Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My "Almost" Encounter with Diana Gabaldon

So.....have you ever kicked yourself in the ass because you didn't do something you should have done? Well, is my ass feeling really sore!! Those of you who know me understand my obsessional-type love with the Outlander series and it's extremely talented author, Diana Gabaldon. I devoured her seven gigantic novels, savouring, memorizing and recording many of her humourous and touching lines of prose. I fell madly in love with Jamie Fraser, her hero, a man no other author has been able to best, at least not in any of my subsequent readings. To my great joy, Diana Gabaldon made it to Canada. Yes, on August 14th, she came to a little town called FERGUS in Ontario, about 2 hours from my home in Hamilton. There is a HUGE Scottish festival in Fergus every summer, and Diana often frequents this venue, reading excerpts from her books and talking about Scottish genealogy. I had planned on going with one of my best friends, Heather, a girl I had introduced to the Outlander series who too became obsessed. However, the forecast called for heavy rain (and the festival is entirely outdoors) and I was in a funky, depressed kind of mood the night before and didn't feel like driving for two hours......I know......LAME EXCUSES! The bottom line is, I missed meeting my favourite author of all time, my hero, my idol!! I know, I am an idiot! Anyways, Heather went, the true fan that she is (that's her in the pic with Diana). Diana read excerpts from the next book....so very exciting!!! And she related that "The Scottish Prisoner" will be out THIS FALL! Jamie Fraser is in this book and you don't have to have read the Outlander series to enjoy this tale. Needless to say, I am waiting with bated breath. If I could do it all over, I would definitely make the road trip. All I can say is, maybe next summer!


  1. Oh man what a bummer! I haven't met Diana Gabaldon yet and I can't wait until the day comes.I hope you get to meet her eventually. I honestly can't wait until the next Outlander book comes out!!!

  2. That's a shame! I hope you have better luck (and better weather!) next time.


  3. Hi Mandy!

    Sheesh.....I feel bad for you.
    It's a shame you were dealt bad cards that day, feeling funky and bad weather. :-(

    I haven't read any of the Outlander books. I'm constantly hearing how wonderful they are by some of my friends.

    Your friend Heather looks like she was enjoying herself.

    Great thing is that there is always next year!

    Have a nice day and sending you 'feel better' (((hugs)))!!

  4. Mandy, Mandy, Mandy.....what a bummer! Fergus is great in the summer - guess next year you'll go rain or shine, heat or cold......

  5. Don't beat yourself up too much Mandy :)
    I've done things like that to myself many times. I hope you get another chance to meet her, and that the sun is shining that day!

  6. I have been a Gabaldon fanatic since I first read Outlander and waited impatiently for this latest book, eagerly anticipating devouring every word of my favorite author. It was almost anti-climatic when I finally got it, I found the first 300 pages slow and lacking in the edge of your seat thrill the other books had, the kind that kept me up to all hours of the night. But then it finally picked up speed and things started to tie together and the passion was back. It is quite obvious that there was extensive research put into this book and it was blended well into the story, (part of the long wait between books I'm sure)


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