2011 Year in Review
Some of the highlights:
January - Diana Gabaldon unveils her new-and-improved website at www.dianagabaldon.com. I think it's a HUGE improvement over the old site! And I was just delighted to see my picture (and a mention of this blog) on the Links page. <g>
February - I started my new job! (No, this has nothing to do with OUTLANDER, but it was the best thing that happened to me in 2011, by far, so I have to include it on the list.) Also, I bought a Nook Color, which I quickly became addicted to. I have found that the e-books are very handy for searching for a specific quote in one of Diana's books, and it sure beats having to carry around a 900-page book! <g>
March - David McNicoll volunteers to write a series of three guest posts for my blog, about the events surrounding the Jacobite Rising of 1745-46, and its aftermath. Thanks, David!
April - The unabridged audiobook of ABOSAA finally becomes available on audible.com, more than three years ahead of schedule, thanks to a special deal that Diana's agent worked out with Bantam Audio. If you haven't yet listened to Davina Porter's narration of ABOSAA, I would highly recommend it!
May - Diana starts posting "Daily Lines" (brief bits from her current writing) on Twitter, under the tagline #DailyLines. In a very short time, a great many fans become addicted to their daily "fix". <g>
[Please note: recently Diana has stopped posting #DailyLines on Twitter, now that it's more difficult to post tweets that are longer than the usual 140 characters, but let's hope she will resume if the technical issues can be worked out.]
May-June - The OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest. This was my first attempt at holding a contest of any kind on my blog, and it was a tremendous success! Thanks again to everyone who participated! (Just as a side note: the contest resulted in Diana's very first comment on this blog!)
June - My interview in RT Book Reviews Magazine is published! I was thrilled to be asked to do this, and extremely pleased with the way the article came out.
July - The special 20th Anniversary Edition of OUTLANDER is published. I love the "feel" of this book, with the faux-leather cover, and I really enjoyed the extras that were included in it.
September - Diana announces the title of Book 8 of the OUTLANDER series: WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD. (See the Book 8 FAQ for more information.) And Diana's official Facebook page is launched, attracting more than 150,000 fans (!) in just the first three months.
October - "Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" is published in the DOWN THESE STRANGE STREETS anthology.
November - The unabridged FIERY CROSS finally becomes available on audible.com; I start making plans to go to Scotland in July 2012 on the Celtic Journeys OUTLANDER tour; and THE SCOTTISH PRISONER is published! <vbg>
December - Diana sends me a special gift: a silver necklace and locket engraved with "Czarina" on one side, "of Traffic" on the other. (Click on the photos to enlarge.) For those of you who don't know, that's the nickname she gave me in the Acknowledgements of AN ECHO IN THE BONE, in recognition of my efforts on Compuserve.
It's been a wonderful year for me personally, and I'm looking forward to a lot more discussion of All Things Outlander in 2012. Happy New Year to all of you!