• “The smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting 'Scrooge McDuck' comics.”—Salon.com
  • A time-hopping, continent-spanning salmagundi of genres.”
  • “These books have to be word-of-mouth books because they're too weird to describe to anybody.”
    —Jackie Cantor, Diana's first editor

From The Front Lines

GoFundMe Campaign for Paxton Gate PDX Employees

Laura-in-gear-cropHere is a small, offbeat request from the front lines.

At right, this is Eldest Daughter, Laura Watkins, OR Nurse—whom you may know better as the author of TALES FOR GULLIBLE CHILDREN on my Methadone List, who said:

“Hey Mom, you’re probably being deluged with requests to donate to laid-off workers’ funds right now, but if you could maybe tweet this one, it would really help the furloughed crew at Paxton Gate PDX, which is that super cool natural history shop we went to the last time you were in town:


“It’s a small thing, but it’s important because it’s a magic place, and we need to know there still is magic in the world right now, and keep a place for it to happen.”

So here it is. Laura’s right that there are a LOT of very worthwhile donation requests (and I answer the ones I can), so I thought I’d put up her request.

If you’d like to learn more about Paxton Gate PDX, the store, here is their home page:


Floral Print Road Warrior

Heck-On-Wheels-cropMy daughter Laura also asked me to send a big Thank You for all of the kind comments of support for her and the other healthcare professionals dealing with the ongoing crisis.

And thank you for the kind efforts of so many of you who are making non-surgical masks for people who need to go out in public. In Laura’s words, “One of my friends hooked me up with one, resulting in a grocery-getting look that I’m calling “Floral Print Road Warrior.” Image at left.

Fashion rules!

Making Masks!

If you sew and would like to make masks, Dr. Jeanne Schneider (a friend of my Webmistress) shared this website below which has free patterns you can use to make masks for yourself and your family, and/or to share with health professionals and others who need them:


Happy Sewing!

More Masks


At right, this is actually a contemporary piece—it’s a bronze by an artist named Hib Sabin, and is called “Raven Mask (Large).”

We’ve always called it the Plague Doctor, though, for obvious reasons…

Information in this post also appeared on my official social media accounts.

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  1. Hi Diana
    This is the first time I write you. I read all your books and love them . Now in Brazil as the rest of the world we are dealing with covid-19 crises. I have been in quarentine for almost a month and reading gives me sanity.
    God bless you.
    Brazilian fan , Daniela

  2. Diana, so glad to see that you and yours are safe and healthy in these distressing times. Here in Pennsylvania we’ve been sheltering at home for a month, with no end in sight. Binging on Outlander, both books and tv, helps. Whenever I see the pictures of empty grocery shelves, devoid of toilet paper, I remember the scene early in Dragonfly where Roger and Briana are discussing toilet paper, and Clair blurts our that mullein leaves are soft. Well, I have mullein in my garden, I guess I’m ok, come what may. I’m also singing the Skye Boat Song when I wash my hands.
    As Rachel Hunter would, I’ll be holding you in the Light ( and may I add here how very much I appreciate the care and accuracy with which you have portrayed Quakers.)

  3. Bless you, Laura, & all the other medical workers and essential workers who are so dedicated to helping those in need, despite the dangers to themselves.
    You all are appreciated more than you can imagine, and I hope you remain safe and well.

    Sue from NC

  4. Long time no hear…..waiting on next book, killing me. I have one comment, which I make to all those people I meet and tell them to read the Outlander books: She has created the “perfect” man in Jaime. That alone is enough to read the books, but you are my all time fav author and I am 70 and read lots. Looking forward to “Bees”, hopefully soon! Thanks

  5. I just got a chance to listen to the YouTube recording from Jan 27, 2019 at The Queen’s Creek Library, Maricopa County, AZ. You had mentioned you were getting close to working on the Bee’s book, once you could find the time to devote to writing. I saw your posting here (on your website) that you haven’t yet set a release date. As I was listening to you talk about how busy you were traveling to different engagements…. I couldn’t help thinking of how this COVID-19 Pandemic may have effected that schedule. I live in Tucson, AZ, and know that Maricopa County was hit harder than Pima County by the virus. I imagine you all had similar business closures and ‘quarantine at home’ orders in place.
    My question is… has this time helped you to focus on finalizing your manuscript? Since any travel planned, will have been cancelled. I know for so many people, their lives came to a halt, and any plans made, had to be canceled. To re-frame this crisis, it can be viewed as a unique opportunity to focus on things we may not usually get an opportunity to spend time on. When other, more pressing obligations are canceled, we are left with perhaps the activities we’d prefer focusing on. And I believe you’ve said, writing is your preferred focus. I hope you and your family have stayed safe during this ‘surreal experience’.
    I look forward to reading the Bee’s…. one day. Being that I am a latecomer to your series, I’ve only gotten as far as Books 1-4 and the Lord John Grey series. Do you ever plan to write any more novellas or short stories about Lord John Grey? I love his character, he is definitely one of my favorites!
    Also, since the STARZ series came out on Netflix, I have 3 family members and 2 close friends, who have fallen in love with your story and characters. They may not have had discovered Outlander otherwise. Though, I have been promoting that they watch it. I’ve told them if they like the series, they’ll enjoy your books even more! Thank you again for sharing your gift with us all.

  6. Hi,

    I have read all the book’s in the series, more then once! So, we know how Roger gets to be a time traveler, but where does Claire get her travel DNA from?

    Do you know & will it be brought out in the current book you are writing?

    Thank you-

  7. I just want to know when Book #9 is going to be published and on sale? I’m dying to read it! I love Outlander, both the books & the Starz series. And Sam Heughan is the only man to ever be Jamie. ❤️

  8. Dear Diana,

    I’m writing to you with a very special request. My very dear friend, Victoria [last name withheld], is one of your number one fans! She has purchased your book, Outlander, several times to give to people to read. Of course, she also had this book. Sadly, her entire family home and every stitch of belongings they had was demolished in a recent fire. August 18, 2020, Northern California area near Lake Berryessa was overcome by one of the largest fires in California history. Among Victoria‘s most precious belongings was an autographed copy of your book, Outlander. Victoria does not know that I have reached out to you, and frankly she would be the first one to say that there are many other people who need so much more than she does. Victoria is an amazing friend and is constantly giving to others. My hope and prayer is that there would be someway that you could send her an autographed copy of your book, Outlander, to replace the one she lost in the fire. I would be more than happy to pay for the book, as you see, the most special part of the copy she had, it was autographed by you.

    Thank you, in advance, for your kind consideration.

    Respectfully, Carla

    • Hi, Carla,

      Nice to hear from you! This is Diana’s Webmistress, the computer nerd who keeps her busy website running and updated behind the scenes. I forwarded your comment to Diana’s public email address (dgabaldon@aol.com), but Diana does not sell books to readers.

      You may buy a new copy online right now of OUTLANDER (current editions) or her other titles for your friend,signed by Diana, from the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ. Diana has a special arrangement with this wonderful independent bookstore.

      You pay the list price for the book plus shipping, and they have copies of many books signed by Diana and in stock; there is no additional charge for Diana’s signature.

      The main store website for the Pen is:


      Enter Diana’s name or Outlander in the search box.

      If you have any questions, contact the Pen’s friendly staff at


      More information about the Poisoned Pen and books signed by Diana, including the phone number for the Pen, is also posted under the Resources menu on this website.

      About your friend, I am so sorry to hear about her home. I lived in El Sobrante, CA, for three years until April 1 of this year, and the 2018 fires were awful too.

      Victoria is very lucky to have a caring friend like you. Give her a big hug from me.

      Diana’s Webmistress

  9. Four months without even one daily line! Help!

    • Rene,

      Glad you are looking forward to the BEES excerpts (“Daily Lines”)!

      Ye olde Webmistress (me), was busy with urgent behind-the-scenes web work for several months. I’m the nerd who does the programming and computer stuff behind the scenes for Diana’s busy and internationally popular website, as well as helping out with posting new excerpts when I have time.

      Plus I moved cross country, about 1,200 miles. :-) So sometimes me gets behind…

      Look for a new batch beginning tonight!

      Diana’s Webmistress

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