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Speaking Outlander: Mo Nighean Donn
Posted on 26 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Speaking Outlander: Craig na Dun
Posted on 26 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Speaking Outlander: Sassenach
Posted on 26 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Gallery Added!
If you follow the link above to Outlander-TV, I have just added a gallery for images that are starting to make their way slowly online. LOVING THEM!

I am posting them into this section as they come available, but they will all be in the one place ... Click on the link below

The North Tower - Outlander TV Series Gallery
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Craig na Dun
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Dining at Colum's table
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Claire lost in a strange land ...
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Jamie and Claire
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Claire and Frank driving through the country side
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Black Jack Randall whipping Jamie at Fort William
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Written In My Own Hearts Blood
Not only is that the title of the much anticipated and LONG waited for newest novel of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, it is also the name of a tumblr that is affiliated with this site.

The link is to the right, under the banner title .. please visit it :)

Written In My Own Hearts Blood
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Chivarlous, Warrior, Fighter, Lover
I keep seeing this set of gifs online and I simply love them. I draw your attention to the bottom one ladies. For me, this is MY first glimpse of Jamie in the flesh. Those eyes as he looks up at her ... *swoon*




Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Site Updates
Today I nerve-wrackingly deleted the sub folder where this site once sat. So now the site is entirely only at The North Tower.Net .. that doesn't make a load of difference for most, but it is exciting for me :)

So along with that, comes some updates. I'm slowly working in the background to update the site.

Updated today is the Outlander-TV link (http://thenorthtower.net/outlandertv.html). Still has much to go, but I've started it. The tv series isn't due out till June, so I'm looking around online to see what I can use to update this link further. I have placed the characters listed at imdb.com but will mostly likely wait until the show comes out to go further. But that could change. Within that link, I placed a link for images. I'm slowly collecting at the moment and will update that soon so you can have a one stop shop for your viewing pleasure.
Posted on 25 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Outlander touched up!


This amazing image is the newest version if that is the right word, or a modernised or rehashed or a new look ... at the image that sits as the site banner. The very talented plutoplus1 has delivered yet again another impressive image.

Follow the link below to view it in full.

http://plutoplus1.deviantart.com/art/Outlander-428217488?q=gallery%3AOutlandish-Companion%2F24764572&qo=0
Posted on 20 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Site Update & Changes
The North Tower is now solely the home of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.

Along with the move to http://thenorthtower.net ... I've given the site a whole new look with an amazing image by plutoplus1 at deviantart.

Please follow the link to deviant art to check out the image in a larger size, it truly is amazing along with other works by this very talented artist. She is amazing.

I still have a lot of work to do on the site, so please keep returning to see updates. Otherwise, take a look around, I hope you enjoy what is here and what you can see is to come.

Thank you for visiting.

Bianca.
Posted on 19 Jan 2014 by Bianca
TRAILER!
OMG! I'm insanely excited! A trailer!!

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 by Bianca
Diana Gabaldon has her say about Sam Heughan's portrayal of our beloved Jamie
I have to say that I was having a few moments of .. WHAT? He isn't Jamie, he just isn't!! Then I read the post below on Diana's site/blog and now I am heaving a huge SIGH of relief ... now I'm back to anxiously waiting ... so without further a-do ... Diana's thoughts about Sam as Jamie .. of course .. not my words, completely hers ...



"Goodness, can’t leave you lot to your own devices for long, can I? [g] Given the amount of traffic I see in the stats for this blog and my Facebook page, I conclude that the Casting Wars are still boiling along.

Well. Look.

1) People are entitled to their own opinions. Naturally, I’d prefer these opinions to be expressed—and received—civilly, but up to you, of course. I believe in the virtues of free discourse.

2) I—of course—am likewise entitled to an opinion. [cough]

Now, my opinion is based on rather more information than most others expressed here, because

a) I created Jamie Fraser and thus—presumably–have a pretty good idea of what he really looks and acts like.

b) While I haven’t yet met Sam Heughan, I’ve seen Rather a Lot of him (about 95%, at a rough guess), both in terms of

a. Photographs, and

b. Film, and

c. Bits and pieces, like audition tapes

Naturally, everyone forms mental images while reading. Everybody. I do it when I read other people’s books, too. Now, I can’t imagine why anyone—having read OUTLANDER—would form an image of Jamie as a 7-foot tall Bozo the clown on steroids, but you know….whatever floats your boat.

Why anyone should expect a film company to a) telepathically extract your personal vision of a character and b) try to replicate that onscreen is one of the Great Mysteries of the Universe, and I’m not about to try to solve it here—I got a book to write, among other things, and there are only so many hours in the day.

So I’m just going to say This about That:

Y’all have not seen Sam Heughan “be” Jamie Fraser.

I _have_.

Now, when they told me who they’d chosen and that they were sending me the audition tapes, I was in the car, driving from Phoenix to Santa Fe with my husband. Unable to get to my computer until we got to Santa Fe, I was madly googling “Sam Heughan” on my iPhone (my husband was driving, I hasten to add).

Frankly, I thought he looked bizarre. He’s 6’3”, that’s fine…very chiseled face, but oddly chiseled, and what’s with the large forehead and cleft chin?!? Jamie doesn’t have a cleft chin and his nose is not all that long, though it _is_ straight…and good grief, I know we wanted somebody who could play a 22-year-old virgin, but this guy hardly looks like he has hair on his behind, let alone the dangly bits…but…

But.

But you know, I _do_ understand what it is that actors do.

(Do you know that, btw? What they do is magic. They can become somebody they aren’t—and their physical outline is just Really Not That Important. (Within limits. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher is a long way outside those limits…).)

So I sat down at my computer, sort of looking warily through my fingers. Willing to suspend disbelief if I could, but kind of dubious, you know?

So here he is, dark-haired, in a long-sleeved gray T-shirt, and I’m thinking, “Boy, he doesn’t look _anything_ like his IMDB photos, he actually looks pretty human, that’s a relief…”

And five seconds later, Sam Heughan was GONE, and it was Jamie Fraser right there in front of me. True. No costume, no makeup, no props, nothing but cues from an offstage casting director, and…it was him.

He did two scenes. First, a confrontation with Dougal, right after Dougal’s ripped his shirt off in the tavern.

“Devil take ye, Dougal MacKenzie! I dinna owe ye that!” Blazing blue eyes, swelling shoulders, and…bam. Showed this small bit to a (male) friend recently, who blinked at the screen and said, “Man, he’s powerful!” He was.

Second scene was even better; it’s the scene where Jamie explains to Claire exactly why he’s about to punish her. [g] And he had it all: patience, seriousness, annoyance, patience, humor, menace, humor, and…enough sex to drop anyone with functioning ovaries in their tracks.

Now. In the months since then, the production people have been kind enough to show me the occasional glimpse of this or that. I _have_ seen the red hair in its full glory (it took seven tries—and 27 hours in a salon chair, I was told by the victim), and speaking as someone married to a red-head (himself Jamie’s original body model) and with two more in residence…it’s definitely the right kind of red.

Red hair—as I notice a few red-heads have been mentioning—looks Way Different, depending on the light. Unless it’s truly carroty (and Jamie’s is Definitely Not), sometimes it looks almost brown, sometimes it’s red-gold and sometimes it’s all different colors and sometimes it has almost-blond highlights and sometimes…well, let’s put it this way: it doesn’t look like Bozo the clown or Shamus the Wrestler, it looks like Real Hair, just red. (And if you really worry about this, do go and google “red deer images” and _see_ what the heck a red deer’s pelt looks like.)

But beyond the physical details (which are, um…Really Good, and decency prevents me going further, save to say that while Jamie certainly doesn’t look like Thor (gag me with a spoon), he—and Mr. Heughan—look Very Nicely Muscled indeed)….Sam Heughan can _act_. And he totally nailed it.

So. Feel perfectly free to express your own opinions. (I don’t know quite what people expect as a result. Surely they don’t figure that Starz will say, “Oh, no! Robyn MacGillicuddy Stimson thinks Chris Hemsworth should be Jamie! Get Hemsworth’s agent on the phone!” Or at least I hope they don’t think that…) You’ll change your mind in due course.

Or I’ll pay you a dollar. [g]"

Source: dianagabaldon.com
Posted on 09 Nov 2013 by Bianca
Hello Jamie!


This is a capture from the filming of Outlander and this is our first look at Sam Heughan as James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. He looks somewhat delicious .. BUT, I'd love that hair to be red, other than that .. SO can't wait for this series!!

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/outlander-get-a-first-look-650903
Posted on 01 Nov 2013 by Bianca
Stepping back through the stones ...
I feel like I've taken a trip of my own through the stones on Craigh na Dun.

It has been quite some time since I've done any work on this site or others I have, but I have started re-reading Outlander of late in preparation to get through all the novels before the release of "Written In My Own Heart's Blood" or MOBY as Diana affectionately calls it. Due to work and life, I need all the time I can muster to get through the novels, I don't know that I will, but I'll give it a good try .. worst comes to worst, just before MOBY hits the shelves I'll sit with An Echo In The Bone and not move till I'm done.

So, I will continue with what I was doing before, reading and giving a small running commentary of what is going on in the novel at the stage I'm at the moment, but even more exciting, is that they have started filming Outlander in Starz network production. So of course I will post that news as it happens as well as updates about MOBY.
Posted on 01 Nov 2013 by Bianca
France
After coming very close to death and having to escape across the channel to France, Jamie is once again alive and on a mission with Claire's help, to save Scotland.

From one danger to another, Jamie and Claire seem to not be able to exist without ever present danger. Claire is pregnant and working at the L’Hôpital des Anges, with the less than desirables and not completely with Jamie's blessing .. Claire is with child afterall. Jamie is running his cousin's wine business, doing business in warehouses and fine houses .. no matter the location, you're never quite out of harms way.
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 by Bianca

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