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BEES Update With Chapter Titles!

Social Media Hashtags: #DailyLines, #SortOf, #GoTELLTheGEESThatIAmGONE, #comingtogether, #noitsnotdone, #youllhearaboutitwhenitis

2019-02-honebees-on-lacetop-cropWriting a book (for me) has multiple phases. As many of you know (from having heard me talk, or reading THE OUTLANDISH COMPANION books), I write (for a long time) in small, disconnected pieces and scenes. Eventually these start sticking together to form Chunks, and in the latter stages, the Chunks begin to line up along a sort of mental timeline (composed of historical events I want to use and personal events that transpire with one or another of the characters), and—in the fullness of time, I begin to pull together related Chunks and scenes, to write bridges (where needed to connect the pieces, establish a time or place, or provide a quick summary of what’s been happening that I don’t mean to show directly), and… generally, come up with something vaguely resembling a novel.

I begin to see the shape of chapters, and to be able to put them—gradually— into a reasonable sequence and shape (though chapters do move around for awhile before settling into their final place in the story).

That’s where I am now, in terms of writing/assembling the book. I’m still writing it (naturally…), but a good deal of the daily work now includes the pulling together of pieces and the formation of chapters, sections, etc.

So, for your entertainment, here’s the Title list of chapters from Section One of GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. (NB: Chapter titles do sometimes change—if I think of something better, which I do all the time—so this is by no means a guaranteed final list—but this Section is completely assembled. So is a lot more of the book, but I’m not showing you everything at once…)

Have fun!

SECTION I: A Swarm of Bees in the Carcass of a Lion

   CHAPTER 1: The MacKenzies are Here!

   CHAPTER 2: A Blue Wine Day

   CHAPTER 3: Meditations on a Hyoid

   CHAPTER 4: Home is the Hunter, Home from the Hill

   CHAPTER 5: Dead or Alive

   CHAPTER 6: Visitations

   CHAPTER 7: Animal Nursery Tales

Remember that there are almost fifty excerpts (aka “Daily Lines”) from the book on my official GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE webpage.

[And Many Thanks to Mardi Priest for the honeybees on Lacecap!]

This BEES update also appeared on my official Facebook page.

12 Responses »

  1. Thank you for the up date. I can’t wait to read the new book when it comes out. Reading this series, Outlander has got me into reading everything I can get my hands on.

  2. i am so excited about book 9 bees ,i have reread all the other 8 lol, hungry for more,these books have reignited my thirst for scottish history , keep them coming diana and thank you soar alba

  3. Love the update. Looking forward to the new book. I hope that it will touch on William and Bree.

  4. I’m so excited to have a little peek into this book coming to life.

  5. So excited!!! Have loved the books a week before they were to go on the shelf (I worked at a bookstore back then) was able to read it as soon as they came in. Was required in case anyone asked about it.. So I can’t wait too see what happens next. Congrads.

  6. Can’t wait! As a french canadian, i’m not use to read in english… but since I can’t wait I’ll have to read that one too in is original version. But ou write so well it’s easy to forget i’m not in my maternal language!

  7. I am looking forward to the ninth book. I liked, read and reread the previous 8 books in French and English. It allowed me to revisit Scottish and American history. It’s fantastic, catchy and so close to reality. Thank you for giving me and still give me the joy of reading. Strongly following.

  8. Watch the Series with my dad and share the books with my mom. You are a wonderful writer and story teller. Thank you for sharing your gift. Joycee

  9. Because of being absorbed in your stories, I have gone berserk, returned to reading history, galavanted all over Quebec, done my DNA, and learned that my father was really an illegitimate Douglas whose great grandparents left Scotland for the states in the late 1700′s – and were catholics – hmmm…such fun! If I could write half as well as you, I’d tell that story. Keep spinning it, Diana. Can’t wait for the next book.

  10. Read the excerpt titled “Fannie” a few weeks ago. Gosh, is there anything better than Jamie Fraser‘s interactions with children? I could read a whole book just about that. So lovely. Thank you! Thank you for all of it, but especially that !!!!

  11. I am literally chomping at the bit for book 9…Diana, a bookstore attendant recommended your Outlander series to me about 10 years ago, since then you are my, hands down, favorite author. I devoured your books, one right after the other, they got me thru a really dark time in my life. The only problem I ever had associated with being such a devoted fan of your writing is…I have a real hard time finding and then enjoying other books.LOL…Your such a talented author, the way I feel like I am right there in the midst of the pages with your characters, feeling part of the story as it unfolds, it’s simply amazing. I am a fan of historical fiction, that’s my genre. So if you have any time and could recommend some other reads as I patiently await your masterpiece, please let me know thru email…Yours, A very satisfied Canadian Fan…

    • Hi, Lori,

      So glad you love Diana’s books! For other authors that Diana recommends, please check out her Methadone List (under the Resources tab on her website):


      Diana created her Methadone List because thousands of readers have asked the same question you did, what do I read while waiting?

      And visit your local independent bookstore or public library and ask the people who work there. They are usually avid readers and can guide you to an interesting author new to you. Plus there are book club groups that read new books and meet to discuss them in just about every city and town. Online, there are sites such as Goodreads, where readers discuss and share their favorite books online.

      Indiebound can help find a local, independent bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org

      Goodreads website, online readers’ community: https://www.goodreads.com

      And of course you can also watch the Starz Outlander TV series!

      Diana’s latest estimate for completing BEES is “later this year.” If that estimate changes, she will list it here on her website, as well on her social media accounts. Understand that her Outlander books take years of hard work, including many hours of historical background research. Imagine how much effort is required in writing a huge book like OUTLANDER or BEES! There is no rushing the process; we have to be patient and wait.

      Diana reads all of the web comments submitted here, and also all email sent to her. To send an email to Diana, please see “Contact Diana,” also under the Resources tab for her contact information, including her public email address.

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