The following highlights are some of my favorite moments from the first season of Outlander.
1) Went to #OutlanderInvadesLA at the Orpheum with my friend Cyd and had a ball! Really Dumb Thing I Did? When the talkative usher told me where Sam & Cait would be entering and exiting the building, I didn’t go to meet them because I didn’t want to bother them. #ImABigDumbIdiotWhoShouldBeMadeToWearADuncecap (The blonde is my friend Cyd and look who’s on the other side! I didn’t know her then!)
2) Met Kris and Brian Terpstra at the Los Angeles hotel where we were all staying for the L.A. event. Since then, they’ve come to visit my husband and me in Austin, they are wonderful folks and are now true, forever friends. So what if I never forgive them for leaving me in the Orpheum lobby to stuff my face with teacakes while they were back stage shmoozing with the beautiful people. I understand forgiveness is a process, so it may take a while. #Sobbing Note: Kris is so short next to Sam and Brian, she looks like she’s at an entirely different party!
3) Had so many feels during the lead up to Episode 1, I wrote down my thoughts, then figured out how to make a Word Press blog (freaking miracle as I’m a techno-moron) so other people could read it. Why be alone with my thoughts, right? Along with my husband, Richard the artiste, I began making memes. This one was the most popular and was on the Starz website for a very long time.
4) Still had some feels so designed Outlander t-shirts and sent them to the cast and crew along with some other wee gifties. As you may already know, Customs is the devil, so they sent them back to me. Since I rarely take no for an answer, I sent them back again. With the help of someone who shall go nameless so nobody bothers him/her, they finally arrived at their destination. Then young Mr. Hollywood, who’s on his way to becoming the most well-known driver in the history of showbiz, tweeted out a photo. Well done sir!
5) ‘Met’ Connie Sandlin, the Gracious Queen of Outlanderia and through her I was able to auction Sam Heughan’s Emulsion fedora and trench coat on eBay for charity. Met a gazillion and twelve Outlander fans at the Emulsion Austin screening, raised tons of money and had a blast!! Cool thing that happened was this tweet of my daughter, Grace, sent out by Himself, the burly and handsome Mr. Heughan. Fun fact: When you have all those notifications at once and you leave the room, the phone vibrates off the desk and onto the floor, shattering the screen. As if I care……
6) And this only happened once, but at least it happened. Diana G read something I wrote and not only didn’t she throw it down with disgust, she recommended it. Yep, I can die happy now.
8) The first time I tweeted an Outlander blog approximately 8 people read it and I was over the moon with joy. But that’s not why I wrote it. Truthfully, I had waited over 20 years to see a visual production of Outlander I had a ton of feelings, and it coincided with both my adult children moving out of state last summer for new opportunities and I needed to fill up that space in my heart or lose my mind. I’m very grateful that the show came along when it did because the creative process and new relationships probably saved my sanity.
The response I’ve had to the blog has been overwhelming and my favorite thing in the world is when people say I make them laugh. When a gorgeous friend, let’s call her Jeanne Murdock, showed me how to read Analytics I was shocked to see that those original 8 people have grown to 500,000. I can’t believe how many new friends I’ve made both in person and on-line because of this show. I think the Outlander ‘fanmily’ are pioneers both in building on-line relationships and supporting each other and the cast, crew, writers, directors, producers with both words and actions especially in terms of fundraising.
Like most fanmilies, it’s not perfect, we’ve all made mistakes, even me. But most of our interaction has been overwhelmingly positive and I’m so happy to have had this adventure with you all. And by the way. How did Richard and I know that 30 years ago we should climb up to the top of this huge rock quarry and pose for these hoochie-mama photos leaning against giant stones? We. Were. So. Psychic.
Now is the time in our journey, where I suppose we should all hold hands and sing ‘That’s What Friends Are For’, but before I go, I have one final question. What in the heck are we supposed to do for the next year or so? Anybody have an idea? Anybody?