the springboks

Found in central and western parts of south Africa, springbok antelope are famous for pronking–a series of energetic, stiff-legged leaps that can lift them over 6 feet high. Pronking, also known as stotting, advertises physical fitness to predators that may want to think twice before attacking a particular antelope. It also helps springbok see more territory–useful for an animal that needs to remain alert to resources and predators at all times. There’s also a social upside: the fold of skin on their back that’s involved in pronking secretes a sweet odor that can help springbok signal each other.

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Painted African Springbok skull. If anyone is interested the absolute minimum I can sell it for is $160 because I paid almost that for the skull itself and THEN did many hours of work on it. Taking bids!! I’d really like around $200 for it but if you absolutely love it and will cherish it, we can talk 💖 I originally had it listed on etsy for $475 so that’s less than half of what I was originally asking for. Please share and feel free to contact me if you want this beautiful warrior as a part of your collection 💖💚 I’m also open to selling the horns seperately from the skull itself and they detach easily and would be awesome as a craft project of your own!!

Sam Twitter Q&A

Q: Happy anniversary being cast as JAMMF /do you own rights to your audition tapes? If so will you share with us OL fans? 
A: I actually saw them recently. Gabs sent them to me. Spooky… black hair Jamie!

Q: Hi Sam! Are there any stunt- or action scenes for you in your new project? Greetings from Outlander “Kaffeeklatsch”
A: Its an “action comedy!!!” I love stunts….

Q: One word to describe Jamie in season 3?
A: He’s anyone BUT JAMMF….

Q: I’m coming to Comic Con. Can you save me a seat in the panel room?
A: Ask @jennadewan !? #SeatKeeper 

Q: Is it true ~ did you get your hair cut?
A: Maybe maybe not. Movie magic?!

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Interesting days, limited time to write about them… Cell-phone roaming charges being what they are, I mostly don’t get to post stuff until I get up to work in the middle of the night. And I do actually need to work (no, really…<g>. I’m answering the copy-edit of the BESIEGED novella, so the whole SEVEN STONES book can go to press). A quick bit, though, of Our Adventures to Date:

Friday was our first full day in Cape Town, and the major activity was going to the Outlander Studio, to meet Maril and everybody, and tour the amazing new sets!

Wonderful to see Maril, Sam and Caitriona again, as well as Nick Heckstall-Smith (AD) and a few other of the Scottish crew that have come down. Also Luke Schelhaas, one of the new writers, who’s covering this block (meaning he’s the writer on set every day, responsible for the billions of on-the-spot changes and adjustments to the script that are needed; all scripts flex a _lot_ during the actual filming, no matter how many revisions they’ve been through beforehand).

We were just in time to catch David Brown, the Executive Producer for the whole show (meaning he’s the person without whom none of this could happen–he knows where to find anything and anybody, and how it all works) before he caught his flight back to Scotland (where the flock is gathering to begin prep for Season 4–this stuff takes a _LOT_ of work and thought and planning). David drove us off at high speed in his golf-cart, and we zipped out to tour the ships (I figure I’m not giving away any state secrets by telling you there are ships in this part of the show…), which are fabulous, and I don’t only mean cosmetically (my baseline for 18th century sailing ships is Disneyland’s “Columbia” and these are even better); they’re equipped with all kinds of hydraulics, gimbals, and water cannons (!!!) that make the ships nearly as expressive as the actors.

We also roared through several newly-built (and in-progress) outdoor sets, some adapted from the existing Black Sails sets (but you’ll never recognize them) and some newly built. Most striking aspects were the landscape plantings and the sand (I won’t tell you why; you’ll just have to wait and see…). Ditto several enormous tanks of water (well, we didn’t roar _through_ those; just up to the edge to have a look).

Then David had to rush to catch a plane, so Maril took over and we had a look at the indoor sets inside the (HUGE!!) studio buildings. The last one we came to was in use, and we waited a moment for the take to finish. Then Maril led us up a short flight of stairs to the door. It opened before she could reach for the door-handle, and out popped Sam and then Caitriona, both in costume and perspiring as though it was in fact July in Jamaica (film lights are Way Hot, especially in a small, confined space). Lovely to see them both again.

Short break, then back to filming. We were kindly accommodated with seats in the DOP (Director of Photography)’s tent, with headphones, so we could watch the filming. Usual mixture of fascination and boredom, with incidental entertainment (as someone said to me afterward, “How can they be giggling and poking each other, then in half a second, they’re somebody else completely and doing their lines?” To which the only reply is, “They’re actors.”)

Shared the late lunch/tea-break (they were shooting until 11 PM, so “lunch” was at 6:00 PM) with the crew, watched a bit more filming, and then bade the hard-working cast and crew a cheery farewell, and rolled back to our hotel to eat medium-rare springbok and mango sorbet. And the morning and the evening were the First Day…