Hello and welcome to the retrospective Reflections post, wrapping up the #atozchallenge for 2017.
Let me start with an apology.
I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t interact with the wider challenge as much as I should have done this year; it has been a busy couple of months and I never seemed to find the time to visit as many other blogs as I would have liked. I did however visit a few and I did appreciate the WordPress link site, which was far easier than having to deal with Blogger.
It didn’t help that, having forgotten which it started, I’d arbitrarily decided to instigate my own personal blogging challenge in March, only realising the day before the first post was due that I was going to be posting for over sixty days in a row!
Now, to some of you out there in blogland, that probably doesn’t seem much of a problem, since i know many of you post daily as a matter of course, but to me that’s a lot of random nonsense to come up with. Especially whilst juggling a full-time job, regular blogging features, additional online collaborations, spending time with Rhonda and Audrey, preparing for our imminent house move and generally having a life in the real world.
But I didn’t want to pass up the chance to take part altogether, (because, busy or not, I still like a challenge) so I created some strange artwork out of nature photos to get the ball rolling and wondered what I was going to do for the rest of April.
Then, later that evening I had a flash of inspiration about what I could do for my second post, prompted by something I’d seen on the Facebook page of one of those aforementioned extracurricular collaborations; the very wonderful Woolhouse Boys.
Which is how B is for Billy (Zane, of course) became the first post in my B to Z of Twin Peaks, synching nicely with the impending new series and the fact I was rewatching the original two seasons at the time.
So I think it only fair that I should tie up this year’s challenge with a taster of season three, via a spectacular bombshell that was dropped by one of the Woolhouse’s founder members a few weeks ago.
This naughty, well connected Woolhouse Boy (I daren’t say who) had somehow got his hands on a treasure trove of inside information, leaked by a recognizable member of the new cast and he was trying to think of a way to share it amongst those who wanted to know more.
Needless to say, a frenzy of requests for clarification was forthcoming from many of the group’s members and a new, private page was set up; Woolhouse Boys Secrets, to which anyone tempted by the forbidden fruit of possible spoilers could request access, at their own risk.
I was one of the many who succumbed to temptation and what I saw before me as I scrolled down the page almost made me spit out my damn fine coffee.
Script pages! With handwritten notes!
Our Brother in the Wool explained to us that because some of the scrawled notations in the margins would easily identify who the script belonged to, he’d had to disguise the pages somewhat. But even so, this was dynamite!
My source has given me permission to share them here, in exchange for a guarantee of his anonymity, which I will do in the pictures below.
Just enough to pique the interest and hint at a storyline or two, not enough to spoil anything, pitched perfectly to give long-time fans like me mild palpitations…
I mean, good grief, that’s just…
Hang on a minute, what’s the date?
That’s right, it was April 1st.
All the build up, (for weeks before) the agonising over whether he should reveal what he knew, the private page, all one huge prank.
And we all fell for it, hook, line and nerdy sinker, in our lust for secrets from a place both wonderful and strange.
How many of you fell for it?
What, not even a little bit?
Hmm, well ok, I’ll take your word for it.
Anyway, it was brilliantly done and, aside from some good natured abuse directed at the prankster, the rest of us April fools took it very well, all things considered.
So thank you, Joel Peacock, you wiley Woolhouse Boy, (yes, I think it’s safe to unmask him now) for keeping us on our toes in the run up to Twin Peaks: The Return in less than two weeks time.