Thursday, January 14, 2016

What's your most memorable OUTLANDER-related experience?

As the #Droughtlander continues, I thought the following question might be a good way to pass the time while we wait.

What's the most memorable, interesting, amusing, or unusual experience you've had as a result of reading Diana Gabaldon's books or watching the OUTLANDER TV series?

Here are three of my favorites:



1) Visiting Scotland in 2012 on the Celtic Journeys OUTLANDER Tour. That was the trip of a lifetime for me, and I had a wonderful time!



2) Attending Diana Gabaldon's appearance in Annandale, VA, in April, 2013. (Here I am with Carol and Tracey of My Outlander Purgatory.) At the point in Diana's talk where she mentions how she got involved with the online forum that is now the Compuserve Books and Writers Community, Diana looked right at me and said to the audience of about 1200 fans, "The fabulous Karen Henry manages my folder on Compuserve. She's the bumblebee-herder." And I turned around and waved to the crowd. <g>



2) When the standalone e-book edition of Diana Gabaldon's novella, "The Custom of the Army", was published in May, 2012, I was stunned and delighted to find that Diana had dedicated the story to me! (The terms "Aedile Curule" and "Chief Bumblebee-Herder" refer to my role as volunteer Section Leader in Diana Gabaldon's folder on Compuserve, a position I've held since 2008.)

What about the rest of you? What's the most interesting, amusing, or unusual experience you've had as a result of the OUTLANDER books or TV series? Please post a comment here, on Twitter, or on my Outlandish Observations Facebook page.

9 comments:

Wendy said...

I've been so blessed as an Outlander fan. It's hard To choose just one. I'll choose my top 3.

1.) Meeting Diana, the cast,& crew at the Outlander Fan Gathering in Los Angeles January of 2014. I won tickets to go back stage from DirecTv.

2.) Sitting at the dinner table with Diana during the Outlandia Charity event. It was so wonderful just chatting with her and getting to know her a little. Afterwards, she started following me on Twitter.


3.) PaleyFest: I had 2nd row tickets. Had a blast with a bunch of Outlander friends from the Washington State fan group that I admin.

Anonymous said...

I was really sick when I stumbled into these books after seeing the first episode. Somehow - getting totally lost reading these for the last 8 months on bedrest has been a good part of refining my health.

Arleners said...

I attended a convention at McArthur Airport on Long Island, NY where I met Graham McTavish. His presentation was wonderful. He was so outgoing and friendly. My friend was a vendor and he bought "My little Pony" trinkets for his daughters. She was thrilled. I paid to pose in a picture with him and it is on the shelf in my living room.

Robyn Hornal said...

After reading one of the daily lines for MOBY, I left a very short comment. Later when Diana posted the chapter headings, the headings for one of the chapters was missing. Much later, when I finally got my 'hold' from the library and read the book, I found my comment as that chapter heading!

Anonymous said...

Two things:
First, I was raised Presbyterian. My parents, grandparents made it very clear that people who descended from Scots were Protestants, NEVER Catholic. I had a lot of guilt about marrying a Catholic, joining the Catholic church, raising Catholic kids. But these books had Catholic Scots - by golly there is such a thing! Diana made it ok to be Catholic.

Second, I did not know there was such a thing as Scots Gaelic until watching Outlander and then reading the books. And I was very intrigued by this language. Last summer, we traveled to the town my mother's people came from in Scotland. I had the chance to speak to a local historian/genealogist who remarked that our family had spoken Gaelic. Now I was inspired to learn and when another Outlander fan on Twitter mentioned that she had found an online class through Atlantic Gaelic Academy, I signed up. It has been a great journey!

Mary Tormey said...

Hi Karen , for me it would have to be reading the first book for the very first time , realizing that I wasn't reading just any book , but also a Very Special , one and connecting with different people online and through Facebook and through your Webpage and Blog, I hope to have more "Outlander " expierences in the near future , meeting Diana Gabaldon in the future would be a great honor, please post more soon, Love your Blog and your Webpage. Sincerely Yours , Mary Tormey.

Peigi said...

Have loved the books since the beginning, but only found the online fandom since the TV series started (a month after a gathering hosted in my hometown Seattle - RATS!) When I heard folks discussing the show on my Monday morning bus ride to work, I thought - WOW it's a small universe!

Thanks, Karen for all you do! "Peigi" (nom de Twitter)

Joni Webb said...

Karen,loved reading this! And loved reading how much Diana appreciates your efforts, which we all do!!

Claire said...

What brilliant experiences you've had! I was just chatting with a friend who works for Visit Scotland about how all the amazing Outlander fans who've been visiting - i'm so glad you enjoyed our wee country!