UPDATE, June 2013: Just learned that Diana Gabadlon *is* going to be bringing Outlander to the small screen after all! When I wrote this post in May 2012, there were no such plans, so this was all speculation about who should play Jamie. Here is a post about the real plans. (But, fair warning, that post still doesn’t name who will play Jamie Fraser). If you want to hear our own musings last year, 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
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!):
- 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.
- 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 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/
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