Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Final Frenzy!

Diana Gabaldon posted the following comment on yesterday:

"The Frenzy is ON."

So she has begun what she calls the "Final Frenzy" phase of Book 9 of the OUTLANDER series, GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE.

What exactly does Diana mean by "Final Frenzy"?  Here's an explanation that she posted on the Compuserve Books and Writers Community in 2008, when she was writing AN ECHO IN THE BONE:
Oh, that's just what I call the last two-thee months of work on a novel--it's where I know pretty much where/what all the pieces are--but still have 100,000 words to write. <g>   Knowing so much, though, I can pretty much work flat-out, without having to stop and wait for the brain to generate links and kick up ideas out of the compost; it's all _there_, and I'm just digging it out.  
By the end of the FF, with the book very close to completion, she's often working so hard that she barely stops to eat or sleep.

We still don't have a confirmed publication date for BEES (with luck, it will be out later this year), but the fact that Diana has reached this stage is certainly an encouraging sign!

(Please note: as Diana often says, "finished" is a relative term, to a writer!  Even after the manuscript is done, there are many more stages that the book has to go through before it's actually published.)

Keep in mind that Diana may not be online as much (on, Twitter, or Facebook) once the FF really gets underway, because she'll be spending most of her time writing.  If you have a question that only Diana is in a position to answer, just be patient, and realize that it may take her a while to get back to you.

Let's all wish her the best of luck (and lots of uninterrupted writing time!) during the Final Frenzy!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Diana Gabaldon is coming to North Carolina in April!

Very exciting news for OUTLANDER fans in North Carolina! Diana Gabaldon will be coming to NC on April 26-28 for several events, including:

Appearances at Tryon Palace in New Bern (where Claire stayed with Gov. Martin in A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES) on April 26-27.

Talk and book-signing at the Paramount Theater in Burlington, NC (in Alamance County, near the site of the Battle of Alamance depicted in FIERY CROSS) on the evening of April 27. Tickets for this event are $50 for the talk and $50 if you want a signed book and a photo. That's pricey for this sort of event, but I believe proceeds are going to support Alamance Battleground.

A brunch and tour of Alamance Battleground on Sunday, April 28. This is a special event limited to 40 tickets, at a cost of $300 each (!) Again, my understanding is that the proceeds will go to Alamance Battleground.

UPDATE 3/19/2019 6:12 am:

I mentioned the cost of the tickets to Diana on yesterday and here is her response:
Yes, those tickets do look pricey--they didn't ask me about what they could/should charge, but all events are indeed fund-raisers for the acquisition and curation of the Alamance Battlefield and/or the preservation/improvement of the Tryon Palace historical building.
My mom and I just got tickets for Diana's appearance in Burlington on the 27th.  Naturally I'm very excited! It's been a year and a half since the last time we met in person. This is a relatively small venue, only 390 seats, which is a good thing, as far as I'm concerned. And it's only an hour's drive from where I live. <g>

For more information about the events planned for Diana's visit to NC, see the Appearances page on her website.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Diana Gabaldon receives a Thistle Award from VisitScotland!

OUTLANDER author Diana Gabaldon will receive a special “International Contribution to Scottish Tourism” award from VisitScotland at the Scottish Thistle Awards tonight (March 14).

UPDATE 3/17/2019 7:30 pm: Here's a closeup of the award, which is a "book sculpture" of OUTLANDER and Craigh na Dun. Very cool!

Congratulations, Diana, and many thanks for inspiring me and countless other fans to visit Scotland! I went on the Celtic Journeys OUTLANDER Tour in 2012, along with my mom and my sister, and we had a fabulous time! You can see my posts about that trip here.

Friday, March 1, 2019

February poll results

Here are the results of the February poll, which asked the question, "Have you attended any of Diana Gabaldon's public appearances?"
  • 31.91% - Yes, I've been to one or more of her book-signings or other public appearances.
  • 29.79% - Not yet, but I would like to see her in person some day.
  • 21.47% - No, I live too far away.
  • 5.61% - No, I'm not interested in attending a book-signing.
  • 2.71% - Yes, many times!
  • 2.32% - What public appearances? When and where?
  • 1.74% - I'm planning to attend one of her appearances later this year, or when Book 9 comes out.
  • 0.77% - I would like to, but I'm too busy with family, work, or other commitments.
  • 0.58% - No, the crowds at these events are getting too big.
  • 3.09% - Other:
There were 517 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated!

I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I have seen Diana in person four times, most recently in 2017. The photo above is from my first encounter with Diana, at an appearance in Columbia, MD, in 2009.

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