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November 30, 2014

Advent wreath 2014 - 1 candle lit


Advent is a time of waiting, and of preparation. Of contemplation—of what is past, and what is to come. During Advent, we make wreaths, made of leaves or evergreens, with four candles, and we light one candle for each of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.


Today is the first Sunday of Advent. May your candle burn quiet in the dark, and may you be at peace.


[From OUTLANDER, Chapter 38, “The Abbey”.]


The monastery was quiet, in the way that all large institutions grow quiet at night; the...

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November 11, 2014

#DailyLines #MOBY #WRITTENinMYownHEARTSBlood #ForThoseWhoMaybeDidntWantToDoIt #ButDidItAnyway #ThoseWhoFightAndThoseWhoLoveThem #HappyVeteransDay


He’d come up to the loft and pulled the ladder up behind him, to prevent the children coming up. I was dressing quickly—or trying to—as he told me about Dan Morgan, about Washington and the other Continental generals. About the coming battle.


“Sassenach, I _had_ to,” he said again, softly. “I’m that sorry.”


“I know,” I said. “I know you did.” My lips w...

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October 20, 2014

#Excerpt #OUTLANDER #HappyBirthdayClaire


[From OUTLANDER, Chapter 25]


“I believe you,” he said firmly. “I dinna understand it a bit—not yet—but I believe you. Claire, I believe you! Listen to me! There’s the truth between us, you and I, and whatever ye tell me, I shall believe it.” He gave me a gentle shake.


“It doesna matter what it is. You’ve told me. That’s enough for now. Be still, _mo nighean donn_. Lay your head and rest. You’ll tell me the rest of it later. And I’ll believe you.”


I was...

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October 10, 2014

Reaffirm Life meme


Since book-touring is done (thank GOD!) and the show is on hiatus, we have a bit of time to stop, think, and catch up on the email…


So–I thought I might address a few recent comments and questions on Episode 8. Not to refute people’s opinions—everyone’s entitled to think as they like, and say so—but just to show you a bit about How Things Work.


While most people were riveted—as they should have been; it was a terrific episode—there were a few who were upset at things they perceived to be “miss...

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August 7, 2014

je-suis-prest-diana


Are you wondering what to do, now that you’ve finished MOBY? (aka WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD)? Well, most people just go back to the beginning and start re-reading OUTLANDER. [g]


As an alternative/addition to this tried and true strategy, though, you might want to watch the brand-new (and looooooong-awaited) tv show of the series, which is about to debut on the STARZ premium-cable channel in the US. AUGUST 9th! 9PM! (It airs at 9 PM in each time zone, so it’s always on Saturdays at nin...

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July 16, 2014

FOR THOSE OF YOU ATTENDING COMIC-CON NEXT WEEK…


This is where _I’ll_ be; hope to see some of you there!


Thursday, July 24th

3:00-4:00 PM: Outlander— Diana Gabaldon

Location: Horton Grand Theater (Capacity: 250)


Solo Talk/Reading/Q&A (moderated by Ali Kokmen, from Barnes & Noble)

(No, there’s not a signing afterward; I will be signing autographs at the STARZ Comic-Con booth on Friday afternoon at 3:45.)


This is a ticketed venue, but tickets are free (see information below).


[The following information...

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FOR THOSE OF YOU ATTENDING COMIC-CON NEXT WEEK…


This is where _I’ll_ be; hope to see some of you there!


Thursday, July 24th

3:00-4:00 PM – Horton Grand Theater


Solo Talk/Reading/Q&A (moderated by Ali Kokmen, from Barnes and Noble)

[No, there’s not a signing afterward; I will be signing autographs at the STARZ Comic Con booth on Friday afternoon at 3:45.]


HORTON GRAND THEATER – This is a ticketed venue, but tickets are free (see information below)

[The following information is from the Comic Con sit...

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July 6, 2014

I’m about to head back out in a few hours, to do my _last_ US/Canadian book-tour event in Traverse City, MI. But thought I might grab an hour to do a bit of updating before I absquatulate again…


First–I’m delighted that so many of you like MOBY!* Thank you so much for all your kind words.


As for the next book(s), I have no idea. I finished writing MOBY on April 15th (having stayed up 36 hours straight to do it), spent the rest of April working 16 hours a day to finish the copyedits and galle...

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June 4, 2014

Starz Poster


So, Sony was previewing all of their new shows (eight in all, I think, and I don’t recall all the names) for international (i.e., non-US) buyers. Each day had a different slate of buyers to view the shows (Latin America, Africa/MiddleEast/Europe, etc.), and every evening had a mix of fairly high-up tv executives from different countries for cocktails and dinner.


Every day save Friday, OUTLANDER was fairly late on the schedule, so Ron and I would arrive around 3, and depending on how far behind...

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June 2, 2014

Salmon Arm


Salmon Arm gloaming


Schmoozing in LA…


So—I had a wonderful time at the Word on the Lake writers festival in Salmon Arm, BC (photos above). Worked like a dog, but that’s normal for such events. I gave two keynote speeches, taught three workshops (on Characterization, How to Make Them Turn the Page (a useful skill, when you write 900-page books), and How to Write (and How _not_ to Write) Sex Scenes. And a panel on how to carve a “writing cave” out of chaos—i.e., making time to write, which is pretty basic, but alw...

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