Friday, June 10, 2011

Outlandish Observations 20th Anniversary Edition CONTEST

Listen up, y'all.  Karen's got a WAY cool contest running over at Outlandish Observations.  See details below!

The Prize:  An autographed copy of the 20th Anniversary Edition, signed by Diana Gabaldon (and inscribed with the winner's name, if you like).

The Rules:

1) Write a short (no more than 500 words, please!) description of what OUTLANDER means to you.  Topics may include:

  • How did you find the series?
  • What's the most interesting, amusing, or unusual experience you've had as a result of reading the books?
  • What are some of your favorite scenes?
  • How many times have you read the books?
  • Have you tried to get other people to read the books?
  • What do you like best about the OUTLANDER fan community?
  • And anything else you'd like to say to Diana in honor of this 20th anniversary.
Feel free to add your own ideas, if you think of something I've left out.

2) Submit your contest entry:
  • You can post your entry here on Outlandish Observations, by leaving a comment on this blog post.  (Please make sure to include your name and email address so I can contact you if you win!)

  • By email, to  Please use the subject line "OUTLANDER 20th Anniversary Contest".  (And don't forget to sign your name.)
Please don't post contest entries on Facebook.  It's too difficult for me to keep track of them there.

Contest Ends:  June 30, 2011 at midnight Eastern Time.  The winner will be chosen at random on July 1, 2011.

Who is eligible?

Anyone can enter this contest, even if you live outside the US.  (One entry per person, please!)  I will arrange with the Poisoned Pen bookstore to ship the book directly to you if you win.  (The Poisoned Pen is Diana Gabaldon's local independent bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She says they ship all over the world.)

For Diana

If there is enough interest in this contest, I plan to collect all of the entries and send them to Diana as a 20th-anniversary gift.  (Please don't mention this on Compuserve.  I'd like to keep it a surprise if I can.  Thanks!)


If you have any questions about this contest, please feel free to post them here, or contact me.


  1. Thanks so much for helping to spread the word about my contest! I really appreciate it. :-)


  2. Fabulous contest! Inspiring! Martha

  3. Martha - thanks! I hope you'll enter the contest.


  4. This isn't an entry, just a funny comment...

    I really need to win this! I'll tell you all why... I go to the Poisoned Pen as often as I can, without being creepy about it. I started so I could surround myself with other Diana Gabaldon fans, however I develop a crush on one of the guys that works there. We will call him Mr. X.

    Someone can only go into a bookstore for so many reasons! Mr. X recognizes me and goes seems to go out of his his way to talk to me whenever I am there. Way cool! (or I could be delusional and he is just doing his job) But I become extremely verbally incompetent and grin like an idiot in his presence, I put Bridget Jones to shame!
    I went last week, hoping to start a convo that would end like... "Oh wow, I've taken a lot of your time! Maybe we can finish it over coffee sometime!" *smile* Whereupon he responds, "I'd love that!! I'm off at nine, Starbucks on the corner?" Sounds great, right? Reality: I arrive in the middle of a book signing, packed to standing room only. I am standing in a line that circles the entire building. Mr. X walks by, I stupid grin, and he stops to say hi! I mentioned I was there to pick up my latest book order. Well, I'm told I'm SOL, but if I come back in a hour he can help me. I smile, "Ok Thanks! Bye!"
    I retire to my car, to try to figure out what to do for the next hour. Called my best friend, who is like, "Seriously, it's been a year, you have 5 books you still haven't read. Ask him out already!" So much for moral support. I decide to tweak my make-up, but when nervous, I tend to over do eye make-up. So after a glance before going back in, I realize I would win first place in a Tammy Faye contest. Fix eye make-up, return... Crap! Still a line, so I'm planning to sneak away and come back. He sees me. "Oh, is it still busy?" Obviously it is! So he asks me if I want to meet the author. I reply, "Huh? Why? I don't even know who it is?" (get ready for this, it's good...) "Did he write a book?" Luckily he ignored the last comment, or just didn't hear me, cause at this point my social skills are equal to Lizzie Wemyss. Sweetie that Mr. X is, he goes inside to get my book using my card. Asks a few questions on how I like the series (which I love BTW) and I part with a double chin grin, and "Thanks bye! I can buy you coffee!" Fail! I went back the next day, creepy, wasn't working... placed a book order. Still waiting.

    If I win this, I get an awesome book! AND I can go into the Poisoned Pen, head high, and maybe get my date! Assuming he is single.


  5. Jessica - that's a great story. I don't have your entry yet, but will look forward to seeing it! :-)