(Memes by me, but feel free to swipe, since the pics aren’t mine to begin with)
1. Rewatch the episodes over and over. Again. Check out The Scot and the Sassenach doing commentary during the spisodes, as RDM does. It will be one of their hiatus projects.
2. Read the books (Outlander & DIA — Dragonfly in Amber, for the newly initiated among us — at least) again. The Scot (of tS&tSS… I know you’re shocked. Get used to it. They’ll appear at least once more in my list!) will be reading the books for the first time, and giving his always insightful commentary on them. I can hardly wait.
3. Whine, sob, and drink with your friends. Which I think is sort of a given.
4. Finish last novel, write next, cough up a short story or to. This is A NOTE TO SELF. I’ve been so buried in freelance work, I’ve let my True Love fall by the wayside. Outlander has been soothing my pain.
5. Make lists of hot places Jamie and Claire can do it… if you can find any that Herself hasn’t used. *ehemfeveronshipsexcough*
6. NaNoWriMo! What the heck kind of wild skin disease is that, the uninitiated may ask? Well, put away your ointment — it is a WRITING CHALLENGE that takes place all over the world, between millions of people who become a sort of wild, wonderful community. Kind of like 17th century Scottish Highlanders! The challenge is internal more than external: you write 50,000 words in 30 days. Any kind of book, any quality, you just plunge head on, hit your word count every day, and damn the torpedoes! Nobody ever needs to see the crap you crank out, so you are free from any constraints on the result. Some years, I’ve written entire chapters that have nothing to do with anything, just to meet the word count. It is a great deal of fun.
How can wasting 30 days creating something you can’t even wallpaper your office with, you may ask? Well, 1.) I remind you how Outlander originally came to life:
“The OUTLANDER series started by accident, when I decided to write a novel for practice, in order to:
- Learn what it took to write a novel, and
- To decide whether I really wanted to do that for real.
I did, and I did—and here we all are, still trying to figure out what the heck you call books that nobody can describe, but that fortunately most people seem to enjoy.” ~ Herself, http://www.dianagabaldon.com/books/outlander-series/
My all time favorite quote. I have it hanging on my wall where I write most of the time. Ernest Hemingway might have been a jackass and a drunken sod, (hey, maybe Claire should have married him! Nah, all they would have had in common was the booze), but he was a great writer. So we’ve got… MONTHS!!! *SOB*… so why not give it a try? I am again this year!
7. Old School Buffy Geeks like me can SQUEE all over again with The Scot and the Sassenach (I’m really depending on you guys a lot to entertain me during hiatus!) — who I should also mention are named Alistair Stephens and Lani Diane Rich — with a re-watch of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for which they will be doing the same kind of awesome, funny, insightful commentary as they do for Outlander. Check out Dusted — they’ve even watched THE ORIGINAL MOVIE. *shudder*
8. Make endless Outlander mixed tapes. I have already begun a few of these on Spotify. This one is currently in progress. Please feel free to make suggestions! (Of course, mixed tapes are always very personal, so, YMMV.)
9. Be an Outlander Evangelist. Now that there are 7– soon to be 8 — episodes to use as material, it’s time to break out the whiskey and assorted victuals (Try Outlander Kitchen, they are AWESOME) and throw Outlander Dinner Parties to seduce your friends. TO WATCH THE SHOW, PERV!!!!
10. You COULD panic over every little piece of negative gossip/rumor that will inevitably pop up on your Twitter or Facebook, but I REALLY don’t recommend it, because you may drop dead before the show comes back and THEN where would you be? Dead, that’s where.
So there we are. 10 Things to Do During HORRIBLE HIATUS. Be kind to each other — we’re all we’ve got. And be kind to the cast, crew, and creators, because they’ve done something truly special for us: produced something wonderful that we care about so much that months without it seem like an eternity.