WHY THIS BLOG?

I AM PARCA'S CHOSEN:
Parca is the Roman Goddess of Childbirth and Destiny and after you get to know me, you will see why I believe she has, without doubt, made me her Poster Child. I deal with the odd serious issue but for the most part, my posts are just some cheeky fun, reviews of favorite shows, and true stories that will make you laugh out loud (or run screaming...I don't know you well enough to predict your behavior). You'll find satire with the odd parody tossed in....and definitely a heaping helping of hyperbole.

I am Canadian so expect a bit of politeness too. Sorry.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

DIANA GABALDON ANSWERS 3 EXCLUSIVE CONTEST WINNER'S QUESTIONS ON HER BIGGEST FACEBOOK FAN GROUP!

AS ADMIN TO THE LARGEST AND BEST OUTLANDER SERIES FACEBOOK GROUP (OS), I APPROACHED DR. GABALDON WITH A REQUEST THAT 'SHE' BE THE PRIZE IN A GROUP CONTEST I WAS HOPING TO RUN. 

TO MY ABSOLUTE SURPRISE AND DELIGHT, THROUGH HER LOVELY ASSISTANT SUSAN, I WAS GIVEN A GO-AHEAD AND WE HAD A GREAT CONTEST ON APRIL 22 2016. HERE ARE THE RESULTS, COPIED DIRECTLY FROM OUR GROUP... THREE UNIQUE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:


ADMIN: Almost 2 months ago I held a "WIN A PERSONAL REPLY FROM DIANA CONTEST (* see meme above) and Herself has now replied! We knew and understood that she would do so as her schedule allowed, so we are very grateful and honored that she chose our group to focus her precious time on. THANK YOU DIANA! And thanks to everyone on OS for your awesome questions!

I chose 8 finalists and then asked Diana to chose the 3 winners, as she would know better than I which questions were not asked as often, or at all. SO, CONGRATULATIONS GO TO: EW, Marcy Ann and Twila Allen for asking the winning questions! Here are your prizes... your personal answers:

Q1: EW M: If you lived in Jamie’s time, what do you think your occupation would be?

DG: Novelist, most likely. <g> Women wrote both novels and plays in the 18th century,, some of them quite successfully. And one of the benefits of being a writer is that —unless you choose otherwise— nobody knows who you are, or what you look like. 

If I chose to write under a male name, or a sexually ambiguous one, I could. If I wasn’t able to make a decent living by writing, though, I suppose I’d be a printer and bookseller.

Q2: MARCY ANN: Diana, are you preparing to write another book series with an entirely different cast of characters?

DG: “Preparing” would certainly be overstating the case. <g> In the fullness of time (and if I should live so long, God willing), I do intend to write Master Raymond’s story. I only have a few bits of that at present, though, and no more than three or four characters show up in those bits.

Q3: TWILA ALLEN: How did you balance being a wife, mother of small children, and writing these incredible books all at the same time? What’s you work-life balance advice?

DG: You forgot the two full-time jobs (I was a university professor and wrote freelance (almost full-time) for the computer press).

Basically, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t do housework, and I didn’t watch TV. In other words, you decide what’s important to you, and then you figure out a way to do those things. This naturally means not doing other things, or finding ways of doing necessary-but-not-desirable-things more efficiently.

When my kids were very little, I’d put on children’s television on Saturday morning, lie down on the couch and sleep while they walked up and down on me. When they got a little older, I could make deals with them: “Look, I need to work. Don’t bother me for two hours, and after lunch, we’ll go to the zoo.” (Or, you know, you can just hide. For a few years, I’d leave through my front door as though going to my university office, then sneak back into the garage (which my husband had outfitted as an office when he started his own business. I inherited it when his business got going and he moved out to more official premises) and work undisturbed for the morning. The only problem was that while the door between the garage and the house locked, the lock was on their side. If they realized I was in there, they’d be on me in an instant. So at least once during the morning’s work, I’d have to leave through the outer door, get in my car and drive down to the mall so I could go to the bathroom.) 

It’s just priorities and persistence, though. If your husband doesn’t like your going off by yourself to write, for instance, you just take him to bed and wear him out. Then when he falls asleep, you get up and work.
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BRILLIANT! HOW GREAT IS SHE? AS SMART AND FUNNY AS ALWAYS...BRAVO DIANA!

I want to thank Diana again for her generosity of time and a special thanks to her assistant Susan who was so approachable and helpful. 59,000 HUGS to you both from all the fans on OS! *and my husband thanks her for the last part of Question 3... *wink*

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

OUTLANDER DUAL ROLE AUDITION PHOTOS: SHOCKING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN ORIGINALS!

Tobias Menzies plays his dual roles extremely well. He is brilliant, without a doubt.

PROFESSOR FRANK RANDALL/CAPTAIN 'BLACK JACK' JOHNATHAN RANDALL



But did you know, Starz had quite a few other actors audition for dual roles as well? Here is an exclusive peek at those audition photos...
                
*REMEMBER, THE ROLES ARE FROM THE BOOKS' DESCRIPTIONS

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 CLAIRE FALLING THROUGH THE STONES/ADSO

           
              BRIANNA/ADSO



ROLLO/COLUM...ADSO/DOUGAL


GENEVA DUNSANY/PARISIAN WHORE ACCESORY


CLAIRE/THE WHITE SOW


CLAIRE/DONAS



MASTER RAYMOND/APOTHECARY STUFFED FROG



LORD JOHN GREY/ADSO



STEPHEN BONNET/BRAN (JAMIE'S LALLYBROCH DOG)



MR. WILLOUGHBY/EXTRA IN THE KING'S ZOO



  STEPHEN BONNET/SHIP'S RAT CATCHER


KING LOUIS/ROLLO

  
BEARDSLEY TWINS/RANDOM WILDLIFE


BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE/STRAY DOG


STUFFED CROCODILE IN MSTR. RAYMOND'S SHOP/DONAS

  
STEPHEN BONNET'S SHIP THE GLORIANA/PIRATE SHIP


JARED FRASER'S COOK/LALLYBROCH BARN CAT 



WENTWORTH STAMPEDE COOS/LALLYBROCH COOS
*CLICK THIS CUTIE COO AUDITION CLIP


ROLLO/ABBOTT ALEXANDER FRASER



ABBEY NUN/JOCASTA'S RANCH COW


DONAS/MRS. BAIRD


YOUNG STEPHEN BONNET/LALLYBROCH PIG


MALVA/MALVA *YES, I LOATHE HER

  
REV WAKEFIELD/FOREST CREATURE


ROGER MAC/ROLLO


CLAIRE/EXTRA WW2 NURSE/BOUTON



        
STEPHEN BONNET/IAN MURRAY/EXTRA FOR JAMAICA SCENES


DUKE OF SANDRINGHAM/PARISIAN PROSTITUTE



ROLLO/BOURON/CATTLE EXTRAS (3 pics)






  
DONAS/IAN MURRAY


 STEPHEN BONNET/EXTRA FOREST CREATURE

 



CLAIRE/AMERICAN COUNTRYSIDE COWS



JENNY/LALLYBROCH HEN


FERGUS IN PRIS/LALLYBROCH BARN CAT/ADSO

  

SCOTTISH FLAG UNICORN/ROLLO

  

DONAS/SCOTTISH FLAG UNICORN (PRE-VIAGRA)


IAN MURRAY JR./ROLLO



DOUGAL/FOREST IMP 

 
ULYSSES/GEILLIS'S BLACK CAT (SHE SURELY HAD ONE!)



COLUM/BOUTON


JAMIE IN BATTLE MODE/STAR WARS TROO...OOPS! WRONG SHOW!


STEPHEN BONNET/THE FISH JAMIE TICKLED (PART 1)


MARY HAWKINS/LALLYBROCH DINNER


ROLLO/THE FISH THAT JAMIE TICKLED (PART 2)



WENTWORTH GOVERNOR SIR FLETCHER GORDON/LALLYBROCH PIG

  COLUM/BOUTON


DONAS/GIRAFFE IN KING LOUIS ZOO (WAY WAY IN THE BACK...)


MURTAGH/STRAY DOG IN SCOTLAND


JAMIE & BREE/ORANGUTANS AT KING LOUIS ZOO


ROLLO/LALLYBROCH SHEEP




                                    
                                MOTHER HILDEGARDE/DONAS

                     
                        THE BLACK WATCH/CULLODEN WARRIORS


                     
 MRS. FITZGIBBONS/LALLYBROCH TEA SET


                                              
                                               GEILLIS/ADSO


JAMIE'S GHOST/EXTRA FOREST CREATURE (WINTER SCENES ONLY)

                                   
  
FRENCH SOLDIER/BOUTON


ROBBIE McNABB SR./EXTRA WOODLAND CREATURE


FERGUS/BOUTON


CREW MEMBER PIRATE SHIP/SHIP MOUSER


JAMIE FORMAL WEAR/PARIS HOUSE CAT


  
SIMON LOVET/CASTLE POOCH



WENTWORTH PRISONER/ADSO/BJR VICTIM



BOUTON/CREW CONCESSION SNACK


JAMIE/FOREST BIRD


LADY ANNABELLE McCRANNOCH/PARIS POOCH


FRANK/MI6 SECRET MOUSER


UNCLE LAMB/KING LOUIS ZOO PET


QUEEN MARIE OF FRANCE/PARISIAN STREET CAT


GEILLIS/LALLYBROCH STREET CAT


STEPHEN BONNET/PIRATE CREW MATE/FOREST CREATURE


NESSIE/DONAS


PIRATE CREW/STREET STRAY


MRS. BUG/GARDEN INSECT 


LAOGHAIRE (LEGHAIR)/MILL POND FROG


BOUTON/IAN MURRAY SR/PIRATE CREW/STEPHEN BONNET


JEMMY/KING'S ZOO PET


BLACK JACK RANDALL/ANY LAWYER ROLE BUT NED GOWEN'S

  
CEILIDH PERFORMER/FOREST WILDLIFE


BEAR McCREARY/MOUNTAIN BEAR


TERRY DRESBACH/ADSO


RON MOORE/EXTRA IN THE KING'S ZOO



DIANA GABALDON/HEDGEHOG JOKE PROP



Good luck to all these animal actor in their future endeavors and remember...like Clarence the Donkey...you can start small in memes, but make it big if you reach for the Starz: