#WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander TODAY, May 19th, 2014.

Outlander Tweeps, please show your support for international Outlander fans whose tv networks have not yet signed up for the series in their respective countries.

“As of right now, only the US, Canada, and Australia have announced plans to air the series. Obviously we’d like to have it shown in many, many other countries, and this is a great opportunity to get the attention of the international TV network executives who are in a position to make that happen.” ~ Outlandish Observations

The #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander event is TODAY (May 19) from 1pm – 3pm ET (10am – noon PT, 6pm – 8pm GMT).

“For this effort, we are asking everyone to tweet #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander to the priority handles once each using basic tweets translated into the appropriate languages. Then we are asking that you choose 2-3 other countries (or groups of countries) to tweet an extended list of networks up to four times each – for example, Scandinavia, Germany and the UK or Latin America/Spain, France and Italy.” Outlander Ambassadors

For a list of  tweets & handles for countries around the world, click here.

Big big thank you “Outlander Ambassadors” for organizing these lists ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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We have a Premiere Date—August 9th!

Photo: Courtesy of Starz

Photo: Courtesy of Starz

At first when I saw this I Was like, “Gahhhhhhhhhhhhh!”

Then I realized I’ll be CAMPING that weekend, and I was like, “Noooooooooooo!” Then I remembered I have Xfinity and can watch it on my iPhone and I was like, “Well, it will be on a small screen, but at least I can watch it on DVR when I get home Sunday night.”

THEN I realized that I can bring my laptop with me, and watch it all up-close-and-personal, and I was like, “That’s even better than seeing it on tv! Thank you Jesus for campgrounds with Wifi!”

Before Outlander premieres I will post alternative ways of watching the show.

In the meantime, for those of you not in the US, Canada or Australia, take notice:

International Outlander – URGENT update

We have received word that the completed episodes of Outlander will be shown to international network executives within the next week or two. This is the news we’ve been waiting for! Outlander will sell itself, as long as the executives see it. A little help from us wouldna go amiss, aye?

We are asking all fans in countries who do not have an Outlander deal in place to PLEASE contact their networks by every means possible – e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and overnight snail mail – and ask (beg, beseech, nag, encourage) them to have their representative make a point to see Outlander at the LA Screenings. Time is of the essence as the event starts on May 13, which is next Tuesday. When you contact the network, you should also promise to subscribe, watch and do everything in your power to help promote the series once it airs.

Once we have the date(s) Outlander will be shown at the LA Screenings, we’ll be setting up another #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander event for all fans. Let’s prove once again that Worldwide TV Does Indeed Need Outlander! ~ Outlander Ambassadors

#PocketJamie Scores a Memorable Encounter (and a little inside scoop) with Howie Nicholsby for One #Outlander Fan…

 

Grand Marshal Howie Nicholsby (Founder of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh, Scotland) and Mary Keir, Tartan Day Parade NYC, 4-5-14

‘Grand Marshal’ Howie Nicholsby (Founder of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh, Scotland) and Mary Keir, Tartan Day Parade NYC, 4-5-14

“Mary Keir” attended the Tartan Day Parade in NYC, her husband and #PocketJamie in tow. The following is what transpired, in her own words:

I brought Pocket Jamie to the Tartan Day Parade in NY yesterday and told my husband my goal was to get a picture of him with Grand Marshal “Howie Nicholsby,” who is the founder of 21st Century Kilts in Edinburgh.

I’m shy to begin with, and Howie was usually surrounded by cool fashionista types so I was very intimidated. My husband gave me a much-needed push and I finally made my way over, said hello, and asked for a picture.

He was perfectly agreeable, but when I pulled out Pocket Jamie, his eyes lit up! He said, “Oh, you know, I dressed him!” To which I replied, “Lucky you!”

Sam Heughan backstage at 2013 BAFTAs

(Sam Heughan backstage at 2013 BAFTAs)

(He dressed Sam for the BAFTAs, and maybe other occasions? When he said “I dressed him,” I had a visual of him physically, literally dressing him—and maybe he did). He said Sam is “a lovely guy.”

Then he told me he will be an extra in Outlander.

He wanted to check it all out, so he went to the set one day and they asked him to appear in the show. He mentioned Terry Moore, the costume designer, and said she thought it would be funny/ironic to put him in pants for the role since he is a kilt guy. Then he took out his phone and showed us a picture of him and Sam together in character.

I confess I couldn’t really see it ’cause I didn’t have time to fumble for my reading glasses, but it was nice of him to show us. He said it was the first time he’d worn “trews” in 15 years and it felt really weird; he had to wear them for 3 1/2 days while he filmed his part, which will appear in the 4th episode.

So he cheerfully posed with me and PJ and was as kind as could be, so I was really glad I got my nerve up to approach him.

So are we, Mary. So are we ❤

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 ❤

Save the Date–Help the UK, New Zealand and Sony-Owned Properties in Latin America & Spain Get Outlander!

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There is a Twitter campaign underway to help the rest of the world watch Outlander the TV series (currently it will only air in the USA, Canada & Australia).

***We plan to include other countries as we learn their respective networks’ Twitter handles, so stay tuned! On this particular date, we’re focusing on the UK , New Zealand & Sony-owned properties in Latin America and Spain:

February 26, 8-10pm GMT

(US times:  3-5 pm EST / 2-4 pm CST / 1-3 pm MST / 12-2 pm PST)

Please tweet one of the following texts ONCE to each of the handles on this list, to remind networks in the UK and New Zealand that fans are eager to see the show and will support it once it is on the air:

When Outlander airs, I will do everything in my power to help ensure that it’s a hit.#WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander

Outlander fans stand ready to ensure the success of the series. #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander

I promise to use all means in my power to help ensure the success of Outlander. #WorldwideTVNeedsOutlander

@BBCOne

@sky1

@SkyLivingHD

@ITV

@itv2

@Channel4

@E4Tweets

@channel5_tv

@WatchTVSeriesTV

@SyfyUK

@UniversalChUK

@SKYNZ

@Primetv_NZ

@tv3nz

@Foxtel

@SoHoTVAU

@SPE_LatinAM

@sonypictures_es

@Canal_Sony

@SonyPicturesMX

@SonyPicturesUy

@SonyPicturesCol

@SonyPicturesArg

@canalsony

Thanks & good luck everyone!  

#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?

What if Everyone on Twitter Read Outlander at the Same Time?

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That’s the goal anyway, of The Atlantic’s Twitter book club, “1book140.”

1book140 is an international book club (currently 98.5k members) that takes place mainly on Twitter, though it also incorporates readers’ blogs, Tumblr and Facebook pages. Summaries of the conversations are posted at The Atlantic.com.

This month they have chosen Outlander as their February read! They have an excellent system in place to make it easy to follow along and avoid spoilers. Per J. Nathan Matias/TheAtlantic.com:

To join the conversation on Outlander, follow us at @1book140 and tweet to join the conversation so we know that you’re reading along. To avoid spoilers, we spread the conversation across one hashtag per week. Click on each hashtag to see the conversation at that point in the book. 

  • Week One: Chapters 1-10, using #1b140_1 as a hashtag for your tweets
  • Week Two: Chapters 11-20, using #1b140_2
  • Week Three: Chapters 21-30, using #1b140_3
  • Week Four: Chapters 31-41, using #1b140_4

Click here for everything you need to know to participate in the book club.

So whether you’re a Twitter pro, newbie or wannabe, give this a try! Let’s show the Twitterverse what Outlander has to offer!

I can’t Get Enough of TV Guide Magazine’s Interview of Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe—They’re So Friggin’ Adorable!

Warning: Cuteness factor is off the charts!

 Seriously! How cute are they?

Outlander Fandom 12 Step Program (It’s Not What You Think)

I didna write the following—“Jennifer McDonald” did. It’s verra clever and has been making the rounds on Facebook. I’m sharing it with permission from “Shelley Pilette.”

This is not a 12 step to recovery. I’m sorry to say that there is no turning back from the fandom. You read the books, fell in love, and now you are hooked. There is only one thing left to do…Embrace it.

Here is a list of twelve self-affirming steps. When it gets to be too much, then repeat this mantra: “I am not alone,” for you truly aren’t. Just look around. Any one of your girlfriends will be there to nod in agreement and support your fan-girl tendencies.

Step One: Honesty.

Let’s be honest. You read Outlander and fell in love with James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser. Yes you did. Don’t deny it. It’s okay. Remember you are not alone. As you kept reading the books you fantasized. It’s okay we all did. It’s all about honesty here. Then Starz decided to give you a face and name for your Jamie. Now you honestly can’t get enough. It’s obsessing, but it’s okay. Honesty , remember? You honestly aren’t alone.

Step Two: Hope.

For years many who came before you hoped that these books would be recognized for the brilliant piece of literature that they are. They hoped that one day the stories would turn into a reality. In a sense they have. Now we hope that we are not disappointed. We wake up daily with hope that another image or another tidbit will be available. Maintain your hope. It will see you through even in the darkest of days.

Step Three: Faith.

We have faith in Diana Gabaldon as an author. We know she will give the reader what they want. Now transfer that faith to the screenwriters, producers, and actors. Have faith that all will be done and our beloved Outlander will be as beautiful on screen as it is in words.

Step Four: Courage.

Have courage to speak out. Speak your love of Outlander. Say it loud and proud for all to hear. Think of Claire and her courage. As women we have that within all of us. A little bit of Claire Randall Fraser is within us.

Step Five: Integrity.

Pray for the screenwriters and producers to maintain the integrity of the story. Never say a mean word about any fellow Outlander. Maintain your integrity even when you want to contradict or argue a point. Do it with integrity. For all have fallen in love and passion sometimes rules the heart. Maintain your integrity, even when you have “Flat Jamie” and you want to re-enact scenes from the novels. Remember he is a proud Scotsman and you are a lady (mhmph).

Step Six: Willingness.

We must be willing to share. There is only one Jamie and millions of fans. We will all be willing to share images, share articles, and share Flat Jamie (when he is created).

Step Seven: Humility.

We will present ourselves with humility. Some of us are new to the Outlander fandom while others have been dedicated loyalists since its inception over 20 years ago. It does not matter. Once you have had your “Come to Jamie” moment then time doesn’t matter. One cannot measure the depth of another’s love and loyalty; although I give Shelly Pilette all the credit for being the first person I ever met that truly sold this book to others. She does it with such humility that we should all aspire to do the same.

Step Eight: Self-discipline.

Who are you kidding? You have no self-discipline or else you wouldn’t need this intervention. There is no self-discipline when a certain Scottish Ginger is in the picture. If you can maintain some semblance of self-discipline then you truly should be sainted. We will crown you St. Claire of the Order of JAMMF.

Step Nine: Love for others.

Yes, love all members of the Outlander fandom. They love what you love so there must be an ounce of symbiosis amongst us all. Love for Jamie, Love for Claire, Love for Ian, Love for Fergus, Love for all the characters that we cherish. And above all Love for Diana Gabaldon who had that story in her mind that she put on paper to share with world. God bless her.

Step Ten: Perseverance.

Yes, June seems such a long way away, but never fear. If you keep the faith and maintain the path, your prize will be waiting for you. Persevere.

Step Eleven: Spiritual Awareness.

Repeat after me “I believe in Jamie Fraser and Claire Randall Fraser. I believe in Diana Gabaldon. I believe that the story transcends all others and leaves me with all these Feels.”

Step Twelve: Service.

We will serve in the pinning, face booking and tweeting of all things Outlander. We will serve our fellow man or woman in equipping them with what they need to be involved in the fandom.

Now Raise you right hand and repeat after me: “I (state your name) am an active follower of the Outlander fandom. Although some may look at me as if I have lost my mind, I will stand by my devotion to all things Outlander. Jamie Fraser, although not real (but close enough through Sam) has my undying love. I will embrace the fandom and accept all who wish to enter. I am not alone, I am normal, and I embrace it.” ~ Jennifer McDonald (1/11/14)

The Verra First Outlander Trailer, in Real Time AND Glorious Slo Mo

I know by now most of you have already seen the first trailer released by Starz (incidentally did you know the journalists were shown a different trailer than the fans at the event in LA?), but have you seen the slo mo version?  “MsDarcyFan” on YouTube stretched the 48 second trailer into 4 minutes 51 seconds! GENIUS!

I wanted to save these two gems here, well, to have a central place to keep watching them over and over—you know, to feed my addiction. Because why wouldn’t we want to see snippets of Jamie, Claire, Frank, Jenny, Dougal and the rest over and over again obsessively?

Real Time:

Glorious (sing the word glorious for full effect) Slo Mo:

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