Sunday, August 2, 2015

Diana Gabaldon explains the book production process

Diana Gabaldon is in the very final stages of working on the OUTLANDISH COMPANION, Volume 2, which will be published on October 27, 2015.

Here's her explanation of what the production process involves. I think you'll agree that it's exhausting just to read about! (Yes, I was the one who suggested that she repost this, and I'm thrilled to be called "delightful"!)

For more information about the OUTLANDISH COMPANION books, please see my OUTLANDISH COMPANION FAQ page.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

July poll results

Here are the results of the July poll, which asked the question, "What's your favorite way to read or listen to Diana Gabaldon's books?"
  • 21.17% - Reading the books in paperback.
  • 20.87% - Reading on my Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader.
  • 17.96% - Reading the books in hardcover.
  • 8.45% - Reading on my iPhone, iPad, or similar device.
  • 8.45% - Listening to the audiobooks on my iPod, smartphone, or other portable device.
  • 4.17% - It depends on the situation, or what mood I'm in.
  • 2.91% - Listening to the audiobook and following along in the text at the same time.
  • 2.14% - Listening to the CDs.
  • 9.71% - All of the above.
  • 1.55% - I haven't read the books, but I've watched the OUTLANDER TV series.
  • 2.62% - Other
Here are the responses for "Other":
  • braille audio
  • Watching the DVD
  • All of the above and TV!
  • First time through - I read hardcover - then audio - later paperback...
  • I first read a new book in hardback and then have paperbacks for re-reading.
  • I switch - reading on iPad & listening on Audible
  • Read most of them as ebooks but book 7 & 8 read in hardcover.
  • whatever I have on hand when I need a Jamie and Claire fix!
  • Read the series before electronics, but would use my kindle now.
  • side by side in bed with my husband
  • Paperbacks or Kindle. Although I do have MOBY in hardback.
  • no audio books, but everything else
  • Until e-readers, I began the series in hardback. Loved it, bought 5 in ppbk.
  • I read on my iPad and switch to the audiobook version when I am on the go
  • reading the books in any form. I can't get into the audio books. I
  • And watched on Starz. Great show follows book pretty well.
  • No distinction but def'ly book form.
  • I listen to Audiobooks with Davina Porter
  • listening on my ipod or reading on my Kindle
  • On my nook or my phone
  • Either paperback or hardcover.
  • Reading the books in the large paperback version.
  • reading the books first, then listening to Davina Porter reading them to me! :-)
  • Any printed version.
  • 1, 2 & 3
  • I also like to buy a used paperback, separate sections, and take one or more wit
  • I hat to step away from the books in order to enjoy the TV show.
There were 1030 responses to this month's poll. Thanks very much to everyone who participated! I didn't vote in the poll myself, but I've been addicted to the OUTLANDER audiobooks for years.

Please take a moment to vote in the August poll, which asks how long you've been reading Diana Gabaldon's books. Thanks!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

OUTLANDER Casting: Lionel Lingelser as King Louis XV

French actor Lionel Lingelser has been cast as King Louis XV in OUTLANDER Season 2!  Here's the announcement.

Louis XV

The portrait above shows King Louis XV of France, as he looked in 1748, only four years after Jamie and Claire met him.
While the King might rise at dawn, apparently he blossomed at night. Not much taller than my own five feet six, Louis entered with the carriage of a much taller man, glancing left and right, nodding in gracious acknowledgment of his bowing subjects.

Now this, I thought, looking him over, was a good deal more in line with my ideas of what a king ought to look like. Not particularly handsome, he acted as though he were; an impression enhanced not only by the richness of his clothes, but by the attitude of those around him. He wore the latest backswept wig, and his coat was cut velvet, embroidered all over with hundreds of frivolous silk butterflies. It was cut away at the middle to display a waistcoat of voluptuous cream-colored silk with diamond buttons, matching the wide, butterfly-shaped buckles on his shoes.

The dark, hooded eyes swept restlessly over the crowd, and the haughty Bourbon nose lifted as though smelling out any item of interest.


I had forgotten the red dress; His Majesty halted directly in front of me and bowed extravagantly, hand over his waist.

"Chère Madame!" he said. "We are enchanted."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, chapter 9, "The Splendors of Versailles". Copyright ©1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Lionel Lingelser is only 31, a little younger than the real King Louis would have been in 1744, but I think he'll do fine.  I'm looking forward to seeing him in Season 2!

(Please note: we still have no information on Brianna or Roger's casting. I promise I'll post here as soon as I hear anything.)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

More OUTLANDER merchandise

Here are a few more items related to the OUTLANDER TV series that some of you may be interested in:

2016 OUTLANDER Calendars

There are two different types of 2016 OUTLANDER calendars available on Amazon.

Outlander 2016 Wall Calendar

Outlander 2016 Boxed/Daily Calendar

I don't have detailed information on the daily calendar, but here's a preview of the 2016 wall calendar, from OUTLANDER TV News.

OUTLANDER Season 1 Trading Cards

I think these OUTLANDER trading cards from Cryptozoic look interesting. According to the Cryptozoic website, the release date will be in the 4th quarter of 2015. No word yet about pricing.  Look here for more information.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Funniest lines or scenes from the books

What are the funniest lines or scenes from Diana Gabaldon's books?

There are a LOT to choose from! Here are a few of mine:

"Jamie...I said...for all she's a Sassenach bitch...with a tongue like an adder's...with a bum like that...what does it matter if she's a f-face like a sh-sh-sheep?"

(From OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 27, "The Last Reason". Copyright© 1991 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"I'll leave it to you, Sassenach," he said dryly, "to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in possession of a verra large sausage."

(From DRAGONFLY IN AMBER by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 27, "L'Hôpital des Anges". Copyright© 1992 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"Stop trying to change the subject. We were talking about your firmness.”

“Well, ye can just stop talking about it, because--” He broke off with a small yelp, as I made a fortunate grab with my left hand.

“Clumsy, am I?” I said, with considerable satisfaction. “Oh, my. Heavens, you do have a problem, don’t you?”

“Will ye leave go of me?” he hissed, looking frantically over his shoulder at the door. “Someone could come in any moment!”

“I told you you should have bolted the door,” I said, not letting go. Far from being a dead mullet, the object in my hand was exhibiting considerable liveliness.

He eyed me narrowly, breathing through his nose.

“I wouldna use force on a sick woman,” he said through his teeth, “but you’ve a damn healthy grip for someone with a fever, Sassenach."

(From VOYAGER by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 56, "Turtle Soup". Copyright© 1994 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
There had luckily been enough sewage in the bottom of the pit to break his fall. From appearances, the ninth Earl of Ellesmere had landed facedown. Lord John stood for a moment on the path, wiping his hands on his breeches and surveying the encrusted object before him. He rubbed the back of a hand over his mouth, trying either to hide a smile or to stifle his sense of smell.

Then his shoulders started to shake.

“What news from the Underworld, Persephone?” he said, unable to keep the quaver of laughter out of his voice.

(From DRUMS OF AUTUMN by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 25, "Enter a Serpent". Copyright© 1997 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"Oh, no, Father; it was a barrel churn. The sort that lies on its side, aye, with a wee handle to turn it? Well, it’s only that she was workin’ the churn with great vigor, and the laces of her bodice undone, so that her breasts wobbled to and fro, and the cloth clinging to her with the sweat of her work. Now, the churn was just the right height--and curved, aye?--so as make me think of bendin’ her across it and lifting her skirts, and--”

My mouth opened involuntarily in shock. That was my bodice he was describing, my breasts, and my butter churn! To say nothing of my skirts. I remembered that particular occasion quite vividly, and if it had started with an impure thought, it certainly hadn’t stopped there.

(From THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 13, "Beans and Barbecue". Copyright© 2001 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
Feminine fingers wiggled gently in his grasp, and the hand’s fellow promptly took up operations in its stead. His first coherent thought was that the lassie would be an excellent baker, so good as she was at kneading.

Other thoughts followed rapidly on the heels of this absurdity, and he tried to grab the second hand. It playfully eluded him in the dark, poking and tweaking.

He groped for a polite protest in Cherokee, but came up with nothing but a handful of random phrases in English and Gaelic, none of them faintly suitable to the occasion.


“Ian, there is a woman in my bed,” he said in Gaelic, trying to match his nephew’s calm tone.

“There are two of them, Uncle Jamie."

(From A BREATH OF SNOW AND ASHES by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 14, "People of the Snowbird". Copyright© 2005 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
"Would you care to explain to me exactly which aspects of plant inspection require a penis?"

(From AN ECHO IN THE BONE by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 16, "Unarmed Conflict". Copyright© 2009 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
I’d considered that with a sort of morbid relish--I might have been ten--and then asked with interest just how a vestal might betray her vows. Which is how I learned what used to be called “the facts of life,” Uncle Lamb not being one to shirk any fact that wandered across his path, or mine. And while Uncle Lamb had assured me that the cult of Vesta had long since ceased operations, I had at that point resolved not to be a virgin, just in case.

(From WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD by Diana Gabaldon, Chapter 55, "Vestal Virgins". Copyright© 2014 by Diana Gabaldon. All rights reserved.)
What about the rest of you?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Favorite minor characters in the OUTLANDER TV series

Who are your favorite minor characters in the OUTLANDER TV series?  I'm talking about the people who appear for only an episode or two, maybe even for only a single scene, but leave a lasting impression.
Here are a few of mine:

- The one and only Iona MacTavish, played by Diana Gabaldon in Episode 104, "The Gathering".

- Mrs. Graham, especially for her part in Episode 108, "The Way Out".
- Wee Roger in Episode 108.

- The Duke of Sandringham in Episode 110, "By the Pricking of My Thumbs".

- The wool-waulking ladies in Episode 105, "Rent".

- Frazer Hines as Sir Fletcher Gordon in Episode 115, "Wentworth".

- Corporal Hawkins in Episode 106, "The Garrison Commander".

What about the rest of you?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

OUTLANDER composer Bear McCreary nominated for an Emmy!

Congratulations to OUTLANDER composer Bear McCreary on being nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Musical Composition for a Series"!

It turned out to be OUTLANDER's only Emmy nomination this year. I know a lot of people will be disappointed to hear that, but I'm philosophical about it. The series is just getting started, and there's always next year!

I'm delighted that Bear McCreary's wonderful music for OUTLANDER is being recognized.  Here's the opening title sequence, which still gives me shivers (in a good way!) a full year after I heard it for the first time.

For more about Bear McCreary, visit his website at If you're not familiar with the OUTLANDER composer or his music, this is a good place to start.