Thursday, January 19, 2023

Outlander renews for an 8th and final season

The 8th book ends with a bang, when the grand kids run up a hill to the Ridge (in the past) to escape the future. I've always felt that would be a great ending to the books too! 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Diana Gabaldon shares an excerpt of the prequel to Outlander

 Merry Christmas!  (Or Seasonal Greeting of your Preference)


[Excerpt from Untitled Outlander Prequel, Copyright 2022 Diana Gabaldon]

[Brian Fraser and Murtagh FitzGibbons Fraser are hiding out on one of the battlements of Castle Leoch, where they’ve sneaked in to take part in the funeral festivities for the recently deceased Chief, Red Jacob MacKenzie.   Brian would be worse than unwelcome, if anyone recognizes him as the Old Fox’s son, illegitimate or not, and the two young men are  keeping out of the way while they figure things out.  There are several doves sitting in the sun on the wall near them, and Brian very slowly inches close to them.  He’s just inveigled one into sitting on his hand (he’s done this trick before), when a tall young woman comes striding out of a doorway at the end of the battlement near them, but comes to an abrupt stop when she sees what’s up.]

 Brian saw her from the corner of his eye—a braw lass, tall—very tall—square-shouldered and looking well able to mind herself should things come to blows.  From the corner of one eye, he caught sight of fluttering red hair, loosened for mourning, he supposed.  She’d stopped when she saw them, but now came toward them, stepping slow and careful.

 He could feel the dove’s heart, beating in his palm, soft and rapid.  His own blood pulsed in his ears, not much slower.  The young woman came to a halt, three paces from him; he didn’t look at her, but heard the rustle of her petticoats and felt his heart speed up to match the dove’s.

 She watched with interest, still as a nesting quail herself, so as not to startle the dove.  Brian moved his other hand slowly into the fold of his plaid, broke off a corner of the lump of bread he’d put away in case of sudden hunger, and moving still more slowly, brought it up and placed it delicately between his lips.  The dove shoogled its head a bit, nervous at this novel development, but its eyes were bright and fixed on the bread.

 He made a faint “tchi, tchi, tchi,’ between his teeth and the bird drew itself up, interested.   He turned his hand, little by little, to cause the dove to change its footing in order to stay upright, and ended with her on the back of his hand, her sharp wee claws digging in a bit.  Smooth and slow, he brought her up to his face, still making the shooshing noise, so she wouldn’t be startled by his breath.

 One second….two seconds…the dove turned her head, one way and then the other, fixing one eye at a time on the desired crumb.  Three seconds….f--   The dove darted out her neck like a snake and pecked the crumb neatly from his lips, launching herself off his hand in the same movement.

 “Mother of God!”  Brian and the lass  both said, startled.   They looked at each other and laughed.  They were still looking a moment later, when a high female voice raised in exasperation from a window above jerked the lassie’s attention upward and away.

 “Tha mi direach a’ tighinn!” she shouted, adding—in a lower tone and with lowering brow—“Take care ye dinna swallow your own spit and die, ye wee besom.”  

 He laughed again, and she looked at him again, deep blue eyes still creased into triangles of amusement.

 “Do that wi’ a raven, a charadh,” she said.  “And I’ll be truly impressed.”

 And then she was gone in a flurry of skirts, loose hair flying like a shower of  gold, hot from the forge.

 He stood still for a moment, staring into the empty doorway as though he could make her reappear there.   Instead, Murtagh came out of the shelter of a nook where he had tactfully receded.

 “I should ha’ paid more attention when ye did that the first time,” he said, nodding at  Brian’s hand, where the dove’s claws had left small red scratches.  “But I’m of that braw lassie’s opinion, a bhalaich—ye’ll have to do it with a raven.  And then move on to owls, maybe.  Did ye ken who she is?” he asked, dropping his mocking.

 “She lives in the castle,” Brian  said, lifting his chin toward the tower above,  “or yon female coo  up there  wouldna have been bawling for her.   And given what I’ve heard of Red Jacob MacKenzie’s looks, I’ll wager ye a quart o’ beer that’s the  eldest daughter.  Ellen, is it—her name?”

 “Aye, Ellen.”  Now Murtagh was peering into the dark doorway, too.  “And aye, that was her.   I was down in the courtyard a wee while ago and someone pointed her out to me; she’d come down to welcome a tacksman come in wi’ his henchmen.  She was dressed that wee bit better, mind, but no mistaking a lass that size for anyone else.  Christ, she’s as tall as me!”

 “Taller,” Brian said, laughing. He glanced at Murtagh’s spindly shanks.  “And likely weighs twice as much.”  He felt like he’d already drunk the quart of beer—too fast.  His head seemed light and slightly foamy.

 Murtagh shrugged.  “If ye’re on top, what does it matter?”

 “And what if ye’re not?” 

 “Aye, well, she might crush me, that’s true.  But I’d die happy.”

 “Let’s be going,” Brian said, as the sounds of multiple feet and men’s voices announced the imminent advent of a large party.  “Anyone sees us who kens us, we’ll just die.”

 “Well, aye, you will.  My Auntie Glenna willna let ‘em kill me.”

 “How long is it since ye last saw her?” 

 “Och, ten years, maybe twelve…”

 “Ye didna even have a beard, twelve years ago.  She willna ken ye from a hole in the ground.  And ye willna be having much conversation wi’ her, either, wi’ your teeth knocked out.  Come on!”  He grasped Murtagh’s upper arm and yanked him toward the door at the other end of the battlement.

["Peace Dove" from Clipart Library, with thanks]

About the new show based on the prequel, Blood of my Blood

Friday, December 23, 2022

Outlander, An Echo in the Bone. Season seven trailers


I love this trailer since it's voiced by Sam Heughan's character, Jaime Fraser...  (I also loved the only other episode he voiced, which was season one episode eight...)

Monday, November 21, 2022

Fan Audience Award goes to Sam Heughan at the BAFTAS 2022


More of Outlander cast who attended

Caitriona Balfe David Berry Sophie Skelton Lauren Lyle John Bell 

Saturday, October 22, 2022

Sam Heughan’s latest project, Waypoints.

Sam Heughan’s memoir will be titled Waypoints and will be published both in the U.S. (by Voracious, an imprint of Little, Brown) and in the U.K. (by Radar).

Waypoints is a memoir framed by Heughan’s attempt to hike the West Highland Way, a journey he describes as “100 miles from my home to the base of the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis." The idea to do something more than your run-of-the-mill autobiography was all Heughan’s. As reported in Bookseller, Heughan says of his concept behind the memoir, “I wanted to tell the stories and share the experiences that have shaped me, but to do that I needed to challenge myself and spend some time in my own company, away from the distractions of everyday life. And for me there’s no better place to reflect than in the wild Scottish Highlands.” Radar publisher Briony Gowlett added, “With the walk itself as the backdrop to the narrative, the result is a love letter to the wild Scottish landscape that means so much to Sam, and a charming, funny, wise, and searching insight to the world through his eyes.”

From Parade magazine:

On March 22, 2022, the actor and author announced on Instagram that his first solo book project, called Waypoints, will be full of “stories from my life, with personal insight plus my hopes, dreams and plans for the future.” The title follows Heughan's non-fiction bestsellers, Clanlands andClanlands Almanac, both of which he co-wrote with his Outlander co-star and Men in Kilts co-host, Graham McTavish.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Outlander Starz announces character line up for season seven


So, which actor's nabbed the beloved roles?  A few new faces, a few seasons past and thanks to time travel, a replacement! 

One shocker is the young age group for the cast. The new Jenny Fraser played by Kristen Atherton, I'm going to assume is from a flash back, as Roger (Rik Rankin) goes searching for Jemmy in the past and the new Buck MacKenzie played by DeArmond Murtagh, confirms this theory, which is straight out of the books! 

New confirmations for characters include, Rob Cameron played by Chris Fulton, Benedict Arnold played by Rod Hallett, and Mercy Woodcock played by Gloria Obianyo.

Set photos provided by cast