I've been mentioned in the Washington Post!
About a week ago, I got an email from Erika Mailman, a freelance writer for the Washington Post, who said she was working on an article about the "OUTLANDER Effect" on Scottish tourism, which is bringing a lot of attention to historic sites like Culloden as well as places where the OUTLANDER TV show has filmed in Scotland.
She said she'd seen a reference on my blog to the boundary stone between England and Scotland known as the Carter Bar, and she wanted to know where the specific quote was in the books that referenced it. So I told her what she wanted to know. <g>
In case you're wondering, the reference is in VOYAGER:
He had come up from the Lake District and over the Carter’s Bar, that great ridge of high ground that divides England from Scotland, on whose broad back the ancient courts and markets of the Borders had been held.When Ms. Mailman mentioned what her article was about, naturally I said I'd been to Scotland twice, the first time on Judy Lowstuter's Celtic Journeys tour with my mom and my sister in 2012, and had a fabulous time. (You can read my account of that trip here.) She said she'd interviewed Judy for this article. And Diana Gabaldon, too, of course, but she didn't mention that.
“There’s a stone there to mark the border, maybe you’ll know; it looks the sort of stone to last a while.” He glanced at me, questioning, and I nodded. I did know it; a huge menhir, some ten feet tall. In my time, someone had carved on its one face ENGLAND, and on the other, SCOTLAND.
(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 37, "What's in a Name". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
So the article will be appearing in the Travel section of the Washington Post tomorrow (Feb. 16), timed to coincide with the premiere of Season 5. <g> As soon as I heard that, I asked her to include a link to my site if possible -- which she did!
Here's the link to the article if you want to read it online. (It may only be available to Washington Post subscribers, though.)
Even though it's only a brief mention, this is quite a thrill for me personally, as you can imagine. <g> Another item to add to the list of things that would never in a million years have happened to me if I hadn't found these books.