We Found Our Jamie Fraser!

UPDATE, August 2014: This post was originally written in May 2012 before Diana Gabaldon had real plans to bring Outlander to the small screen, so this was all simply fun speculation about who should play Jamie Fraser if a movie were ever made. In reality, now, of course, the book is being brought to STARZ with the verra sexy Sam Heughan playing Jamie. (And very well, at that!) But if you want to hear our own musings two years ago, read on:


Okay, call off the dogs. We found him.

We’ve found our Jamie Fraser.

It’s been a long, ongoing debate in the romance community: Who will play Jamie Fraser for any upcoming movie of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander?  We’ve discussed it here on my blog, in fact, with 34 excellent comments and suggestions.

The reason it’s such a hot debate is that Diana Gabaldon has written one of the most popular heroes of all time. Outlander remains one of the top five romances in every list I’ve seen. And everyone loves Jamie.

So it’s a tall order to find the absolute perfect man to play him: Jamie is Scottish, so you need the accent. He’s tall and muscular, so you need size. He’s young (22), so that’s a challenge. He has long, light-colored hair and light eyes in the book. Some actors are tall enough but too dark. Or light and muscular enough, but no accent. Or large enough and blond, but too old. Or have the accent, but too short. … The debate goes on and on.

But I think I found him! Continue reading

5 Things I’ve Been Doing Instead of Blogging

Ye ol’ blog has been a little quiet lately. … Of course, I’ve been filling my time with all kinds of glamorous post-Golden-Heart activities, don’t ya know, like shopping for ball gowns, drinking champagne, and taking calls from literary agents. …

(Just kidding. I’ve been cleaning my den and going grocery shopping.)

But I have diverted some of my energy, truly, to the craziness that followed the Golden Heart final. Here’s that and the four other main things I’ve been doing instead of blogging (even though I really miss blogging!):

  1. Standing in the kitchen, talking to my eldest, during lunch time – Yep, just like old times, I’m spending my lunch hour mostly standing in the kitchen, eating lunch and chatting it up with Ricky, instead of blogging. My kid is home! He’s just completed his whole first year of college. If you’d told me when I wrote this post that the time would go by so fast, I might not have been so weepy. … Oh, wait. … Maybe ya’ll did tell me, huh? … Well, you were right. Time flew.
  2. Working out in the mornings – I never thought I’d say this, but I now can’t blog in the mornings because I’m working out! Yep, for a whole half hour. Of course, my definition of “working out” is probably not the same as … say … Superman’s. But I’m giving it a half hour every single morning in my quest to lose weight. Instead of going downstairs and blogging at 6:30 a.m., I’m doing a DVD that involves some aerobic activity and some light weights for the arms. And I’m loving it. (Never thought I’d say that, either.) Continue reading

I’m Blogging With the Rubies Today!

I’m blogging over at the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood today!

The Rubies are Golden Heart Finalists, Class of 2009, who have formed a strong bond, tight-knit friendship, and wonderful blog over the years.

In a blog series leading up to Nationals this year, they’re featuring the new Golden Heart Finalists, Class of 2012. So today’s my day!

C’mon over and leave a comment! I’m here: http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/meet-2012-golden-heart-finalist-laurie-sanchez/

Weight-Loss Challenge No. 1 — A 650-Foot Elevation?

So here’s where the weight-loss story starts getting comical:

In the spirit of “The Biggest Loser” competition at my work, one of my coworkers planned a “Fitness Friday” lunchtime hike at one of Orange County’s wilderness parks, and at first I thought “I’m in!”

I love the outdoors. And I love Orange County’s wilderness parks — they’re kind of desert-y, but they have some beautiful oaks and sycamores, plenty of wild birds and rabbits to make you realize you’re in another world, an amazing fragrance of California sage, and a true “get away from it all” feel. Just recently, in fact, I was chatting with my old neighbor about joining the OC Hiking Club, which is something I suggested years ago to my friend Debbie (but we each got busy with our kids, and weekends suddenly filled up).

Plus I love vacations to Tahoe or Yosemite, and we always find at least one fun hike to do there each trip.

But, admittedly, my version of “hiking” involves a camera, a slower walk, and the time it takes to notice my surroundings. Continue reading

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