Sunday, January 14, 2018

OUTLANDER marathon on STARZ, and a Season 4 preview!



STARZ will be running an OUTLANDER Season 3 marathon today (Sunday, January 14) starting at 9:05 am ET.

At the end of the marathon, at 10 pm ET, they will be showing a scene from Season 4!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy Birthday, Diana Gabaldon!



Wishing a very happy birthday to Diana Gabaldon, author of the OUTLANDER series, who turns 66 years old today!

Diana, I hope you have a wonderful birthday, and thank you so much -- again! -- for creating this AMAZING story!!

If you're on Twitter, please use the hashtag #HappyBdayDG.

For those of you on Facebook, we're trying something a little different this year.  When you post your status, click on "Feeling/Activity", then choose Reading, and type OUTLANDER or one of Diana Gabaldon's other books.  (I picked A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES, because that's the book I'm listening to at the moment.)

If you want to send birthday wishes directly to Diana, her Twitter id is @Writer_DG, or you can post on her Facebook page.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

OUTLANDER Casting: Colin McFarlane as Ulysses!



More Season 4 casting news: British actor Colin McFarlane will play Jocasta Cameron's black butler, Ulysses.

Look here for details.

Friday, January 5, 2018

OUTLANDER quotes to keep you warm

As many of you know, much of the US is enduring bitter cold and brutal winter weather this week. Here's a selection of quotes from the OUTLANDER books that might warm you up a little!



1) On the Cape Fear River, Jamie and Claire cope with the heat and humidity of their first summer in North Carolina:
“I have heard of melting with passion,” I said, gasping slightly, “but this is ridiculous.”

He lifted his head from my breast with a faint sticky sound as his cheek came away. He laughed and slid slowly sideways.“God, it’s hot!” he said. He pushed back the sweat-soaked hair from his forehead and blew out his breath, chest still heaving from exertion. “How do folk do that when it’s like this?”

“The same way we just did,” I pointed out. I was breathing heavily myself.

“They can’t,” he said with certainty. “Not all the time; they’d die.”

“Well, maybe they do it slower,” I said. “Or underwater. Or wait until the autumn.”

“Autumn?” he said. “Perhaps I dinna want to live in the south, after all. Is it hot in Boston?”

“It is at this time of year,” I assured him. “And beastly cold in the winter. I’m sure you’ll get used to the heat. And the bugs.”

He brushed a questing mosquito off his shoulder and glanced from me to the nearby creek.

"Maybe so," he said, "and maybe no, but for now..." He wrapped his arms firmly around me, and rolled. With the ponderous grace of a rolling log, we fell off the edge of the rocky shelf, and into the water.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 2, "In Which We Meet a Ghost". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


2) Claire's secret to getting through cold winter nights in Paris: a nice warm bed with a very warm-blooded Scotsman in it! <g> (The bed pictured here is from the Château de Fontainebleau)
It was still sleeting, and tiny particles of frozen rain rattled against the windows and hissed into the fire when the night wind turned to drive them down the flue. The wind was high, and it moaned and grumbled among the chimneys, making the bedroom seem all the cozier by contrast. The bed itself was an oasis of warmth and comfort, equipped with goose-down quilts, huge fluffy pillows, and Jamie, faithfully putting out British Thermal Units like an electric storage heater.

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 11, "Useful Occupations". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


3) The barbeque at River Run in honor of Flora MacDonald (pictured above, circa 1744) took place in the hottest part of the summer:
The Major was watching Flora MacDonald now with a proprietary eye, noting with approval the way in which people clustered round her.

“She has most graciously agreed to speak today,” he told me, rocking back a little on his bootheels. “Where would be the best place, do you think, mum? From the terrace, as being the point of highest elevation? Or perhaps near the statue on the lawn, as being more central and allowing the crowd to surround her, thus increasing the chance of everyone hearing her remarks?”

“I think she’ll have a sunstroke, if you put her out on the lawn in this weather,” I said, tilting my own broad-brimmed straw hat to shade my nose. It was easily in the nineties, in terms both of temperature and humidity, and my thin petticoats clung soddenly to my lower limbs.

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 54, "Flora MacDonald's Barbecue". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


4) William collapses from heatstroke in the middle of the Battle of Monmouth (June 1778). Thank God Ian found him in time to save him!
William was still alive; his face twitched under the feet of a half-dozen black flies feeding on his drying blood. Ian put a hand under his jaw, the way Auntie Claire did, but, with no idea how to find a pulse or what a good one should feel like, took it away again. William was lying in the shadow of a big sycamore, but his skin was still warm--it couldn’t help but be, Ian thought, even if he was dead, on a day like this.

He’d risen to his feet, thinking rapidly. He’d need to get the bugger onto the horse, but maybe best undress him? Take off the telltale coat, at least? But what if he were to take him back toward the British lines, find someone there to take charge of him, get him to a surgeon? That was closer.

Still need to take the coat off, or the man might die of the heat before he got anywhere. So resolved, he knelt again, and thus saved his own life. The tomahawk chunked into the sycamore’s trunk just where his head had been a moment before.

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 78, "In The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


5) Jamie and Claire return home to the Big House after it failed to burn down as predicted on January 21, 1776.
The house loomed before us, its quiet bulk somehow welcoming, in spite of the darkened windows. Snow was swirling across the porch in little eddies, piling in drifts on the sills.

"I suppose it would be harder for a fire to start if it's snowing--wouldn't you think?"

Jamie bent to unlock the front door.

"I dinna much mind if the place bursts into flame by spontaneous combustion, Sassenach, provided I have my supper first."

"A cold supper, were you thinking?" I asked dubiously.

"I was not," he said firmly. "I mean to light a roaring fire in the kitchen hearth, fry up a dozen eggs in butter, and eat them all, then lay ye down on the hearth rug and roger ye 'til you--is that all right?" he inquired, noticing my look.

"'Til I what?" I asked, fascinated by his description of the evening's program.

"'Til ye burst into flame and take me with ye, I suppose," he said, and stooping, swooped me up into his arms and carried me across the darkened threshold.

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111, "January Twenty-First". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Hope this helped distract you from the cold, at least for a little while. Stay warm!

Monday, January 1, 2018

December poll results

Here are the results of the December poll, which asked the question, "What is your favorite gift from the OUTLANDER books?"
    There were 1259 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated.
    • 22.56% - Fergus's last name
    • 18.27% - Claire's silver wedding ring
    • 16.04% - The pearl necklace Jamie gave Claire on their wedding day.
    • 10.33% - Adso the kitten
    • 9.85% - The medicine box Jamie gave Claire for their anniversary
    • 6.35% - Brianna's photos
    • 5.64% - The poison ivy bouquet
    • 3.26% - The cherrywood snake Jamie's brother made for him
    • 2.78% - The vrooms Roger made for the children
    • 2.54% - The rosary Jamie gave Willie as a farewell gift
    • 0.48% - The dachshund puppy Stephan von Namtzen gave Lord John.
    • 1.91% - Other
    I was surprised to see that so many people chose "Fergus's last name", but I'm sure that was influenced by Sam Heughan and César Domboy's portrayal of that bit in OUTLANDER Episode 311, "Uncharted", which was just as I'd always imagined from the book.
    Here are the responses for "Other":
    • all of the above, with the attending circumstances This is the perfect list .
    • all of them
    • How could I choose from this list of wonderful gifts all given with love.
    • All of the above? You betcha!
    • All those are good, but the initials are best
    • All of the above.
    • Brianna's silver bracelet: Je t'aime ...
    • hand fitting knife in Breath Snow
    • The buffalo robe
    • black coral and pearl necklace
    • All of the Above
    • Dragonfly
    • When Jamie touches Greys face -total gift of words
    • The protection if his clan and HIS BODY
    • It's so hard to pick just one!!!
    • The J and C they carved in each other's hands
    • LOVE
    • Fergus's last name, especially after episode 311, but also love the poison ivy
    • Brian Frasers ring Jamie gave to Claire
    • How can I choose? These are all great gifts!
    • ALL but the puppy!!!
    • All of the above
    • Because my husband brings me wildflowers too
    • The boars tusk bracelets

    Please take a moment to vote in the January poll, which asks the question, "Have you ever been to Scotland?"

    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    Happy New Year!



    As we prepare to ring in 2018, I thought it would be appropriate to have an old-fashioned Hogmanay celebration, as they might have celebrated it on Fraser's Ridge 250 years ago.



    This picture shows a cabin built around 1820 near Grandfather Mountain, NC (very close to where Fraser's Ridge is supposed to be located).  This is very much the way I picture the original cabin on the Ridge.
    A firstfoot was to bring gifts to the house: an egg, a faggot of wood, a bit of salt--and a bit of whisky, thus insuring that the household would not lack for the necessities during the coming year.

    (From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 35, "Hogmanay". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
    I can't participate in a first-footing myself, even if I lived in Scotland (redheads being considered extremely bad luck on such an occasion), but I'd like to share these small tokens with you anyway.






    Many of you will remember the Hogmanay celebration in OUTLANDER Episode 308 ("First Wife"), a very festive occasion celebrated with plenty of food, music, and dancing.



    Here's an article about Hogmanay Traditions in Scotland.  From what I can tell, the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh are an even bigger deal than New Year's Eve in New York's Times Square.

    Happy New Year, and best wishes to all of you in 2018!

    Saturday, December 30, 2017

    Attention NY and NJ fans: Optimum dropping STARZ!

    Maril Davis (executive producer of OUTLANDER) tweeted this today:

    I hope the campaign is successful. It would be a real shame (understatement!) if fans in the NY/NJ area weren't able to see future seasons of OUTLANDER!

    Please help get the word out! If you have trouble getting through to the KeepSTARZ.com website, call their toll-free number (844-71-STARZ), and try the website again later.