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Go Tell The Bees That I Am Gone


GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE (aka “BEES”) is the ninth book in my OUTLANDER series of novels which focus on Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser. I am currently writing and doing the historical research for this new novel. No publication date has been set yet (see below).

Where did the title come from? Talking to your bees is a very old Celtic custom (known in other parts of Europe, too) that made it to the Appalachians. You always tell the bees when someone is born, dies, comes or goes—because if you don’t keep them informed, they’ll fly away.

GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE follows WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART’S BLOOD, aka "MOBY," which was the eighth book in my OUTLANDER series.

Information About Creating BEES

In March and April, 2019, I released the (probable) chapter titles of GO TELL THE BEES THAT I AM GONE. Click here to view them.

On September 2, 2019, I released a blog titled, “BEES-Workmanship Example,” which discusses how I choose which words to cut during writing and editing this new book.

Excerpts, aka "Daily Lines"

Egyptian-bee-hieroglyphAs I write, periodically I will post passages, or excerpts, from this new novel, listed on the right side of this page by temporary titles, to help you tell one from another. (These temporary titles are NOT chapter titles in the new book.)

The excerpts are listed on the right of this webpage in order of release, from the oldest at the top of the list down to the newest at the bottom.

The excerpts are also posted on my Facebook and Twitter accounts as "Daily Lines." As of April, 26, 2019, I have released about fifty of them! (I don’t release new excerpts (“Daily Lines”) on a regular schedule.)

About reposting my Daily Lines excerpts, these are copyrighted works. So please do not copy and post them yourself (in whole or in part) on other websites, social media, or printed works. Instead, pass on just the links (URLs) to anyone you think might be interested, and direct them here to my official website. Thanks!

When Will BEES (Book 9) Be Finished?

Probably some time in 2019, but I don’t have a definite date for completion of BEES. When I get close to finishing the book and a publication date is set, I will promptly post it here.

For more information on my writing process, see “Want to Watch Me Write?” which is part of my Writer’s Corner.


Artwork for the cover of this new novel has not yet been created.

The images above on this page show an ancient Egyptian amulet with a bee hieroglyph. Ancient Egyptians were the first documented beekeepers in human history, dating to 5,000 years ago.

Archaeological evidence of beekeeping goes back even further, to about 9,000 years ago!

This webpage was last updated on Thursday September 5, 2019 at 2:15 a.m. (Pacific Time) by Diana or Diana’s Webmistress.

Note that the revision date listed above refers ONLY to this webpage. It does NOT refer to the additions of—or changes to—excerpts (Daily Lines) listed and accessible at right, which have individual creation and revision dates.