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‘Outlander’ Foreplay




*Dipped in Cream is excited to welcome new contributing writer, Nancy Joyce, to the fold! We’re sure you’ll love her just as much as we do!*

I’ve been a bookseller for more years than I care to talk about. A million years ago I special ordered a book for a customer. She told me it was a love story set in Jacobite Scotland that involved time travel. I was intrigued. Then something happened that had never happened before and has not happened since, the customer returned after reading the book and GAVE IT TO ME AS A GIFT! Seriously, she gave the bookseller who sold it to her, the book she bought. That book was Outlander and that exchange gives you some idea of the depth of love and need to share we Outlander fans have for our favorite series.

The Outlander book series is at seven books and counting. We fans wait breathlessly for the next chunk to be published, because yes they are chunks of a huge, seemingly endless, story. We are so extreme in our addiction that the author, Diana Gabaldon, published and updates, The Methadone List to cure our shakes until the next book arrives.

Over the years, Outlander has been optioned for the movies, but it has never gone anywhere. To some extent I’ve been happy about that. How could you capture the adventure, history, love and super hot sex on the big screen? Who on this earth could personify the perfection that is James Fraser, the male lead in the book, a tall redheaded Highland warrior? Or Claire, the WWII nurse thrown back in time through the stones to find herself decidedly out of place?

Ron Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame is here to save the day, or perhaps his wife is. Moore is producing an Outlander miniseries for Starz. Why do I have such high hopes for a faithful adaption you may ask? As Moore explained it at the NYCC panel, his wife is one of the Outlander faithful and will not allow him to screw it up.

We’ve been treated to a lot of pre-show material to help prepare us for our date with destiny. The Outlander production even has it’s own Instagram account.

I am here as your guide to the world of Outlander while we prepare ourselves for the feels to come. Think of me as your fluffer, if you will, getting you stoked for consummation of our Outlander love.

I know my loins were aflame from this simple short where the man who would be Jaime, Sam Heughan, teaches us how to properly pronounce Jaime’s affectionate name for Clare, “Sassenach”.



Whew…never get tired of hearing him say that.

I was not prepared when Startz ran an ACTUAL COMMERCIAL FOR THE SHOW,  during the Black Sails premere. I’d say prepare yourself, but your body will never be ready:



So come along with me on this journey to the past. We can hold each other during the shaking and crying.

A Song Of My People: In Which I Live-tweet The Starz Original Series ‘Black Sails’

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The folks at Starz have sent out a call of “Pirates Wanted” to promote their new show ‘Black Sails’. Well, why didn’t you say so sooner?! The second episode aired tonight and, to be completely honest, they had me at hello; tonight was merely a formality, a consummation of the great love between me and this show. If you love pirates and pirate lore, as I do, ‘Black Sails’ is the show we’ve long awaited. It’s a raw and unapologetic look at what life might have been like in the pirate haven of Nassau, Bahamas, where politics was more key than most people think. BRING OUT THE RUM!


l-r. Rackham, Captain Vane, Anne Bonny (photo via Starz)
l-r. Rackham, Captain Vane, Anne Bonny (photo via Starz)


Our dangerously sexy, ruthless, and cunning cast of characters include Captain Flint (Toby Stephens), John Silver (Luke Arnold), Eleanor Guthrie (Hannah New), Max (Jessica Parker Kennedy), and Captain Vane (Zach McGowan), among many others. From the very outset, we’re not only given typical serial setup, but also thrown straight into Capt. Flint’s desperate search for what is, for all intents and purposes, his holy grail. A Spanish Galleon carrying a treasure grand enough to make him a pirate king to his “princes of the New World”. *Hey, I don’t need convincing so, sign me up! I already have all the appropriate tattoos!* Willing to assist him is the always business-minded Eleanor, though the vicious ambition of her ex, Capt. Vane, sees them existing under a figurative sword of Damocles. Seriously. Vane and his merry men, Rackham (Toby Schmitz) and Anne Bonny (Clara Paget), are…not to be trifled with. And it’s all a race to possess the galleon’s sailing schedule that John Silver managed to squirrel away. The long and short of it is, even if you’re daft enough to NOT be into pirates, Starz has created genuinely gripping storytelling with ‘Black Sails’. If you DO dig pirates then, hello, friend!


Max and Eleanor
Max and Eleanor


As I am wont to do, I live-tweeted tonight’s episode entitled “II”, in which Flint gets a clue, Vane might be redeemable, Max gets the shaft, and Eleanor’s right hand man, Mr. Scott (Hakeem Kae-Kazim), is having none of her shit. Whoever runs the official ‘Black Sails’ twitter liked it enough to give me a follow so, who are you to argue with that?!


‘Black Sails’ airs Saturdays at 9pm EST on Starz.