Pit Update January 2017

2017-jan-update

 

Explaining the long wait for Episode 17. In this you can hear my laryngitis.  In between rambles we have various details of events planned for Episode 17 and how channeling Beetlejuice affects me.

Studying with friends; Osheen and Lisa mentioned the most. Personal reflections and sad apologies to “Everyone”: fans, cast members, social network users. Possible reasons why the new technology is driving us all koo-koo. (Also some comparisons to Star Trek.)

Lots of fun insights about various characters and the deeper lesson Barnabas Collins teaches us from his own personal behaviour: Accountability.

Further updates with the marriage novel side-project, as well as the supernatural elements, including reincarnation.

Various interruptions were left in the update to allow a more human feeling.

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One More Try…

Vic and Mor 1

I just don’t understand. Usually when someone makes a person laugh that person tells them what was laughed at, or when they are touched they express that. I want to give more, I want to do more, and I want to get through it.

If anyone tried to post comments on podomatic that didn’t go through please let me know. The only comments that I didn’t let through were double postings of the same comments.  (Helena and I are discussing email traffic so I can post her comments when she can’t get in.)

I’ve worked so hard, I’ve spent so much, I’ve given so much and I just want to go on. I remember a day last year when two writers were so excited to be posting their new chapters… I was happy for them.  They were looking forward to what their audience might say. Then I went to my kitchen to eat my lunch..  and I couldn’t.  I was in tears. “This isn’t fun for me anymore. This is a slow death because people can’t talk to me about what they enjoyed.” And I just kept crying.

I don’t understand. Most of the people enjoying this are writers and artists. Why is it so hard to type up a synopsis of what was enjoyed then copy and paste it into a review box? Of all that I’ve done, of all that I want to do, how is it people have become so inhuman?

In any case, here is the text link to it. Episodes unfold in various buttons and drop down menus. I doubt this will do anything but as many have said, “I have to try.”

Episodes One – Thirteen

Words to a fellow DS creator… the extent of creativity…

Revealed is a wonderful expression of all that we’ve been going through in this odd world… a missive to another hard working entertainer:


I’m intrigued….My being in the realm of humour… well… the stand-ups get on stage for the reaction. Gettin’ numbers and like-clicks is the equivalent of having a grandparent pat you on the head for a crayon drawing or the equivalent of… ONE CLAP!

Especially droppin’ off links to major works in audio, one of which took over a month! “Oooo, a like-click. I feel SO ACCOMPLISHED!

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All that crying and screaming I performed really touched ya, eh?”

With Archive of Our Own, yeah. It could be better but the people running it certainly don’t care much to take advice from the users even if they have, I dunno, donated money to the bloody site? 😛 I notice that another beloved writer looks like she gave up on it.

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Hint, hint…

Most of my comments for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows at A03 was my husband at work trying to get the conversation going since people forgot how to fricken type responses ten years ago when they went from computers to device tech. *raspberry*

And what’s irritating is with Archive of Our Own you can copy and paste favourite lines to your comments, whereas on fanfiction dot net you can’t. Someone commenting would have to type out bits. Then one dame I asked for help had the gall to review my writing style techniques. It’s like, “Lady, I asked you to tell me what’s FUNNY! You know? Like, Ha ha! This made me laugh?”

Whoops! For whatever reason we like our entertainment vested in human resources while showing we have almost no humanity left in us.

As if so happens, I weird others out by just wanting my people and the discussion while I get downloads for the radio drama episodes and podcasts every single day. And I only have 13 episodes with extras. On top of that I had that damn book editor, Madam Angelique troll, having 7 months of a cow because she couldn’t control my work or me, nor make money off of it, then that film-director trying to order me around.

What kind of a film-director, who is outdoors for his own work, is so agoraphobic to insist I not make tactile advertising??? Just stay online only? Meanwhile people are laughing their asses off at my work and telling me, “You have to do it for you.” or “Sounds like you’re having fun!” Yeah, um, you’re welcome?

money money moneybrit cash

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Three years and four thousand dollars later… ?

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Take your negativity and shove it!

Not to mention the Julia/Barnabas absolutists are RIDICULOUS. I was looking for people who wanted the pairing I uncorked for Barnabas because, from what I could see,

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Maggie is…

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and, ugh, Kitty too, *rolls eyes*

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a reincarnation of Josette


She and Barnabas wanted each other like crazy. If someone doesn’t like or approve of that? The rest of the people I found who do like it couldn’t care less if others don’t.

But the Julia fanatics? THEY are the ones shoving that idea down everyone else’s throat. I can not tell you how many people have approached me and confessed that they have been harassed by Julia fans, to this day, trying to convert them or win them over. Seriously, what does that say about these women?

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(A visual aid in answer to that last question.)

To me; it’s just so weird. Quite a few people want “Margaret Josette Dupres”. They’d been waiting decades for it… but… it’s… erotica. They praise it but don’t always give much in the way of book-club insight. Whereas the radio drama goes EVERYWHERE with all of those fandoms and I’ve had to yank out the discussion from people about it. Still, for the most part, fans of the pairing are continuously discussing the angst they’ve been under for how they’ve been mistreated, when to me (AND a number of Addams Family lovers) the pairing was just plain obvious. That’s why I lash out in inebriation and isolation. I’m like,

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“Oh… stealing my laughs from me by scaring all these people?”

“I got some Groucho Marx for ya, right here!” lol


Julia sympathizers are chill, usually. They like the Prof. Stokes idea. I was asking one of them which line I should edit for episode 14 (still in production) because I noticed one of the things I did in his lines sounded sexy, and another version was more a statement, “You seem rather fulfilled, Julia.” Of course one Julia sympathizer said, “Yes! Use the sexy one for Stokes!” And so far it’s been the people who are in theater who have a better understanding of all of this. Whereas many DS fans write fanfiction, LOVE Julia, and invalidate everything else. Hmm… here is this iTunes link for my work.

iTunes link for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows

Do y’all know what audio is??? Whoops! That would be admitting it isn’t text. They already invalidate who Barnabas reciprocates, might as well call audio work simply text to top all that off. In my intro to Episode 13 I finally asked everyone,

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“Why do you all want this Barnabas guy if you think he’s a piece of garbage?” lol


Whereas Victoria, Maggie and Josette fans do love Barnabas a lot; flaws and all. It would be nice to stretch my audio work and reach more Hoffman/Stokes, Willie/Nurse Jackson, or even more Tony/Carolyn, but boy! This Barnabas issue seriously stalls my radio drama! What a mess!

And I’m sure I’ve made LOTS of Julia or Angelique fans grind their teeth when they find out this whole thing healed 8 years of frigidity and my marriage.

No, I actually do NOT beat off to this work. 🙂  In all my woes, I have a happy marriage with a partner. Betch’ya NONE of those people wrote stories that helped them like that. (But… one never knows…) And…? I never INTENDED to do the damn thing! lol

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That’s what tapping into Barnabas/Josette can do.

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No wonder the Gomez/Morticia types get-it.


I know about one needing a thesaurus. When I channel Barnabas? Damn, that old man is PICKY! Pushes me to get every fricken word as he would say it. But repetitive word usage reminds one of The Book of Mormon.

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They could make, “And it came to pass” into a drinking game.


I’m glad to hear of others working in other fandoms. I notice people who do DS work but also work in other fandoms are better grounded to the characters. Really ticks off the old DS rules. “You’re just supposed to tack on the names of the characters and do whatever you want.”

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P’shh! Try doing that in Star Trek

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or Twin Peaks…


Ya ain’t gonna get very far! And other writers know what I mean. They have to deal with, “Huh? You’re not supposed to use historical accuracy, get the characters right, or do any happy endings in Dark Shadows.”

Oh, yeah? Watch us! 🙂


Oh, good LORD! If you’ve heard GOOD things about my audio work, PLEASE let me know what you can! People barely tell me jack-shit! It’s like I need a fricken agent or something! lol (And I do have plans for about 170 eps, maybe. I just want the feedback for fuel to get it all done and over with.) I must have about 500-1,000 listeners
by now.


lookin’ for the lonely,

Daryl

Blemishes of Discouragement… BUT… Plans for The Future (And How One Can Help)

Well, I’ve been through the ringer and back and here I am. It’s gotten to the point where I’m so close to restoring the magic but what will it take to get there? Discussion. I posted how empty and lifeless I was feeling, hoping that February would kick start after the Hell of January was over. Looks like the Hell still isn’t over. Almost everywhere I look people are still distracted or they’re falling to pieces.

That makes me wonder what sense of suffering my listeners endure and due to that suffering they understand the major pairing so much more. Still, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re suffering and therefore let me know, “Um… I haven’t listened to the episodes yet.” Great, so who did enjoy all that dramatic crap I had to go through for Episode 12, anyway? I know 13 reached some people who said a bit and knew it was coming, oddly the scream match from the first scene in 13 was a high prize indeed. So… did the points of it come across or was it just the dramatic essence of it? Actually, I’m slightly aware that one portion carried through. Ah… bookclub discussion. What a concept. Anyone know any bookclubs out there? Maybe they could pick up on this.

Finally had a good weep last night and likely long overdue. Beats all the rages I’ve gone into for the last year getting harassed and dealing with the DS clutter, heck, a lot of the clutter from all the fandoms. An online entertainer looking for the chat to refuel the energy and then being told not to ask for it, or just having my questions ignored. It’s humour and tons more. Then tweaked out haters posting crap about me where I can’t see it anyway. So address me just randomly where I can’t see it when my email address is… I dunno… EVERYWHERE? Talk about twisted. Free advertising, yo! I was wondering why my downloads got so high all of a sudden when I wasn’t posting anywhere. DOY! How many people got that free advertising, took a listen and thought, “What the hell are they complaining about? This is entertaining and sounds like hard work, too!”

Then people invalidating what I’m doing and my research and then wondering why I blocked them. Double-duh. “Huh? Where’d she go?” Away from your sorry sight. And I’ve seen it all before, too! In school. And then, “Oh, just ignore the negative.” Um, with no positive towards the work? Not bloody likely. Any one around here remember people saying ignore the bullies at school, and then… the same people send you back to said school to endure them? WTF?

Actually one guy who mentioned how the 1840 episode of Barnabas really loving Angelique made him worry his head would explode? I mentioned to him coming in to so many freaky fans was like a psychologist’s dream… or nightmare… I’m not sure which. He seemed to dig on that. I remember him saying a while back, “This is pretty heavy, but you should see some Tom Waits fans.” LOL! I know a few, never saw behavior like this… okay, maybe a little. (Actually there is a Tom Waits song I’d like to use for a podcast.)


I think one of the troubles is the catch-up from 19 months of material and then creating the audio, then the technical aspects and not getting the help, except from Written In Blood, Hallelujah! Making it easily accessible was not easy. But audio is more attractive to a lot of people than text. Plus, as the previous post mentioned, this reaches vaster realms and a DS series with so many fun extras? It’s gonna be the youthful, gregarious girl Mr. Big Cake gets. Those shows wouldn’t go down the usual lines of DS work. So we’re hitting up those types anyway, the Dark Shadows lovers, which was what I wanted, not the Dark Shadows junkies. The people who love the characters rather than all of the bickering. And they love the spooky, and the humour Dark Shadows does naturally have. It’s there. As in an earlier episode where Victoria and Carolyn wonder where one could go on a date. They laugh, “Well, you could go to The Blue Whale and get mixed up in a fist brawl.” LOL (I’d watched soap operas before. I never saw humour like this in any of them.)

Another trouble is… *sigh*

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Mr. Loomis

He’s a tough one, but I have missed him. Writing him in text isn’t nearly as fascinating, scary, difficult, nor as rewarding as the tandem we shared over a year ago as I learned to have and to hold with both channeling, writing, and acting his performance. It is truly another world when this man takes over your being. I don’t think I ever would have fallen in love with him if it wasn’t for tapping in to his character so damn closely. But it’s hard to adopt this baby and then send him forth with no caring words as to how people feel in what comes out. (Two scenes are out now and so little has been voiced for him already.)


Strangely there is one point of motivation, and it’s not Episode 14, it’s Episode 15. It needs work in the writing, but not much and I feel like that is the final step in getting the magic to return to this series, finally. Episode 15 engages more character changes, with Willie looking back at how Professor Stokes treated him in his calligraphy work and what effect that had on him, as he relates it to Wadsworth. Episode 15 has Angelique returning as a vampire, and even beginning to question herself after some humourous foibles. Things aren’t working out as they once did. Why aren’t they? And now that I’m thinking about it, who am I, anyway? And what have I been doing all this time?

Also this is at the point I’m going to try and narrow down the length of time via word count as best I can by Episode 16. (I do remember how I developed the lay-outs before in text, but I realize I’ll be a little rusty before the inspiration returns.) If 14 is done 15 can get into full swing, as well as the whole series again. 🙂

Episode 15 has announcements and plans, people meeting who haven’t met before, things starting to change both for the better and for the worse. And after that? With enough support? Well, look at what I’ve already done. You think I’m not capable of that magic again? Remember, when Helena stepped in I went from writing one episode a month to writing four in October of 2013. And when I chunked the text in exasperation of neglect? (I was positive with the audio I’d get the support easily. No. Oops.) I created six podcasts by November of the same year with the radio drama episodes attached.  I told everyone how this works in my seventh intro. Does anyone want it to go faster? That’s the question.


So looking over the commentary for Episodes it looks like just enough for Ep. 5 has happened! Excellent to see the kind of slice I’m looking for:

ep 5 review

I looked over Episode 6 and it appears to have just squeaked out enough. It is Episode 7 that’s lacking one fairly chunky discourse, but of course, I must love this for Episode 7: “The Blair Warlock Projected”

ep 7 blair warlock projected

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Comments such as, “What the Hell? Hahahahaha!” well… you have no idea how this alone has cheered me up. People who can’t say much can always throw in bits like that. They’re delicious appetizers. And are so repeatedly. This is why commentary is good. People like me re-find them and get tickled all over again. (I’m rather certain this was in response to the episode title. I told ya it was funny!)


Ah! Back to the point. So it’s Episode 7 that needs one more big hug. (Episode 8 seems also to have squeaked by with the needed five.) Episode 9 “The Wisdom of Mayhem requires one more on the details of it’s delight. Episode 10 “The Kids Are Alright” requires one more. Episode 11 is split in two parts, so part one requires just another good comment, while part two still requires two different ones. (Man, I guess the ghost of Caleb Collins truly is that scary.)

However the one that requires 3 sets of comments is Episode 12 “Dark Therapy” which is the darkest one so far but still has quite a bit of humour, especially in that huge list of inventions between 1795-1968. (That was a ton of homework for me btw.) I’m curious if anyone felt completely sunk by that last line and the ending song. Verne Langdon actually singing it is pretty heartfelt and depressing when I’d only known instrumentals of it for so long.

Also Episode 13 requires 3 sets of comments. That one was TRULY a pain to edit. Good night, Irene.

A-ha. The damage for lack of just enough commentary isn’t so bad as I thought. With 13 Episodes finished we just need 11 to:

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Simply put to solve the trouble, bookclub commentary, or even bullet lists of what was laughed at, are needed for:

Episode 7: The Blair Warlock Projected

 https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7833887/7/The-Pit-of-Ultimate-Dark-Shadows

Episode 9: The Wisdom of Mayhem

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10085518/9/The-Pit-of-Ultimate-Dark-Shadows-Lily-Munster-Version

Episode 10: The Kids Are Alright

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7833887/10/The-Pit-of-Ultimate-Dark-Shadows

PART ONE of Episode 11:

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10085573/11/The-Pit-of-Ultimate-Dark-Shadows-Bewitched-Version

PART TWO: of Episode 11:

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7833887/11/The-Pit-of-Ultimate-Dark-Shadows

Episode 12 “Dark Therapy”

http://xoiscythe.podomatic.com/entry/2014-08-07T20_26_59-07_00

Episode 13 “A Balancing of The Humours”

http://xoiscythe.podomatic.com/entry/2014-12-20T16_00_25-08_00

All links provided allow for anonymous commentary. And then what shall we get?

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Hellooooo, Handsome

Thanks for your support. 🙂

Still working on Episode 14… but for the blog, let’s have some fun!

Good Evening, Collinsport. Well, I have some lovin’ from a couple people within the last month. So far I have enough commentary for Episode 1 & 2, but I still need more for 3-12. I don’t want critiquing. I would like insight and enjoyment. Considering I already know for sure one radio station is playing my program, among other possibilities, it would be nice to know what people are enjoying. That is my fuel.

I have finished getting all of the lines into Episode 14 but I haven’t picked out which inflections makes the final cut so the file is massive. I just wanted to get to all the various lines. Almost EVERYONE was performed separately. They deserve that accuracy, I think. Plus it’s better than trying to switch all of the time. For Episode 13 I went back and forth between Wadsworth and Willie Loomis and it was just a strain on my vocals.


So, I now would like to present everyone with some fun I’ve been having on yet another fan page thread which harps on Depp Shadows. I encounter this behaviour so often I feel as if folks who love the original program have also been programmed into a stream of hunger for the negative, perhaps by Dark Shadows?

I suppose this makes The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows the mind blow it is. It’s humour the characters would use, it amplifies the spooky via tons of gate-crashers from films and movies that also contain spooky elements, it’s an expensively made radio-drama created by one person in character voices and it’s free! Not a whole lot of complaining to be had. With these gifts to be able to incorporate so much authenticity as well as provoking deeper thought with humour, the question of Frid versus Depp is becoming more and more hilarious!

depp or frid

After combing through the hostile remarks against Depp, Burton, etc. I decided between these two choices I’d pick a third

Allen Ludden

Password

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Yes! It has stirred me for days into the kind of laughter that promotes tears of hilarity. I can’t get close. It’s so much in the opposite direction and I can’t stop thinking about it. The very idea!

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Next there was question of whether Betty White would play Victoria Winters or Elizabeth Stoddard.

Happy Allen Ludden

I proceeded to laugh my arse off and am also doing so now. I actually physically injured myself from laughing so hard. I was clapping my hands and I guess my wedding ring hit the inside of my pinkie finger’s end knuckle and started turning purple. So far it has healed and I can finally say it was all worth it!

And the worst part… as it turns out… Password took the time slot when Dark Shadows was cancelled, so there are some hard feelings towards Allen Ludden and Password from Dark Shadows fans. Allen Ludden even put some vampire teeth in that episode which was similar to rubbing salt into a wound, or so I’m told. Could this be another sign? Oh, dear…

One fellow said that he wrote an obituary for Dark Shadows in their local newspaper and expressed that it was survived by “Password”. Then he confessed, “THEY PRINTED IT!”

Until next time, I shall continue to audio edit and channel the characters in empathy to the best of my ability, while catching up to where I was in the text and audio demos that I was over a year ago. Makes me feel like this lovely lady:

Deanna Collinwood

Peace.

Discussion with the postman ^_^ (More packages for The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows to college radio.)

The postman came by and picked up another package to a college radio station. “Still workin’ hard, eh?”

“Oh, yes,” I told him, “And all just to get the chit-chat.”

We discussed various nuances in my work to find the fuel I need. I expressed to him I had to hunt down the people who specifically wanted what I was doing because so many had given up even looking for it. He pointed out that it was a very good thing for me to offer so much to others and that importance of understanding it.

I said, “I do, but all I want is the discussion over it to enhance my motivation. If I had had 5 people in this neighbourhood to share it with I likely never would have posted it online. I just don’t have that support. Plus with the type of people these are there is a fear of the word ‘review’. I’m not looking for bolstering so much as wanting to be a spectator with them. On top of which the positive types are extremely shy online these days. It would be good to bring back a positive influence since there is so much negative online now. That’s what I really want to encourage. Also, a comedian on stage has the benefits of seeing and hearing the reactions. All I need is the discussion. Five people would be sufficient. I’ve got more downloads, though, than I ever could have dreamed. It’s a little scary.”

“Well,” he said, “keep trying! It sounds like a good thing you’ve got going.”

But what did I get in the mail? Yay! A card from a pen friend, who isn’t a listener or reader of my work. She explained it all beautifully (and likely decorated this card herself). She writes: “Silence, especially to ones creative efforts/humor is, at the very least, alienating and isolating – at worst a killer. I wish for an end to that for you and much appreciation for the encompassing world you have created.”

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Episode Two: Chamber Pots & Coffee Cups

Episode Two: Chamber Pots & Coffee Cups

Hit the link. 

Our hosts brief us with what is left out of this Re-write, as Victoria Winters returns from 1795 in the NECK of time. Much unfortunate delving into 18th century lack of restrooms, as well as a strange effect the Collinsport coffee seems to have on the Evans abode. Dr. Hoffman deals and receives many wise-cracks, as well as helping out Carolyn.

Meanwhile, even as Wadsworth encourages this risky relationship with the post-kidnapped Maggie, he also takes a moment to confront Barnabas as to his past transgressions over his victims, such as Willie Loomis, making significant comparisons to help him see even practical reasons not to take such abusive action towards people.

Still, Cassandra has a unique way of shooting her cupids arrow at Roger Collins, as he angrily answers the phone in the dead of night.

Please review here:

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10080728/2/The-Pit-of-Ultimate-Dark-Shadows-KITH-Version