Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!



As we prepare to ring in 2016, I thought it would be appropriate to have an old-fashioned Hogmanay celebration, as they might have celebrated it on Fraser's Ridge two hundred 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 Bree and Roger's 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.






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 2016!

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Year in Review



2015 has been an unforgettable year for OUTLANDER fans all over the world!  Here are some of my favorite moments from the past year:



January 7 - OUTLANDER wins the 2015 People's Choice Award for Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show!



January 12 - Episode titles for the second half of Season 1 are revealed. Lots of speculation ensues! <g>

February 9 - The first 8 episodes of OUTLANDER Season 1 become available for download via iTunes and Amazon Instant Video in the US.



February 21 - I posted an OUTLANDISH COMPANION FAQ page about the two upcoming OUTLANDISH COMPANION books. Diana Gabaldon's reaction on Compuserve: "Beautifully organized and clearly expressed, as always!"  I hope you've found it useful!



March 3 - OUTLANDER Season 1, Volume 1 (covering the first 8 episodes) is released on DVD and Blu-ray! You can see my review of the Blu-ray special features here (Disk 1) and here (Disk 2).



March 26 - At long last, OUTLANDER premieres in the UK! Although many fans in the UK were (understandably) disappointed with the decision to show the series on Amazon Prime Instant Video, rather than on a regular TV channel, I'm delighted that people in the UK finally have a chance to watch the show.



March 31 - Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDISH COMPANION Volume One (Revised and Updated Edition) is published!



April 4 - After six long months of #Droughtlander, Season 1 of OUTLANDER resumes with Episode 109, "The Reckoning".  Like many fans of Diana Gabaldon's books, I had assumed that the "spanking" scene would be the most controversial part of this episode. WRONG!! Almost as soon as the episode premiered, the fandom exploded with talk about the infamous "boobs-on-the-bank" scene between Jamie and Laoghaire. (No, he didn't actually kiss her! Diana Gabaldon posted a detailed explanation of this scene on Compuserve here, and it's definitely worth reading.)

April 4 - early June - I refer to this period as the "Great Thread Explosion of 2015". <g> Keeping up with all of the discussion of Episodes 109 - 116 on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community (which is the online forum where Diana Gabaldon hangs out) was quite a challenge for me personally.  It turned into a full-time job for a while, and by the time the season came to an end, I was quite exhausted. But I'm delighted with the way it all worked out, and I was very gratified to see this message from Diana Gabaldon:
Dear Karen--

   It certainly wouldn't happen without _you_! <g>  Many, MANY thanks, from all of us!

-- Diana
If you want to see the episode discussions on Compuserve, look here for the complete list.

Here are my reactions to Episodes 109-116:

Episode 109: "The Reckoning"
Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"
Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"
Episode 112: "Lallybroch"
Episode 113: "The Watch"
Episode 114: "The Search"
Episode 115: "Wentworth Prison"
Episode 116: "To Ransom a Man's Soul"

Look here for my recaps of the first 8 episodes of Season 1.



June 3 - Diana Gabaldon's WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD (Book 8 in the OUTLANDER series) is released in trade-paperback format -- that's the large size paperback -- in the US and Canada.
 


June 30 - STARZ announces that the part of Mother Hildegarde will be played by Frances de la Tour!  I've been saying for years that she would be perfect for the role (as you can see from this post on Compuserve dated May 15, 2009) and I was both delighted to hear that it's going to happen, and flabbergasted that one of my casting speculations actually turned out to be correct! <vbg>  Can't wait to see her in Season 2!



July 5 - I won this near-life-size cardboard Jamie at an OUTLANDER event at Barnes & Noble!



August 17 - My Outlandish Observations Facebook page reaches 7,000 followers!!



September 29 - The second half of OUTLANDER Season 1 (covering episodes 109-116) is released on DVD and Blu-ray! You can see my reactions to the "extras" and special features here.



October 11 - November 7 - The Droughtlander Photo Contest was a tremendous success, as well as a lot of fun! You can see a slideshow of the contest photos here. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!




October 27 - Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDISH COMPANION Volume 2 (aka OC II) is published!

I was thrilled to see that my name was mentioned twice in this book.

First, in the Cast of Characters section, referring to a character in THE SCOTTISH PRISONER who was named for me:
Keren-happuch -- A Welsh kitchen maid employed at Helwater, who carries a message from Jamie to Betty. (A Real Person, named in compliment to my friend Karen Henry, Queen of the Nitpickers.) [SP]
And also in the Acknowledgements at the end of the book:
  ...Karen Henry, Chief of Eyeball-Numbing Nitpickery, who kindly read all of the manuscript pieces for this book, with the exception of the "Cast of Characters" (only Kathy the copy editor had the guts to deal with that one). Her catches and suggestions saved me innumerable hours in the later phases of copyediting and proofreading.
That phrase, "Chief of Eyeball-Numbing Nitpickery", makes me laugh, but it's really very apt. Thank you, Diana!! The effort was totally worth it, and I'm so glad I was able to help!



October 27 - The Official OUTLANDER Coloring Book is published! I was frankly skeptical about the idea of a "coloring book for adults", but I've been surprised at how popular the OUTLANDER Coloring Book has been.



Mid-November - The Pop! Vinyl OUTLANDER figures from Funko inspire some very funny and clever photos.  Check out OUTLANDER Pop! Photography on Instagram for more!



December 1 - STARZ releases the first official OUTLANDER Season 2 trailer!



December 9 - Amazon Video announces a new streaming service that will enable viewers in the US to watch STARZ programs (including OUTLANDER) without cable TV or a STARZ subscription. Look here for details.



December 14 - We have our "Singing Thrush" at long last! STARZ announces that Richard Rankin has been cast as Roger Wakefield in the OUTLANDER TV series. Look here for more information.



December 30 - Diana Gabaldon sends me this DRAGONFLY IN AMBER book charm as a gift. This is one of a set of OUTLANDER book charms available on the Author's Attic site. Isn't it beautiful? (Click on the photo for a bigger view.) Diana sent me the OUTLANDER book charm several years ago. And the DRAGONFLY charm is so appropriate, with Season 2 of the OUTLANDER TV series coming in spring 2016. Thank you, Diana!! (And many thanks to Michelle Moore, who runs the Author's Attic site.)

What an incredible year this has been! I'm delighted to see all the new people who've found their way here in recent months.  Thanks to ALL of you who take the time to visit Outlandish Observations, and I wish you all the best in 2016!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

OUTLANDER Yule Log and marathon 12/26



He're's the OUTLANDER Yule Log, from STARZ, featuring music by Bear McCreary.  (Click on the photo to go to OUTLANDER's official website, where you can watch the video.)



And for those of you in the US: STARZ will be running a marathon of OUTLANDER Episodes 109-116 from 12pm-8pm on December 26.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas quotes from the OUTLANDER books

Here are some Christmas-themed quotes from Diana Gabaldon's books. This has become an annual tradition here on Outlandish Observations, and I hope you enjoy them. Merry Christmas to all of you who are celebrating this week!

* * * S P O I L E R  W A R N I N G * * *

If you haven't read all of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER books, you may find SPOILERS below! Read at your own risk.



1) It's hard to imagine, from our 21st-century perspective, anyone losing track of the date this close to Christmas. But Roger had a lot of other things on his mind....
"What's the occasion? For our homecoming?"

She lifted her head from his chest and gave him what he privately classified as A Look.

"For Christmas," she said.

"What?" He groped blankly, trying to count the days, but the events of the last three weeks had completely erased his mental calendar.

"When?"

"Tomorrow, idiot," she said with exaggerated patience.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 33, "Home for Christmas". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
The photo above shows 18th-century style Christmas decorations at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia.



2) Here's a quote from one of my favorite scenes in DRUMS OF AUTUMN, when Claire comes to find Jamie in the snow:
"What if I tell you a story, instead?"

Highlanders loved stories, and Jamie was no exception.

"Oh, aye," he said, sounding much happier. "What sort of story is it?"

"A Christmas story," I said, settling myself along the curve of his body. "About a miser named Ebenezer Scrooge."

"An Englishman, I daresay?"

"Yes," I said. "Be quiet and listen."

I could see my own breath as I talked, white in the dim, cold air. The snow was falling heavily outside our shelter; when I paused in the story, I could hear the whisper of flakes against the hemlock branches, and the far-off whine of wind in the trees.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 21, "Night on a Snowy Mountain". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
The illustration above, showing Scrooge with Marley's ghost, comes from the 1843 edition of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL.



3) I think it's interesting--and rather sad--that Lord John should seek out Nessie, rather than the company of his own family, on Christmas Eve. You may recall that he brought her a box of sugar plums, like the ones pictured above.
“Aye, well, it is Christmas Eve,” she said, answering his unasked question. “Any man wi’ a home to go to’s in it.” She yawned, pulled off her nightcap, and fluffed her fingers through the wild mass of curly dark hair.

“Yet you seem to have some custom,” he observed. Distant singing came from two floors below, and the parlor had seemed well populated when he passed.

“Och, aye. The desperate ones. I leave them to Maybelle to deal with; dinna like to see them, poor creatures. Pitiful. They dinna really want a woman, the ones who come on Christmas Eve--only a fire to sit by, and folk to sit with.”

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 24, "Joyeux Noel". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
4) The next quote is a reminder that Christmas was viewed differently back then than we think of it today. But of course many of today's Christmas traditions date from the 19th century or later:
Catholic as many of them were--and nominally Christian as they all were--Highland Scots regarded Christmas primarily as a religious observance, rather than a major festive occasion. Lacking priest or minister, the day was spent much like a Sunday, though with a particularly lavish meal to mark the occasion, and the exchange of small gifts.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 34, "Charms". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.) 



5) Speaking of Christmas traditions, here's one, from THE SCOTTISH PRISONER:
They’d brought down the Yule log to the house that afternoon, all the household taking part, the women bundled to the eyebrows, the men ruddy, flushed with the labor, staggering, singing, dragging the monstrous log with ropes, its rough skin packed with snow, a great furrow left where it passed, the snow plowed high on either side.

(From THE SCOTTISH PRISONER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 43, "Succession". Copyright© 2011 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)



6) And what would the holidays be without sweets? <g> Check out Outlander Kitchen's recipe for molasses toffee, as described in this scene from THE FIERY CROSS:
With a certain amount of forethought, Mrs. Bug, Brianna, Marsali, Lizzie, and I had made up an enormous quantity of molasses toffee, which we had distributed as a Christmas treat to all the children within earshot.  Whatever it might do to their teeth, it had the beneficial effect of gluing their mouths shut for long periods, and in consequence, the adults had enjoyed a peaceful Christmas.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 34, "Charms". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
7) Quakers don't have any special Christmas celebrations, but there's no denying that Denny and Rachel Hunter found Christmas, 1777, a particularly memorable occasion, thanks to Dottie!
"Well, that is odd,” Rachel said, turning to look first at her brother, and then at the small clock that graced their rooms. “Who goes a-visiting at nine o’clock on Christmas night? It cannot be a Friend, surely?” For Friends did not keep Christmas and would find the feast no bar to travel, but the Hunters had no connections--not yet--with the Friends of any Philadelphia meeting.

A thump of footsteps on the staircase prevented Denzell’s reply, and an instant later the door of the room burst open. The fur-clad woman stood on the threshold, white as her furs.

“Denny?” she said in a strangled voice.

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 86, "Valley Forge". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)



8) I love this quote, even though things didn't turn out the way Roger had expected. (The photo above, by krbnah on Flickr, shows Inverness at Christmas, 2009.)
She'd wanted to go to the Christmas Eve services. After that...

After that, he would ask her, make it formal. She would say yes, he knew. And then...

Why, then, they would come home, to a house dark and private. With themselves alone, on a night of sacrament and secret, with love newly come into the world. And he would lift her in his arms and carry her upstairs, on a night when virginity's sacrifice was no loss of purity, but rather the birth of everlasting joy.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 17, "Home for the Holidays". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)


And finally, because I think it's hilarious:  OUTLANDER: 12 Days of Christmas

Wishing all of you the best in this holiday season!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Walkers Shortbread Castle Leoch





This model of OUTLANDER's Castle Leoch was built with more than 1500 shortbread cookies from the Walkers Shortbread OUTLANDER Assortment.



Isn't that amazing?? Click on the photos to enlarge them.

Here's a time-lapse video showing how it was made.



I can't even imagine how long this took to put together. Very impressive!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Live stream with Sam and Cait today!



Today, December 18, is the last day of filming on the OUTLANDER TV series before the holidays. I'm glad that Sam, Caitriona, and the rest of the cast and crew are getting a well-deserved break! They'll return in a few weeks -- I don't know the exact date -- to finish the last two episodes of Season 2.

STARZ has announced that Sam and Cait will be doing a live stream today, as part of the #OutlanderOfferings.  They didn't give an exact time (apparently it will depend on when they get a break in their shooting schedule today), but it will be sometime in the morning, US time.

UPDATE 12/18/2015 6:33 pm: Here's a link to the live stream video.  It's about 13 minutes long, and I thought it was a lot of fun.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Richard Rankin will play Roger Wakefield!



Exciting news today: we have our "Singing Thrush" at long last!! Richard Rankin has been cast as Roger Wakefield in the OUTLANDER TV series!

Do I mind that he doesn't have green eyes the way Roger does in the books?  No, I do not. I think his eyes are gorgeous just the way they are. And he looks amazing in a kilt! <g>



Here's a brief video of Richard Rankin, so you can hear what he sounds like.



His Scottish accent is a little hard to understand, but I'm sure we'll get used to it in no time. Check out his showreel for some examples of his acting.

And yes, he sings!! He has a lovely tenor voice (listen to a sample here) and I'm sure he'll be terrific singing on the show. 

You can follow him on Twitter at @RikRankin.

PLEASE NOTE: As of right now we still have no news about the casting of Brianna.  I promise I'll post here as soon as I hear anything.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Favorite lines in OUTLANDER that are not in the book



Diana Gabaldon has commented frequently that "the book is the book, and the show is the show." The point being that there WILL be differences -- that's just the way a TV adaptation works -- and that people who watch OUTLANDER expecting things to be "just like the book" are bound to be disappointed. She's right about that, of course -- and yet, as a diehard fan of the OUTLANDER books, I love it when I see a favorite scene or line of dialogue in the TV show that's taken straight from the book.

I thought it might be fun to turn that idea around, and take a look at some of the best lines in the TV series that DON'T appear in the book. Here are a few of my favorites. It was hard to pick just two quotes per episode!

Click on each episode title to see my recap of that episode, in case you missed it.

Episode 101: "Sassenach"

Jamie: "You're shakin' so hard it's makin' MY teeth rattle."

Jamie: "Thank you, Sassenach. Truly."

Episode 102: "Castle Leoch"

Claire: "Is there ever a good reason for rape, Master MacKenzie?"

Rupert: "I am but Dougal's eyes, not his head. But let me warn ye, mistress: these eyes won't be turning their gaze from ye until the head orders me to."

Episode 103: "The Way Out"

Colum: "And did your wife's people encourage you to mock your laird?"

Dougal: "Aye, it seems that the feral cat we picked up on the road is trying to pull in her claws."

Episode 104: "The Gathering"

Angus: "Somethin' catch your eye there, lass?"

Claire: "[Dougal] was being forward with me, and I may have walloped him over the head with a chair or something."

Episode 105: "Rent"

Dougal: "I'm not bloody doing it [mending Jamie's torn shirt]. The lad can wear rags from now on."

Lt. Foster: "Tell me, Madam, are you here by your own choice?"

Episode 106: "The Garrison Commander"

Dougal: "If ye wish to hear Londoners speak, perhaps ye should have stayed in London."

Black Jack Randall: "That boy and I, we were creating a masterpiece. An exquisite, bloody masterpiece. It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen."

Episode 107: "The Wedding"

Jamie: "To a a lady of grace, a woman of strength, and a bride of astonishing beauty."

Jamie: "If Claire does become my wife, I'll thank you to stop talking and thinking of her like some common whore."

Episode 108: "Both Sides Now"

Frank: "My wife is NOT with another man!"

Claire: "If I started giving rein to my feelings, things would pour out of me that I wanted to keep locked away forever."

Episode 109: "The Reckoning"

Jamie: "But the truth is, I'd forgiven everything she'd done, and everything she could do, long before that day. That was no choice. That was falling in love."

Claire: "I feel like that's what I should want [long pause] but I don't."

Episode 110: "By the Pricking of My Thumbs"

Jamie: "I can finally return home to Lallybroch, take my rightful place as laird of Broch Tuarach. And ye can be my lady. We'd be happy there. I know we would."

Duke of Sandringham: "I certainly have no time to review these libelous falsities. Oh, that's very good. [Turns to clerk] Write that down, would you? Libelous falsities."

Episode 111: "The Devil's Mark"

Ned Gowan: "What we have here, Your Honor, is nothing more than the grumblings of a malcontented maidservant."

Geillis: "Looks like I'm going to a fucking barbecue!"

Episode 112: "Lallybroch"

Jenny: "Do ye think life just started when the two of you walked through that door?"

Claire: "You're trying to be someone you're not, and in the process you're wrecking the family that you do have left. And if you're not careful, you're going to lose them, too."

Episode 113: "The Watch"

MacQuarrie: "Here’s to a long life, and a merry one. A quick death, and an easy one. A pretty girl, and an honest one. A stiff whisky, and another one."

Claire: "Whatever happens, we'll handle it. No matter the cost." (I love this line! It could be the motto for the entire OUTLANDER series, including all of Diana Gabaldon's books.)

Episode 114: "The Search"

Jenny: "Well, they knew if they refused, I'd either skelp their lugs or bedevil their suppers."

Murtagh: "If ye look hard enough [across the water], ye might just see the Americas. It's the only place you haven't sung that damn song yet."

Episode 115: "Wentworth Prison"

Black Jack Randall: "When you lie upon your wife, and her hands trace the scars on your back, do you ever think of me, and soften?"

Claire: "You fucking sadistic piece of shit!"

Episode 116: "To Ransom a Man's Soul"

Murtagh: "I'll no watch Jamie waste away. Die like an animal in the woods with his foot caught in a trap."

Claire: "You belong to no one else but me. And I belong to you. Nothing will ever change that."
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I hope you enjoyed these quotes. Feel free to suggest your own favorites! You can leave a comment here or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Golden Globe nominations for OUTLANDER!



OUTLANDER has received three nominations for the 2016 Golden Globe Awards!

Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama - Caitriona Balfe
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series - Tobias Menzies
Best Television Series - Drama - OUTLANDER

Congratulations to Caitriona, Tobias, and everyone involved with the OUTLANDER TV series!!

Here's Diana Gabaldon's reaction on Facebook:
So--is this cool, or what? MASSIVE congratulations to everyone--cast, crew, and fans <g>--who've made the show the wonderful thing that it is!
Am I disappointed that Sam Heughan didn't get a nomination as well, for his amazing performance as Jamie?  Of course I am, but there's always next year....

You can see the full list of 2016 Golden Globe nominees here. The winners will be announced on January 10, 2016.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Watch STARZ programs via Amazon Video's new streaming service!



Great news for OUTLANDER fans in the US:  You can now watch STARZ programming via a new streaming service from Amazon Video!

From the announcement in Variety:
It’s the first time that Starz is available to consumers outside of a traditional pay TV bundle; Starz CEO Chris Albrecht has in the past talked about embracing OTT, but the premium network has trailed its competitors HBO and Showtime in launching a standalone service. Albrecht said in a statement that he was excited to be an Amazon launch partner, adding: “This is a terrific product for customers to conveniently navigate their entertainment options quickly, easily and anywhere.”
This new streaming video service is being offered as an "add-on" to the regular Amazon Prime membership, at a cost of $8.99/month.  You can sign up for a free trial to access the STARZ programming here.

My understanding is that if you sign up for this new service, you will be able to access all of the OUTLANDER Season 1 episodes immediately via Amazon Video, and future episodes will be available via this streaming service as soon as they are broadcast.

IMPORTANT: This service is only available to viewers in the US who have an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $99/year.  You can sign up for Amazon Prime here.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Outlander Kitchen Cookbook available for pre-order!



Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders is now available for pre-order! It will be published on June 14, 2016 in the US and Canada.

Theresa Carle-Sanders is a Canadian fan and a professional chef who has been posting OUTLANDER-inspired recipes on her Outlander Kitchen website since 2011. She's also a friend of mine, and I'm delighted that she's publishing this cookbook, which is something she's wanted to do for a long time.

You can pre-order the cookbook at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

If you have a copy of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDISH COMPANION Volume Two, which was published on October 27, you'll find an essay by Theresa Carle-Sanders in Part Eight of that book. It's definitely worth reading.

Congratulations, Theresa, and best of luck with the book!!

Monday, December 7, 2015

#FranceNeedsOutlander Twitter party today!



As some of you may know, the OUTLANDER TV series is still not available in France. :-(

French fans have been waiting for a very long time for news about which TV channel will carry the series, but so far they've heard nothing. You can imagine how frustrating that is for them, when OUTLANDER is being broadcast all over the world, including in many parts of Europe. There will even be a French version available in Canada, starting in January 2016. But in France itself....? RIEN!

So the French fans have decided to hold a #FranceNeedsOutlander Twitter campaign to raise awareness and hopefully catch the attention of the TV network executives in France.

If you're on Twitter, please help support OUTLANDER fans in France by using the hashtag #FranceNeedsOutlander TODAY (December 7), from 6-8pm France time (that's noon-2pm ET, 9am-11am PT, 5pm-7pm in the UK).

For more information, see the announcement here.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Latest official photo of Jamie and Claire in Season 2!



Here's the latest official photo of Jamie and Claire from OUTLANDER Season 2.  (Click on the photo for a bigger view.)  Sam and Cait both look AMAZING, and the costumes are gorgeous!

We still don't know the exact premiere date for Season 2, but it will be sometime in Spring 2016. I promise I'll post here as soon as I hear anything definite.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Charity auction for a walk-on role in OUTLANDER!

Here's a chance for one very lucky fan to win a walk-on role in Season 2 of the OUTLANDER TV series!

CharityBuzz is auctioning off a walk-on role in an episode of OUTLANDER to be filmed in Scotland in January 2016. Proceeds go to a charity called the SeriousFun Children's Network, founded by Paul Newman.

Be sure to read the fine print (under "Additional lot details") if you're thinking about placing a bid. Among other things, it says, "Travel and accommodations are not included."

It's pretty expensive (current bid is $2,500), but it would be the experience of a lifetime for the lucky winner, I'm sure!  Check it out here if you're interested. The auction ends on Tuesday, December 15, at 3pm Eastern Time.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

First official Season 2 trailer!

STARZ has finally released the first official OUTLANDER Season 2 trailer!



It looks terrific (I love the costumes, especially) and I can't wait!!

You can see a slow-motion version here.

Please note, we still have no official word on a Season 2 premiere date, but I'll post here as soon as I hear anything.

November poll results

Here are the results of the November poll, which asked the question, "Have you ever been to Scotland?"
  • 33.03% - No, but I'd love to visit there some day!
  • 18.36% - I visited Scotland long before I knew Diana Gabaldon's books existed.
  • 11.32% - I visited Scotland after I discovered the OUTLANDER books.
  • 10.9% - Yes, I've been there more than once.
  • 6.04% - I'm making plans to visit by the end of 2016.
  • 3.19% - I went on an OUTLANDER-themed tour of Scotland.
  • 3.02% - I've lived in Scotland all or part of my life.
  • 2.68% - No, it's too far away and/or I can't afford it.
  • 2.26% - I visited Scotland as a result of seeing, or hearing about, the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 2.10% - No, but I'd like to see some of the locations shown in the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 1.34% - I'd like to visit, but I can't travel due to age or health reasons.
  • 0.25% - No, I like reading about Scotland or seeing it on TV, but I don't have any desire to go there myself.
  • 5.53% - Other
There were 66 responses in the "Other" category, too many to list here.

There were 1193 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I visited Scotland in 2012 on the Celtic Journeys OUTLANDER Tour, and had a wonderful time!

Please take a moment to vote in the December poll, "Which of Diana Gabaldon's books are you currently reading or listening to?" Thanks!