Friday, March 16, 2018

Season 4 Casting: Tim Downie as Governor Tryon

More OUTLANDER Season 4 casting news: Sam Heughan's friend Tim Downie has been cast as Governor William Tryon!

Please note the spelling: it's T-R-Y-O-N.  I've seen many people on social media spelling his name as "Tyron" since the news broke yesterday, but that is incorrect.

William Tryon was a real historical figure, who served as governor of the Colony of North Carolina from 1765-1771.  The governor's official residence, located in New Bern, NC, is known today as Tryon Palace. (It's worth a visit if you're in the area.)  You can read more about Governor Tryon here.

Welcome, Tim! You can follow Tim Downie on Twitter at @TimDownie1.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Diana Gabaldon's 30th writing anniversary

Today marks 30 years since Diana Gabaldon began writing, "for practice", the novel that would become OUTLANDER. She started writing on March 6, 1988.

Congratulations, Diana!! And we wish you many more happy, productive, and successful years of writing! Thank you so much for creating this amazing story.  It really has changed my life, in so many ways.

Here's Diana's story of How It All Began, originally posted on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community (now on the occasion of her 22nd "writing anniversary", in March 2010.  I think you'll find it interesting, particularly those of you who've discovered OUTLANDER in the last several years and may not have heard the full story before.

Monday, March 5, 2018

How do Jamie and Claire pronounce "Brianna"?

Thanks to Diana Gabaldon for this little video demonstrating how Brianna's parents would pronounce her name. I liked that very much.

I have never been sure if Claire said it "Bree-AHH-na" or "Bree-ANN-a". Good to have a Definitive Answer on that. <g> And although I did know how Jamie said "BREE-uh-na", I'd forgotten that the sound of that first syllable changes in Gaidhlig depending on whether he's addressing her directly.

Very interesting! It reminded me somewhat of the "How to Speak OUTLANDER" videos that they did in Season 1.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Do you read excerpts and #DailyLines, or not?

Do you read excerpts or #DailyLines from Diana Gabaldon's upcoming books or stories, or not?  And if not, why not?

I am a longtime excerpt-avoider, since 2008.  But I used to devour snippets as eagerly as many of you do now for Book 9.  I think it's fascinating that there's such a wide variety of responses to this particular question, and that some people change their opinions over time.

This question is the topic of the March poll on Outlandish Observations.  I thought it would be interesting to see what you think.

Are you an excerpt-devourer, a #DailyLine addict, a diehard spoiler-avoider, or do you fall somewhere in between?  And if you used to read excerpts but you don't anymore, what made you decide to stop?

Please take a moment to vote, and then come back and leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page. Thanks!

February poll results

Here are the results of the February poll, which asked the question, "What is your favorite episode of OUTLANDER Season 3?"

There were 645 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!
  • 45.27% - EP306: A. Malcolm
  • 21.4% - EP304: Of Lost Things
  • 6.82% - EP308: First Wife
  • 5.58% - EP313: Eye of the Storm
  • 4.34% - EP305: Freedom & Whisky
  • 4.19% - EP301: The Battle Joined
  • 2.02% - EP303: All Debts Paid
  • 2.02% - EP311: Uncharted
  • 1.4% - EP310: Heaven and Earth
  • 1.09% - EP312: The Bakra
  • 0.31% - EP309: The Doldrums
  • 0.16% - EP302: Surrender
  • 0% - EP307: Crème de Menthe
  • 3.57% - I haven't watched OUTLANDER Season 3.
  • 1.86% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • all of the avove
  • I can't make up my mind because I love them ALL.
  • All
  • loved them all
  • The first three were amazing-but love A. Malcolm.
  • All of them
  • It's a great season! I have many favorite episodes
  • love them all
  • None.
  • All of them. I loved the entire season.
  • I can't remember the episodes by title, but I am loving the show.
  • Loved them all!

I didn't vote in this poll, but my favorites from Season 3 are "A. Malcolm", "Of Lost Things", and "Uncharted".  I enjoyed quite a few of the others, too!

Please take a moment to vote in the March poll, which asks the question, "Do you read excerpts or #DailyLines from Diana Gabaldon's upcoming books or stories?"

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Favorite romantic quotes from the OUTLANDER books

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here are some of my all-time favorite romantic Jamie quotes from Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books.  It was hard to pick just one per book! I hope you enjoy them.


"Ye are Blood of my Blood, and Bone of my Bone. I give ye my Body, that we Two might be One. I give ye my Spirit, 'til our Life shall be Done."

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 14, "A Marriage Takes Place". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"I'm honest enough to say that I dinna care what the right and wrong of it may be, so long as you are here wi' me, Claire," he said softly. "If it was a sin for you to choose me...then I would go to the Devil himself and bless him for tempting ye to it."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 22, "The Royal Stud". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"To have ye with me again--to talk wi’ you--to know I can say anything, not guard my words or hide my thoughts--God, Sassenach,” he said, “the Lord knows I am lust-crazed as a lad, and I canna keep my hands from you--or anything else--” he added, wryly, “but I would count that all well lost, had I no more than the pleasure of havin’ ye by me, and to tell ye all my heart."

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 27, "Up in Flames". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"And when my body shall cease, my soul will still be yours. Claire--I swear by my hope of heaven, I will not be parted from you."

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 16, "The First Law of Thermodynamics". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"When the day shall come, that we do part," he said softly, and turned to look at me, "if my last words are not 'I love you'--ye'll ken it was because I didna have time."

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 111, "And Yet Go Out to Meet It". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"Claire," he said, quite gently, "it was you. It's always been you, and it always will be."

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 31, "And So To Bed". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"Ever heard of coup de foudre, Sassenach? It didna take me more than one good look at you."

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 68, "Despoiler". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


"I have loved ye since I saw you, Sassenach," he said very quietly, holding my eyes with his own, bloodshot and lined with tiredness but very blue. "I will love ye forever. It doesna matter if ye sleep with the whole English army--well, no," he corrected himself, “it would matter, but it wouldna stop me loving you."

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 24, "Welcome Coolness in the Heat, Comfort in the Midst of Woe". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)

What are some of your own favorite romantic quotes from the books?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sam and Cait's audition video on Entertainment Tonight Feb. 14

For those of you in the US, the "Entertainment Tonight" TV show will be giving us our first look at Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe's audition videos for OUTLANDER!

The show airs Wednesday, Feb. 14th, but time and channel may vary.  Check your local TV listings!

UPDATE: If you're outside the US or you missed the broadcast, you can see the video here.