All right, my readers. Back to this. I’ve been in such a creeped out, science-fiction mood by all the tech addictions, folks being programmed to stalk me (as well as each other,) and people wandering around putting “follows” on everything I do rather than just saying, “I liked this, this and this in your 14th Episode,” so we can move on to Episode 15, etc. I feel the need to try and focus on something positive.
Now where were we?
Ohhhhh, yeah. The Widows Hill love affair. That blew me away. I just thought, “Well, where else are you two up for making new memories to wipe out that bad stuff? A-ha! The big one!”
Chapter 18: A Warm Night On Widows Hill
This actually starts off with a sequence of Carolyn Stoddard and Tony Peterson making out with a glimpse of what our star couple is doing nearby. It’s always nice to gravitate to the first couple that I worried about on Dark Shadows. Of course they get distracted because Barnabas and Maggie (as Josette) are clearly having a trysting that is more intimate than Tony & Carolyn themselves. They decide to find another bench so all may enjoy the evening as privately as possible.
Let’s hit this old review from Osheen I love on the T-rated version:
Osheen Nevoy chapter __ Feb 4, 2014
Nice to see Carolyn and Tony Peterson together! I always feel that poor ol’ Tony deserves more attention than he gets … he does rather get sidelined once Jerry Lacy takes on the mantle of playing the repellent Trask family! Anyway, good to see him and Carolyn having a bit of fun, without angst, misunderstandings, and/or vampires and witches getting in the way. And cleansing Widow’s Hill is a great concept – extremely brave on the part of our hero and heroine, of course, so it just shows how, in this case, love really does conquer all. I wonder if this will make the Widows stop wailing and causing trouble!
That is just gold because it was exactly what I was shooting for. She knows the characters and she knows the score. I would say the Widows would go from wailing to having a good “Oh, my!” giggle for a change. ❤
myhrr chapter 18 . May 6, 2014
Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 18 . May 6, 2014
Oh, what a brilliant idea for them. Widow’s Hill was that place of devastation for them. I believe that their lovemaking twenty feet from the cliff to be what they needed in their case in order to fade out what happened there almost 200 years before. It was also sweet to have Tony and Carolyn to be eyewitnesses to these “ravenous” lovers, and I found it interesting that Carolyn was glad that Josette/ Maggie entered the picture with reference to the weird relationship between her and Barnabas through vampirism (creepy as it is). I hope this is a healing factor for them. Very nice, Daryl 😉
And thank you again. Mostly what I’ve gotten is private discussion about this chapter, but yes, Helena says it straight. A healing factor indeed.
With Chapter 19: A Delicate Splendour, it was a race home to escape the previous tryst outdoors. Would there be more? Not as one might think. It’s more in the realm of “after-play” which I really hadn’t seen before in what romantic stories I delved into. Very often a couple may just go to sleep, or move away from each other as if the experience was a wipe out or needs to be discarded like finishing a film. I hear tell not a lot of folks know of this “after-play” experience in love. Gosh! No wonder the world of romance has dwindled! Then again people who do know about this are rather too busy engaging in it so we don’t hear from them much. 😉
As it happens there is discussion during this scene in Josette’s bedroom, about what Maggie’s existence with so many different memories is like for her. In my first draft I actually did get a critique I needed because originally Josette expressed the love would have been as wonderful if they had been married in 1795. My friend objected that she thought it wouldn’t, and it dawned on me she was very right. The reincarnation and conquering tragedies to reach each other almost two centuries later? That is what made it more spectacular. This was the kind of critique that was extremely helpful. Sadly many have drawn the conclusion about what constructive criticism is, believing it to be pointing out flaw after flaw to the result being that flaws are all the eye will search for. This really achieves nothing but the creator feeling her efforts are futile. However, when a good point is made regarding the depth of the characters? That is helpful. And so the change was made. 🙂
Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 19 . May 9, 2014
This was a beautifully-written chapter from Barnabas’ point of view. It’s nice to know that he could express his desire through the written word. Cool 🙂 (I wonder if Willie was getting complaints about the couple’s unavailability? 😉 )
Ah, yes. There is a little interruption on their way up the stairs by Willie who can’t get them to listen. He has good news, but realizes they’re at it again and it can wait. He’s got a gal of his own so he’s been quite understanding.
katie chapter 19 . May 9, 2014
Beautifully written! You captured the passion of 200 years, while letting Barnabas remain the charming gentleman that is his true nature.
Thank you! It is very much what I saw when going over most of the program. Just finding a point to jump in and rearrange the variables for an upswing.
It used to puzzle, annoy and anger me to see stuff written about Barnabas Collins where supposed fans just don’t get him at all. It makes me feel as if I’m reading a Star Trek article that is gung-ho about Captain Jean-Luc Picard, only to discover the fan is intensely irritable about Picard’s love for Shakespeare or his playing Dixon Hill. Nowadays I find it sadly hilarious. Barnabas Collins pining for his lost-love? Okay, I’ve grown up on Edgar Allan Poe: “Boo-hoo, the lost Lenore…” I can dig it. In fact, I’ve been wanting to re-investigate some of Poe’s romantic work. It’s rather reminiscent of Barnabas and no wonder: Dark Shadows is based on the classics.
“Wretches, ye loved her for her wealth and hated her for her pride,
And when she fell in feeble health, ye blessed her—that she died!
How shall the ritual, then, be read? the requiem how be sung
By you—by yours, the evil eye,—by yours, the slanderous tongue
That did to death the innocence that died, and died so young?”
Hmm! Poe’s “Lenore”. Seems rather familiar here. Although many fans just hate Josette because she’s pretty.
Now back to the fun.
Chapter 20: Willie Toilet Papers Collinwood
Yes, you read that correctly! I had this sticky note clinging to our tea-cabinet that would remind me I really wanted to see Willie Loomis and Nurse Jackson TP The Great House. I wanted it for the radio drama but I had to hold-off for a long time to figure out why the audience was so blasted speechless. So the note kept looming for Mr. Loomis. And when this novel took over, I was still loving Willie and I thought, “Just write it like he’s remembering it and telling someone.” (Truth be told I needed a hard cider to get started. ha ha)
Nurse Jackson is about as close to a combo of original character and peripheral Dark Shadows character as I’ve had to ever flesh out. (Caleb Collins was easier as he has a lot of back-history and I understand ghosts and Victoriana.) I mainly recalled Nurse Jackson taking care of Willie Loomis when Barnabas and Dr. Hoffman go to retrieve him from Wyndcliff. It wasn’t much but I’m still working on her. No first name, so for a while I just called her “Jackie”, but then knowing Willie’s love of jewels I found it would be a delight to give her a gem stone name. Currently I’ve decided on Cora as shortened from Coral, which is a gem of the sea and not the most precious or expensive, but for Mr. Loomis? Perfect. (However I’ll manage her better in the third draft of this novel, I’m sure.)
With Willie’s habits of making trouble to either get attention or from being so exposed to it socially in his past, the solution I see for him is a lady with the ability to appreciate his mischievous side and encourage more innocent versions of mischief. Would not a nurse understand him? I believe she would!
However, for a romantic novel? Toilet papering the roof led to other things. ❤
myhrr chapter 20 . May 14, 2014
Aww! Willie and his lady’s unbridled passion made me smile. Warmed the cockles of my heart it did!
Ms. Karen Trask chapter 20 . May 14, 2014
I really enjoyed reading this. I was there with them as they enjoyed hurling the toilet paper over the side. They probably could hear me laughing along with them. I enjoyed hearing Willie describe his adventure with Josette/Maggie and really got the sense that they were friends and cared about each other. As to the lovemaking, it was great to hear Willie struggling to explain how it felt/he felt about being close to someone. As always at the end, I wanted to hear more about Willie’s adventure.
Yay! I actually got lucky with this one. There was a group page in which pornography was being discussed and the lady who wrote this review had asked, “What’s wrong with porn?” So I jumped in as I’d just posted this chapter and asked, “Hey! Wanna review my Willie Loomis porn?” Sometimes we just gotta be blatant, right?
Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 20 . May 14, 2014
I’m waiting for Elizabeth to find out and rant against Roger for allowing the toliet papering party to happen now 🙂 Willie has a companion to finally be with him. Although he called her Josette, I’m wondering if it was the Maggie part that was really enjoying his escapade. But then again, Josette was loosening up with port. This was a good Willie chapter, and I’m looking forward to more on the new couple 🙂
Me too. I’ve been working on Barnabas/Josette so long it really would be nice to get back to the other couples. And I must laugh with this idea Helena waits for. Elizabeth getting home and possibly seeing the toilet paper and declaring, “Roger Collins! I can see you’ve let the winds of indulgence overrule any common sense!”
Veritas chapter 20 . May 14, 2014
Aww Willie loves! I so looked forward to this chapter and now that I’ve read it I’m looking for more! This was so beautiful.
This girl is gonna be so good for him! I knew that if he got the right girl things would start looking up for him, and here she is!
I love that he finally called her Josette. After Barnabas and all his shenanigans what with the kidnapping and frantic obsession, you’d think Willie would either want to throttle someone or jump from Widow’s Hill if and when he heard it again.
So so soooo much love for this! Keep going!
I do aim to. It’s so wonderful to see kindred spirits coming out. I know these reviews are two years old and I am receiving some new ones which I love, but as I say I needed to focus on something positive today.
My husband and I are celebrating 23 years as a couple together this weekend. And no, it doesn’t make me feel old, it makes me feel good to see, after all our own struggles, here we are still, and so much better thanks to this creation and all the loving support for it.
Darkest blessings to all here.