Pit Update: June 2017 And Retrospective

2017 June Update 1d

 

Talk about social media addiction with its ensuing paranoia. Continual gratitude to pen pals and describing their beautiful influence in my life. (I welcome more!)

Why and how constructive praise is important. The fun of watching First Year Dark Shadows. A little chat over 16 & 17 – Retrospective for episodes 8, 9, 10, and both parts of 11. Fair delving into characters from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Addams Family, The Munsters, and Bewitched in The Pit; particularly Captain Gregg’s stormy weather – story building as well as technical aspects.

The fleshing out of Caleb Collins as based on evidence from the original Dark Shadows program and historical research in the Victorian time period.

Discussion on the marriage novel, “Margaret Josette Dupres” and delving into why the sharing of further chapters are (currently) suspended.

Welcome To The 21st Century – What A Disappointment.

https://thepitofultimatedarkshadows.wordpress.com/

archive.org link

podomatic link

podbay link

Downloadable from iTunes, as always…


 

Background music for this podcast:

“Neightbourhood” – Space (1996)

“Beds Are Burning” – Midnight Oil (1987)

“Warblings At Eve” – “A Victorian Parlour Evening” (written in 1858)

“Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others” – The Smiths (1986)

The Promise of What Praise Can Do “Margaret Josette Dupres (A Novel)” [Note 10]

Yes, I wanted to go back to wonderful commentary on such a day like this. I’m feeling so rested by my time off of Facebook and successfully hitting my 2-week spans away from it. Plus I know people want further chapters of this novel and in order to maintain my focus for it means going through the joy of previous chapters. Hard study in passion is such a delight, don’t you think?

What I’m working on now is Chapters 42 & 43 in tandem. For some reason looking at more romance after a re-born Sarah chapter seems to help the prior chapter that is more focused on Sarah’s development to come forward. Having read and written about vampires before helps, but my original babies were far more jubilant in their long life-spans than Barnabas and Josette. (Plus my original vampires were total night-time, whereas Barnabas and Josette get some sunlight; awakening usually at midday. This allows for the more human sixteen-hours of wakefulness they deserve.)  These adoptees of mine have a spell-binding captivation from the previous traumas as witnessed on the original Dark Shadows.


However, Chapter 21 isn’t about our star-couple at all. It’s about the proposal of Tony Peterson to Carolyn Stoddard. I was sure it would come in the radio drama someday but it helped to write it out as a memory Carolyn Stoddard is sharing with our Schooner Bay writer, Carolyn Muir. The confusion of sharing the same name and working together is touched on with amusement.

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Once, when my spirits weren’t dragged into turmoil by the knowledge of silence by so many for The Pit, I was rapt in the plan of Carolyn & Carolyn eventually opening a publishing firm together. Muir has the expertise and Stoddard has the collateral. Can you imagine my amazement watching First Year Dark Shadows and Carolyn musing to Victoria about writing a book someday? I screamed!

Then with the laid-back approach to ghosts between these two in The Pit? Who might help them with a short work of fiction? The ghost of Bill Malloy and the ghost of Captain Gregg. Would they get along? I can see it happening. That part in the chapter is brief and happily inserted with Osheen Nevoy’s interest.

The chapter unfolds with Tony taking Carolyn to the beach and proposing with an engagement ring. To Tony’s approval she is not dressed-up, but dressed-down for helping to wallpaper a room in The Great House.

Somehow Carolyn Stoddard in olive overalls, a long sleeved white shirt and a bandana scarf to cover the top of her head was endearing enough for him to think: Yes, perfect.

Rather than kneel in the sand he encourages her idea to remove her shoes on the beach, then picks her up and places her on a large rock so that she is standing above him. As Carolyn realizes that Tony is about to propose to her she feels embarrassed not to be dressed-up for the occasion.

Osheen had also helped me a great deal in trying to determine why I was getting Carolyn Stoddard’s answer to Tony Peterson. I knew it was accurate for Carolyn Stoddard but I couldn’t understand how exactly.

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Osheen reasoned wonderfully when I explained my troubles about Carolyn’s decision, telling her, “I can’t figure out why this is. I wish I did.” Osheen’s response was, “Well, I think the example of her mother’s less-than-successful marriage (not to mention how Liz almost tied the knot with the vile McGuire) would be more than enough reason for Carolyn to decide that she and Tony can be together in a perfectly satisfactory way without having to say ‘I do.’ (!)” We talked further on this but that was the right answer.

The other wild thing about this chapter is I knew so little of The First Year but somehow I’d gleaned these things about Carolyn Stoddard’s personality without previously studying that back-history. It was even more fascinating to see, on Dark Shadows, Joe Haskell, drunkenly aggrieved, come to Mrs. Stoddard about Carolyn and blaming her for causing Carolyn to fear marriage in general. (Joe and Carolyn had become engaged at the beginning of the program.)

Perhaps this is a similar condition to Eternal Sunshine On A Spotless Mind (2004) in which, even with memories eradicated, the people involved end up making the same decisions in any case. Picking up on the personality of a character in-depth can show the trepidation they have even though we’ve rarely seen the proof of it. I trusted my intuition about Carolyn Stoddard. I wanted her to say yes to Tony, I couldn’t imagine her not saying yes to Tony, but when the story started to process in my psyche, Carolyn was saying no, yet also saying she wanted to be with Tony Peterson. How to have both? I certainly wasn’t against it on moral grounds by any means! My husband and I “shacked-up” for 15 years before finally tying-the-knot. How would Collinwood approve of such a relationship? Then again, this is a laid-back Collinwood. (And it helped to recall the love-life of H.G. Wells in the late Victorian age. Some of this stuff is old-hat.)

Music inspired me, as it so often does, and I’d just been enjoying the Vanessa Carlton song, “I Don’t Want To Be A Bride”. It was set to a wedding-march rhythm and sounding so much like a song for a bridal walk down the aisle, but the lyrics expressed not getting married and living happily ever after, or at least happily with bits of the usual-life troubles. It helped so incredibly I put it into the chapter. Not likely to make it for the print publishing, but very likely to make it to the radio-drama.

Carolyn Stoddard stared carefully at him, “How about I wear this ring to my dying day… how about I’m yours forever without all that paperwork nonsense? … how about us being engaged and that’s as far as it goes?”

Tony Peterson smiled widely and kissed her passionately, then said, “Engaged? Forever? … I’ll take it.

Much approval was gleaned for this chapter, both in 200 Years Away and Margaret Josette Dupres


Osheen Nevoy chapter __ . Feb 26, 2014
Lovely! I think you’ve worked it out perfectly. It makes absolute, total sense for Carolyn to make that decision. I love the descriptions of Tony; it’s so nice to see him portrayed as someone to be passionate about (which he is, of course, the dear man!), when he is so often more-or-less ignored in the Dark Shadows universes. The descriptions in general, in fact, are excellently done – loved the one about their boulder & how it could be the top of the world. And excellent little details such as Tony not wanting to get his trouser-cuffs all salty and sandy! And, of course, add in the ghost of Bill Malloy, and I’m happy as a clam! Nice to see him & Capt. Gregg enjoying themselves! Of course, Bill didn’t drink much (usually) when he was alive, but I can see that after death he might well let his hair down a bit – not so many work responsibilities, etc.! – and certainly with the captain around as an influence on him, that makes sense! I would love to read the two Carolyns’ books! Maine really does have to be haunted to the gills, if Collinwood is anything to base that judgement on!

Ayup! Osheen had to wait for the finished product eventually to really know what went down but I dedicated the chapter to her for helping me so much and I added Bill in the best I could with what little I knew about him.


Magical Irish Dolphin chapter __ . Mar 6, 2014
I love it! It’s the perfect agreement for Tony and Carolyn, and you explained Carolyn’s reason for not wanting to get married beautifully. And it’s also pretty fluffy in the most awesome way. I think this is my favorite story you ever wrote!

To this I respond-reviewed (which I tend not to do anymore because we’re a little less shy about email):

Daryl Wor chapter __ . Mar 7, 2014
Oh, thank you! It means a lot. I had my husband read it to me and then we played the song. Osheen really helped me crack the nut on why I wanted what I was channeling from them. I could not figure it out until then. I had a number of ciders throughout the weekend while I was writing it and it’s one of my favourites, too. It’s one of my proudest achievements and I’d love it if more Tony & Carolyn fans appreciated that. I felt like, okay, no matter what, she HAS the ring, and right there on the beach, in this beautiful way, they *are* married. As Tony’s says to himself, “This is what I want, this is what I have, and this is what always will be.”

Plus, I know where they’re coming from as my chap and I were together 15 years before we finally did get married. So between Tony & Carolyn, along with Maggie & Barnabas… we know… 🙂 It’s wonderful.

More was reviewed for the renewed MJD posting:

Magical Irish Dolphin chapter 21 . May 27, 2014
I really love this. I think this is the cutest thing you ever wrote. I love Tony and Carolyn on the beach. It’s perfect. I’m glad more of your readers are giving this pairing another glimpse and seeing them in a new way. You certainly made me see them in a new prism. And I know what you mean about developing couples that harbor potential but were never fully realized on the show… Thanks for adding this chapter in your novel.

Thanks for enjoying it so effusively as I do! 🙂


Oddly enough I noticed, after Cassandra’s wily ways, Tony & Carolyn getting back together, however briefly, on Dark Shadows. I’m starting to wonder if the relationship fizzled due to Tony Peterson losing favour with the story-lines. I’m getting the feeling it’s actually that. Tony’s final appearance on DS is episode 578 after an attack by Adam who is jealous and wants Carolyn’s affections. Beyond a few bruises, Tony’s relationship with Carolyn is apparently intact. Go figure. This is why I like to remind audiences everywhere that Dark Shadows is a daytime-drama and when the potential for happiness arrives it’s often thwarted in that style of storytelling to keep the viewer on-the-edge. (Luke & Laura’s longevity on General Hospital is anyone’s guess! Princess Diana even sent champagne for their fictional wedding.)

I already know the dwindling of attention-span in book-reading. I fear the general population has also lost the ability to discerningly watch television. It’s often based on the availability of the actors. Was Jason McGuire removed from Dark Shadows because the production team wanted him to leave? Nope. The actor, Dennis Patrick, bless his heart, wanted to leave in the strongest terms. Real lives alter the story-telling of a television program. But for soap-opera material Jason McGuire was a villain to be reckoned with and who kept you tuned-in with major hate for him. Tony Peterson and Carolyn Stoddard didn’t have an edge-of-your seat romance going without trouble. Their romance was likely dropped due to running out of trouble for them with which to wrestle.

Mainly I remember feeling like Hell that Tony & Carolyn were being parted via Cassandra and her mind-control on Tony that by the time the show may randomly have healed their love and then drifted-off from the relationship, I was already invested in the relief-series idea and wanted to see those two, not only happy but, having plenty of fun adventures. And I still do!


 Ms. Karen Trask chapter 21 . May 21, 2014
I enjoyed reading this though with my own thoughts about it, as you might imagine 🙂 but it was a very nice telling of a story line many fans wanted to see happen. Great read!

Thank you! We do like to see lovers succeed. I believe it’s very natural when they are mutually attracted.

katieyoung1960 chapter 21 . May 25, 2014
Perfect!

I was relieved when my husband and I read the chapter together to believe so. I happily sighed with astonishment, “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” 🙂

Helena Clara Bouchet chapter 21 . May 21, 2014
That was a romantic chapter although I was as confused as Tony at first. But we get it now 🙂 I am happy for the couple. So when is their engagement celebration or party?

I’m guessing it will be during the radio drama someday. As for this log entry I think one chapter is more than enough to dwell on considering all the studying and consultation that was required to make it happen. As a soap-opera relationship? It ran it’s course. For a humour-mystery audio serial? I shall always be on the edge of my seat for Carolyn & Tony. ❤


Before the lyrics the chapter ends wonderfully with Tony Peterson’s understanding of his relationship with Carolyn Stoddard.

Tony held her up about her middle, her knees around his, and swung her around on the beach, kissing her intently. It doesn’t make any difference now, he thought, this is what I want, and this is what I have, and this is what always will be.

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How Soon Is Now?

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Paper letters from people who enjoy the radio drama as well as The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Learning about what responses happen offline instead of online. What is given via pen pals and why it’s better than the “high-speed” internet world which has become much slower than the postal system.

Discussions of love and hate for Barnabas Collins and who the guy actually resembles. Interesting background on the creator to “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” and why she doesn’t believe cliche’ advice. Plugs for other writers and how working together could create a better society simply in the practice of focusing on what we enjoy, rather than what we despise.

Fun music from The Ramones, K-Tel’s album “Vampire Songs”, Doctor Who (and where we’re shooting for his entrance) as well as Love Spit Love’s cover from “The Craft” of The Smiths song, for which this podcast is named.

Happy Listening 🙂

So thankful…

HOLY CRAP

I think with Episode 12 of The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows being accomplished and getting everyone used to the idea that the couple above with it’s dazzling chemistry is at least acceptable if not “HOT DAMN!” there are other reasons I have to feel a sense of wholeness again.

With a healed marriage and a few vocal fans, Daryl Wor, after 10 months, is finally getting some sleep!

The erotica marriage novel has over 100 reviews, mostly glowing, and the idea of it’s being “trashy” has been snarled at by others along with a number of ribald chuckles considering the usual word usage in other stories of that kind. As I’ve been told, “It’s tastefully done.” ^_^ Those fans were definitely starving for their story of reunification with the reincarnation of Josette duPres. And looking over the 2012 film which managed to gain the rights and likely have some responsibility to what Curtis wanted, coupled with factors in what Curtis provided in the Dark Shadows revival of the 1990s, the fandom might come to terms with my series being a truism to Barnabas Collins hopes and desires.

I still wrestle with the knowledge of Curtis wanting the actress who played Maggie Evans to come back and reprise her role later on. Although with the daytime drama base it may not have gone down the road of happiness. Well, I don’t mind breaking that rule. Like many fans who love the Dark Shadows characters and are at least fond of my work, switching from the daytime drama format to that of a problem-solving series seems a great relief, and one usually wins hearts by making them laugh along with the characters at some of the supernatural extremes Collinsport has to deal with.

Also, one Pat, has reviewed several versions of the text in precisely the manner I’d longed for all these years. Just conversational and referring to the audio as he listened and read along, which is also what Tamryn did, bless their hearts. He also chats with me a bit on facebook and is likely discovering the frightful angles of what online work can come to when he saw screenshots of troll reviews I had to deal with. 

“Geez,” he said, “It’s just a story.” 

I know! That’s why I wanted to crack the foundations of bullying and this almost obscene Julia Hoffman worship, as well as Barnabas Collins bruising, with some comparisons to other fandoms, such as my previous blog post about the man’s shame. Oh, let’s see we have Quentin who is a slut and almost proud of it and THEN we have Captain James T. Kirk who is an even BIGGER one and has tons of fun with it. Barnabas Collins’ one-night-stand can’t be so bad. He’s just miserable because of all the people it harmed as a result. 

And he adores Josette Dupres with a passion that makes him do some fairly rotten things, but none so bad as what Angelique Bouchard does to GOBS of people over wanting this guy who only got involved with her as a response to concerns of not having Josette. Whoopsie! Well, which of us haven’t been down that road of a relationship on the rebound of another?

There is some bitching over the idea of Dr. Julia Hoffman being with Professor Stokes, but thankfully a few elder fans are pleased as punch with the idea. Apparently they’ve been wanting to see that, too! And believe me, I am looking forward to it as well as smooching my husband to get the sound effects to that couple. *heart* Finally, Julia Hoffman can have some relief as well as Professor Stokes. 

In any case, becoming Willie Loomis again isn’t so frightening just now as it was weeks ago. I’m looking forward to letting him inhabit my body again and feeling just as skinny as he is. In my adopted nursery, Angelique is crying the most, but Willie is “my baby”. He’s fussy but he’s shy at times. He’s not sure what he wants. Being quelled and happy never occurred to him. To Willie Loomis it seems a foreign concept. 

But as I continue on I hope to gain those 25 people I was looking for and hopefully a good five conversational comments per episode. I hope things keep getting better. If I have to allow almost all of the characters from Dark Shadows to inhabit me, as well as some of The Addams Family, Lily Munster, Wadsworth, Captain Gregg and Mrs. Muir, etc, I’ll need all the help I can get!

Peace.

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

The Halloween DJ is… ALIVE… but… may not be able to help. :(

21 July 2014 at 22:00

On Saturday…  Daryl Wor <xoiscythe@hotmail.com> wrote:
 Hey Casper, I have been looking for you all over the web. I hope you’re okay. I tried your old email account. Then I couldn’t find your home address. I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t live there anymore. But I found this email address on an old invite you sent when I was looking for your home address. I have been working my tail off trying to engage college DJs and even though you likely don’t DJ anymore I thought you might at least know someone. We still have no car and it’s been such a rough year. I’ve been producing a radio series online and it’s got spooky characters galore and tons of humour, thousands of downloads but barely any response. My husband and I have spent thousands on this thing but without listener participation it has lead me into some of the darkest realms and rages of temper in my entire life. I pray you’re all right. Please help. Daryl

Date: Monday… Subject: “Re: Casper? Please tell me you’re not truly a ghost now…” Hey Daryl! I’m sorry I’ve been so hard to track down lately! I’m not on any social networks these days and without making any official announcement, I’ve gradually shifted over to this email out of frustration with the other. I’ve been really busy lately and behind on just about everything… thanks for reaching out. Sorry to hear you’re having a rough time. What’s this new project all about? Hmm, I’m not really sure if I can help. I don’t DJ anymore, except maybe once a year… there’s one fellow at the station that usually invites me back to do a show in October. Other than that I’m pretty out of touch with college radio and to be honest, quite disillusioned! But feel free to tell me more about what you have in mind. Happy Haunting and be sure to say hi to your husband, Casper

CASPER! (Yes. I literally screamed!) Hallelujah I hope! Oh my gosh. I almost sent you one the postcards I made for this project but I lost your old address in my bag. Bah… probably not where you are now anyway. I applaud you for staying off social network sites. They’ve been eating me alive. (Still no car.) Not only that, the fans of my base work have eaten me alive in the last 10 months. They get my product but most refuse to discuss it with me, many unfamiliar names simply like-click. GAH! I need younger people. Now how to describe this fright of frights we’ve parboiled in. Imagine… if you will… almost all the 1960’s spooks coming together, or sending help from afar… That is, these folks:

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Morticia and Gomez Addams

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 Lily Munster 

Captain Daniel Gregg

 Captain Daniel Gregg

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 Wadsworth from Clue (yes 1985, but he’s from 1954 and reached over)

And a few not so 1960’s interrupting a long story-line to solve one horrible, screwed up place?

Dark Shadows cast

 Collinsport.

Yes…

*WEEP*

I went there.

And I couldn’t take it! 

And although I have wonderful fans of my horizon-goal marriage novel (which ended up being erotica if you can believe I had that talent… I didn’t.) but the radio drama is a comedienne’s worst nightmare! Funny as Hell without hearing anyone’s laughter. I have truly spiraled out of control from a neglect of inordinate talent, hard work and money with almost no reward, serious negativity, stalkers trying to control it, trolls attacking the erotic & hopeful wind-up novel, and people who have despised Barnabas Collins for longer than I’ve been alive for not reciprocating Dr. Julia Hoffman… GOOD LORD!

I just listened to all of these characters the best I could to give them all what they wanted without invalidating each other. Anyone real who’s stepped in to help so far has either disappeared, been fragmented by communicating their enjoyment, felt guilt they didn’t do it with the aged text version for years so they just keep silent, had a fit over Endora being in there, or have been so negative and aloof that it doesn’t support me at all. Even 99 % of my closest friends won’t help me with this. They’re all eaten up by device and internet distractions.
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Now I’m trying to contact college radio stations and getting either nothing, ooo, maybe or, “Hey, that’s copyrighted and…” *sigh* Noooooo…. it’s ME! I’m doing all the voices, acting, writing, editing, audio splicing. I can’t make a profit! If it was illegal even people merely writing this stuff would get sued. (And I can make copies with NO intros for air play. Intros are podcast. Most people do NOT understand this. Ugh!)
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I sure *will* say hi to my husband for you! The main good this whole thing has done is healing our marriage. Please…  please… PLEASE tell me you are either for or have absolutely NO angst about a reincarnation of Josette Dupres being an okay solution to this spiky banged weirdo’s troubles!

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Deep breath…

Here are the links to the various versions:

http://xoiscythe.podomatic.com/

https://archive.org/details/Podcast_The_Pit_of_Ultimate_Dark_Shadows

and yes… even iTunes… of which I had help from no one! UGH!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pit-ultimate-dark-shadows/id808980956?mt=2

and if you’d like something short… here’s how I had to analyze these insane fans! (Including myself…)

Analysis of Preferred Pairings For Barnabas Collins

Daryl

P.S. Help? Of any kind? Pretty please? Um… boo?

Welcome

Why “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” project will take years to complete:

I was recently asked why “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” project was going to take years to accomplish. Considering it’s a creation interrupting and condensing the original story line while adding bonus elements from several different fandoms both Dark Shadows and those characters and storylines require careful analysis. Currently only 15 episodes are written, 9 are performed and finished. 16 & 17 are mapped out and 18 came to me in a flash after my previous podcast of trouble was “aired”.

By Episode 18 of “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” The Jennings time period is necessary to focus on bringing the 1897 time period of Dark Shadows forward after their Turn of The Screw storyline completes. This is the part we have little knowledge of due to the fact Netflix’s available chronology was fragmented and youtube could only give us so much.

The hope with this project is to reach The Leviathans time frame during Kitty Soames retcon existence as Josette Dupres. (Maggie Evans will retain both memories in the same way John Sullivan retains his various life memories as shown in the film “Frequency”.) Then working in Dr. Who to wipe them off with his unique abilities which are *obviously* up to the task considering THOSE GOONS! ^_^

Meanwhile all the other characters problems will have to be dealt with accordingly: Elizabeth and Victoria, Quentin and company in 1897 (Heaven HELP US!) as well as how to find redemption for Angelique and get her mind off of Mister B. By the time of the Kitty/Josette retcon the plan is the mould the story back to the 1960’s wherein everything will begin to calm down and we can see these people in a renewed splendour never before known but glimpsed at in “Margaret Josette Dupres (a novel)” or “200 Years Away” (T-rated version of Margaret Josette Dupres).

In order to accomplish this many, many, many episodes will have to be devised and mapped out in the same manner as the original 15, similar aspects and problems in Dark Shadows, but explored and solved with the help of the new band of Shadows they have acquired and what they’ve learned in the interruption from their guidance.

In order for this to really take off I will need the power source by which much creative inspiration stems: enthusiasm from the audience. This is not only for my own personal needs but from what I’ve seen has happened to deform our humanity in the last decade from interpersonal communication: this is something many people need to learn or re-learn so it could help others step back and take control of their own abilities.

I would not consider myself a conscientious human being if I let this fold under the option of “Just the way things are”. The mere ideology of that motto has never improved life on this planet and just the opposite is in many cases the reason we enjoy the conveniences we take for granted in this day and age. I also believe that if this change in complacency is not dealt with we as a species will continue to allow ourselves to be distracted and distractible with what’s already been put in place for us to absorb in a rather automatic fashion, as if we have no will of our own to shut off what we don’t like and tune in to what we do or what helps us.

The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows is about solving problems, after all. 😉

 I’ve already been told by the few fans of my work that have been willing to speak that workshop intros will be a good idea along with updates on the story and plugs for other stories and insights. I trust my audience & am pleased they like the idea of these workshops and appreciate the intros.

The other troubling aspect is how much podcast space costs. It can be increased but for 100 or more episodes of “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” I’m not sure how much that will be or how much the site can hold. Back up options are already considered but not necessary right now.

Meanwhile, I’ll be in the works of completing, “Margaret Josette Dupres” & “200 Years Away” for publication which may also spread the word via book buyers and what not or perhaps any opposition I might face in that endeavour could also spread the word. I’d rather it be the success rather than any opposition.

So for the question: Why would it take years to complete “The Pit of Ultimate Dark Shadows” project?

Well… how long did the original “Dark Shadows” daytime drama take anyway?Image