Musings in the Dark

6/17/2021

We're Evolving!!!

Hey Dilettantes!!  Sorry I've been on radio silence, but it's that time of year.  I'll be getting back to my regular posting schedule in a week or so, but I wanted to share some exciting MCP news!  Alliyah and I are evolving as content creators and publishers, and we've found a new venue to share our work with our fans.  Check us out on Ko-Fi.  We've found a way to return to our blogging roots while producing quality content for our subscribers.  

The benefits of using Ko-Fi as our publishing platform are two-fold: it allows us to circumvent the tedious (and expensive) requirements for producing e-books, and it reduces the amount of time it takes for us to get our work out to our fans and subscribers.  Alliyah's excellent poetry collection Violet Dusk has already been published on Ko-Fi, and she is currently in the process of producing her Selo & Inya series.  

I have uploaded the first two parts of Nightingales: CRASH!!! and plan to publish part three sometime next week. Knowing that there is a new publishing platform available motivates me to start work on the third episode of Nightingales.

Alliyah and I are very excited about this new venture and we hope that you guys will continue to support us.  Come on over to Ko-Fi and check us out!

3/31/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S5E30

"Stopover in a Quiet Town"


Bob and Millie Frazier wake up in an unfamiliar bed.  Millie recalls that Bob drank too much the previous evening, but could not remember anything that happened after that.  They wake up, still dressed in their evening wear and begin to search the house.  To their surprise, the house is filled with nothing but props.  The food in the fridge is fake, the telephone isn’t connected to anything, and the cabinets don’t open.  Every now and then, they hear the laughter of a child.

3/28/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S4E16

 "On Thursday We Leave For Home"



William Benteen is the head of a settlement on the remote planet V9-Gamma.  The settlement was set up in 1991, but after 30 long, hard years under a double sun system, the members of the settlement are ready to go back to Earth.  Benteen, who is referred to as Captain Benteen, has kept the settlement together through sheer will and faith, and he rules with an iron fist in a velvet glove.  Benteen, who was 15 when the settlement was established, is often asked to tell stories about the Earth as he remembered it.  His stories are idyllic and paint Earth as perfect.

3/25/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S4E14

 "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville"



William Feathersmith is the 75-year old head of a powerful conglomerate.  One evening, he is sitting in his office when Mr. Hecate, the janitor, comes in to clean his office.  Feathersmith laments that he has achieved the pinnacle of success and now has nothing else to conquer or prove.  He wants to go back to his hometown of Cliffordville and start over.  Mr. Hecate informs Feathersmith that he is also from Cliffordville.  Feathersmith insults Mr. Hecate for achieving nothing more than being a janitor for 40+ years.

3/22/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S4E13

 "The New Exhibit"



Martin Lombard Senescu is the loving curator of Murder’s Row at a wax museum.  He has spent the bulk of his working life caring for five serial killers: Jack the Ripper, Henri Landru, William Burke and William Hare, and Albert Hicks.  Martin’s (I’m not calling him Senescu; I just can’t) boss, Mr. Ferguson, tells him that he’s selling the museum so he can retire.  Martin can’t handle the loss of Murderer’s Row and offers to keep the figures in his basement until someone can purchase them.


Martin’s wife Emma is stressed at having five enormous wax figures filling up her basement and keeping her from being able to do laundry.  She’s even more pressed to learn that Martin has purchased an air conditioning unit for the window to keep the figures from melting.  She’s even even more pressed that there’s no money coming in and Martin, despite his claims to the contrary, isn’t in a hurry to get rid of the figures.  He spends every waking hour in the basement, maintaining the figures and talking to them.  She goes to get money from her brother Dave, who suggests that she sabotage the air conditioner.  Emma sneaks down to the basement to do just that and is attacked by Jack the Ripper.  

3/19/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S4E9

 "Printer’s Devil"


This season of Twilight Zone (the “The” was dropped) featured hour-long episodes because it was a mid-season replacement for a show that replaced it.  Rod Serling wasn’t happy with this change because it meant padding the runtime of a show he thought was the perfect length at 30 minutes.


Honestly, I thought that some of the hour-long episodes were the best of the entire show.  Yeah, there may have been some padding, but overall I enjoyed them.  So let’s get to it with “Printer’s Devil.”

3/16/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S3E17

 "One More Pallbearer"


Paul Radin, a millionaire, has just put the finishing touches on his luxurious bomb shelter.  He has invited three people from his past: a teacher, a pastor, and a military officer to visit him in his bomb shelter.  Radin has beef with each one of his visitors.  The teacher, Ms. Langsford, caught him cheating and failed him.  The pastor, Rev. Hughes, made it known that a woman killed herself over something Radin did to her, and the military commander, Colonel Hawthorne, had him court-martialed for failing to follow instructions.   

3/13/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S3E9

"Deaths-Head Revisited"


The episode opens with Gunther Lutze checking into a hotel in Bavaria.  Lutze is a former SS captain.  The receptionist thinks she recognizes him but he deflects her inquiry by saying he served on the Eastern front and makes her tell him why the Nazis were in Dachau.  After checking in, he goes to the Dachau concentration camp to relive his days when he commanded the camp and tortured the inmates.  

3/10/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S3E5

 "A Game of Pool"


Jesse Cardiff is a hard-core pool player who spends every waking moment bettering his game.  Alone at a pool hall one evening, he laments that he can’t ever truly be known as the best pool player of all time because of the legendary Fats Brown.  Jesse wishes aloud that he would give anything to play Fats one time.  Fats Brown materializes in the pool hall.  He has returned from the afterlife to grant Jesse his wish.  Fats says that if Jesse wins, he will be known as the greatest pool player ever, but if he loses, he loses his life.  Jesse accepts the wager.

3/07/2021

My Twilight Zone Tribute: S2E29

"The Obsolete Man"


Romney Wordsworth is a Christian librarian in a totalitarian state that has decreed books and God as obsolete.  This, of course, makes Wordsworth obsolete as well.  He is brought before the Chancellor where, after a feisty exchange, he is sentenced to death.  Wordsworth accepts his fate and is allowed to select the manner in which he will die.   Wordsworth chooses to have a bomb planted in his room, but no one--not even the Chancellor--knows about it.  The execution will be televised, as all executions are in the State.