THERE He Is!

 

king of men

Photo Credit: Starz (still from episode 209)

THERE he is—fierce, fair but don’t-fuck-with-me-or-mine James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser!

I was worried there for a little while, but in episode 209 Sam Heughan did a great job of capturing book-Jamie’s spirit.

Didn’t you just love the way he ‘handled’ Dougal; respectful yet stern, unwavering in his decisions?  And also how he held himself accountable to his men—even Dougal had to give him props for that…

It was classic book-Jamie.

I saw confidence, I saw strong will, I saw, finally, a LEADER not a follower! I’ve so been waiting for that!

This is a turning point for Jamie, it’s the beginning of his evolution into the ‘King of Men’ persona he is so widely known and loved for (among book fans anyway).

I can’t wait to see what’s next! Je Suis Prest!

 

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Where is Badass-Jamie?

Jamie looking at Claire

Gif Credit: fuckyeahjamieandclaire.tumblr.com

Let me be clear: I love the tv series!

While I do still prefer the books, I thoroughly enjoy the show—including the liberties taken with characters & story lines (Angus, Rupert, need I say more?)

But it saddens me, as an Outlander fan, that the non-book readers have not experienced the painful yet satisfying sexual-healing of the ‘Stinging Nettle’ scene (which has a correlating recipe from Outlander Kitchen w/an excerpt of that scene by the way), or the more pronounced (yet subtle) badass-ness of Jamie in general.

Take this scene for example. A no-nonsense display of chivalry by Jamie in defending Claire’s honor to Simon Jr (who is hardly spineless, as he was portrayed in the show):

Dragonfly in Amber, chapter 40:

(Young Simon Fraser, to Claire) “I’d heard of ye, you know,” he said. “You’ve a bit of fame through the Highlands, Mistress.”

“Oh really? How nice.” I tugged inconspicuously; in response, his hand tightened around mine in a grip that was nearly painful.”

“Oh aye. I’ve heard you’re verra popular with the men of your husband’s command,” he said, smiling so hard his eyes narrowed to dark-brown slits. “They call ye neo-geimnidh meala, I hear. That means ‘Mistress honeylips,’ ” he translated, seeing my look of bewilderment at the unfamiliar Gaelic.

“Why, thank you…” I began, but got no more than the first words out before Jamie’s fist crashed into Simon Junior’s jaw and sent his half-uncle reeling into a piecrust table, scattering sweetmeats and serving spoons across the polished slates with a terrific clatter.

He dressed like a gentleman, but he had a brawler’s instincts. Young simon rolled up onto his knees, fists clenched, and froze there. Jamie stood over him, fists doubled but loose, his stillness more menacing than open threat.

“No,” he said evenly, “she doesna have much Gaelic. And now that ye’ve proved it to everyone’s satisfaction, ye’ll kindly apologize to my wife, before I kick your teeth down your throat.”

I know that they changed Simon Jr’s & Laoghaire’s storyline to make a different upcoming storyline more palatable, and that the rest of this season and the beginning of next are what ultimately shape Jamie’s ‘King of Men’ reputation, but I miss his subtle humor, his understated confidence.

They nailed that in the very first episode, 101, when Jamie is preventing Claire from escaping by threatening to throw her over his injured shoulder, lol …

It can’t be easy to translate Diana Gabaldon’s work into another medium; that’s akin to messing with perfection.

In the books, I feel like Jamie’s tougher, a little more rough around the edges. That’s no criticism of Sam Heughan or Production, mind you, they absolutely are doing JAMMF & Outlander justice. Perhaps it’s just the way it translates to script…

(But seriously, isn’t Jamie defending Claire’s honor in such an ‘alpha male’ way a turn-on, lol?)

Season 3 AND 4 Announced? Yeah Baby!

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Photo credit: Outlander-Starz

Not only is today #WorldOutlanderDay, but Starz has renewed “Outlander” for both Seasons 3 AND 4!

Season 3 will be based on Voyager, and Season 4 Drums of Autumn.

“Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said of the renewal:

…On this 25th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the U.S., we are thrilled and honored to be able to continue the story that began with author Diana Gabaldon, and is brought to life by the incredibly talented Ronald D. Moore. There are no better storytellers for ‘Outlander’ than this team, both in front and behind the camera.” ~ Variety.com

Happy World Outlander Day indeed!

World Outlander Day, June 1st 2014

Optional Profile Pic for World Outlander Day

Optional Profile Pic for World Outlander Day

Help spread the Outlander love on Twitter and Facebook for ‪#‎WorldOutlanderDay‬ this Sunday, June 1st.

Outlander fans are being asked to change their profile pics on FB and Twitter to something Outlandish for the day and to tweet book quotes, photos, memes and video links from 6-7 pm in their respective time zones. Roc Lyn has kindly edited the list below of copy-and-paste quote tweets based on a list created by Kristin Deborah Matherly for our #WorldwideTvNeedsOutlander effort in January.

Theresa at Outlander Kitchen has come up with some awesome and creative ideas on how to celebrate the day too—I highly recommend checking them out!

Personally,I will be changing my profile pic & drinking wine from a glass with Outlander wine charms on the stem, made by Book Beads. (I do what I can).

Thanks to everyone in advance for participating 🙂 Here are the Tweet-friendly quotes:

Enchantment: “Some say the hill is enchanted, others say it is cursed. Both are right.” ~Claire, Dragonfly in Amber, Prologue #WorldOutlanderDay

Strength: “He will let you go because he thinks you are helpless. I know you are not.” —Jamie in Outlander, Ch35 #WorldOutlanderDay

Beauty: “You’re beautiful to me, Jamie,” I said softly, at last. “So beautiful, you break my heart.” -Fiery Cross Ch85 #WorldOutlanderDay

FTJob: “You think I haven’t got anything better to do with my life than trot around after you…?” ~Claire ECHO Ch62 #WorldOutlanderDay

Weapons: “I still say the only good weapon for a woman is poison.” ~Murtagh in Outlander, Ch18#WorldOutlanderDay

Choices: “The price of Frank’s life was Jamie’s soul, …?” ~Claire in Dragonfly in Amber, Ch21#WorldOutlanderDay

SciSimplified: “So what ye’ve got there is broth that the mold has pissed in, is that right?” ~Jamie, Fiery Cross, Ch36 #WorldOutlanderDay

Romance: “Ye werena the first lass I kissed,” he said softly. ”But I swear you’ll be the last.” ~Jamie in Outlander, Ch28 #WorldOutlanderDay

NotAfraid: “He was not afraid to die with her, by fire or any other way- only to live….” ~Jamie, Fiery Cross, Ch17 #WorldOutlanderDay

GoodDecisions: ‘The most important thing I’ve learned about women, Sassenach, is….’ ~Jamie, Dragonfly in Amber, Ch11 #WorldOutlanderDay

UnconventionalFlirtation: “No worry, lass. I’ve been hurt much worse, and by people much less pretty.” ~Jamie, Outlander #WorldOutlanderDay
Together: “Don’t be afraid,” he whispered into my hair. “There’s the two of us now.” ~Jamie, Outlander, Ch14 #WorldOutlanderDay

Biting: “…I wanted an apology, did I? If I recall aright, what I said was, ‘Bite me again.’ “ ~Jamie in Outlander, Ch23 #WorldOutlanderDay

Connection: ”But I talk to you as I talk to my own soul, he said, turning me to face him.” ~Jamie, Dragonfly in Amber #WorldOutlanderDay Undying

Love: “For where all love is, the speaking is unnecessary. It is all. It is undying…” ~Claire, Outlander, Ch38 #WorldOutlanderDay

New (verra affordable) Outlander-Themed Charms Added to Collection.

Outlander-themed charms

Outlander-themed charms

Book Beads, my most favorite Outlander artist, has added many new charms to her collection.

They are for sale and she ships internationally. The more you buy, the cheaper the cost:

Re-tell Jamie and Claire Fraser’s story from Diana Gabaldon’s popular Outlander series with one or more lead-free [pewter] charms! Painstakingly sourced from all over, this charm collection boasts 85 extremely well-detailed expressions of Outlander-themed iconography.

BUY IN BULK!! You can save money if you buy multiple charms (prices shown are USD):

  • 5 charms for $13 (the MINIMUM ORDER)
  • 10 charms for $20
  • 15 charms for $30
  • all 85 charms for $102
  • if you are interested in purchasing a different number of charms a custom listing can be set up for you.

Here’s a video of “The Outlander Celtic Link Chain Mail Charm Bracelet,” which shows the charms in great detail. I want one!

 

She also makes my personal favorite, Outlander-themed book beads; US covers on the front, UK covers on the back. They are absolute quality and worth every penny:

They can be strung together on a necklace or bracelet, wired on to earrings, hung on loops as wine charms, snapped on to key chains or looped into stitch markers! You get the idea: there is no limit to what you can do with these!

Outlander-themed book beads.

Outlander-themed book beads.

I have the wine charms, they are hands-down my single-most favorite Outlander-related items that I own:

Outlander-themed wine charms

Outlander-themed wine charms

All of the aforementioned items are available for purchase on her website and in her Etsy store. She also does other literary-themed collections, a la Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Game of Thrones etc…

Please give her Facebook Page a Like, show her some Outlander love ❤

#PocketJamie Could Win Starz a Shorty Award for ‘Best Use of a Hashtag on Twitter.’

PocketJamie Template, from starzoutlander.tumblr.com

“#PocketJamie,” from starzoutlander.tumblr.com

“The Shorty Awards (also known as the Shorties) are the equivalent of the Oscar in the Social Media world.”  ~ shortyawards.com

Did you know that Outlander has the most engaged fan base in advance of a premiere in Starz history?

As you can imagine, that’s marketing gold to the powers that be. In fact, Starz’ Digital Marketing team has been working very hard to make us, the fans, feel like we’re ‘part of the ride,’ hoping it will motivate us to spread the news that the books are coming to life (as if we needed any coercion lol).

They hosted the fan event in NYC in October 2013, and LA in January 2014.  We had behind the scenes glimpses of video/sketches & artist renderings/Q&A with Ron Moore, Diana Gabaldon, AND the lucky attendees in LA also got to interact with Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe!

LA is where the #PocketJamie campaign was born:

The #PocketJamie campaign was designed as a digital extension of a fan event we held in Los Angeles. Attendees were given their very own #PocketJamie and challenged to take photos of him and upload them to Twitter. This activation will last over 2 months and will culminate in the #PocketJamie awards to be “held” in March.

Campaign Objectives 

• Support our Outlander super fans and give them exciting, compelling content
• Encourage fans to participate in the #PocketJamie experience and activate others to do the same
• Bring a piece of the Outlander fan event to those who could not attend by giving #PocketJamie away on Twitter and encouraging everyone to participate.

The fun isn’t over yet.

Later this month, we will announce the #PocketJamie awards. Categories like “Most Creative #PocketJamie photo” “Farthest Traveled #PocketJamie” and “Best Supporting Appearance with #PocketJamie” will be announced. Fans will submit their photos for each category by tweeting them to @Outlander_Starz and including the #PocketJamie hashtag. Winners will be selected and announced at the #PocketJamie Awards, a live Twitter chat with the @Outlander_Starz handle. Each winner will receive a prize autographed by Outlander’s stars, Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. ~ Starz Digital Team, as seen on industry.shortyawards.com

So, do you feel like Starz has made you feel as though you’ve been ‘part of the ride?’ I can honestly say that I do…

And for those participating in the #PocketJamie contest, good luck & have fun! I can’t wait to see the entries, lol. 
A Pocket Jamie a day keeps the redcoats away, ken?

A Pocket Jamie a day keeps the redcoats away, ken?

Want to Know How to Increase the Chances of Diana Gabaldon doing a Book Signing in Your Area?

dg book signing

Did you know that you can increase the chances of Diana Gabaldon holding a Book Signing in your area?

From Herself’s Facebook wall yesterday:

“Normally, the publisher starts setting an itinerary for touring (assuming they want to do a tour; they do them much less these days) a new book a couple of months prior to publication.

What you (or anyone) should do, if you’d like me to sign in your area, is to contact the biggest independent bookstore (or failing any of those, the biggest chain bookstore) near you, ask to talk to the events coordinator, and inform him/her that you’d love to have me there.   These are the people who talk to the publisher’s sales reps–and it’s the sales reps who advise the publicists as to where they think appearances might be most effective.” ~ Diana Gabaldon

Isn’t this wonderful information? I feel a phone call to my local bookstore coming on verra soon…

*Thank you Marja-Liisa Miettinen for bringing this great tidbit to our attention! You’re a true Outlander fan!

Chris Hemsworth looks more Jamie-esque than ever in Thor 2…

Add some red to his hair, slap a kilt on him and call me “Sassenach!”

Chris Hemsworth from the Thor 2 movie trailer

Chris Hemsworth from the Thor 2 movie trailer

This is my James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.  This pic is a screen shot from the Thor 2 movie trailer, which you can see here:  http://www.inquisitr.com/633213/thor-2-trailer-released-online-video/

‘Nuff said.

OutlanderFan.com’s Interview with ‘Herself,’ Diana Gabaldon…

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ series, books 1-7

First, I have to say a ginormous THANK YOU to Diana for graciously taking the time to do this interview; not only was she in the midst of writing MOBY (Written in My Own Heart’s Blood/Book 8), she was also gearing up for her daughter’s wedding in Scotland… I found her to be friendly, funny, and generous in her responses, for which I’m verra appreciative.

 As an Outlander fan, I’m curious about what goes on in Herself’s head when she writes/goes about her daily life. I want to know: 

  • Is the connection between Jamie & Claire a reflection of  Diana’s own sense of self?
  • What is she like to be around while she’s writing?
  • Is there a particular book/author that affected her life as much as Outlander has ours? 
  • Is she ever reluctant to turn over her stories/characters to us, the readers?
  • Does she think about Jamie as much as we do, lol?

I think you’ll find her responses enlightening as well as entertaining…

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{She answered this first question in true DG form, and left me laughing out loud…}

Not to sound cliché, but the dynamic between Jamie & Claire awakened my ‘inner-goddess;’ something about their connection  moved me to embrace my  femininity & literally view the ‘male species’ in a different light (much to my husband’s great delight, lol). Who/what awakened yours, or did you perhaps always have a sense of being comfortable in your own skin?                  

 Dear Jennifer- I just like men.

 

 {Don’t you just love that?  Her response just smacks of  Jamie or Lord John Grey, lol}

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{I did gain a lot of insight into her writing process from her response to this question…}

Whenever inspiration to write something hits me, it feels like I will literally burst; hopefully I’m at home when this happens- the kids can be running around screaming their heads off  like little barbarians in their underwear and it doesn’t matter, as long as I’m able to get it ‘out of my system’ and into the computer. However, if I’m not at home or near a computer it’s unfortunate for anyone around me as I’m rather edgy, and unable to focus on anything (hmmm, maybe I should get a tablet, lol). What are you like to be around when you write? Have you ever been inspired to write at an inoppurtune moment?

When I began to write my first novel, I had 1) two full-time jobs, 2) three children under the age of 6, and 3) a husband who would have begged me to wait until I had “more time” before trying to write a novel (out of fear that I would die of exhaustion), if I’d been incautious enough to tell him what I was doing, which I wasn’t. Consequently, I usually didn’t have a lot of uninterrupted time to write the novel. (I did have time to write; both my jobs involved tremendous amounts of writing, so I was often at a computer.)

The other thing, though, has to do with how I write. Which is to say—I don’t write with an outline, and I don’t write in a straight line. I don’t decide what I’m going to write and then sit down and work on it. What I need to begin working is what I call a “kernel”: a line of dialogue, a vivid image, an emotional ambiance…anything I can sense concretely enough to write a line or two describing it. Once I have that on paper, I stare at it, and I fiddle; put words in, take them out, add clauses, shuffles sentences—so the top of my mind is concerned with the craft of the thing, looking for maximum euphony and clarity and accuracy. That kind of frees up the stuff on the bottom to wander around kicking at the compost piles down there and asking random questions: What time of day is it? How is the light falling? Is it lighting someone’s face? Who just spoke? Are my hands cold? Etc., etc., etc. (as the King of Siam might remark).

The end result of all this is that I learned almost immediately to crystallize a kernel when I got one; to visualize whatever it was as a mental image attached to a few words. Then I could just carry that around in my head until I got to my computer. Once there, I could drop my kernel onscreen like one of those Japanese gel capsules that you drop in boiling water and get Godzilla made out of pink sponge.
 
I can write anywhere, under just about any conditions, except for someone talking directly to me and insisting that I pay attention to them. <g>
 
As to what I’m like when I’m writing, I’m told I make faces.
 
{So she started writing Outlander on the ‘down-low;’ how intimate! And I love that she doesn’t write with an outline or in a straight line. The characters and plots are complex and fragmented, and don’t really conform to a given outline; they deserve to emerge at their own pace, in their own way… In the end, they are all cohesive. That’s one of the things I love most about Outlander, how the characters & plots are so diverse; they branch out on so many different levels and yet stay rooted, like a tree… Their secrets are revealed to us in each piece of bark, each knot and leaf, and flow together hypnotically like a weeping willow swaying in the breeze…
Also I will never look at my kids’ gel capsule/animal sponges in the same light again, lol.}
 
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{I hope my husband takes no offense by this next question, lol!}
 

I always say that if I’d read Outlander 20 years ago I’d probably be living in Scotland/married to a Scotsman right now, lol; is there one book/author in particular that has ever moved you to consider a lifestyle change?

 

Sure. All the wonderful books I’ve read since childhood convinced me that I was meant to be a writer. <g>

 

{Alrighty then… next question!}
 
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{*Sniff, don’t hurt my baby!  Who else can relate to this next one?}
 

As crazy as this sounds, whenever I loan out any copy of the Outlander series, I feel both happy to be turning on someone new to the series and also a little protective, lol, like I’m trusting them with a family member. As the author/creator, do you ever have protective feelings of the characters? Is there ever even a tiny grain of reluctance to share or ‘entrust’ the characters/story with us ‘perfect strangers,’ lol?

No, I don’t have a reluctance to trust the story to readers. That’s what I wrote it for, after all. <g> That said, I do occasionally roll my eyes when obliged to listen to some of the less thoughtfully considered reactions people sometimes have to the story or characters.

Now, everyone brings his or her own background, perceptions, experience, and expectations to a book—that’s why each re-read of a complex book is different; you’re a different person each time you come to it. But that also means that some readers with a limited world-view, or who have had a very strong life experience of some kind, will read a book with a personal bias that, um, I don’t share. <cough>
 
The deeply moving, maternal letter of farewell that Claire writes to her daughter before departing into the past? Two letters from women upset that this tender physician put a P.S. on the letter saying, “P.S. Stand up straight and don’t get fat.” Distorted Body Image! How dare I cause young women to worry about their bodies?!? How could I do such a thing?
 
Having been through stuff like that before, I wrote back with a polite letter, asking whether perhaps each reader had had someone in her life with an eating disorder or other serious emotional issue connected with body image? Both of them admitted that, well, yes, in fact they did. I sympathized, but pointed out that no one else had had that reaction to the letter, and while their reaction was of course valid, it didn’t mean that it was universal, or correct.
 
Then there are the very young men and women who have grown up in a post-feminist world with not much exposure to history—not any history in particular, but just the notion that historical periods were different from the present, and not just different in terms of not having electric waffle-makers or tampons, but different in terms of how people thought, and the conditions and concerns that shaped that thought. You know…the concept of a frame of reference.
 
Lacking that concept, they tend to get seriously bent over events in the books that would <be> Unacceptable (that ultimate word of power <cough>) to Modern Enlightened Thought. Older readers almost never respond that way to the same events, but are inclined to find them moving, funny, or sexually arousing.
 
{How true, everyone brings their own frame of reference/life experience/perceptions to the story. I personally was not offended by the passage in Outlander where Jamie ‘disciplined’ Claire for almost getting them all (Jamie, Murtagh, Dougal, Rupert etc) killed upon her rescue from Captain Randall/Fort William. While such an act seems unreasonable in 2012,  I understand that in 1743, things were a little different; Jamie had his reasons which I won’t go into here, but relative to his upbringing in the Scottish Highlands in that time period, he did what he believed was necessary, for Claire’s own good.  However, I am aware of other Outlander fans who were indeed offended, and while I completely understand and sympathize why someone would be, I just personally don’t see the two as the same.  (At the risk of sounding callous, I did find it a little funny, and it led to one of my favorite scenes ever in the series, you can see it on the Need a Jamie Fix? page, it’s #2.)}
 
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{I’ve been dying to ask this last question, ever since I became a true Outlander fan.}

Throughout my daily life, I find (as do many of my fellow Outlander friends) that I often notice things/people that remind me of something from the books (a dragonfly, mortar and pestle, etc.) Is it like that for you? For example, if you were to see a tall redhead say, at the grocery store, would your mind go automatically to Jamie? Or is it maybe something you try to turn off when you’re about your daily life/with your family?

This is a corollary to the “where do you get your ideas?” question. <g> The answer being, “everywhere. All the time.” Stuff just washes through me all the time—sights, sounds, smells, thoughts, visions, conversations, figures of speech, you name it—and some of it crystallizes into kernels and some of it doesn’t.

The automatic sifting of Stuff naturally stops (or retreats so far into the subconscious that I don’t notice it) if I’m concentrating on something, but otherwise, it’s just there all the time, like breathing.
 
{So it’s not just us, she thinks about it all the time too! That’s reassuring, especially when you consider that MOBY is in the works :)}
 
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Well, this experience was truly a pleasure for me, and one that I’ll always be thankful for!  I want to thank Diana again for taking the time to share with us her insights into her creative process.  I had so much fun doing this, and I hope you enjoyed reading it! What do YOU guys think of  Herself’s insights? ♥

Outlander Charm Bracelet Giveaway- Yay!

8/27/12 Update: The winner is “Rehann West” of Indiana, USA- congrats Rehann & thanks to everyone who entered!!!

Example of an Outlander Charm Bracelet by Mini Books Jewelry

We have a new Outlander artist in the community- “Abigail Butler” of  Mini Books Jewelry

“Abby has been making Mini Books since the summer of 2011 out of a passion for reading and crafts. She started off making them for herself until they caught fire with family, friends and eventually, people all over the world. Mini Books are made completely by hand and entirely out of paper. To ensure Mini Books survive day to day wear and tear, they are sealed to prevent tears and water damage. They measure approximately 22mm tall and can be placed on a variety of jewelry.” ~ Mini Books Jewelry’s facebook page.

In gratitude for Outlander Fan’s facebook page reaching 900+ Likes, I’m having a giveaway- yay!  Abby/Mini Books Jewelry was kind enough to sponsor an Outlander charm bracelet- wasn’t that bonny of her?  All ye have to do to enter is leave a comment at the bottom of this post, ken?  You have until the evening of Sunday, August 26th, 9pm EST.  A winner will be selected by a random number generator and notified by me via email & contacted by Abby Butler for shipping details.  *Note:  if for any reason you are unable to leave a comment due to this website acting ‘wonky’, you can private message me at JenniferTownsend.OutlanderFan@facebook.com

(Follow Abby and her Mini Books on her facebook page at Mini Books Jewelry. If you’re interested in purchasing Mini Books you can shop for them at http://www.etsy.com/shop/MiniBooksJewelry. There are a variety of different books and series offered at the shop but if you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can email a custom request to MiniBooksJewelry@yahoo.com.)

Good luck everyone! 🙂

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