Monthly Archives: August 2014

Dragon*Con 2014 – Nerd Mecca

It’s that time of year! Dragon*con is here and I’m thrilled and exhausted and nervous and excited. (Don’t know if I’m elated or gassy, but I’m somewhere in that zone!) This will be my 6th year. I’ve been a volunteer since day one, working on techops for the first 5 years and this year I’ll be on guest-ops. The whole year I look forward to Labor Day weekend. It’s like Christmas and Halloween all rolled into one, and far more fun than either.

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What that means for you is that I’ll be out of pocket on all social media. Sadly I won’t be able to do the Outlander Watch Along. (I missed it this weekend too, thanks to a concert and Dragon*con prep). I’ve got my costumes mostly ready (I’ve got a bombshell Batgirl, a Black Widow, and the requisite steampunk costume), and the babysitting is set up for my munchkin. It’s only a couple days a way and there’s still so much to do!!

Are you going to Dragon*con this year?

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At Death’s Door: Release Day is here!

I’m so frakking excited to announce that my book has hit the (virtual) shelves!!

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In case you missed it, here’s the cover and blurb:

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The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.

Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she’s experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.

Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?

 

It’s available on KindleNookApple iBooks, and in print (print will also be available on regular Amazon.com but that process is still ongoing). I’m so grateful to fellow author Bridget Blackwood for helping me get to this point!

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So go check it out and let me know what you think! I seriously hope you love it.

Castle Leoch, Episode 2, Outlander Watch Along

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Outlander Watch Along. Discuss the episodes. Win prizes.

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Bridget’s blog

The rules:

  • Be nice! This is meant to be fun. Rude or mean comments will not get approved so do not waste your time.
  • No spoilers beyond the episode currently being discussed. If we are watching episode four but you are commenting on episode one, please do not spoil for anyone trying to catch up.

The Prizes:

  • Third Prize – Book Lover’s Soy Wax Tarts in Sassenach by Frostbeard Studio
  • Second Prize – Sassenach t-shirt in your choice of Unisex (black, grey, maroon, green, or blue) or Women’s fit (blue, green, grey, pink, or pistachio) by Socialpop Tees
  • First Prize – Hand Stamped “Sassenach” Stainless Steel Dragonfly Necklace with Amber Bead by TaggYourIt

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The Virgin View by Bridget Blackwood

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Met Mistress Fitzgibbons, who prefers to be called Mrs. Fitz. She came barreling out into the yard with a smile on her face and greeted all the men like sons. She made a quick assessment of Claire and after checking her healing skills were up to snuff, left her to tend Jamie’s shoulder. Nothing gets past this woman. She’s the one who runs Leoch’s day to day affairs.

Claire removes Jamie’s shirt and we get a look at his back. OUCH! Someone flogged Jamie! I was shocked at the scars because I’ve never seen someone flogged before. I’ve seen my share of scars from all sorts of life events, but flogging isn’t one of them, praise the Lord. Having an idea of flogging I wanted to know the actual definition.

“flogging, also called whipping or caning , a beating administered with a whip or rod, with blows commonly directed to the person’s back. It was imposed as a form of judicial punishment and as a means of maintaining discipline in schools, prisons, military forces, and private homes.” –Encyclopedia Britannica

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How does a person end up getting flogged? In Jamie’s case, his crime was obstruction. I didn’t know this, but it is considered obstruction if you stop soldiers from raping your sister. Nice. Black Jack Randall is disgusting and makes Jamie look at his sister Jenny’s bare breasts. If Jenny had been his wife, I still think he would have made Jamie look, but once he knew they were siblings it became a game. Shaming them both by ripping her dress open and then flogging Jamie in an effort to force Jenny to have sex with him willingly. And she did, of course, because she loves her brother.

Newsflash for Randall, blackmail and coercion as tools to make a person say yes to sex still rape.

Jamie was knocked out and woke up in a cart with chickens on the way to some fort as a prisoner.

Great Jamie-ism “Chickens are very poor company.”

Claire has a breakdown at the mention of her husband and Jamie comforts her. That look between them, woo it sizzled! Annnnd of course it was over practically before it began. *grumble grumble* Jamie reminds Claire that she is English in a place were being english is bad. Very sound advice.

***next day***

Mrs. Fitz wakes Claire and helps her dress in the style of that period, or as Mr. Blackwood called it, a crap ton of clothes. Claire is taken to Colum, the Laird of Castle leoch. There is something seriously wrong with his legs but his mind is sharp. He attempts to interrogate Claire but gets nowhere satisfying. He tells her a tinker will be at Leoch in five days and she can leave with him for Inverness. Gonna be a loooong and bumpy trip. Besides, who can say the stones would work? Does it need to be Samhain?

Claire joins the Laird, his wife, and Dougal at the head table for dinner. Dougal and Colum ply Claire with food and Rhenish wine to loosen her tongue. I’d say they got more information than Claire realized she was handing out. Claire makes an error by commenting on a boy named Hamish playing with his father, Dougal. He is actually Colum’s son and heir to Leoch. Either there is more to this than I know or it was taken as a slander against Colum’s wife. Did they think Claire was accusing the child of being Dougal’s bastard with Leoch’s lady? I dunno. I suspect this will develop. Claire makes a hasty retreat and realizes she goofed by being so friendly and chatty.

Claire seeks out Jamie to change the dressing on his shoulder. Honestly, the dressing change was just an excuse if you ask me. She finds him in the stables working with a horse. He was doing well until Claire spooked the horse. Jamie was visibly frustrated, probably at the horse and Claire, but he quickly recovers. He has a great deal of patience and self-control over his emotions. Jamie is level headed. He’d make a great leader. He comments that the horse is a “lass with spirit, always a good thing” and you can’t help but think he is also talking about Claire.

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They eat lunch and talk which leads to a conversation about the price on his head for murder during his escape. Jamie wasn’t the one who killed the soldier, but he was charged with the crime. Only Colum and Dougal know about the bounty, and now Claire. Jamie is both trusting her with the information and testing her loyalty. I think Claire was equally miffed and impressed that he trusted her. Kind of reckless on Jamie’s part but he is carrying a torch for her so I can understand wanting to know if she is worth it. Encounter #2 interrupted by blasted people. Argh!

Next we met Geilis Duncan. I like her. The way she talks and moves adds to her mystery. She shares Claire’s interest in botany. Girls in the village seek her out to bring on their flux to rid themselves of unwanted pregnancy. Some people think she is a witch, but I think she has the potential to be a neat character. Fingers crossed she isn’t crappy. Geilis translates for Claire in the great hall that evening. The people of Leoch are bringing their disputes before Colum to settle. A man drags his daughter, Laoghaire, forward and accuses her of loose behavior. No idea what she did that qualifies as loose but I’ve probably done it six times since Tuesday. Jamie steps in to take the punishment for her because it would shame her too much. Okay, glad you are a chivalrous gentleman and all but shut up! Some other guy should have stepped up with Jamie injured. Bunch of louses. Jamie chooses fists over the strap, imagine that. The guy handing out the sentence on behalf of Dougal hits him several times before finally slugging him in the injured shoulder! There was more going on here, subtle looks between Colum and Dougal. Politics! Bah! Curse politics.

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Claire fixes Jamie up, again. Mrs. Fitz thanks him for stepping in because the girl is her granddaughter. Aw. Okay, I take it back. Good on you, Jamie. Since Claire is leaving for Inverness, she and Jamie say goodbye. Might have been a more satisfying goodbye but encounter #3 is interrupted by Laoghaire waiting to say thank you to Jamie. These side characters are really harshing on my romance. I’m not sure about this girl. Knowing she’d be treated to a beating in front of everyone she know and still misbehaving leads me to believe she is empty headed and frivolous.

Claire is ready to jump on the Tinker’s cart to Inverness, but you knew something had to stop her. Remember when Mrs. Fitz asked Claire if she was a Beaton? What’s a Beaton? Better question is who are Beatons? Turns out they are a clan of skilled healers. Leoch used to have one, but he died from a cold (ironic, huh?). Colum has Claire brought to him in the mysterious locked room from episode one. It is a surgery. Column won’t let Claire leave because he knows she has secrets. Until he is sure her secrets are harmless, he is going to keep her as a “guest.” She can keep the title unless she attempts to leave, then she will become a prisoner. While she is at Leoch and behaving herself, she will find a place as the new healer.

Poor Claire. She’s cursing up a blue streak, but I am clapping. More Jamie and Claire! Colum and Dougal are underhanded in their dealings with Claire. I get they don’t trust her and women are not high on the totem pole, but they are irritating.

Discussion Questions!

  1. What is up with the whole Hamish thing?
  2. Geilis; friend or foe?
  3. How sad was it seeing Frank look for Claire?

The Professional Fangirl by Astrid V. Tallaksen

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Let me just say that as amazing as last week was, this week’s episode was even better. It had more. momentum, and now that we know our main characters we can really find out who they are. Anyway, onto the differences between show and book. If I don’t mention it as a difference then you can assume it’s similar to, if not straight out of, the book, or that I didn’t see it as enough of a difference to care or really notice. Episode One was based off of the first three chapters of the book. Episode Two was based on chapters 4-7. Things were a bit out of order from the books in this episode, but I think that’s mostly because there was a bit of what might have seemed confusing or like an overlap perhaps.

The first character we meet upon reaching Castle Leoch is Mrs. FitzGibbons. The actress who plays her is quite perfect for the role (although I have a bit of a hard time seeing her as something other than the Slaveen alien from an episode of Doctor Who – I’m sure that will wear off as I see her as Mrs. Fitz). Mrs. Fitz rules the Castle with, lets not necessarily call it an iron fist, but she does know what’s going on in every corner and every person in the castle knows she means business when she tells them what to do.

Jamie’s poor back. It’s so much worse than I imagined. In the book the scars from the floggings are described thusly: “…a criss-cross of faded white lines… silvery scar tissue in some spots where the welts had crossed, and irregular patches where several blows had struck the same spot, flaying off skin and gouging the muscle beneath…” The telling of what happened regarding his back is the same aside from a few points, mostly not noteworthy except for one. In the episode, Jenny’s pretty well under control of Randall. In the book though, she stomps on his foot, elbows him in the ribs, and knees him in the balls. Jenny (Jamie’s older sister) doesn’t put up with nothing from nobody, and I really, really, really wish they had left this in because it A: gives a hint to who she is (you’ll meet her again later), and B: gives a hint to who Jamie is, because his big sister is going to have had an impact on his personality. Still, both in book and show, the rape Randall alludes to being about to take place still occurs (as far as we know, since we don’t see it in either book nor show).

Right after the telling of the story of Jamie’s scars, Claire starts crying because of missing Frank and realizing that he is, for all intents and purposes, dead. I feel so bad for her. I can’t imagine trying to deal with all the stress of what’s happened to her, and then wondering what Frank must be thinking, and then having the horrible realization that he’s not even been born yet. Jamie being Jamie, he comforts her. Now, in the show she jumped up and put distance between them presumably because the electricity was too much. Fun fact, in the books it’s because there was a certain physical, ummmmm shall we say sign (you get my drift?), to let her know Jamie’s pretty into her and THAT is why she jumps up, because that tells her things are a little close for comfort.

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The next big thing that happens is the intial meeting of Colum Mackenzie – the laird of Castle Leoch and Clan Mackenzie. In the books he’s described as a bit more handsome (as far as I interpreted) than he is in the show, with a “beautifully molded head and long torso”. He’s also supposed to have lovely black hair that he oils and curls for Hall. Of course, as I pointed out in Episode One, Colum’s brother Dougal looks nothing like he’s described either. In the episode Colum told her he’d let her go with a tinker the following Saturday, but there’s no promise or even possibility of this offered in the book. He intends for her to stay until he’s figured out who she really is. I’m really not sure why exactly they changed this. It’s a pretty major departure, and the whole idea in the book is that she’s been told she can’t leave and she’s being constantly watched. A pretty large portion of the story is that she’s going to have to figure out how to sneak away somehow. Granted, they get back to this by the end of the episode, but in a round-about way.

Next we meet Geillis Duncan. At least in the show we do. She’s nowhere to be seen at this point in the book. Mrs. Fitz is the one in the garden (although she doesn’t say anything about witches or anything of the like), and Mrs. Fitz is the one translating at Hall that night. Speaking of Hall, there are a few things different here as well. There’s no laughter or humor in the discussion about whether Jamie will take Laoghaire’s punishment for her. It was a serious matter, and without any subtitles to tell us what Jamie said that was so funny, it all seems a bit of an unnecessary difference (although Jamie is absolutely wonderful when he smiles and laughs). Another big difference is that in the episode we see Dougal essentially tell the guy to keep hitting Jamie past breaking drawing blood. It seems he’s specifically supposed to hit him in the wounded shoulder. Again, I really don’t understand why this was changed. Maybe they’ll tell us later.

Remember how last week I said I thought I knew what the room was where Frank and Claire had their tryst? I WAS RIGHT! I was doing a little dance because I love being right. At the very end of the episode Colum takes Claire downstairs, leading her to this room. He doesn’t tell her where he’s taking her, and I would be willing to bet she’s thinking he’s taking her to a dungeon of some sorts. But in the book he tells her exactly where he’s taking her, specifically with the idea of making her useful while she stays. There are several scenes in the book where she’s doing her thing down there, going through inventory and what have you. I’m sure we’ll see some of that next episode.

So overall what did I think? While I don’t understand all the changes they made, I’m still loving everything about this show. It’s lovely, and the more I see of the characters the more I love them. (Oh and did you see Claire’s lovely hair – those frizzy curls are straight from the book!)

I hope you enjoyed the episode as much as I did! What differences did you notice? Comment for a chance to win prizes!

 

Sassenach, Episode One. Outlander Watch Along

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Bridget’s blog

The rules:

  • Be nice! This is meant to be fun. Rude or mean comments will not get approved so do not waste your time.
  • No spoilers beyond the episode currently being discussed. If we are watching episode four but you are commenting on episode one, please do not spoil for anyone trying to catch up.

The Prizes:

  • Third Prize – Book Lover’s Soy Wax Tarts in Sassenach by Frostbeard Studio
  • Second Prize – Sassenach t-shirt in your choice of Unisex (black, grey, maroon, green, or blue) or Women’s fit (blue, green, grey, pink, or pistachio) by Socialpop Tees
  • First Prize – Hand Stamped “Sassenach” Stainless Steel Dragonfly Necklace with Amber Bead by TaggYourIt

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The Virgin View by Bridget Blackwood

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First episode of Outlander and I’m hooked on the series. I was really ready to meet Jamie but I wasn’t expecting to like Frank so much. I have no doubt that Frank and Claire love each other. They had a quiet kind of love that grows from friendship and a deep respect for one another. If Claire had not gone missing, I think they would have had a nice and peaceful marriage. The strain of five years apart was evident, as was Frank’s struggle to put the guilt of sending men to their death behind him. I found it interesting that Claire was the one to sleep in tents and cots in the mud while Frank probably had much nicer digs working with British intelligence. It was heartbreaking to see them kind of drifting while looking for a way to reconnect. As a former military wife I have a small idea of how frustrating it is when your spouse comes back from deployment and you have to figure out how to be an “us” again.

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Nice use of foreshadowing with Frank pointing out the vantage point used by the British to ambush the Scots. We got a brief bit of history on Franks ancestor “Black Jack” Randall. Frank called the nickname dashing. My thought was that no one is called “Black” whatever as a compliment back then. The tea leaves/palm reading pretty much outlined everything that was going to go down. I do like a good foreshadow.

The scene on Samhain with the druids and the standing stones was beautiful. The swells of the music, the lanterns, and the dresses were gorgeous. Something about the girl who came back was so sad. I wonder what she is about. Seems too important to be nothing. One of the things I am loving about this series is how easily they can make tiny imagery have a massive impact, like the last kiss between Frank and Claire before she went through the standing stones. I got a little misty eyed knowing the importance of the kiss and feeling like it was an ending.

Poor Claire. Shot at, almost raped by her husband’s doppelgänger, manhandled and treated like a second class citizen because of her gender. She’s having a crappy day in her first few hours in the past. Black Jack lives up to his moniker. How awful for Claire to endure such awful treatment at the hands of a man who looks exactly like her husband.

The looks on the Scots faces every time Claire curses at them had me laughing. Jamie definitely has a magnetism. I see the appeal. I can only guess at the moment but Jamie and Claire have a connection i think it going to really sizzle. They have the potential for the kind of romantic passion many of us, well, read romance for. What did you think of Sassenach? Were you entertained? What did you like? What would you have changed?

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The Professional Fangirl by Astrid V. Tallaksen

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First of all, let me just say: I LOVE bossy, cheeky Jamie.

Moving on.

The episode starts with a voiceover about disappearances and their typical ability to be solved. This is straight from the first page of the book, nearly verbatim. Quite a lot of the voiceover narrative is directly from the book. And while I thought it a bit strange to have so much narration, it’s almost inevitable considering that the whole story takes place from Claire’s perspective.

We move on to Claire looking at a vase in a shop window in Inverness, Scotland. In the narration she talks about never having owned a vase, or lived in a place long enough to need such a thing, how she moved around with her Uncle Lamb. We have a flashback of her time with her Uncle as a child, which we don’t get in the books, but I rather like the little glimpses we get of her past. Returning to the vase, she leaves it behind in the show, whereas in the book she buys the vase (and two others with it). In fact, in the book, Frank says he’s glad she won’t be pressing flowers in his books anymore. While in the show she essentially says it was her idea to take up botany, it was Frank’s in the book. These are such minor departures though, I didn’t even really think about them until I referred back to the book to see what might have been added or left out.

Much of the dialogue in the show is straight from the source material, which is thrilling as I continually go “Oh! I remember them saying that!” It’s a good sign that Ron Moore, the creator of the show, intends to stick as closely as he can to the source material.

One thing Gabaldon never really delved into in the book was what Frank had done while in MI6, and therefore never explored how the war had affected him. I really like the silent trauma you can see in Tobias Menzies’ (who plays Frank) eyes. In a lot of ways it lengthens the distance between Claire and her husband, although you can still see they love each other and struggle to figure out how to find their way back to each other once more. Claire had her own traumas in the war, but which is harder? To experience the brutality and death, or to know you caused some of it?

While I loved the exploration of Castle Leoch, and the intimate (and HOT) scene there with Claire and Frank, they didn’t visit Leoch in the book (it was Castle Urquhart via a trip on Loch Ness). What I think the point is, though, is to almost foreshadow that she’ll be there. I can pretty much guess the room they discovered (and had their hot little tryst in), and I’ll keep it a secret for now as to what it will turn out to be.

The scene at Craigh na Dun with the druids is so beautiful! I was so looking forward to it, and I really loved the way it was shot. It lent the mystical air that was needed. I don’t know what I expected it to look like, but whatever it might have been, this was perfect. When Claire returned the next day I was wiggling at the edge of my seat because I KNEW what was about to happen. The sound that the stones made was great, although in the book she describes it as “a deep humming noise” and says she thought it was a beehive. Then the stones scream, followed by the other stones shouting and the noise of battle, the cries of dying men and shattered horses. Again, the voiceover describing the sensation of falling through the stones is straight from the books. And here, as she falls through the stones, is where the story REALLY begins.

One critic complained about Tobias Menzies being cast both in the role of Frank as well as Frank’s ancestor, the infamous “Black Jack” Randall. I believe the word the critic used was “jarring”. But that’s exactly what it should be. Claire genuinely thought the man was her husband. You wouldn’t think someone who sort of looked like your husband was him, and as jarring as it was for us to see the same person playing both roles, can you imagine how jarring it had to be for Claire? I loved how very differently the actor portrayed both characters. Claire’s nearly immediate realization that this man was definitely NOT her husband tells us just how much she knows and loves Frank.

So onward we go, to our first meeting of Jamie Fraser. He’s got a dislocated shoulder and the other Scots are trying to fix it, so Claire has to stop them. (Although, Dougal looks nothing like he’s described in the books, he ACTS the way he’s described, and while that may not be good enough for some, it works fine for me.) The vulnerability on his face really shone, and I loved it. The best part was the unspoken trust immediately established between him and Claire, which in a place where nobody she’s met has trusted her or been shown to be trustworthy themselves, is really important. This trust continues with her warning about the British ambush. He believes her without question when she mentions it. Granted, in the books we don’t have Dougal questioning her outright about how she knows, but I don’t have a problem with him doing so in the show, as it really underscores the difference in how Jamie sees her as opposed to everyone else she’s met so far.

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There’s a bit of interaction at the end of the chapter before they get to Leoch that was left out, ending with Dougal asking Jamie if he can ride and Jamie says “Aye, if ye’ll take the lassie off my chest.” I wish that had been left in, just because it was hilarious. But I can live without it if I must, although I think it’s just one more example of Jamie’s sense of humor.

Almost all the rest of the interactions in the episode are right in line with the book. The glint of humor in Jamie’s eye juxtaposed with his strength and steadfastness in whatever he’s set his mind to is perfectly portrayed (and Sam Heughan IS Jamie Fraser!!!). And Claire is very apparently a smart, stubborn, self-possessed woman who won’t take shit from anyone, even brutish Scotsman. In a world where women are second class citizens, she refuses to let them treat her as one anytime it’s within her power. And as stubborn as Scots are, they give her a wide berth when it comes down to it.

It’s as if the characters all stepped straight out of the books onto the screen.

I’m absolutely thrilled with what I’ve seen so far. I don’t know how I’m going to make it to the next week.

Outlander Watch Along: How it Works

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Bridget’s blog

The rules:

  • Be nice! This is meant to be fun. Rude or mean comments will not get approved so do not waste your time.
  • No spoilers beyond the episode currently being discussed. If we are watching episode four but you are commenting on episode one, please do not spoil for anyone trying to catch up.

The Prizes:

  • Third Prize – Book Lover’s Soy Wax Tarts in Sassenach by Frostbeard Studio
  • Second Prize – Sassenach t-shirt in your choice of black, grey, maroon, green, or blue by Socialpop Tees
  • First Prize – Hand Stamped “Sassenach” Stainless Steel Dragonfly Necklace with Amber Bead by TaggYourIt

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What you get in each post


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The Virgin View by Bridget Blackwood

I have never read a book by Diana Gabaldon. I do not know who Jamie or Claire or Frank are other than what I have seen in previews. Is my interest piqued? Definitely! What I have to offer after each episode is the unbiased impression. With no prior knowledge of the books, characters, or world, I have zero expectations. My part of the post will be how the episode stacked up against other television shows I could be watching. Was I entertained? Did the entire episode hold my interest? Am I looking forward to next week? I will ask questions and make comments based on the limited knowledge I have. Will I be fully converted into a Sassenach?

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The Professional Fangirl by Astrid V. Tallaksen

Outlander and its subsequent books have been my favorites for 15 years now. I’ve read Diana Gabaldon’s masterpiece dozens of times, wearing the book out and having to buy new ones. Jamie and Claire are my favorite love story, and Jamie himself is my fictional crush. Claire’s strength and intelligence and compassion have always been an inspiration to me. When I heard that one of my favorite books was FINALLY coming to life on-screen I was elated. As a fan I was, of course, worried that it wouldn’t be all that I imagined and hoped for, but after seeing it I am even more excited. My part of the watch-along will tell you how I felt the episode compared to the book. I’ll note differences between the show and the source material and whether or not I thought it worked or didn’t. So far I’m absolutely hooked on the show, and I hope you’ll join me as a Sassenach!