather O’Rourke and inviting her admirers to reach out and discuss her short time among us.

Then we wrap up with one of my lectures about better manners to which many listeners will likely fall asleep.


 

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Show News (January 2020)

Hello and Happy New Year All Y’All!

I at least know a couple people who venture over here now. Of course I only have two in my grassroots, three if we count the very lovely Helena, that are hungrily asking for episode 21 in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. Just think  how much faster I’d be going of all the lurkers were as chatty about it? Just think.

But I am also very happy with my band of pals who are still in the grassroots and also those who are catching up with getting close to being in the grassroots team. (a.k.a. Our Pit Crew. Yes this is meant to be a racecar driving pun.)

Now with those who are further ahead in the slowly growing new episodes of 21 and 22 in notes and demo bits, it is coming to pass that I’m getting good talk over what shall occur with our dear Doctor Hoffman and her paramour, Professor Stokes, but more about her, really. There is the little kids séance and then there is the big kids/adults séance. For the latter we are coming to a plan I’d had for YEARS, at least since 2013 if not earlier: Hoffman’s flashbacks from a life in 1897! [Dah-Nah-Nah-NAH!]

Well, the real idea is that, what with reincarnation swarming all over Collinwood, as several of us could gauge from watching the kooky antics of our Collins Family and Friends on telly, in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows many of our characters, especially our Kids In The Hall hosts, are blatantly aware that this reincarnation stuff is going on, to the point in Episode 13 Doctor Hoffman assured Maggie Evans that she had missed the squirrel on the road, then added, “He’s likely a Collins too, knowing THIS G.D. town!” (Osheen and I assessed that this squirrel was probably a reincarnation of Gabriel Collins, or we at least joked that this was the case.)

It was brought to my attention, by one well-versed in the supernatural, what the repercussions are with a spirit jumping into a person during a séance, as well as the after effects. I was very grateful, but this led to a wonderful question: “If the spirit speaking is from your previous life, what then?” It’s a good question! Then I mused that perhaps this was an accidental past-life regression. Either way I shall look forward to her answer.

The other thing I am loving is that, while my grassroots buddies are awaiting Pit 21 to be done, I can keep them company with chat about the characters. We can discuss new formations, creations, what will Darrin Stephens think, how great for Maggie Evans to show her ability to speak with other spirits by her new understanding of both being Josette duPres and what her astral body was up to all those years in the confusion. How amazing of Gomez Addams to be both helpful and rather protective of his new guests, but this is the way Gomez would behave given this situation of assisting Peter Bradford to become a legitimized resident of the 20th Century.

In short this is known as: FUN!

Remember everyone? The entire reason most of us delved into fanfiction at all? FUN?

You know, you weren’t getting money, you sometimes had to hide what you were doing to keep most people from picking on you for wasting so much time, readers weren’t too harsh in the review boxes because no one is going anywhere with this stuff… So? Have a ball!

Remember those days? I do. And I aims to be having those again.


 

In the meantime I’d like to answer a question that has likely been creeping into the minds of those who’ve known me for years now.

“Daryl, if you’re saying that many of these social media companies are so terrible, why do good things happen from them on certain occasions?”

My answer:

It’s why I have been calling them “social-casinos” because the addictive designs are built in extremely similar structure to casino slot machines.

On commercial social media you take your social life into a casino format instead of a face-to-face, telephone call, or letter writing format.

And in many a casino,

all over the world,

every once in a while:

You win.

Spoilercast, Etc. (December 2019)

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A few updates to pen friends. A dainty cautionary and word-to-the-wise about certain topic omissions, then… onto the fun! Spoiler ideas for upcoming Pit episodes blending DS 640-647 into The Pit. (Funny bit about solving a spill being faster than endlessly fretting over it.)

 
Why we shall be getting more of Dr. Hoffman in future shows and less Barnabas. (And how we will get more Barnabas later.) More of Sarah’s Ghost being very useful. (Thank you, Captain Daniel Gregg!)

 
The love for DS which surpasses social media, thankfully! On to education as well: The technology went too fast or us to humanly compensate with it! “The Four Arguments For The Elimination of Television” suggestion.

 
How heckles create lines. The misuse of “critiquing”. Why I care more about the sentimental motivators far beyond (automatic) haters. Always remember: You are using computers.

 
Fun talk about Dark Shadows (2012) and Michelle Pfeiffer in the “Dark Shadows: Visual Companion” book. Reasons I felt using the word “closet” was completely acceptable. (Also why I cannot stand useless guilt: Barnabas Collins.)

 

And a very Merry Solstice to our old heroine: Saramonster! ! ! ❤

 

Background music/clips:

Ebonshire – Nox Arcana

Face To Face – Siouxsie & The Banshees

Hurray For Santa Claus – The Fleshtones


 

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