Pit Update March 2017

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A “sickie” podcast for new pen pals and old listeners alike.

This is a very newsy and studious monologue. I’ll address what’s going on with the letter-writing method of listening to the series and knowing that many who want to hear this can’t always download or play it via having poor equipment.

Lots of discussions of people I’m talking with lately: Auntie, Jonah, etc.
Identifying interruption fan fiction and how it works with Osheen Nevoy and Lisa Weyenberg’s works as key examples.

Tons of spoilers for The Pit and later on a lot of spoilers for the marriage novel I’m creating in tandem. As per usual, this talk and explanation is quite cerebral, as well as moving back and forth discussion on various show characters being responsible for solutions in The Pit, including Endora and Uncle Arthur from “Bewitched”, as well as Wadsworth, Captain Gregg, Lily, and Morticia.

Plenty of goodies about Doctor Who coming into play for The Pit and exactly why he will.

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And yes, it is downloadable from iTunes, as always...

Margaret Josette Dupres: Chapter 42

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Here is the installment I talked about during the January Update 2017 podcast. It involves getting little Sarah’s schooling started as well as child Caleb really meeting her for the first time. Characters included are the parents, Barnabas and Maggie, Roger Collins, David Collins, Angelique, Quentin and Wadsworth. I hope you enjoy and I’d love to know what you liked.

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Please hit the link above if you would like to read it.

Gomez/Morticia + Barnabas/Josette, Dov’e L’Amore

It’s one of those nights that these two couples bless us with love once again.


Dov’e L’Amore
Dov’e L’Amore
I cannot tell you of my life
Here is my story

I’ll sing a love song
Sing it for you alone
Though you’re a thousand miles away
Love’s feeling so strong

Come to me baby
Don’t keep me waiting
Another night without you here
And I’ll go crazy

There is no other there is no other
No other love can take your place
or match the beauty of your face
I’ll keep on singing til the day
I carry you away

With my love song
With my love song

Dov’e L’Amore
Dov’e L’Amore
Where are you now my love?
I need you here to fold me

Whispered so sweetly
Feel my heart beating
I need to hold you in my arms
I want you near me

Come to me baby
Don’t keep me waiting
Another night without you here
And I’ll go crazy

There is no other there is no other
No other love can take your place
or match the beauty of your face
I’ll keep on singing til the day
I carry you away

With my love song
With my love song

Non c’e nessuno
(there is no other)
Non c’e nessuno
Non c’e nessuno
Bello come te e ti amo
(as beautiful as you and I love you)

Come to me baby
Come to me baby
Another night without you here
And I’ll go crazy

There is no other there is no other
No other love can take your place
or match the beauty of your face
I’ll keep on singing til the day
I carry you away

With my love song with my love song
With my love song with my love song


Afterthoughts?

Jealousy will get you nowhere…

But?

Flattery will get you everywhere!

At Last! Working On Episode 16

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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!

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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! ❤

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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, Chapter 41

 

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Some of this has adult content but most of it doesn’t. I didn’t anticipate it to go there but… you know… this couple.  (Very likely that portion will go over most readers heads.) Pardon that it gets wordy. Barnabas and I asked Edgar Allan Poe for a little help. 😉  I listened to a lot of music by Adrian Von Ziegler while writing this. (Also available on bandcamp, like Nave Artificial I mentioned for the previous chapter.)

For this we have the delving into Episode 70 of Dark Shadows written by Art Wallace. As said on this blog, Josette is not an under-developed character, if anything she is over-developed into a plethora of facets. Her ghost is one of these facets and what with Josette’s Ghost manifesting on Dark Shadows during times Maggie Evans has been asleep (or as near to asleep in her activities as makes no difference) we can see how astral projection comes into play. As Episode 70 is Pre-Barnabas Dark Shadows, I hope you delight in the catch-up time our couple shares here. To me their love is a continuous dance, and one I could never invent, only help to heal.

Please hit the link above if you would like to read.

(Same author’s notes are in bold before the chapter begins.)

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I couldn’t decide which image was appropriate to celebrate this one, so I’m using three that I created for this entry. ❤

Reincarnation & Lovecraft

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Originally a “minicast” but since that experiment showed unworthy, this is now a full-on podcast. I still await discussion for Episode 14 so I remain creative while we all “wait”. (If you have time for this how do you *not* have time to answer the Q & A for Episode 14 of The Pit?)

Updates in my creative pursuits. Explanation of the importance in help from others while trying to learn and maintain accuracy. Reincarnation research via Dark Shadows, Maggie Evans as Josette, and Sam Evans as Andre in The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows. Episodes of Dark Shadows are delved into with various clues for why The Pit works toward what it does. (DS Episodes discussed are: 422, 697 & 853.)

There is a short reading of H.P. Lovecraft’s work while analyzing how The Leviathans in Dark Shadows came about. An offering of review-swapping for other radio dramatists and podcasters.

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(If you have iTunes, again, you sure don’t need help from me! 😛 )

 

I hereby declare that anyone who is part of the audience is no longer allowed to discuss “the audience” with me. Doing that is incredibly redundant and doesn’t help me, your entertainer, in any way, shape or form. Thank you.

Anti-Social Networks, Groucho’s Birthday, Barnabas and Josette

Excerpt of a letter from myself to another writer:

Yes, it’s true! I get pretty fractious on “social networks”. People keep inviting me to groups and then when you think you have support all it ends up being about is photo-photo-photo and I’m like, “This is so infantile. I don’t know what happened to everyone’s cognitive faculties but I’m not encouraging it. I just refuse to cater to such a waste of time.” It’s horrifying to see people fully capable of downloading a great show and when they realize how great it is all they can do is run around all over the internet and like-click everything I’ve posted. That kind of behaviour is just not social. Plus, I mean, I think you might remember this, wasn’t it when you go to someone’s house and then the photo albums come out that was the point at which the guests fall asleep?

“Here’s our vacation in Pittsburg!”

“S-N-O-R-E”

That’s my memory.

It’s as if all they care about is book covers and never open a book. And they believe they’re being kind by getting others involved in just being idle. I’ve been pleased to get emails from you all saying, “Okay, that was nice, but back to work!”

On top of that a ton of these people are running around in the open air with their devices and phones just flittering an empty moment in time to post it on Facebook with no concern that some of us are stuck at home via computers looking at all this excess.

Bleh!

 

I’ve thankfully been getting more email and I’m happy with that. The pen pal thing seems in a lull right now. I’m pretty sure what happened is some of the letter writers got greedy or lazy, went online to soak up the show and left me to rot without the correspondence. If this is so? Hopefully there will be some embarrassment when they realize I read aloud what I was getting from their better discourse and they will want to go back to being pen pals again.

Was glad to see celebration for Groucho’s 125th birthday!

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I sure feel like that guy sometimes. He really got mad at audiences that just would stagnate in their seats or do other weird things. I remember in one of my drunken ff dot net rants I posted that Groucho Marx would have dropped cigar ashes on the audience and mooned them by now. Plus people who do like my show blame all the other silent people even though they’re silent too! It’s weird! I guess it’s easier for everyone to deflect to some “unknown” people even though you know they’re spending time asking each other what to do rather than just looking through the Q & A’s and getting it over with. It’s a lot more fun to listen to the show and answer the flippin’ questions than sit around on DS pages bickering with fans who don’t agree with them.

Here is another thing that irks me. I keep getting these sheltered, naive people who have all these problems with reincarnation, or whatever. Why the heck did they ever watch Dark Shadows to begin with??? It’s like, “Dude. Go read some Pride & Prejudice or something! Or Little House on The Prairie!”

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One chik got all weird on “Margaret Josette Dupres”. I asked her why she was even interested if it conflicts with her faith. “I like Barnabas and Josette.” Fair enough. That ended amicably with me basically saying, “Okay, I don’t think we can help each other. All the best.”

And even still what Barnabas and Josette stuff that finally has come out is supernatural. He’s a vampire, or they’re both vampires, or like in “Thicker Than Water” they deal with his curse and work around it. Or “Role Reversals” which is Josette as the vampire and Barnabas is David’s tutor. We finally get those stories and they all have something supernatural going on.

However, I must admit it’s nice they finally are out there. It was dry as a bone when I did my five year combing of all the “blah” stuff. (And honestly most of the Julia/Barnabas went right over my head. I combed looking for relief so anything I found that might have had Julia/Barnabas as a couple went past my purview because I was looking for Sam Evans alive with Maggie as Josette and I never found anything.)

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YAY! “Night At The Opera”. Wow. I remember being in my teens and finally watching that one. It was like when I was seeing “Clue” for the first time. I kept flipping back to stuff that was making me practically wet myself.

Harpo running up the damn tapestry was to die for.

And then when the lights go out on stage and that wonderfully operatic voice breaks into a gag!!! I don’t know why those bits.

Or Groucho saying, “Do you sleep on your stomach with such big buttons on your pajamas?” LOL!

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Or “Hey, you big bully. What’s the idea of picking on that little bully?” It’s such a damn curve-ball!

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Did I tell you I taught an English class and I worked in themes and one of themes was “Marxism”? That was good. There is a great play by John Kessel in a collection of his and it’s called “Faust Feathers”. It’s in his book “The Pure Product”. If you can find that at a library it’s wonderful. I used that in my class and everyone had a part just reading out loud.

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Glad to hear you’re looking forward to more of The Pit. You know, becoming Beetlejuice is scary for me to do! I’m glad I’m done with most of the acting for right now. What’s nice is you think his voice is deep but it really isn’t. So far the dialogue between him and Barnabas is near perfect. They can interact and it’s amazing. I’m just stunned it sounds so well.

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And THANK YOU for wanting more Tony & Carolyn. I love all my couples and sometimes I’m happy as hell to have Josette and Barnabas all cozy at home and that helps me sleep at night, but darn it, I want more Tony & Carolyn and I want to put in “Groovy Kinda Love” for them. And I REALLY want that proposal scene in the radio drama somewhere! Ooo! I just got chills! Thanks for guiding me to that lovely thought. And I do need to think of getting Episode 16 done so I can share some scenes from 15. Angelique whipping Blair’s butt at gin-rummy and other stuff had my husband and I falling down and losing bladder control back in 2013. It was the biggest hurt in the best way.

Okay, I hope that assuaged any worry about me from my pissed off Facebook posts. I’m good when there is more human interaction and stuff!

keep it spooky,

Daryl