Working On Episode 16 (& other fun news)

Good Evening Collinsport, Schooner Bay, Mockingbird Heights, Cemetery Lane, Crabapple Cove, The Neitherworld, and our guests at Hill House.

I figured I hadn’t updated in a while and I know there are some out there that dig this web-log, and likely others who read it and lose much calcium and many fillings from their teeth. Well it’s a complicated world and this technology sure made it harder to pick and choose hasn’t it? 😉 I feel bad for all y’all who don’t have ad blockers. I used a machine that didn’t have any and good Lord! What a nightmare of obnoxious interruptions!

I have been working all week and all night on “Episode 16: A Death In The Family.” BOY! I worked so hard I forgot I’d seen the dawn and my husband rising to greet it. When I finally went to bed? I woke up around noon and I truly believed it was Saturday. I think that means I probably did a week’s worth of work in one night!

I remember Osheen was bothered by Caleb Collins ghostly laughter. At this point? I’m getting sick of his voice! There is a short scene with him, and then there is a long one with Maggie Evans that’s about twelve minutes in length. You can bet yourself a plug-nickel I threw in much, much music to deal with that. Then I think the music got too loud so I had to edit that over and over again throughout the test-listens. But still, some of the Maggie and Caleb banter is fun enough that it doesn’t get too strenuous. They have lot to talk about. It’s like, “Oh hey, you’re a ghost sometimes too, girl. I get to look at you and see some of my afterlife memories haunting me, Kitty Soames! Clever girl.” He doesn’t actually tell her that but, you know, that’s the gist of it.

Another thing that’s kept me busy is we finally went on a vacation last week. Then we discovered we had not taken a vacation in seven years. Ahhhhhhhh!!! Still, I’d had Anhedonia for so long and vacations couldn’t be much enjoyed back then. It’s truly nice that creating The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows helped to yank me out of The Pit of Ultimate Numbness From Any Emotional Thrill. Then? Margaret Josette Dupres happened and even more got healed! Still, I had that insomnia for ten months. I think it was probably getting through enough chapters of MJD and people responding to it that fixed the insomnia. I am so grateful to many of you for helping discuss it with me. That’s what finally got me back to sleeping again. (Technically I would pass out for an hour or two here or there but it was just not enough during those ten months.) And there is lots more to come, so no worries. I’m still struggling with Sarah’s toddler years and also making more Pit.

So hopefully some of you have written me letters or cards and I’m dying for some mail but I haven’t been able to go and check for goodies. I still have my goal of all the stationery I’ve been hoarding for decades getting used up. I’m not even close! And I’m sending people stationery if they need it, too. On the rare chance I get a response to a printed version of the discussion questions for The Pit, I love that so much. That’s one of the things that proves to me I am not an effing narcissist. Why on Earth would I be dying for fun responses and people’s insight if it was all about worshiping me?

Emails are great too. I want paper letters in between emails but there have been so many emails and I’m so emailed out. It’s no wonder I managed to send eight postcards, two cards, and one letter on our four day trip! I noticed another pen pal site called “Long-Letter Pen Pals”. No kidding, man! We gotta make it obvious we don’t just want junk or meme-mail. It’s super-gross to see the meme and share-file mentality hitting the pen pal universe. Ugh!

One beautiful part of my week has been voice-call with a friend and she overheard the Barnabas chat with Beetlejuice. Audibly hearing her laughter was so marvelous I just let the track keep playing. And it is an amazing scene. I wasn’t sure how they would interact but it works! It’s them! Talking to each other! Almost teasing each other! I even keep turning it back to hear BJ snap, “Cut the questions, Fang-Boy!” So even if my Alan Alda sucks? At least my Michael Keaton is good. 🙂

I also finally made the cover image for Episode 16. Am I going to post it here? Nah. I won’t get any reaction from anyone. I’ll just get stats. Dull-city. (Maybe I’ll get some juicy like-clicks sharing it on Facebook. P’shhh, why bother? Hee hee hee!) So I shared the image with Melissa and got some actual talk and fun discussion. Then? She kept me company while I did the dishes. They got backed up working on this episode, I tell ya!

But what better joy in the world might be had? Being able to turn to one’s spouse and say, “Sweetie? I need a kiss for Doctor Hoffman and Professor Stokes.” and the spouse is wonderfully obliging. I wanted something more beefy, but hey, it’s their first so we can get beefier kisses later. ❤ I noticed I upped the bass on Professor Stokes voice for that scene. I think I was shooting for sexy with that, but then I noticed the love-song I put in seemed too loud. Hmm, it might be because my equalizer was set to “Dance” and not “Acoustic”. Gotta watch out for that.

I truly adore how Willie Loomis is coming out. Remember in my second intro I said it felt like “lost potential” with him. Now I’m seeing so much of that lost potential to be found in such a short time! In The Pit he’s never known Cassandra, but our trusty butler has updated him on Angelique. A Willie Loomis who is bonding with the ghost of a little girl? A Willie Loomis who is reminded of a more innocent time in his life around Wadsworth? He’s not going to take kindly at all to Angelique. And why? Because he sees the chain of dominoes that affected Barnabas, just as he’s had his own chain of dominoes that made him nasty, too. Now granted, Barnabas being harsh with him changed him on Dark Shadows, Willie Loomis became more empathetic, but so as life is littered with horrible things and bad people? We do not go out of our way to court the horrible things and bad people, at least not intentionally. (Well, okay, a few people do!) So Willie is making it clear Angelique is someone he wants out of the vicinity. (Being protective of Sarah also blends in with his godfather role to her in Margaret Josette Dupres.)

That leads me to a game we played last night. At a thrift store I found a fancy briefcase set for backgammon. We finally used it and didn’t have the greatest fun but the point was to give it a shot. And it makes me revel in the fun of Wadsworth’s chapter in Margaret Josette Dupres where he and Willie create this habit of going to play that game while Barnabas and Maggie are too vocally expressive in their love-nest. I like to think that their backgammon set looks like this one we got. Four dollars, too!

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That’s the wonderful part of having a fascination with old things and old games. My “adopted kids” can have a ball with that and it fits in perfectly. I’ve seen so many pissed-off fans of Dark Shadows grousing endlessly about Barnabas not loving Julia. What was I pissed about? They didn’t play cribbage, dammit! So? I fixed it that they did. Hee hee hee. Plus I remember reading that scene to my Mum. Anyone go and re-listen to Episode 6 of The Pit? That time at The Old House is seriously wacky! I’d forgotten how much I was able to stuff into that scene!

Wanna know something else crazy about us and cribbage? We didn’t learn it from someone older. We learned it from my cousin who is over ten years my junior. She learned it from her great-aunt, but still. It was a groovy way to discover it. So by the time we watched Dark Shadows and Barnabas jestingly suggests playing cribbage with Doctor Hoffman? You can bet I was angry that they didn’t play after all. Hence all the DS fix-its in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows aren’t necessarily massive. Life is a banquet of things that come in all sizes, shapes, colours and variety. That’s why I write these entries like letters to you. Take it from Robert Fulghum. (I’ve never written to him as he may not write back. But I will.)

With old books and old times, I finally finished Chapter 22 of Stand Fast And Damn The Devil by Osheen Nevoy. One part felt like a hilarious moment in an M.R. James book and I still am laughing at this dude who shows up for Bill’s jury selection:

One voluble old gentleman could scarcely wait to answer Hanley’s question gauging potential jurors’ views on witches. When it was finally his turn the old fellow hopped to his feet and started summarizing all the acts of witchcraft his neighbors had worked against him for the past 40 years. Bradford barely managed to squeeze a word in edgeways to request that this candidate be dismissed.

That is so hilarious and very likely, too! It’s like, “Oh good! Here’s my chance to rat on my neighbours and get ’em in trouble!” (The other guy that Rev. Trask dismissed was kinda hilarious too.)

I’m not sure why but it takes me back to the über-dry M.R. James story “Martin’s Close” in which there is a hearing when one of the witnesses starts rambling more details than is necessary:

…Thomas Snell was next called, who gave evidence to the same effect as Mrs Arscott, and added the following:

Att. Did anything pass between you and the prisoner during the time Mrs Arscott was out of the room?

Th. I had a piece of twist in my pocket.

Att. Twist of what?

Th. Twist of tobacco, sir, and I felt a disposition to take a pipe of tobacco. So I found a pipe on the chimney-piece, and being it was twist, and in regard of me having by an oversight left my knife at my house, and me not having over many teeth to pluck at it, as your lordship or anyone else may have a view by their own eyesight—

L.C.J. What is the man talking about? Come to the matter, fellow! Do you think we sit here to look at your teeth?

Th. No, my lord, nor I would not you should do, God forbid! I know your honours have better employment, and better teeth, I would not wonder.

L.C.J. Good God, what a man is this! Yes, I have better teeth, and that you shall find if you keep not to the purpose.

Yes, one might think with this gem in the collection of M.R. James that his stories are fun and funny? Don’t be fooled! They are dry and spooky and I’d like a kid’s version. (((lol))) Whereas Osheen’s novel, though tragic, is pickled with Bill Malloy’s down to Earth observations and comic relief aplenty.

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Speaking of old books there was a delightful re-print we bought on the trip in one of the historical museum gift-shops:

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Kate Greenaway “The Language of Flowers”. I believe it is one I was working with for Josette’s blossom fetish, but it’s nice to have a physical copy. Definitely fits in with the meanings in Chapter 41 of Margaret Josette Dupres. (Which meant I had to go and check and read it and get all hot’n’bothered by the couple again.)

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Ohhh, what else? Well, the test-listen is still running. I need more from the grass-roots before Episode 16 is released. The grass-roots team aren’t through half of the scenes yet. (And I’m always up for more in the grass-roots team. They find one scene at a time fits in with their schedules easier.) So far? Episode 16 is over an hour! Ah! I’m hoping for shorter future episodes, and with Episode 17 we shall, hopefully, be “back on the road” as I keep expressing. I remember the old formula was X# of words versus X# of pages. With Episode 17 it’s mostly ideas and a list. I noticed The Pit expanded exponentially in 2013 with the listens to previous episodes and growing from that. (Plus Helena showed up and she was a Godsend. Still is!) That’s why I definitely enjoy the chat about this show. It gets me motivated and keeps me focused. Random distractions take up too much time.

Also all my whistle-blowing has not been in vain. More and more often I’m seeing articles about this new tech-addiction. True, we had old ones, but what’s changed in the last five to ten years is not healthy for us at all. We’ve tried to compensate and get stuck back into the addiction. I’ve set myself out as an example. I don’t think I fell off the wagon last night. Still, I’ll share this with Facebook, likely without fully logging on. That’s another scary thing about social networks. You can share things to them without pulling up the application or site fully. But it’s preferable to share it in places that people are stalk—I mean, “following” me.

Otherwise, if you’re hungry for the next episode? You can always run through the previous one and let me know what all you enjoyed. That should keep you entertained, right? 😉

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At Last! Working On Episode 16

(((deep breath)))

 

Yes… last night I opened a bottle of wine and got cracking. I have the bland version of Episode 16 melded together with all the voices. Since I started doing all the voices separately it’s taken a whole lot longer to splice together a proper episode of The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. I’m really pleased with the opening, even though I think a misty, weepy Hecubus is kind of doofus, but the point is that our boys are disappointed in not getting a polite Angelique yet.

Feels good though to get back to work. I’ve been in a lot of pain for the last week from an injury and audio work was out of the question. I didn’t have the title announced for the episode so I did that first and I did it loudly and very determined sounding. The actual episode title kind of came out a little British or a little Barnabas, I’m not sure which, ha ha!

Fighting the Facebook addiction is hard. I’m sure I did some dumb-ass crap last night, but hopefully everyone over there knows I drink, I get stressed out, I get wildly-creative in bizarre ways, and Facebook gives me the jitters anyway.

Oh, guess what, everyone! My husband and I watched… a MOVIE! I haven’t watched a film other than “Clue” for years. (And oddly, I miss watching “Clue”, which is great considering it’s part of my job. Yay!) However, I did have to take breaks because my focus is poor for something not intensely Pit related. But I did it! And I think I was able to do it because there is a *sliver* of the previous movie in The Pit. You know in Episode 8: A Long Awaited Trip To The Passion-Pit, where I dedicate it to Tony & Carolyn, “’Cause they’re so hawt right now!”? That is so obviously quoting Mugatu from “Zoolander”. So, we watched “Zoolander 2”. Got all the way through it. Busted our guts over Neil deGrasse Tyson being in there and his lines!

Zoolander 2

So I went to youtube and found where someone had taken his clips. Sooooo damn funny! I remember throwing it all over the place on Facebook last night. Ah… weird network, weird stress, weird joke. But so hilarious. But I swear some really idiotic people are online these days. There was this long, stupid argument under the youtube video that had nothing to do with the clip. None of the other commentators seemed at all aware the clip was from “Zoolander 2” either. I’m starting to re-learn how to ignore stuff like that, but it’s so prevalent now. I find it disturbing.

I’ve also come to accept that a lot of the fans of my work are fairly empty-headed. The lack of conversational skills is just remarkably ludicrous. I’m not sure these people were always that way, either. I think the new technology sets people into a regressive state of intelligence. It’s too easy for almost anyone to use, so people get lazier and lazier until they practically become illiterate. (Makes one wonder why fan-fiction is so popular now. It’s reading, you know?) So I’ve decided to just call the dopey people poking me with like-clicks and saying incomprehensible things my groupies. Sets my mind to rest to look at it in that light.

SO! Ya-da-ya-da-ya-da. Life sucks with the tech addictions and losing peeps, but here we are in a relatively nice place, and relatively nice life. It’s so nice shutting off Facebook and just sitting outside, smelling the nature, listening to the birds and crickets. And music!

Actually I had to add a crickets sound effect to the first scene of Episode 16. The boys went on so long I ran out of “My Name Is Victoria Winters” music! Plus I think it was the old version I had rather than the cleaner one from the Dark Shadows music collection. I just said, “Oh, who cares? So a record pop is in there. Big deal.”

I listened to a lot of the rest of it today while I was walking to get me and my sweetie some sandwiches. That’s when I noticed that although the episode is currently about 55 minutes, there are soooooo many long silences between all the characters lines that I’m going to have to shave a lot of seconds off in between. And that shall make it shorter. Hurray!

I feel so bad for Maggie, though. She’s really pissed off. As Josette, but not with all the goodies in memory yet, she is also acclimating to two or three previous life-times? She gets to be reminded what Angelique did to her as regards to Jeremiah. NOT a happy girl. So not happy. I was worried the angry growling wouldn’t sound enough like her, but it does.

When I got home and listened to more on the porch, I noticed almost all the voice work is great (Hawkeye is always a tender point, mind you.) , but I’m not happy with Wadsworth’s lines. He’s repeating a lot of things from “Clue” as far as what he says in his lines, but it doesn’t sound like how he says it in the film. I think I’m going to have to do some of his voice-work over again. However I sure got a big smile on my face when he brings himself to quoting, from hearing it via Elizabeth Stoddard, the words of Bill Malloy. Really made me smile, and also Sam Evans stepping in to say it was good to hear Bill quoted. Very heart-warming.

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Willie’s lines are deeply remarkable to me. I’m glad I worked on this episode in the writing so long. I really had time to research everyone quite thoroughly to make sure it all blended well with their known pasts. I might have to raise the pitch on Sarah’s voice, but overall it’s quite nice.

Another thing I noticed was that I seem to give Julia a very, very slight English leaning. This is good because when she is opposite Hawkeye the pitch is so similar to his that her having that vague English lilt separates them more evenly.

Of course, I’ve got the irritation that a large percentage of my struggles have been due to this Julia/Barnabas nonsense. As I’ve said before, it never occurred to me to put them together as a romantic pair. She had a crush, but a strong woman like that could obviously get over it, whether she’s doing great acts of heroism or not. Plus it’s nice to find out that much of that was Grayson Hall being bored and adding her longing looks at Barnabas as something interesting to add to her character.

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Hell, Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis did that to each other for Riker and Troi! The difference is there was a romantic relationship between Riker and Troi. The two actors, as Sirtis has explained on Mission Log, wouldn’t allow the relationship to die. It was a mutual consideration Frakes and Sirtis put together. And as it happens, Riker & Troi came back into being a romantic couple with “Star Trek: Insurrection.” (One of my favourites.) Whereas with Grayson Hall it was one-sided.

I didn’t know there was so very much Julia/Barnabas stuff going on, nor that it was such a big barrier between me and my fans; them being afraid to speak up for Maggie/Barnabas for fear of getting attacked. (((rolls eyes))) We’re all behind keyboards and screens. Say whatever the Hell you want to, drunk or sober. All the a—holes do it! Why let them get away with it? Say something about what you enjoy, people. Gonna make me quote Auntie Mame in a minute…

But as I watched Dark Shadows, along with dozens of other shows, to create The Pit, I could see a relationship for Dr. Hoffman with a lot of potential: Her and Professor Stokes. And you can tell in The Pit that it’s going down that direction. Mrs. Johnson has already told her buddy, Sophia Petrillo, that the guy is a dreamboat. And frankly, he is! ❤

julia and eliot forever

I’m very much looking forward to working with them as a couple, and I’ve been dying to do it for years. Barnabas makes Maggie laugh. Eliot can get Julia to laugh, and happily. Never saw that with her and Barnabas. She often seemed to laugh with a sneer at Barnabas, or scoff, just irritable with the guy. Plus I’ve been in Barnabas/Maggie Land so long it would be hellza nice to concentrate on another couple, as well as Tony & Carolyn for Episode 17!

Carolyn and Tony

It’s stuff I’d like to talk about in a podcast, too. Gosh, Carolyn & Tony? Even the demo of their drive-in movie date would propel me on walks to work. I was so excited for them. I just felt like, “Yes! This is working and they’re so awesome!” It really started to lift my Anhedonia. I was starting to feel again. And they were the first couple I was worried about. (The Anhedonia truly lifted with the song for Sarah in Episode 10, though. The thrill of listening to music came back, thank God! And Sarah Collins. ❤ )

Victoria picked Peter and that made sense so I just ran with it. Maggie as the reincarnation of Josette was obvious and I was sick of Barnabas whining and Maggie not settling with anyone. I used to lean toward Willie/Maggie but I watched her more and saw she wasn’t digging Willie in that way either. It was a little disappointing but I respected her take on the situation. (Especially after seeing James Hall as Willie… Keeeeeeee—riste! Sleeeeeeeeeeeaze-buckets, man! Ugh! Talk about nayyyyyyy-stayyyyy! Boy did I want Burke to wail on him. Sadly, by the time he did, it was John Karlen as Willie. Poopycakes!)

So Willie? Who would suit him? Well there IS this peripheral character, very peripheral, but he’s staying at Wyndcliff so damn long. A nurse could handle him and love it. I noticed her on DS Annotations when Dr. Hoffman said, “Thank you, Miss Jackson…” and the word bubble came up, “That’s Janet… unless you’re nasty!” Inspiration time! And I definitely picture her as that actress and not the previous one for Nurse Jackson. (Though it was kinda neat because the previous actress was briefly in “Ghostbusters”.)

Then we get to Hoffman/Stokes. It’s so exciting and fun. Plus I’ve met more people who absolutely adore Thayer David, possibly even more than I do! Really something. (People calling him “ugly” are shallow. Never heard so much grade-school nonsense in my life.) I didn’t think pairing them up would be such a massive production, but they deserve it, as well as each other. Two intellectuals staying up nights together having a drink and musing over occult tomes and treatment protocols, along with dashing delights at each other. What bliss! Definitely my cup of tea. Really looking forward to that.

And the other couples, too. Willie & Cora (the first name I came up with for Nurse Jackson). A lot of Willie lovers can just pretend they are her. I do myself sometimes. (Yes, I rather Mary Sue myself with Willie Loomis, ha ha!) Then Elizabeth and her long-lost love. That brings so much intrigue. B-u-t… Angelique/Quentin. It’s a long, long, long way off but it scares me. It truly scares me. They’re so vicious! I’ve pictured it easily enough. It gets rather violent! (Okay, there goes the ice-cream man. His music lightens my mood.) I keep picturing Roger as a bachelor, I’m afraid. Kinda like Sam and Wadsworth remaining widowers who are faithful to their late wives memories. I used to dream of redeeming Laura somehow for Roger, but I think that’s a lost cause. Now that I get to know her better she seems hopeless. (I adore the 2012 movie Laura, though.)

Ah, couples, couples, couples, and we’re nowhere near Valentine’s Day.

Oh, good. I did put in the echoes for Caleb’s laughter. Really good scene between him and Maggie. There is a lot of supernatural commonality, as well as a release from shyness. Maggie could be shy, but not often now. She knows too much. And Caleb was a recluse that finally snapped.

As for me, I keep praying the world comes back into one of more reason. When I look over some websites it appears as though there are a lot of people who are fed-up with being recluses themselves, or just sick of creating gatherings where no one shows up because members are aloofly clicking buttons and being thoughtless. The timidity is quite ridiculous and all that does is allow the loonies and haters to run the show. Just ridiculous. Much like the waste of human life because people are too busy looking at their screens while they drive. (((shudder)))

But for those who are my silent listeners, either feeling bad or feeling defensive that I’ve pointed out how obnoxious the behavior is… well, I’m a fairly forgiving sort of person, you know. I get tempers like most people, but as Automne Archer related in her interview, sometimes you shake the bottle too much and then it’s going to burst. You have to let the person calm down on their own. You can’t force them to calm down.

And I’m loving the letters, and emails. I really am. So for all who correspond with me, and don’t hide that they’re reading or listening, it makes such a big difference. I still drink, but these last few weeks it’s been a great deal less than I got used to in the last three years. Always remember when you keep in touch you make a big difference. Really. You do. ❤

Margaret Josette Dupres: The Trolls

[Edit, June 2018: Since it really looks like so many people are being shown this particular log entry  in order to promote some kind of doofus scandal over me, I’m going to start you off instead with ten, yes TEN, entries that promote the good instead. Which do you prefer?

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-1/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-note-2-for-margaret-josette-dupres/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/the-promise-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-3/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-4/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-5/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-6/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-7/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note8/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2016/04/15/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-9/

https://pitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/2016/11/08/the-promise-of-what-praise-can-do-margaret-josette-dupres-a-novel-note-10/

If you prefer scandal, please proceed, with the full knowledge that you prefer scandal.]


Yep, you’ve been waiting and now you shall finally understand how something as un-important as fanfiction could make so many offended by a love that is presumed “doomed” and “The Pit of Ultimate Darkness”. As many of my readers understand, since I’ve been so extremely honest about it healing my own marriage and how it did, it’s like one helper expressed to me when we were wondering why this story of Barnabas reaching Josette through a reincarnation via Maggie Evans was perpetually dissed and dismissed through an entire generation of time: “Because it’s the truth.” 

People who don’t care will show that in their behaviour. Those people will shrug and move on out of disinterest. We haven’t seen that in this household. What we have seen is the obstruction via people being threatened by Barnabas/Josette continually for whatever reason. All I know? I never intended to write this marriage novel. I asked a question to these adopted children of mine one morning when I had an hour to kill prior to getting my shoes on before heading out to work, “What would it be like if you two were married and reached that bedroom Barnabas has been keeping sacred for so long?” And I got my shocking answer. Apparently, sharing links to look for people who also were interested in this pairing, since so many of them had given up ever looking for it but went into a picture-world instead to simply dream about what it could be, invited some nasty fans of Dark Shadows that brought forth opposition to the pairing.

I shall proceed with typed up clips rather than photos I’ve shared of the moderated comments as this will be easier to tend to in a blog post. Some of which have been seen before on this blog. I shall never understand how a major icon of Dark Shadows, whose introduction kept it from being cancelled, has become a vacuum of hate and corruption to fans of the series.


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This romance I found obvious by watching the program and not being caught up with the fans of it… is offensive… Why? Well you’re about to find out.


July 4th 2014:

This is trashy and incomprehensible. Is English your first language?

Spoken like a true troll. Attack the language one is using… Well since you can’t contact me to discuss something like this as a person who might actually give a shit, you are a troll and not worth posting your pointless “review”. Also, you obviously haven’t looked over all the M-rated trash on fanfiction.net, henceforth you are a coward and not worth half the time I’m giving you.

July 4th 2014:

“You took a story beloved by millions of people, including me, and turned it into badly written porn. I don’t mind sex scenes but this is offensive.”


Oh, really? In what way? Perhaps since you are posting this bullshit anonymously as the coward you are, even though my email address is everywhere for all and sundry to communicate with? You are the trashy cack-ass who doesn’t give two-shits about Dark Shadows, nor this coupling, and are obviously the person promoting offensiveness and distaste.  A story beloved by millions? Let me know who those millions are for this pairing and I would be extensively grateful, shyster.


July 9th 2014:

Julia and Eliot? The gayest guy in Collinsport (which is saying quite a lot)? OMG ROTFLMAO!


And so am I, considering you are trolling my work anonymously and can’t be upfront and just contact me personally as I’ve been asking people to do. You, my dear troll, are a shit-disturber and contribute absolute nothing to the Dark Shadows fandom except nasty reviews at a love you will never comprehend, which is Julia/Eliot. Prof. Stokes expressed to Angelique during the dream curse that she was very beautiful and thus hard to look at. Since you are a f******g homophobe, too, considering you pretty much just called Professor Stokes a faggot, I think you can lie back in the knowledge that you’ve added your disgusting putrescence to a world you proclaim to love. You don’t love it. You hate it. Take a hike and rot.

July 11th 2014:

Reincarnation is ridiculous.


Oh? Was I writing a non-fiction treatise on that? How stupid are you? Why do you even bother with this supernatural soap-opera since people like you continue to be offended by the supernatural elements of it? I seriously believe The Bible and Jane Austen is where idiots like you need to start concentrating your efforts. You’d truly be better off. Now take your puerile bullshit and leave people like us the f**k alone. But you won’t, because your life is so empty and pointless you have to go hunting around online for people to f**k with. Shows how much you matter to anyone. (I speak from experience.)


Moving on. Now we get to the book editor’s troll reviews. This woman contacted me because she was idiotic enough to truly believe that with a multi-fandom there might be money involved in my creation, money that she could possibly gain from my hard effort. My husband and I had quite a time deciphering her rotten advice about contacting DJ’s through a 1980s TV station. Yeah, I know… WTF??? An 80s TV station… but contact the DJs there? What? I should have known better when she was pro-Angelique and called Barnabas a cock-tease. Again… why do people who like these women want to force Barnabas to marry them? I don’t even know!

Anyway, this biotch was a major component to figuring out who the hell to avoid. Ever since then I make sure I find out what pairing people are into before promoting my work to them. There are Dark Shadows fans and then there are people who have some screwed up agenda. My agenda? Find my people, I don’t care what your preference is as long as it’s in keeping with the relief series I’m shooting for. Everyone else? Enjoy the fan work made in the last 40 years and live it up. The rest of us want something different and if you don’t want to come to the party? I don’t give a shit! Fine! Go away!

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Maria

Oh jeez… Cindy the supposed book editor… There are so many troll reviews… I don’t even know where to start…

Emily

The one true love of Barnabas Collins was Angelique. Not Josette, Julia, Vicky, Maggie, Rachel, Kitty, the Roxannes, or Marilyn Monroe. ANGELIQUE! Fanfiction won’t change canon.

Okay… so if it won’t, then… why are you bothering with what I’m doing? You’ve basically been making my own case for me. Good Lord. LOL!

(Anyone notice how she uses names similar to Cindy but vaguely different? P’ff!)

Nancy

Barnabas loved Angelique all along. She was his “only” love. He said so himself.

Yeah, in a bad story line barely any of us believe. Dream on, loser.

Guest (if one can call her that)

“Canon tells a different story. Angelique The ONLY love of Barnabas Collins (as stated by Barnabas himself)  Josette nothing”

Makes you wonder why she is so persistent in trolling this information to me if she is so secure in this knowledge…

Guest

Anyone who loved Barnabas would die. Except Angelique since it was her curse. Terribly ingenious. [Says the lady who told me ‘This is hot writing’ and wanted to make money off of me.] And in the end, Barnabas admitted she was his only love. Tough luck Josette.

Tough luck to you, troll, who doesn’t, won’t and never will have a beloved in her life, as *I* do. 😛

Ohhh, cream of the proverbial crop! Check out THIS guest name:

Mrs. COLLINS

Barnabas’s love transcended time and spanned the centuries-his love for ANGELIQUE. Josette was too much a nit wit to notice.

Yep! That’s why it healed this nit-wit’s marriage. Dream on, troll… dream on.

Miranda

Barnabas didn’t love Josette. His love “burned as strong” for Angelique as hers for him. His rage was at himself for rejecting her. 

Yeah, well we all get rather annoyed at ourselves for certain lusts and for certain troll reviews after proclaiming a “cease and desist communication” and then trolling for seven months after the fact. Idiot. This only changed your life because you couldn’t make money. It changed mine because my marriage was healed. So piss off, f**k face.

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Mandy

Angelique rules! Josette drools. He couldn’t fight true love forever

Geeeeez… this lady is OLDER than I am??? She certainly doesn’t act like it. I enjoy Homeward Bound like the next pet person, but this lady? P’ff!

Guest (if you can call her that…)

Very humourous. Everyone knows that Queen Angelique rules and Josette drools. Barnabas said so himself. Or do you think he was smoking wacky weed? LOL.

No, actually, I think you have been smoking Scotch Broom, the stuff that gives one a major headache and induces vomiting but they force themselves to smoke it because there is nothing else around to imbibe at this point.

Lady, you have spent seven months of your life opposing me because I wouldn’t give in to your fandom appeals. Perhaps you gave me stress, but you spied on my exposing this via facebook as we all laughed our asses off at your expense. And what did I do in response? I kept writing the marriage novel. When I work, I work hard. If you were trying to convince me that Barnabas and Josette did not love each other? Well, I’ve been through the ringer with bullies and I know all the tricks. You only succeeded in making me believe in it, and myself, even more. And I contacted the book firm you suggested to me to let them know what you’d been up to. You edited one chapter without my asking you to and then claimed your notes would be too difficult to comprehend, then sent me the scans of those notes. We looked over them. A seventh-grade English student would understand them.

Honestly? It would make little difference to anyone in Dark Shadows since they are secure in what they know via their understanding of the series, but you’ve proven for all of us that what we’re shooting for is true. Your name is Cindy, and you just left your troll reviews obvious with giving out so many rhyming titles like this:

Mindy

Maggie was so NOT Josette’s reincarnation. And this silliness that attention from another man would turn Angelique from Barnabas is fundamentally hilarious. It would be for any woman-since when are we so shallow?-but even more so for Angelique. She’d had other husbands but never lost sight of her destiny, which was Barnabas.  As he was hers. His ONLY love.

Okay, dumb-ass. Then why are you trolling my work? If this is so true? Why don’t you read the zillion stories about them or write your own? Easy answer: You’re pissed and you know it’s not true. You’re being eaten by a major disease and you can’t be arsed to find something more constructive to do than troll what I’m trying to achieve. (And you still haven’t returned the CDs I sent you as you claimed you would.) I frankly do not give a shit considering you bullied me and confused our household with your bullshit. For all I am concerned you can take your Angelique obsession and rot for all I care. All I did was watch Dark Shadows and all you did was forget about it and get lost in your own ideas of what it was about. I can’t forget because I am working to heal EVERYONE’S hurts, not just Barnabas’. You called him a cock-tease. That is not love. That is some lust-driven sickness.

I would have continued on with Lari’s troll reviews… but for today, I think what I’ve listed here is enough.

I came in to do a relief series because of Sam Evans. Sam Evans’ demise was the last straw for me. But I juggled the issues to get everyone strait. Barnabas and Josette/Maggie were just another set in my adopted nursery, but apparently it’s some major effacing issue in Dark Shadows. I really don’t care. I’m just trying to do the best job I can for ALL of my adoptees. And if you don’t like what I’m doing? Please leave. 

I never intended to do the marriage novel, but so far as I can see it’s garnering the best support because fans of it are those that pay attention to all of the characters, not just Barnabas and Maggie.

I am only sharing more links to my audio files online to find people who will help me complete the work so I can carry on with my life. Considering most of my beloved friends have ignored me due to the fact that I don’t have a car, I’m not looking forward to the event coming up soon via my extended relations. Honestly? I don’t want to see them. I don’t want to have to tell them that I have been so disappointed in them about barely caring for us over here. (It’s extremely sad that the internet has not only managed to promote zombie-robot behaviour with device technology which demotes communication, it’s sadder still that those who use it defend that kind of behaviour.)

But look over this blog post and try to tell me that I don’t deserve better for entertaining all of you silent people. Look at the shit I’ve had to deal with. Look at the crap I’ve had to put up with. Read this blog post again and try to tell me that I don’t deserve better. I already know that I do.

I’ve asked over and over for correspondence. I know that my entertainment is good and I want to finish it so I can go back to my original material, should anyone be so deserving of reading it. (I doubt it.)

For Margaret Josette Dupres and The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows? I weep for the future. I truly do

Simplicity

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The Promise of What Praise Can Do: “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note 6]

Yes. I am very tired of editing Episode 14 in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. So I thought I’d focus on this again just to make due with all the program crashes and interruptions, as well as weaning myself from facebook minus twice a week. I’d like to confess that I have several more chapters planned for “Margaret Josette Dupres” as well as re-starting “200 Years Away” which is the T-rated version. I’m leaving the old one up because it just got too messy switching things out and when I restart it I want to get a note on it to inform followers when the re-write is going to happen.

One thing I have learned in all this is it’s a nice compliment to get a follow/favourite on a story. You at least have some recognition that someone cares about it enough not to want to miss anything. I do blame device tech for much of the troubles in lack of commentary and the lack of letter-writing ability. I figure if someone can read and speak they have the wherewithal to type down their reflections on material they enjoyed. People blame ADHD, but I see this more as the distract-ability the internet has enmeshed us in. A pen pal tells me even people sending her mail have reduced their skills to things less worthy than greeting cards. OUCH!

Our lives have been simplified by correspondence in bits & bytes. No wonder I’m making so many people angry. For ten years they’ve been trained not to think. Oops. Sorry, I thought that was what the cerebral cortex was for and why we have it to invent all this stuff. Hey, if you can’t hook up a bluetooth keyboard to your device, you could get some time at the library. One of my best supporters did that. 🙂 Especially Chapter 5 of “Margaret Josette Dupres”. Maggie hits on some serious wisdom there and all back in the 1960s.

Chapter 9 of this story is another bedroom scene, but it contains the more vampiric aspect of the relationship. One person who didn’t review said it was one of her favourites, for the darkness and the consideration Barnabas starts to recognize in who Maggie is now considering her memories of previous lifetimes. He also knows that sooner or later her reaction to his harm on her will need to come out, and need to be engaged upon him. Considering how woe-be-gone this man of romance is, he’s looking toward the inevitable. Becoming such a horror himself he feels the need to prove his merit to the one woman he crossed centuries to find again and again.

Yes, I know. In Dark Shadows, this couple was doomed. But… what if they weren’t? Some of us who remain nameless were quite relieved at the goofy 2012 movie’s ending. We didn’t know each other then but a few of us do now and we all walked out of the theater completely stunned! They made it! Barnabas & Josette reached each other! And they’re vampires!

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All right! Pour some champagne! 

Mind you, this wasn’t why they became vampires for my series. The Wedding Night just threw itself at me in that light. It took a while to sort out why they were, but then I realized, “Wait, we’ve got these lovers reaching each other through her THREE incarnations. It’s a spooky community, and hey cousin Lily (Munster) wanders around in the day. That could be a wedding present. Got it!”

Which I guess presents one of the latest generation gaps. Old Dark Shadows fans prefer everyone winding up totally domestic whereas us younger fans grew up with The Lost Boys, Beetlejuice, Love At First Bite, Roger Corman’s “The Raven“, Harry Potter, The Addams Family films, trippy mangas and comics where all this just gets dealt with and most of the time using a sense of humour. A Collinsport working out but remaining spooky isn’t that far of a stretch.

Then weird haters who I think are younger fans… I dunno. They seem really offended by a relief series for Dark Shadows. I have to shake my head. I get called out in announcements, where I’m not likely to read any of it, that I should just “enjoy the ride”. Do they say this to all fanwork creators? What are they so worried about? No one is making them read or listen to it. (I’ve just been ticked-off bizarre behaviour like that scared so many people who love the characters into silence. Haters might at least pat themselves on the back for being that cruel. That’s a rather grievous accomplishment. Could take a little pride in the harm they already achieved. Want some more horror? Pick up a newspaper. It’s all in there.)


Now on to the positive!

Helena, chapter 9 

This was erotic (although I was having nauseous moments with the blood) and a pleasure to read. You know, it would be interesting to know of Laura and Roger’s “fiery” relationship. I bet that would be kind of epic with a bowl of popcorn and eyes glued to the pages. lol And with the 3 or 4 of them (B/ M (J/KF) in bed, it WAS a Collinwood orgy although 2 of them were dormant (or were they?).

Ah, yes, that is the point that he’s finding even more alluring. All those beings are in one. Depending on how much time Barnabas spends in the varying time periods, his bride is older in terms of at least 60 years of memories.

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Well you have done it again my friend. Regaling the reader with the most intimate of details captured within a 200 year old love affair.

Yay! Thank you!

Which leads us to Chapter 10:  “Prior Disturbances Come to Haunt”

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This is dealing with the kidnapping. 😦

Not a whole lot of data on that as it doesn’t keep to the happily ever after content seen earlier. I knew to make it authentic I would have to channel even further, and it was rough! Barnabas is coming to terms with the knowledge more suffering is coming. Maggie, even as Josette, is not going to magically forget the kidnapping. So with this chapter his friend Julia Hoffman has to come and spend some time going over the details with him. He lightens the conversation with inquiries about Professor Stokes proposal to her, but Julia won’t be distracted.

Helena, chapter 10 
I liked this chapter and Julia :). Ah, congrats to her and Eliot! While I do share her concern, I do agree that Maggie needs to deliver some pay back for her ordeal in captivity (which I mentioned before in your previous uploads). Looking forward to what happens next 😉

Yes, I wasn’t sure where their marriage would happen in the radio drama so I kept things somewhat vague. I’m glad you were aware of the craziness I was going through. Some of those old drafts were downright demonic and weird. I just didn’t have anyone to turn to in what was happening to me.

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As ever you leave the reader thirsting for more…so to speak!

Thank you! I was surprised how much longer the healing process was going to go on. I’d experienced the Healing chapters before but as “Margaret Josette Dupres” was unfolding more of a story than the romance vignettes it began as, I found unique occurrences I hadn’t seen before. And my being able to was created by the fact people were reading and reviewing the work. ^_^  The previous run was very sparse. I really felt all alone most of the time in it.

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Chapter 11: “A Tender Retreat” shows Maggie contemplating all the horrors, and how to rise from them. She speaks in first person, whereas for Chapter 10 Barnabas was speaking. She recalls being Josette, but she also recalls the terror he gave her during her current life. He was driven mad, but it doesn’t change the fact it happened. So our couple face a very sad loneliness, not spending much time together minus in the hours of their slumber. They both realize this has to be faced and maintain some distance while Maggie works herself through it.

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So poignant and beautifully written. I felt her anguish fear and dread. As well as Barnabas’ longing to quell the fear that he is still the monster that locked her in the coffin!

Yes! Thank you! Very insightful to read this commentary and that chapter was tough to get out, really. Doing a relief series one doesn’t want to go down this road, but being a study of psychology, one knows it has to come.

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Loved it! I don’t like sad MJD though…makes me sad. I think her talking to Willie is a brilliant idea, she’s sort of seeking out a kindred spirit in him, knowing that they’ve both suffered some sort of abuse from our at-times deranged vampire. And poor Barnabas, knowing he’s the reason for her sadness has to be soul crushing.

Aye! Just all this hurt, but the comments on experiencing that with the one putting it out there is incredibly helpful. I realized Willie Loomis would be the confidant she would seek, which was wild because I’d written the following chapter about his Wyndcliff experience a very long time before this one leading up to it!

Helena, chapter 11 
And I agree that she wouldn’t (Too bad the show had Vampire Angelique to erase her memory when Maggie did remember the kidnapping. Ah, YouTube…). I felt Maggie’s hurt and anger, which you expressed well, Daryl. Waiting for chapter 12 😉

Indeed. There actually is a lot of things to sift through when doing Interruption fanwork. If one interrupts Dark Shadows what stays and what goes? For The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows we have Maggie going through regression right AS Angelique awakens as a vampire. I felt it was very fitting considering Josette and Angelique were friends. They’re both going through a major change simultaneously. Didn’t really plan it, but when it happened I was floored. And I must chuckle at the youtube mention, where many of us poorer fans must go to retrieve data.

I give my hearty thanks to these reviews. Ones for the radio drama coming so slowly and sporadically it’s hard to move faster with the series, but this tended to have enough to push me forward and share more.

Not much for The “Healing” chapters but a good show for “Willie’s Wounds” so I think my next note will comprise those four chapters and their reviews. Helena made it through all the suspense with me of each Healing chapter. Which I’m very grateful for as it was tough. I didn’t even want to post the 2nd part with a photo. It was just too dark and painful. I’ll post more about that later.

Meanwhile, I have to edit in music for poor Willie’s confrontation with Barnabas in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. I guess over all things are rather gloomy today. Even the sky is overcast which I normally prefer, but today it lends to the slight feeling of sorrow in such a tale.

Take care, everyone.

Episode 14: Lines, Lines, And More Lines:

Hopefully by now everyone has picked up on the admittance of Daryl continuing to pursue this without uploading anymore episodes. If one is an internet spoiled-brat, one may be nervous or upset by this turn of events, but considering all the burden I have struggled under just to receive some bloody human dialogue over the work, with so many characters in so many fandoms, frankly, I quote the Frenchman in Monty Python’s Holy Grail and, “I fart in your general direction.”

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For those noodling about online for whatever reason or find this blog via a post on tumblr or facebook or whatever, and perhaps are familiar with my hard and expensive work, one might remember there is a character that carries with him a mega-ton of weight:

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Willie Loomis

I learned my lesson last October 2013 when people only received the textual version of my work and didn’t know I was channeling everyone by that time, and channeling Willie, after all the other hard work I’d done? And still receiving feedback only from my angel Helena back then? This Willie Loomis is a nation-state of problems unto himself. Some believe he’s the happy-go-lucky chap and no big deal. Well, as one of my helpers has responded to that, “You obviously did not watch Dark Shadows, did you?”

Thanks, sweetie. 🙂

That’s why I’m continuing to produce my program but, with Episode 13 complete and Episode 14 in the works, I promote here and there, 12 Episodes being what one would consider an entire season, but with years of work, thousands of dollars, and some of the most difficult research I have ever done, as well as some of the most difficult acting, writing, editing and all the rest I’ve ever done in my life? No… people don’t get it spoon-fed to them without giving it’s creator something in discussion.

And the amazing thing about all of this? Other writers, helpers, and people on fanpages are more than happy to discuss details of the various programs without giving a snit about what I’m doing. They’re just happy to chit-chat over the accuracy of what happened on those shows. So for people who like my show? I’d say: do like those people do there: chit-chat with me about it. And if typing is too much? I currently have Skype voice-call we can use, email, my P.O. Box to write letters, or if I believe you are not a blasted troll I will give you my GD phone number! That’s how strongly I feel about this project.

I do my work online because I do not have enough access with no car, and very little DS friendships around me. The entire point of posting most work online is to communicate on a two-way street. And if anyone has been in the belief that life online isn’t suppose to work that way? All I can say is “The Powers That Be” did a great job of programming you into being a docile primate.

“But I’m busy!”

Oh? Then how did you find the time to listen to my program?

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Like many a Dark Shadows fan does not buy this: “I love you… ” After everything?

Daryl Wor does not buy: “I’m too busy.”

Nor should she considering the expense, time and effort just for entertainment. As I have said to the keepers of The Audio Fanfiction Library about my series that this is: “big, really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts…” (-Douglas Adams.)

So that is the end of my score on that point.

As for the work for the curious noodlers… Let’s see… On Election Day I managed to get Sir Simon Milligan, Manservant Hecubus, and Sam Evans lines down. Yesterday I worked my system into a frazzle trying to wake up with ginseng, ginko biloba, Sam-E, and the strongest green-tea in the house, so I finally put down Elizabeth Stoddard and Roger Collins lines, next I managed to hit up Wadsworth after watching and listening to a lot of the movie “Clue”. And then I managed via extra credit: Dr. Hoffman & Professor Stokes having their discussion together in a sort of morning-after affair drive to Wyndcliff, which doesn’t mean anything happened. Julia just nodded off on his couch. Hey, after a night of intense driving and its climactic culmination? The lady needed some company from a studious fellow. And it was his car, after all.

That was rather awesome and I had a lot of fun with it. It was like extra credit, and as I finished those lines my husband walked in the door from work and I called out, “Hey! Julia and Eliot! A song popped into my head! What is that song ‘You really got me, girl’?”

“Oh, ‘You Really Got Me’? That song? It’s The Kinks.”

“Okay! New Julia/Eliot song!”

And then we proceeded to play it and sing along together happily. (Y’see. It ain’t about one pairing with me. I’m out to do ’em ALLLLLLL!)

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You Really Got Me

As for the enjoyers of my program who are telling themselves, “Ohhh, I want more episodes of this… I just… I don’t do that. I’d be so bad at commenting.”

Welp, folks, all I gotta tell ya, is out of the very likely 500+ listeners now? I guess y’all will just have to wait until a precious five give up the courage to do so. ^_^

review from 2014 November

Peace.

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