Thursday, October 25, 2018

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: Take 45! | Chapter Discussion about the All Souls Trilogy; Chapter 21 of Shadow of Night

So much for Diana to learn in so little time!
Take 45 - The One With the Entrance Exam

Description: Join us as we meet the wise Goody Alsop. She reveals the whole story behind Diana Bishop's erratic powers to her, Matthew Clairmont (Roydon/de Clermont . . . etc.), Susanna Norman, and to us! After careful negotiation, and some protestation from both Susanna and Matthew, Goody Alsop agrees to be Diana's teacher, no matter what! YAY!

We also finally get to tell you what actually happened with last week's episode (Jerry πŸ‘»), and there will be changes on how to get into our Facebook group. If you are interested, make sure you fill out form to join! Link below). We had a great time doing this "take 2 of Take 45" -- we must've, because it was two hours of raw recording! Through the magic of editing, it's been cut down to 1.5 hrs (a little better!). Please enjoy!

SPOILER ALERT! We (The Daemons) approach this podcast with an assumption that the listener has read All Souls universe books, including the trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), and  Time's Convert + snippits from The World of All Souls. If you haven't, and you don't mind, we certainly don't mind!  Please be advised, we will approach the television series (A Discovery of Witches) the same way when it is released in the US/Canada. 😊  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'

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1. Show notes:

For newcomers to the series:
  • Our Daemon Guides to the All Souls Trilogy are available for download: ADOW, SON, TBOL 
  • If you'd like a ready-reference from the author herself, be sure to download the All Souls Real-Time Reading companion (free e-book at online booksellers via Penguin and Headline books). For a more in-depth view of the trilogy, The World of All Souls is available at all major book sellers, as well as the continuation volume into this world, Time's Convert.
  • Deborah Harkness usually conducts a real-time reading on her Facebook Page (starting in September), and shares her posts across social media. Check out her website for all of her social media links, and of course all that she has to offer her readers! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter while you are there!
  • To see what's available on the web as far as the All Souls universe fandom, check our links page.
Diana's a weaver! What does that even mean?
In this episode:
We discuss how it felt for us to "meet" Goody Alsop for the first time. In chapter 21 of Shadow of Night, like Diana, we had a whole lot of questions! How many of Matthew's secrets did she know? Why is Susanna so reluctant to help Goody with the task of teaching her? What exactly is a weaver? What were Diana and Matthew's concerns? How will they proceed? How does Goody know SO MUCH?

We had quite a few revelations! We encourage you to dive in and listen to the whole thing. Yes, this episode is long, but take it in shifts! It'll be worth it.

Housekeeping brings us a couple of awesome emails, and a great review! Shouts, Krystal, MerylAnne, and Elphie 853! Oh, and let us not forget Shelli (Dr. Shelli Carter)!

Save It For The Show - Topic: Adaptation means ADAPT. We discuss how we are trying to adapt, and how the general fandom could proceed with the growing pains we are all experiencing. Also, Goodreads (aka "Hoodreads") is for reviews, not Deb's virtual living room, OK?

Last thoughts: Angela talks about a question from a fellow fan re: Baldwin being a clean-up crew behind Matthew . . . which leads to talk of TV Baldwin (Jean's been converted! Oh, she's also #TeamSarah, thanks to Alex Kingston), and then we talk about color palettes for the characters on the show. Jean is excited to do deep dives into the next chapters. We talk about going into The Book of Life like we did Shadow of Night; one or two chapters at a time, because when we mull over them like this, we get a really close look at the situations the characters find themselves in. Valerie brings up the change of procedure to join our Facebook group going forward.

About the show notes, we've decided to go with a truncated show note format, very simply because the long-form version is labor intensive, and in the end of the day, only 21% of our listeners view the full show notes. It made sense for us to cut them down to the basics. We will provide all of the links going to the subjects we talked about, and of course we will always thank everyone that contributed to the episode. Also, there is always the option to join the FB group (if you are a listener), for deeper dives into the content contained in these episodes. We hope you can forgive us! This year has proven to us that time for most creatures is finite (we aren't vampires!), and self-care is extremely important.  Like everything else, we treat the podcast as a sculpture, not a statue. If we need to change something for the sake of our sanity, the time we spend with our families, and the quality of production, we will. Thank you for understanding!

P.S. We haven't forgotten you, dear Discussers. We will reach out soon via email for chapter contributions. Since we had to re-record an episode on the day Valerie usually edits, this episode took longer to finish (it had to be done during various hours of off-time during the work week), and there was no time to curate comments and emails for this and the next episode. Please reach out to us if you have something to say regarding the episodes! Contact us below or here on our podcast contact link: We will reach out very soon, once the All Souls crazy season settles a bit -- it's such an exciting time to be a fan, eh?!
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  • Thanks goes to our Discussers: Krystal, MerylAnne and our iTunes/Apple podcast reviewer, Elphie853!
We compare Goody to Sweet Brown. From Rheumatism to Bronchitis. AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!
Diana's color palette is definitely blue-dominant to match her brilliant eyes!
That Baldwin photo . . . color us convinced!
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