Outlander Fan Searches for a Bit of the Highlands in Florida

I watched Rob Licuria’s Golden Derby interview with Sam Heughan yesterday on http://www.goldderby.com. The interview was thought provoking, Rob asked great questions.

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He asked Sam about his reaction to the Outlander pilot after he first saw it, and Sam said, “People in Scotland were wary. Here come the Americans…they’re coming over here, and they’re going to make a show about Scotland…and they came and they have been so attentive to detail. They’ve really immersed themselves in our world. They’ve employed great numbers of very talented Scottish cast and crew. I think they did a great job.” He continued to say, “I’m really proud. I’m very proud.” To see the full interview, go to http://www.goldderby.com/news/10971/outlander-sam-heughan-caitriona-balfe-golden-globes.html. Sam’s response “inspired” this blog post. It made me wonder, as an American fan of the show, have I inadvertently been disrespectful to the people of Scotland? Have I focused on stereotypes in my blogs and Twitter comments? Is there something Americans have asked, that if you heard one more time, you would scream?

The show and the books have inspired me to reconnect with my Celtic roots, search for pieces of Scotland in Florida, and to start a blog in October 2014. By day, I teach preschool, and I am naturally curious. I genuinely want to know about authentic Scotland.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing for fun, and writing on behalf of wonderful causes. Looking back on past blogs, I realized I haven’t shared some of my adventures as I attempted to survive Droughtlander. The interview and Sam’s response to the question, reminded me of meeting a family from Glasgow in June. My family and I took a quick trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Sitting at an outside table at the Magic Kingdom, I hear, “No, it’s crook!” from a gentleman, expressing his frustration about a drink machine accepting his money, but not dispensing drink. I have a habit, since I have started watching Outlander, of striking up conversations with strangers with accents in the hopes that they are Scottish. This time I knew I was right, that he was from Scotland, and confidently asked, “excuse me, where are you from?” When he responded Glasgow, I was so excited, I’m sure he thought I was crazy. I met his family, and introduced him to mine. We had a wonderful conversation. Of course, I brought up Outlander, and asked if they had seen the show. He said, “No, where can I watch it?” I explained how to find it, and said, “I think, being Scottish, you would be very proud of it. The first season was filmed entirely on location in Scotland, and it is historically accurate.” We moved on to discuss the Jacksonville Jaguars playing in London and vacation tips for Scotland and Florida. We had a humorous exchange about the correct pronunciation of “Heughan”. I was pronouncing it “HEW-an”, and he kept repeating it the Scottish “HewCH-an”. Sam explains proper pronunciation of his last name in an interview with Christopher John Farley at the WSJ Café, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnHahznt5xI, about 1 minute 28 seconds into the interview. Sorry Sam! I will continue to practice.

My new friend from Glasgow and I follow one another on Twitter. He returned to Scotland after his Florida holiday and binge watched Outlander. He messaged me and said, “The acting was terrific. Randall was a bad yin as we say in Scotland.” He has also taught me what tatties and neeps are, mashed potatoes and turnips respectively, and was generous enough to submit a recipe to Cooklander To the Stove. (Go to http://www.cooklander.com to order your own copy.)

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I inquired about a recipe for haggis before I realized most people in Scotland just go to the butcher to purchase.  On the subject of haggis, I now know far more about haggis than any Florida girl should know in my opinion. I submitted the tale of my “Hunt for Haggis” in the form of a recipe to the Cooklander To the Stove cookbook. You can find it on page 323 of the book. I found myself strangely curious, and wanted to try haggis. I went to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in November, and tried an Americanized version.

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I have been connecting with people on Twitter, and “meeting” people living in Scotland or from Scotland living in the United States. I posted pictures on Twitter, and friends responded with, “don’t be surprised if when you get real haggis, it tastes vastly different.” I tasted liver and oats. My favorite was the Glenfiddich Whisky I tasted. I have been given rave reviews of haggis purchased at Julie’s British Shoppe located in Melbourne, FL, http://www.britishshoppe.net.

Full disclosure, I sincerely adore the sound of bagpipes, my last name is McAfee, and my husband owns a kilt.

Thank you again so much for reading!  I look forward to your comments, and please feel free to help me clear up any misperceptions or misunderstandings about Scotland.

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Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

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Cooklander To the Stove #WatchThisSpace

Originally posted on cooklander.com/blog by Debra on 10/4/15

We laugh whenever we see #WatchThisSpace because it’s always been Sam’s way of making us laugh while keeping us intrigued. In our case, This. Is. The. Space. Welcome to Cooklander.com!

Order Cooklander cookbook here

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I think since we first announced we were doing a cookbook, people have been asking when it would be available. And our standard answer was #WatchThisSpace, because we had no idea ourselves.

We didn’t know if there would be interest, if there would be enough recipes donated, if we could even do it. Truth be told, it almost fell apart a few times due to my year of illness and naivety. Illness is self-explanatory. But naivety? I had no idea the amount of work it would be. Constantly begging for recipes took its toll. Editing recipes was a very hard task as we wanted recipes from around the world, which we got. We had to learn new words. One of my personal favorites, from an American point of view, was to find the very exotic sounding “Ground Nut Oil” was what we call Peanut Oil! Still gives me the giggles! I have an incredible group of women who worked relentlessly to make this happen. We edited, we edited again, and repeatedly edited until the day it went to the cookbook company. We wanted the charm of the recipe (and some are so charming they are a story in themselves), but we wanted it to be easily deciphered whether the cook is in Russia, Uruguay, Japan or New Zealand. I’ll just say it wasn’t easy. The Artwork is going to take your breath away. This is a true Memento of the book, the series, and the fans. I don’t think you need to know how to cook to want to own this book. The Artwork alone will sell it!

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Cooklander: To the Stove! is being printed now, and will be mailed out around mid-November. The pricing for the books has been posted, and it’s time to get your order in. The magic words for today are FREE SHIPPING AND HANDLING!

Debra

Order at http://www.cooklander.com.

To Be a Fan Girl, or a Cougar, or Go Shopping for a Billionaire, That is the Question…

*Spoiler Alert*

I am going to discuss the Shopping for a Billionaire series of books by Julia Kent and how they relate to Sam Heughan and Outlander.

I first blogged about these books in my post, https://inspiredbyoutlander.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/twitter-teslas-tartans-and-time-travel/

Here is an excerpt from that post:

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I watched Outlander every week, and enjoyed every minute as the story unfolded.  As each show aired in the U.S., Sam started popping up on my Facebook news feed, Twitter, and Pinterest account.  When he appeared as a Pop Culture reference in a book I was reading on my Kindle as “Sam Heughan”, curiosity killed the cat so to speak.  The book is not related to Diana’s books in any way, and he is described in a most complementary fashion.

At this point, I’d like to expand on what I wrote in November. The book I referenced above was book 4 of the series. Sam also appears in book 1.

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Book 4, however, was my motivation to Google Sam for the first time. I was minding my own business reading, as I do every day, when I came across this passage that even today I can’t bring myself to quote directly. My apologies to Julia Kent and to all of you dear readers.

“Power walk or ice cream. Power walk or ice cream. That’s like asking if you want to have ­­­­____ with Sam Heughan or just use your ________, Amy.”

I thought to myself, “Wait? What?” All I had ever seen of Sam at that point was his work in Outlander. In my head, he was “Jamie”. Of course, very attractive as Jamie. I stopped reading, and Googled “Sam Heughan”, 516,000 results came up in 20 seconds. Ahhh…my inner dialogue was in Shrek’s accent, “Hold the phone.”

I’ll pick back up here with my November post.

Naturally, I started following him on Twitter.  This begins the period I refer to as “the week I lost to the Twitterverse and the World Wide Web”. I spent more time on Twitter that week than all the combined time spent since I joined three years ago.  I was sucked into the Outlander fandom.  In my humble opinion, he is a social media genius.  I especially love the witty conversations between Sam Heughan and Diana Galbaldon.  Diana describes his fans on Twitter as, “taking the bait, hook, line, and sinker.”  We do. 

I discovered Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire while browsing through the “Free Book” options on my Kindle. I saw the series categorized as Literature and Fiction, Humor and Satire, Romance and Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction, and Humor and Entertainment. In my opinion, it is intended for a mature audience. The books are very funny, the protagonist finds herself in many hilarious predicaments. I read all the time, and look for original stories to read. I would recommend reading these books, I’ve read the first four books in the series, and will leave a review on Kindle and iBooks as soon as I publish this post. In my research, I found two titles to add to my “to-read” list, Christmas Shopping for a Billionaire and Shopping for a Billionaire’s Fiancee. My impression is that this author is also a fan of the Outlander book series. Geillis Duncan gets a shout out too.

In my post, “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award”, https://wordpress.com/post/77250966/284/, I responded to ten questions regarding books. I also I posted this picture, and I think it is appropriate to post again. I pinned the picture on Pinterest via Misty Star.  It can be found on www.eatsleepreadlove.wordpress.com.

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I’d like to share my response to question 4 because I feel it is applicable to this post as well.

How do you feel about eBooks?

I read books on my Kindle and “traditional” hardback and paperback copies. I think I have read more books because of the eBook format than I would have if I were reading only hand-held copies.  I could spend my whole paycheck on books. I have discovered new authors through the “Free Book” feature on Kindle.  However, I would like to offer some tips I’ve learned along the way as my Kindle is now a constant companion.

Pro Tip 1 – A Kindle Fire’s graphics are so much more detailed and prettier than the basic Kindle.  My husband received a Kindle Fire for his birthday one year, and I was happy with my original black and white version.  When I downloaded Accidentally Married…to a Vampire, by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, I honestly couldn’t see the thumbnail version of the picture on the cover.  My husband said, “What are you reading?” as he showed me a picture of a shirtless man who could be Fabio’s twin on his Kindle Fire.  Oops!

Pro Tip 2 – Do Not share a Kindle account with your husband.  Between vampires and grey silk ties, I answered the question, “What are you reading?” frequently.  Unfortunately, my husband’s device suffered an untimely death, not by my hands.  He chose not to replace his, and I am the proud owner of a Kindle Fire.

For some reason, I feel compelled to share that I also have Pride and Prejudice on my Kindle. Please read “Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award” to see more of my favorite books. I am a huge fan of the Outlander book series and television show, a married mother of two who works part time in a preschool.  I’m a soccer mom who is involved in the PTA, and my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.

I don’t wish to have framed restraining orders as possible momentos of meeting anyone involved with Outlander.

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I don’t have an area in my home like this dedicated to Sam Heughan. I respect him in a married woman kind of way, I promise!

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I really enjoyed the Facebook and Twitter posts and chats this weekend about the Shopping for a Billionaire series!  Thank you again so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

What Sam Heughan Caused 400+ Women To Do

Great post about Bonnie Terbush and ThePeakPosse, My Peak Challenge, and how to help Action for Children!

…and it’s not what you’re thinking. (Although, you’re probably right with wherever your train of thought was going.)

January of this year, Sam Heughan (Outlander actor) issued a fitness challenge – My Peak Challenge. I’d been trying to find motivation to make a change, get moving, lose weight, and get healthy. I figured if a Scottish hottie couldn’t get me motivated then there was something wrong with me. Case in point….

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Ummm….what was I saying?

I signed up for My Peak Challenge but found myself not sure how to proceed. I needed more…I just wasn’t sure of what. On Twitter (yay social media!), @MyPeakChallenge mentioned a Facebook group called ThePeakPosse who were helping each other with their challenges. I looked it up, asked to join, and got so much more than I bargained for – in a great-life-changing-these-women-are-AMAZING- way.

ThePeakPosse is the handiwork of Ms. Bonnie Terbush, aka Queen B…

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ThePeakPosse Basket is Back to Support Action for Children

I spoke to one of my favorite people, Bonnie Terbush, Friday afternoon.  Bonnie is the Administrator of a Facebook Group called ThePeakPosse.  During the course of actor Sam Heughan’s My Peak Challenge, ThePeakPosse decided to raise funds for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research by raffling an Outlander inspired Gift Basket.  The Gift Basket consisted of over 60 donations, including autographed items. Within five weeks, the raffle raised in excess of $25,000.00 US Dollars.  Their second raffle for World Child Cancer, Caitriona Balfe’s charity, raised over $17, 400.00 US Dollars.  Please see my blog post, “What’s in the Peak Posse Basket? Love, Generosity, Creativity, and Hope”, to read more about the previous raffles.

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As we talked, Bonnie shared the story of the first time she met Graham McTavish at a L.I. Geek event in May.  Bonnie told Graham that he was the first actor to donate to the first basket raffle, and she continued, “We would like to raise funds for your charity that you support.”  ThePeakPosse is now focusing fundraising efforts to raise money for Action for Children, Graham’s chosen charity.  Bonnie says, “This is the first time anyone has ever raised funds for a charitable organization on behalf of Graham McTavish.”  Action for Children works in the UK in local communities to protect and support the young and vulnerable, as they grow up. They believe in taking action early to fix problems before a child is overwhelmed by them, and they help children at different stages of their lives. Action for Children runs over 650 services, from children’s centers to intensive family support, from fostering and adoption to respite care for the disabled.  For more information about Action for Children, go to their website at www.actionforchildren.org.uk.  You can follow them on Twitter @actnforchildren.

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The current Gift Basket raffle runs from July 1, 2015 through August 30, 2015 at 8:30pm ET.  The winner will be chosen at 8:30 pm ET and promptly announced. In addition to many fantastic goodies, the basket includes autographed items, a navy blue Bear Strength Clothing Co. hoodie donated by one of ThePeakPosse members, an Outlander Quilt, and a luxury one day tour of Scotland donated by Outlandish Journeys.

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To enter the Gift Basket raffle, just follow this two-step process.

  1. Donate to Action for Children, interested parties may donate to the following site: https://www.justgiving.com/ThePeakPosseActionForChildren/.  Donations to “ThePeakPosse Just Giving page in support of Action for Children” are being generously matched by Macquarie, the employer of Heather Lee Ying, a member of ThePeakPosse.  In order for the match to occur, the following statement must be included within the donation message “In support of the fund-raising efforts, ThePeakPosse/Heather L.Y.
  2. As a Thank You, donors may enter to win the Gift Basket raffle in support of Action for Children at https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7c3e22083/.

Bonnie also created Ten Dollar Tuesday.  Every Tuesday is Ten Dollar Tuesday. Here are the directions:

  1. Donate a minimum of $10.00 to https://www.justgiving.com/ThePeakPosseActionForChildren/.  In the donation description include your Twitter name, #TenDollarTuesday and your best guess (number) and the matching statement “In support of the fund-raising efforts, ThePeakPosse/Heather L.Y.
  2. Guess a number from 1-200.
  3. The numbers closest to the winning number on either side, will win a set of Jamie and Claire note cards by The Animated Life (they’re in the Gift Basket).

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You can follow ThePeakPosse on Twitter @ThePeakPosse. Additionally, individuals are invited to ‘Like’ the Outlander-ThePeakPosse Fundraiser page on Facebook in order to follow their fundraising endeavors, https://t.co/urR4OfjHvb.  You can follow Bonnie on Twitter @BonnieTerbush.  I thoroughly enjoyed talking to Bonnie last week.  She is an inspiration to me.

Thank you so much for reading!

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter

Emmy Screening Room: Outlander‘s Sam Heughan Has an Empty Pistol

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June 26 — the cutoff date for the 2015 Emmy Awards nomination voting — is just days away. And that’s a source of both great anticipation and nameless dread for those of us obsessed with quality television.

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Team TVLine has already brought you our Dream Emmy Ballots in 10 key Emmy races — click here to see our picks! — but we wanted to make one last push on behalf of a few favorites whose work was so outstanding this year that the possibility of a snub makes us want to channel Cookie on Empire and wallop some fools with a broom.

With that said, we present the sixth of our Emmy Screening Room submissions: Outlander‘s Sam Heughan, for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. We defy you to watch from start to finish and tell us he shouldn’t hear his…

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My 6 Degrees of Separation with Sam Heughan

Judging by the search terms being used to find my blog, it appears as if people are VERY interested in Sam’s personal life.  I haven’t written about it in the past, but I think it is time to address the topic.

As I’ve said in past blogs, I understand his appeal.  Believe me, I really do!  He’s an interesting person.  I’ve written about him in this blog, and I’ve tagged him in posts.  I enjoy reading your search terms on my blog, it gives me ideas for other things to write about in my posts.  I don’t know who is doing the searching, some appear as unknown search terms. The search terms make me laugh and smile.  One of my favorites was “Sam Heughan climbing”.  Usually, this is the way it works, Sam Heughan and …

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However, lately, I am becoming increasingly more uncomfortable with the search terms used to hit my blog.  I have a Twitter account, and I have tweeted trying to be funny, but to be very honest, I don’t think his personal life is any of my business.

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Apr 11

Given search terms just used to hit my blog, I think too much attention is being paid to #SamHeughan‘s personal life. #ya‘llknowilove2readthem

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 8

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To Whom It May Concern:

I do not write about or know anything about @SamHeughan‘s personal life.

Sincerely,

Jenny Mc

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 9

Based on blog search terms, thinking reality dating show in Scotland would be successful. Picturing a cross between Amazing Race+Bachelor.

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With stops in Glasgow at #FightCamp. Climbing challenges a must. Haven’t worked out yet if #SamHeughan and #JohnV would be in same season.

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  Jun 9

Not suggesting either would need to participate in such a show, but can you imagine the number of applicants?

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired  19 hours ago

Reading people’s blog search terms lately feels like I’m playing some sort of weird game of 6 degrees of separation w Sam Heughan.

Here’s a sample of what I’ve been seeing in past weeks:

Sam Heughan and … I can’t even bring myself to type the name. I see this multiple times every day.

Did Sam Heughan and ??? recently get married?

I don’t know.  If so, I would happily send wedding gift.

… Instagram account

Sam Heughan and just the first name of person.  Pretty familiar if you ask me.

Finally, just the name of the person without Sam Heughan.

I haven’t met Sam. I’ve never talked to him.  He hasn’t responded, favorited, retweeted any of my tweets, which is fine by the way.  I don’t search for information about his personal life, but it is being provided to me in the form of these search terms.  It makes me feel, well, creepy.  I now know more about him than our current dynamic of Actor/Fan warrants in my opinion.  What do I do with the information?  Nothing.  I am not looking at people’s Instagram accounts.  I am not following people on Twitter that I have no reason to be following.

I believe he is entitled to a personal life.  My impression is that he values his privacy, and is a shy person. I consider myself a shy person, but my husband says I could talk to a tree.  Speaking for myself, I worked to overcome shyness.

Sam has asked very politely to respect his private life.  In his own Twitter post on April 26, 2015, he says, “and because someone is on social media, does not mean their life should be “mined” or dug up.”

I actually replied to this tweet with,

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired Apr 26

@SamHeughan 1 thing 2 be in public eye, quite another to be under a microscope I would imagine. Sam, thanks for all you do!

Having experienced this feeling of being under a microscope, I can tell you it’s not a pleasant feeling.  Granted, being a teacher is not the same as being an actor, but I have been the subject of conversation while parents burned up the phone lines or sat on the sidelines watching their children play soccer.  I cannot fathom what it would feel like to have thousands of people tweeting and posting about me on a daily basis.  Don’t even get me started on searching for information about people’s friends and family.  I will now step off of my soap box.

I love talking about Sam Heughan.  Many people are talking about Sam Heughan.  Check out this article by Keely Flaherty, http://www.buzzfeed.com/keelyflaherty/we-need-to-talk-about-sam-heughan#.ygrRmLPRp.  We can talk about the items mentioned in this article, but can we also talk about his acting ability?  Can we talk about his brave performances in episodes 115 and 116?  Can we talk about the fact that he should win an Emmy for his work?  Can we talk about how inspiring he has been to so many people?  Can we talk about My Peak Challenge?

I must admit that I now stop and think every time I enter something into a Google search. Can we talk about the other interests that have shown up as search terms on my blog…

Jenny Mc ‏@jennymcinspired Apr 26

Sunday, a day to rest, read, relax. Apparently blog readers w inquiring minds want 2 know did #tobiasmenzies pull out his_____on #Outlander

Not to leave F1ght Camp out,

Is John Valbonesi married?

I don’t know.

Thank you again for reading!  I really look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Jenny Mc

inspiredbyoutlander@gmail.com

@jennymcinspired – Twitter