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Please help us get this amazing project and funded !
Good morning Deskers!
Look at me – not only writing a blog – but getting it out on time!
Well, it’s been a week, hasn’t it?
Where to begin?
First, we had Diana Gabaldon release Book 9 of the Outlander series – “Go Tell the Bees I am Gone” and Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish release “Clanlands Almanac” in all its various forms.
Shortly thereafter, OUTLANDER HQ dropped the opening credit sequence for the 6th season of Outlander – and we all lost our minds!
On the personal front – I was officially announced as part of the Outlander Fan Documentary crew – as part of their Social Media team, I had a fantastic chat to my friend Kristine from the UK regarding her experience meeting Sam and Graham at the Waaterstones Piccadilly instore signing for their new book and yesterday saw me meet my fellow #SHAGger and friend Jo Patton for the first time in person!
Add to that (In the real world where I adult) work has been flat out busy in the lead up to the Festive Season – It’s December already … What??!, I’ve found a new Radio Station that I like and have been listening to it for much of the weekend and… AND… to the surprise of nobody … there’s a new Covid Variant to be worried about. This one they’ve called OMICROM. Which I suppose means SHIT BE FUCKED, BITCHES!! In Greek or Latin or something.
With the way the world is still struggling with the DELTA variant, knowing there’s a new variant just on the Horizon (scratch that – It’s made its way to several different countries already and it was only discovered in South Africa last week!) to say that I’m worried about it – is the understatement of the year. I mean, look around. Do you see a fully vaccinated, fully protected world yet? No? Me neither. I am convinced we (the World) will be dealing with this until the year 2025 and even then, there is no guarantee that it’ll be entirely gone. My best guess is that by then, there’ll be measures in place that will *hopefully* be able to protect the population from whatever version of the variant we have at that stage … Time will tell.
On that note, that’s about it for now. Don’t forget to check out all the goings on with the links I’ve posted on this blog, and I’ll catch you all next Sunday!
Cheers for reading,
Please see below and help them reach their 10K goal! If you’re a fan of OUTLANDER – You’ll Love this!!
As some of you may know, an Outlander Fan Documentary has been in the works since the spring of 2018. Founded by myself, and a group of multi talented, fellow Outlander fans, this feature length documentary film is open to all Outlander fans, to participate in. It is the story of all of us…. a love letter for the fans, by the fans.
It is dedicated to the memory of my husband, who passed from cancer in 2017, and to all Outlander fans affected by cancer and other illnesses.
Up until the beginning of 2020, we were pretty much self funded, but lockdown really impacted us, and now we are in great need of your help.
Toward the beginning of October, we enthusiastically started up our IndieGoGo fundraising campaign, with a goal set at $10,000. Sadly we have approx 3 weeks left in our campaign, and we’re currently at only 18% of the goal… $1,855, with 24 backers.
Your donation will ensure the quality completion of this film, and your generosity will not go unnoticed!
Looking for perks? We’ve got ‘em! From Outlander stickers, to on-screen credits in the film, …. Dragonfly lapel pins, and even our very own Outlander Fan Documentary logo tote bag. Or if you are looking to simply place a donation without a perk… you’ll find that option available, as well.
Keep in mind… every little bit helps, and we do appreciate everyone’s support.
We know all Outlander fans are amazing & unique. Wanna tell your story? You can become one of our interviewees. Simply head over to the Outlander Lounge (on Instagram or Facebook) and send them a DM, or email us: email@example.com
We are so grateful to have Maria as our fantastic spokesperson/ interviewer. She has been interviewing fans on her Friday Instagram live show “Outlander Chat at the Lounge”, for some time now, and her page has garnered a lot of buzz. Those of you who went to Wizard World – New Orleans, may remember when Maria had the amazing opportunity to interview Sam Heughan, on stage. She didn’t stop there… Maria has interviewed several other members of the Outlander cast, including Caitriona Balfe, Duncan LaCroix, Richard Rankin, Paul Donnelly, and more.
We are looking at an ETA of completion, by the end of 2022. In the mean time…. any & all help is appreciated. Outlander Fan Documentary is on Instagram & Facebook. Share our posts, stories, & our IndieGoGo fundraiser link. We also have a website, which includes crew bios, a photo gallery, videos, links, and more.
Thank you so much! We hope to hear from you soon!
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You: Doth mine eyes deceive me or hast thou made a post before yon posting schedule of Sunday morn?
Me: Well yes.
Simply to bring your attention to this https://www.facebook.com/OutlanderFanDocumentary
It’s a few days early – but I couldn’t help myself. I’m excited to officially announce that I am now part of this wonderful team of people – helping them with their SM output and to bring awareness to this wonderful project.
There will be further announcements made on the official IG account THIS SATURDAY – https://www.instagram.com/outlanderfandocumentary/ – so please look out for that ( and give them a follow while you’re at it!)
Also, please check out further info here – regarding the website, how to show your support and where to donate: https://linktr.ee/outlanderdoc
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Please help support this wonderful wee project – It’s going to be amazing!
*Blinks* …. Oh… Oh shit! I’m late! This was meant to be posted before 4pm AEDT and it’s now 5:16 pm AEDT and I’ve just sat down to write the bloody thing!
Sincerest apologies one and all. I blame naps. It’s true! If I hadn’t been so overwhelmed with the urge to take a 20-minute power nap-there is absolutely no way I would have slept for 2-whole-hours solid before waking up and realising I haven’t yet penned this week’s blog!
Right, where to start….
First, a brief overview of my week.
Work has been insanely busy. I’ve been in my new role at work (admin, data entry, consumer investigations) for just over a week. I enjoy it but my god is it hectic. Dealing with Customer files all day is very full on. My team was bought on to help clear the current backlog of enquires (currently at something like 60 % out of charter) to be UpToDate for the New Year. So yes, it’s enjoyable – but very full on.
On the TV front – Hubby and I have just finished watching a series called Sense 8. It only ran for 2 seasons and was very good! Hubby has watched it several times, but it was the first time for me, and I really enjoyed it.
My current addiction – Honey Roasted Macadamia Nuts: This Is not new to me. I’ve been a fan of these things for years. In fact, there was a period in my life where I’d by them by the 2kg bag full and eat the lot in a week. Of course, as you can so rightly imagine – there was an intervention by way of Hubby saying, “You can’t have anymore” (Simple – yet surprisingly effective HAHA) and my realising he was right as I had stacked on the weight as well and was sporting a rather noticeable Macadamia Butt, so, for a better part of a decade I have remained largely Macadamia Nut free. That is until yesterday. Yesterday, my wonderful hubby found a small container of the fiendish things at our local supermarket, and I am worried this will ignite my love affair with them. I hope not … But I’ll let you know.
During the week there was a wee bit of a kerfuffle in the Outlander fandom when one of its leading actors seemed to be upset. At first none of us could figure out why – but it wasn’t long before the reason for the upset was revealed.
First… Backstory time:
30 something years ago Graham McTavish penned an idea he called Clanlands for Television. Nobody wanted a bar of it. Later in life, Graham meets Sam – the mostly unknown actor (outside the UK) playing the role of Jamie Fraser in a show called Outlander – Graham is to play his uncle in the same show. Fast forward (again) to more recent times and roughly somewhere pre global pandemic – and Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish are in the process of bringing Clanlands (soon to become known as MEN IN KILTS) to TV.
*Back to present*
2021 rolls around and we get #ClanlandsAlmanac
Clanlands Almanac is the extended version of the original trip – with extras thrown in for good measure and this time we get a standard edition, an Exclusive edition, and an audio book – plus a couple of live shows (one of which is live streamed from London)
All is blithe and bonnie.
That is until, a week before the official book launch for #ClanlandsAlmanac, a three-part TV series on UK’s Channel 4 rears its ugly head and lo and behold its Men in Kilts crammed into 3 x 47-minute episodes (Two friends travel around Scotland and visit the same places in a campervan) and boy oh boy … Did it cause a stramash!
Was Sam upset? Of course, he was! (Did he get over it soon after? Of course, he did!) but the amount of flack he copped for being upset that someone else did the same thing he and Graham had done – was utterly ridiculous!
Give him a break! Just because he’s in the public eye – doesn’t mean he’s not allowed to be Human and have emotions from time to time. I can’t imagine what it’s like for him – having to be bouncy and positive all the time – even on days where he’d rather not be.
(Side note: Funnily enough, a large majority of the fandom agreed with his take on things and Petty Sam was welcomed into the fold with open arms)
So yeah. In short – Celebrities are Humans too and we should cut them some slack and allow them to be so from time to time. Especially if they have put a ton of effort into a project – only to have it copied verbatim on another TV network. The most interesting thing for me is that this “Copycat show” went to air a week before Clanlands Almanac book launch. Does anyone else but me find the timing just a wee bit deliberate? No… just me… OK.
Anyway, moving on (and away) from that.
Finally, before I wrap this up and go eat the roast chicken that absolutely has my name on it for tonight’s dinner, the last thing I wish to talk about is the new Project I’m involved with.
If you’re part of the Outlander Fandom – you’re aware of the Outlander Fan Documentary that’s in the process of being made.
I’ve recently been welcomed on board as a member of their Social Media team – so moving forward, some of my weekly blog posts will be solely devoted to helping them gain support across various SM platforms.
I’m super excited about it and cannot wait to start!
On that note I’m done
Thanks for reading,
Till next week Deskers!
I don’t think there is a word in the English language – or any other – for that matter- that adequately describes how OVER 2021 I am.
As we part hurtle like an out-of-control juggernaut part crawl like a dehydrated snake in the sand towards the end of the year … I find myself utterly exhausted.
Exhausted I hear you say? You? You who still works from home. You who only works three days a week. You who hasn’t left her house in almost 2 years. How could you possibly be exhausted?
That’s the question, isn’t it? How can I possibly be exhausted? I mean, I go to bed early, I don’t drink as much as I used to, I’ve cut back on the amount of shit food I eat- I’ve done all the right things and yet… Every day I wake up tired. Doesn’t make sense.
My Husband is tired. My Husband is exhausted. He has a right to be. He works full time. He also must take care of me and do all the stuff around the house. HE IS THE VERY DEFINITION of EXHAUSTED. The next time you look up exhausted in the dictionary – don’t bother… I’ll let you talk to my Hubby instead. It’s easier.
The point is – This year has been exhausting. I thought 2020 was bad… No. Compared to 2021 the year 2020 was a doddle. A cake walk. (BTW: What’s a cake walk? What kinda footwear would be required for that? A snug cheesecake? Lace up chocolate cake? Hmmm. Anyway… I digress)
At time of writing – It’s as dark as you please outside. We’re supposed to be at the tail end of Spring, getting ready for summer – but no. Winter be like “S’up Bitches! Let’s hang! “
Winter was coming. More like Winter was coming and staying fucking put – Am I right?
That said… While it may be as cold as a witch’s tit most mornings, at least my hay fever has been kept at bay.
I’ve rambled on enough. If you’ve made it this far – congrats! Here’s a mint lolly. *Pats you on the back * Well done you.
Now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of today’s blog post.
First .. I’ve been updating things. I’ve been updating FB pages, Twitter pages and resurrecting YouTube channels long thought dead.
Here are the links if you’re interested. Note, there is nothing on the YouTube channel yet. That’s not due to go *Live* for a while yet. But .. It’s almost ready. My plan is to kick off some point in December with the Sunday Editions – I’ll keep you posted!
In the meantime, can we talk – no CAN WE YELL ABOUT ALL THE CONTENT LATELY?! (IYKYK) I swear to God, every time I blink this week – there is a new post / article/ tweet that I must devour then and there on the spot.
As a fan of Sam and Caitriona (bonified “Bothie” here ladies and gentlemen) It’s been a non-stop rollercoaster ride of live streams, podcasts, interviews, book signings, cover shoots and even, EVEN a very small amount of fan interaction online -which has been incredible! We’ve gone from next to nothing (for months on end) to ALL OF THE THINGS and, I must tell you, it’s been very overwhelming (In a good way, of course)
There’s still more to come however, with the release of the 9th Book in the Outlander series “Go tell the bees I’m gone” the release of Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish new book ‘Clanlands Almanac’ ( Both Exclusive and signed editions) more countries around the world discovering the wonderment that is Kenneth Branagh’s BELFAST( and the stunning performance that is Caitriona Balfe),Sam’s Sassenach UK/ EU Whisky release and the MPC 2021 Year Book, plus a dozen other things besides .. . which amongst all the carry on and exhaustion of 2021 is something to look forward to.
Speaking of which (and it’s only going to be mentioned once) The carry on is boring. I am so sick and tired of people protesting. It does nothing. It changes nothing. These rules and regulations that are being put into place because of Covid-19 are going to be part of how we live – whether folks like it or not. That’s it. Accept it. The only thing protesting does it create more Covid-19 cases. And for every week there is a protest – there’s at least another 1000 or so covid cases the State of Victoria must deal with because people are too stupid to stay home. Don’t get the jab – cool beans. No problem. Just don’t go around in large protests spreading the virus everywhere and giving it to others. That’d be great, thanks!
Finally, (before I need to wrap this up as the sky looks ominous and I’m hearing whispers of a beauty of a thunderstorm in the not-too-distant future) don’t yuk someone else’s yum, OK? Seriously, don’t do it. If you follow me on Twitter (and if you don’t – what are you doing with your lives?) you may have heard me use this expression before. No. It is not mine. I *stole* it from a very talented Fic writer who, for reasons I cannot explain, blocked me on SM awhile back. Suffice to say, I no longer read her stories – but the phrase has stuck with me since I read it. It’s a great phrase and I use it often. And today, in this blog I use it to all those who think it’s cool to pass judgement on others or THINK you know better than someone else. Listen, you moonfaced thieves of joy – It’s not cool, OK? It’s not going to get you in the in crowd or make Sam and Caitriona crown you No.1 fan of the year, make you their bestie or anything else besides. What it IS going to do – is make someone like me get really shitty and call you out on your trash talk.
And on that note, I’m done.
Till next week, Deskers
Ah, Sunday … There you are!
Nice to see you. Granted, the weather has been shite – but that’s neither here nor there.
Shall we begin?
This week I had rec leave from work due to the fact it was also the week of The Melbourne Cup.
I’ve had a very relaxing week. It included things like naps, reading fan fiction, watching Sense 8 with Hubby, and eating copious amounts of Doritos and dip. (Pre-Christmas diet starts tomorrow folks!)
That said, the Friday before my Rec leave started – Melbourne was hit with an ‘Extreme Weather event’ which knocked out my power/internet for just over 24 hours. This meant I was unable to work. On one hand it meant I could stay in bed all day and sleep – on the other, I believe I shall receive “Leave -without-pay” because …dearie me… I couldn’t stop Mother Nature having a hissy fit and causing utter chaos (and not just me – others as well) but thems the breaks I suppose, oh well.
Thursday saw me attempt to do episode 2 of Discussions from The Desk with the lovely Susanne from Germany. Unfortunately, Instagram was an ‘Instagroan’ and wasn’t working for either of us. Thankfully, we were able to go ahead with it on Friday.
If you missed it, I’ll post the link below:
That said, there’s this week coming up and I have no idea what’s going to happen or who is going to join me so it should be fun!
I return to work this week and I have no idea what’s going to happen with that either. No doubt I’ll find out soon enough
Till next week deskers,
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