Parca is the Roman Goddess of Childbirth and Destiny and after you get to know me, you will see why I believe she has, without doubt, made me her Poster Child. I deal with the odd serious issue but for the most part, my posts are just some cheeky fun, reviews of favorite shows, and true stories that will make you laugh out loud (or run screaming...I don't know you well enough to predict your behavior). You'll find satire with the odd parody tossed in....and definitely a heaping helping of hyperbole.

I am Canadian so expect a bit of politeness too. Sorry.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016


Whether you agree with how the Outlander novels have been adapted to the show, you have to give Starz and director Ron Moore credit for adapting to The Moment. Translating a scene from page to screen is difficult at best, but being creative and spontaneous has helped Moore and company make their vision/version an 'on-budget' reality that entertains. No small feat.

Here are 10 'Seizing The Moment' moments that are clever and worthy of tipping of our hats: as always, click pic to enlarge

1) Sam's Obsession With Pokémon Go.

Original footage

CGI removed SmartPhone for final cut

It is well known on set that actor Sam Heughan has an almost debilitating need to play Pokémon Go. So, when it came time to shoot the fight scene with Tobias Menzies (Black Jack Randall), Moore secretly directed Tobias grabbed Sam's SmartPhone and slide it in his belt, taunting Sam with never intending to give it back. The results of this masterstroke of genius will be seen on the screen by all, very soon

2) The Outlander Crew Parties are Legend. And on Film...sorta.
If you look closely at this shot of Claire walking through the battlefield, you will see she has actually been added in with CGI technology. The infamous cast and crew PTYP parties(Party Till You Puke) made a cost efficient battlefield scene for Moore as he simply waited until nightfall after a long days shooting, and filmed the crew passed out all over the field behind the trailers where they live while working. As they habitually dress up in Outlander costumes while drinking (everyone wants to wear a kilt), Moore didn't have to worry about the 'bodies' looking out of their era.

Anyone found asleep in their chairs were gently placed in a supine or prone position on the ground and all bottles were carefully replaced with a soft, fake sword. (*early use of real swords proved rather dangerous and resulted in too many cut lips)

3) Outlander Book Fans Never Clean Their Houses.

In scene like the one above with Bree and Roger wading through a messy pile of junk and old Must Keeps, Starz saves on location fees and set design by running contests for fans with the messiest homes, wherein the winner gets to have their room made into a set for the day/week for filming. Book fans (and many show fans who re-watch episodes every day on a loop for hours on end) are famous for not having time to both do housecleaning AND being an Outlander fan, so they can now try and be a part of Outlander history.

If you want to enter the 'HOUSEKEEPING SUCKS SASSENACH!' contests, call toll free, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. here: 1-800-JAMIE-AWAITS

4) Ron Moore Based Much of Season 3 on 'Scottish Ninjas'.

It's his favorite cartoon. Nuff said.

5) Tobias Hates Fruit. (except one: see why here: peaches #8)

Pre CGI manipulation

Post CGI manipulation

When an unsuspecting extra brought Tobias a fruit bowl at break, Moore caught Tobias' furious reaction and used CGI technology to remove the fruit for the gloriously explosive  scene.

No extras and only one apple was hurt during this scene.

6) Professional Make-up Artists are Very Expensive, So They are Not Hired.

Wherever battle/crowd filming is taking place, ads are placed in local papers asking for artists and fans with painting/make-up skills to apply for the chance to 'Paint Sam' (or Paint Graham, or Paint Tobias, etc...as is needed). Typically, there are between 80 to 3380 applicants, depending on the size of the village/town/city on or near the shooting location. Only three are hired per location and they only have to pay Starz $20.00 per hour each for the privilege (note: painting Sam costs the lucky artist $20.00 per hour but is less as one goes down the cast list, $2.50 being the lowest for painting anonymous clansmen. *FACT: nobody is allowed to paint Tobias as Black Jack, after one woman tried to stab him in the eye with a eyebrow pencil. He does his own make up now.

7) Hate Can Be Profitable. And Pretty.

To ease the escalating cost of production, there is a new line of 'OUTLANDER FUCK THEM JEWELRY out for passionate fans:

There is an extra large batch of Fuck Leghair necklaces being made to accommodate the expected influx of orders from the awesome Outlander Series group I am admin of on FaceBook (come join us...click here). We do hate us some Leghair...

8) Pictures are Worth a Thousand Words, and Perhaps Millions of Dollars.

I am NOT saying this was leaked from a safe at Starz headquarters.
I am NOT saying Raymond Einstein is real.
I am NOT saying Diana actually wrote a non-fiction.
I am NOT saying that this could be Top Secret info that could get me in trouble.
I ain't sayin' shit.

9) Learning Gaelic by Osmosis

It is a proven fact that babies can learn a language by simply being around it for large periods of time, so, as a bonus to any paid worker on the Outlander sets, their babies (newborn to 9 months) are allowed to sit in their prams (as seen here in a season 3 still in Glasgow, Scotland) and soak in the language...literally.

To date, no less than 7 OB (Outlander Babies) are fluent in Gaelic after 2 seasons worth of on-set live Gaelic osmosis. However, 1 wee lad cannot speak any English at all now, so he is being planted on the set of Game of Thrones.

10) Time Travel stories can Have Awfully Flexible TimeLines and Potential for OffShoot Stories. #sponsormoney

Caitriona Balfe is a good actress with a face and temperament made for adventure. Why not take advantage of it? These pictures are the newly released 'prequels' to Outlander called 'BEFORE JAMIE: Claire's Adventures Before She Finally Hit Scotland'. They are 15 minute segments that will be seen just after The Skyboat Song and just before the episode of the hour. These are a few of them...

*PLEASE NOTE: if you are a human living on earth, you should know that this entire blog piece is untrue. Just having fun...ha ha. If you are an invading alien with one or more laser-type weapons, then this piece is still untrue, except the Time Traveling part. That part is true and you will not find me, so stop looking. I am not hiding. I am long goooooooooone...

Sunday, September 25, 2016


I wrote this in response to the Sept 14 2016 piece by Jillian Stacia on the lifestyle blog THIRTYON TAP. It is a great article and worth reading here: why I get so angry when you insult hillary clinton


Dear Jillian,

I read your piece and thought it was excellent.

But you didn’t cover MY reasons for getting ‘so angry when you insult Hillary Clinton’, so I thought I might reciprocate and share them with you. I have spent a couple more decades in the barrel finely aging my robust opinion, so I have a more seasoned POV. Not better or worse, just ripened.

When people tell me Hillary doesn’t smile enough, I think ‘Fuck you.’ Who are you to tell someone when to smile? Are you the love child of Miss Manners and one of the Osmonds? Serious people with a lot on their minds, trying to answer myriad questions with authority, intelligence and respect don’t always think to play Miss America and paste a shit-eating grin on their puss and pretend they are perpetually modeling for the cover of KissMyAss Magazine. I trust people who smile when they genuinely feel like doing so and not just to keep some a bunch of pinheads with pens satisfied.

When people make fun of Hillary’s clothes, I think, ‘Look in the mirror, asshole.’ What makes you think you're a fashion diva? A Vogue layout…a GQ centerfold? If you dress to make others like/admire you and are not true to who you are (e.g.- you love sweater vests but wouldn’t be caught dead wearing one, fearing ridicule) then you are the loser. You lose your style, independence, autonomy, self-respect and darlin’, you lose your right to criticize anyone with the balls to be themselves. And yes, Hillary has the biggest set of kahunas in modern politics. Barack and Bill included. So off you go… ask someone how you should be wiping your own ass.

When people make fun of Hillary’s voice, I say ‘That’s what intelligence sounds like. You obviously are not familiar with the sound…hearing it or making it.’ Those listening to the timber of Hillary’s voice and ignoring the substance it carries, are doing so for one of two reasons: 1) the words are passing lipstick or 2) the bullshit filling their heads has plugged up their ears.

When people worry about Hillary’s health and criticize her for campaigning with pneumonia, I think ‘What the hell is wrong with you? A politician who is willing to work herself into a coma to meet her commitments, and your balking? Don’t you want a President who will work to their last, rasping tortured breath in the service of keeping your ass safe and fed? Why isn’t being the color (and texture) of the surface of Mars not a worry and criticism as well?’

Let’s look at this like a Horse Race: Secretariat vs Mr. Ed. Secretariat runs with a determination and passion that surpasses and overcomes any earthy malady. Mr. Ed won’t run with a 'sore foot'.

Nuff said.

When people tell me Hillary needs a facelift, I say’ “You’re right. She needs to lift something very heavy and slam it over your misogynistic, immature, dumb ass. Twice.’ Oh…wait…was that word ‘facelift’? I read ‘forklift’. Ah well, same answer.

When people talk about how cold Hillary is, I ask think, ‘Would you rather be hugged by a cooing Good Old Boy who has one hand patting your back while the other steals your wallet then flicks a match on a fuse that leads to a bomb under your house, OR, would you prefer a person who is reserved and thoughtful with no desire to be your False Best Friend, shakes your hand and asks how she can help make your life better? If you choose the Good Old Boy, you deserve that empty wallet and pile of burnt wood that used to be your home.’ Hillary is how she is for one simple reason: being on the front line of politics ain’t fer sissies and it’s a battle that scars you. The more years you fight, the more scars you earn. Scars, like all medals of Honor, can seem ‘cold’ to the touch, but only to those who don’t appreciate them and the sacrifice they represent (especially those whose own self-proclaimed sacrifice was 'erecting huge structures' *said in a pouty-lipped, sucktit Shirley Temple-like voice* )


One gains perspective when one ages. One also gains a need to call’em’ as one sees’em, and I sees a whole lotta stupidity disguised as political punditry and ‘news’. I also see the need for one less penis in the White House. Let’s face it, having one was mandatory for so long, not having one can have its day in the sun too.
*and no, I am not angry at or hate penises. In fact I rather like them. The ones without teeth.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

OUTLANDERPOLY GAME: Complete with Chance, Community Chest and Property Cards! *FREE TO PRINT AND PLAY*


I made this OUTLANDERPOLY game a while back and posted it online for all to use, and promised to make cards etc....but Life happened and I am just getting to it now. Sorry.

Between work, kids, hubbypoo, writing, photography and being admin on the BIGGEST and BEST Outlander group on FaceBook (click here to join the fun!), Time got away on me. *and daydreaming about wild jungle sex with Boromir takes up space too ya know...

So here you go.  All done. Print, then cut it all out, and enjoy! Here are the instructions:

1) Use this like any other Monopoly game. Same rules apply (or make up your own!)
2) Use whatever you like for tokens: beads, Cheerios, buttons, dried clumps of haggis...anything goes. You will need a pair of dice.
3) Monopoly money can be used but understand that I wanted to make it more Outlanderly, so I used Jocasta's Gold Bricks for currency, and Gold Coins. Each Brick is worth 30 Coins (30 dollars). *So when you pass GO, for example, you can gain either 200 Coins or 7 Bricks.
4) I've never played it yet...who has time?...so since I suck at math and all things logical, if this does not work while you play {size/pixel-wise or currency-wise} let me know and I can try and correct it.
5) It should all print well, but I am not 100% sure of the board as it is less pixels than the cards... *sigh*  I may need to re-do it larger? Let me know in the comment section...
**click on all pics to enlarge

THE PLAYING BOARD: measures 1000 x 1000 pixels #Outlanderpoly



I hope you enjoy this game as much as I had making it! I have heard there are a lot of Outlander Monopoly games out there but I haven't seen any to compare with yet. This one is Original and Mine. Just sayin'... *begins to think that a 'YOU WIN A FREE RIDE ON JAMIE' card might have been fun to add.... *grin*

Wednesday, September 7, 2016



Online puzzles are my new GoTo place to relax, forget about how I will never be able to comfort and hug TVFrank or marry BookJamie (or have wild jungle sex with Boromir ...but that's another story...)

Grab your drink of choice, some snacks and Click on these Virtual Outlander Puzzles I made (CLICK THE PUZZLE TITLE) and have some fun!