Written by: Julie Roberts, Guest Contributor
When friends posted on Facebook that Diana Gabaldon would be speaking and signing books at the Entertainment Weekly PopFest in Los Angeles, I didn’t hesitate for a minute to whip out my credit card and pay for a VIP ticket. In fact, my credit card may have left a skid mark on the leather of my purse, if not a trail of smoke. Why the enthusiasm to part with money? The same reason I went all the way to Scotland from San Diego last May to go on an Outlander tour in the Highlands – Diana Gabaldon, of course!
During the 45 minutes that Diana answered questions, she mentioned a couple things that were new to me. In regard to the books, she said that there would probably be a 10th and final novel for Outlander. She also offered that the all-important print shop scene from the book has yet to be filmed for the series yet. I’m glad she shared this, because Producer Matt B. Roberts’ lovable teasing on Twitter would have us eager fans thinking otherwise! Diana said although she can’t reveal details regarding the print shop scene planned for filming, we won’t be disappointed. Thank God! Sigh! Can’t wait! Let’s get on with it! Can you tell I’m just a wee bit excited for this specific book-to-scene adaptation?
Now me. I, being a person who thinks of what to say after the moment has passed began to panic a bit. I walked up to Diana, with nothing to say. I handed her my book and, with a pleasant smile, she began to sign it. Since I quickly realized there wasn’t much time and I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to engage her in a little conversation, I opened my mouth and out came a bunch of crap about my kids going to college in Arizona, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah – as if my kids were the only ones ever to go to college, let alone to attend in her state of Arizona, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Oh my God, as I was walking away from Diana, I wanted to crawl under something! Holy crap, I had done it again – never leaving the scene without placing myself as the village idiot! Alas, though, luck was with me…
Kim went up to Diana after me and, after getting an autograph and picture, she turned back to Diana and said “thank your parents for me.” Hallelujah! I’ve been replaced as the village idiot! Sorry, Kim, I am still laughing with relief you took over!
As a side note, Kim really isn’t the Village Idiot, after having a wonderful day at the PopFest, I returned my rental car this morning and proceeded to trip in the parking lot and break a toe! Life is still good, I could have broken my dignity again.