NEWS ARCHIVE - MARCH, 2009

March 31, 2009.

OTALIA WAS VICTORIOUS! - We Love Soaps March Madness. "The 1st Annual We Love Soaps March Madness Couples Tournament has now wrapped up and GUIDING LIGHT's Olivia and Natalia have won the championship this year. In the finals, they defeated DAYS OF OUR LIVES' Bo and Hope by a landslide".

SCREEN CAPTURES - Added Roger's screencaps for yesterday's episode. Click the thumbnails below to access the gallery.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting. Welcome on board!

March 30, 2009.

TODAY'S EPISODE - US folks can watch today's episode on CBS.com or on IMDB.COM. International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel.

ONLINE PRESS - Michael Fairman has posted on his site "GL" in troubled waters again?". [...] reports are surfacing about the lifespan of the on again and off again situation of the longest running soap.

ONLINE PRESS - Michael Fairman has posted Part 2 of his Orlando blog "Otalia, Purple Power and the new James Spaulding!"

ORLANDO EVENT - Soap Talk: GL at Universal Studios: Part 2 "[...] looks at the "Otalia" phenomenon among Guiding Light (GL) fans and features comments from Atlanta's Crystal Collins and Cheryl W. from St. Augustine, Florida."

FUN BLOG POST - Added a link to mindschmootz's Ode to an OTALIA Widow…well, almost.
"Ladies (and gentlemen), for those of you who feel a little abandoned by your significant other and their OTALIA obsession, I encourage you to tune in together, pull up a little laundry, and watch the whole thing unfol..." Read the full blog post...

March 29, 2009.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting. Welcome on board!

SCREEN CAPTURES - Added Roger's screencaps for this Wednesday's, Thursday's and Friday's episodes. Click the thumbnails below to access the galleries for each day.

EBOOKS - Been working on the new ebooks, should be adding more titles this upcoming week. Hopefully more and more fluff will emerge as we go into even more brutal territory next week. Could everybody write happy AU/future!fic asap? Thank you kindly!

FIC REC Go check out RocketChick's Early Flowers, it will do you some good after all the ansgt of this past week.

March 27, 2009.

TODAY'S EPISODE - US folks can watch today's episode on CBS.com or on IMDB.COM. International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel.
Four words: Liv plays Rock Band. Now go watch the episode!

ONLINE PRESS - There's a very good blog post by "norrthpier" with some great insights about ATWT's Luke and Otalia entitled "And so it begins: Otalia/Luke. | Thanks to rocketchick for the info.

OTALIA STORYLINE - The following is to help you get over the weekend. Stewart-Wade has labored away to give us all a YouTube playlist that features the 2008 and 2009 episodes in chronological order. Click here to access her 2008 playlist, here for the 2009 playlist to watch the clips in the order they aired.

You can start watching the 2008 clips by clicking on the video below, then just keep going. Thanks to Stewart-Wade for putting this together, and to all the kind folks who posted the clips.

March 26, 2009.

TODAY'S EPISODE - US folks can watch today's episode on CBS.com or on IMDB.COM. International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel. The episode was brutal. OMG the angst, drama and that near kiss... not to mention everything that followed! This show is killing me.

Soap Central interview with Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia and Frank Dicopoulos from Orlando! Thanks to sparklebunny for the info.

March 25, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - OliviaNat4Ever has posted her report of the Orlando event at the Official Crystal Chappell Message Board. Go check it out!

PREVIEW OF TOMORROW'S NEAR KISS ON GUIDING LIGHT.NET! | Natalia rushes Olivia to the hospital. | Check your local listings, guys, you will not want to miss episodes in the next couple weeks! :D

To watch the preview clip as well as recaps, go to guidinglight.net, click
RECAPS AND SNEAK PEEKS / SNEAK PEEKS / THURSDAY'S SNEAK PEEK.

YESTERDAY'S EPISODE - US folks can watch recent episodes on CBS.com. It was a very good episode with must see Otalia snippets.

March 24, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - More photos! OliviaNat4Ever has posted her awesome photos of the Orlando event, go check them out!

ONLINE PRESS - Michael Fairman has posted an entry in his blog "GUIDING LIGHT ORLANDO- What went on, who was there" with the promise of more to come. " The autograph line for Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia was HUGE. It was triple any other autograph lines of the day, and fans came out from across the country for it. "Team Otalia" spread their love and their purple power." Click here to read Michael's blog.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting. Welcome on board!

March 22, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - Added photos by Stewart-Wade and Collins to the site of Crystal & Jessica, as well as Frank D wearing an Team Otalia button. Excellent stuff! :D

Read Stewart-Wade's highlights from the Orlando trip.

Read Collins' report of her Orlando trip.

Please send in your photos and reports to share with others, email links etc to mesh[at]ausxip[dot]com! Thanks! :D

AUSXIP AUCTION is open 21-30 March 2009. 100% of the money going to the nominated charity. This year you can get unique items donated by Lucy Lawless, Renee O'Connor, Steve Sears, Adrienne Wilkinson and more to benefit the Starship Foundation, the Renee O'Connor Outreach Fund and the Official Adrienne Wilkinson Fan Club Charity. | You can also bid on art by yours truly, even pick up a set of custom wallpapers made just for you. | Go check out all the items!

Crystal & Jessica recorded a shout out to Otalia fans from Orlando, courtesy of the Otalifan YouTube Channel.

March 21, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - You can keep up-to-date with the day's happennings via Twitter from Collin or StewartWade, with paperpixie reading the tweets; and Stewart Wade's Facebook pages, as well as the Orlando BPD Board thread.

You can see all the tweets on one page if you do a search for "otalia"
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=otalia

You can add the RSS feed of the Otalia tag to your feed readers:
http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?q=otalia

March 20, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - The Q&A as it is ONLY for preferred and premiere passholders, so make sure you have the right kind of ticket if you plan on going to the 11AM panel. (Thanks to Lisa for the info.) The sigining with Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia is at 2PM!

VIDEO - No GL today either. *sigh* As always, you can watch recents episodes on CBS.COM or on the Otalia channel. | If you've watched everything on annieQC74's channel then go check out ChelleCR's channel for clips of easly '08 pre-slash Otalia goodness and to learn more about the backstory of the gals. Good stuff! Also... It's a Long Walk Back From Death - Part 2: Watch the 3:50, 6:50 and 7:25 markers. WOW. Powerful stuff. Amazing to see where they are today. (Thanks to KT for the link.)

March 19, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - Please drop me a line if you're on Twitter and plan on tweeting during the day about your adventures in Orlando, would love to get updates from you! Everybody else, please take tons of photos and ask good questions. Then send them all in to share with those who couldn't go. Thanks! :D

GET UPDATES - RocketChick was kind enough to fix up a page on Livejournal, so now you can get your updates via on LJ. Add our feed to your friends list for news aggregation, or view this feed's syndication information.

EBOOKS - Added the following titles to the ebook section.
+ Chapter 4 of Hide Beside Me 1-4 by DiNovia: Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp
+ Chapters 2-4 of The Fiercest Calm 1-4 by DJ Shiva: Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp.
+ Afterglow (Finished) by Zebeza: Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp

VIDEO - Not a big fan of televised sports, especially if it means that GL is not on... In the meantime, you can watch recents episodes on CBS.COM or on the Otalia channel.

Another great pastime is checking out annieQC74's channel for older Olivia clips or looking up clips of Crystal on other soaps, interviews etc. You can spend days going through all that good stuff. :D I specifically liked this clip entitled "I Would Give Anything In The World To Have Somebody Love Me Like That", it reveals a lot about Olivia and her quest for love and being loved. Check it out, make sure to rate the video and leave comments.

While GL may no longer have the budget for scenes like this for the storyline involving Olivia & Natalia, surely they have the budget for something like this for the gals. :D

March 18, 2009.

ORLANDO EVENT - This is for all going to Orlando: make sure to be there 10AM for the full cast interview panel! Don't forget that the signing is from 2-3 p.m. with Crystal Chappell, Jessica Leccia and Frank Dicopoulos. Full details. | Thanks to LB for the info.

ONLINE PRESS - Eclipse Magazine interviews Jessica Leccia. "A very pregnant and incredibly busy Jessica Leccia graciously took some time out of her day to chat with" Eclipse's Tiffany N. D'Emidio. Full article. | Thanks to Lisa for the info.

March 17, 2009.

PRESS - Soap Opera Digest, March 30, 2009. | The "She Said/She Said" delivers the best interview hands down, any fandom. Really, it's that cute. "Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia open up about their complex on-screen love story." Thanks to BPD/Angela for the info.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting. Welcome on board!

SCREEN CAPTURES - Added Roger's screencaps for this Monday's episode.

March 16, 2009.

FAN ART - RocketChick has created yet another fabulous wallpaper, available in two sizes: 1280x960 and 1440x900.

FAN FICTION - New chapters and stories have been posted in the BPD LJ community by softeranswer and djshiva.

MUSIC VIDEO - Chrissy and Destini have posted their music video on the Otaliafan YouTube channel.

TODAY'S EPISODE - US folks can watch today's episode on CBS.com or on IMDB.COM. International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel.

Natalia was beyond adorable today, love seeing those dimples. Also loved Liv in her glorious sneakiness and her pie analogy. Too funny. The following is from the official CBS recap: "Natalia wonders why Olivia was at the gay bar herself. Olivia explains that she didn’t know Ladies Night was for women to meet women." Ehem.


Clicky here for Part Two.

March 15, 2009.

Started adding my older screen captures to photo gallery, but more importantly: the wonderful Roger has been nagged incessantly vounteered to do screen captures for the site, nice and crisp HD images will be added daily when the gals are on.
Check out Roger's additions for this Friday's episode.

March 14, 2009.

FAN ART - sparklebunny has posted a large batch of icons on the BPD LJ community. Gorgeous stuff, just look at the previews below. Go check out the rest of the icons and be sure to comment.

PODCAST - Big Purple Podcast Episode #5, the Otalia podcast is now available.

eBOOKs! - Added Chapter 4 of Hide Beside Me by DiNovia. Added Trying To Fight Gravity (Complete) and The Fiercest Calm (Chapter 1) (Incomplete) by DJ Shiva . | If you don't have an ebook reader, you can read these stories online at the BPD LJ Community.

FACEBOOK - Stewart-Wade has added an amusing photo to her Facebook page showing the influence Otalia has over your shopping habits. All Otalia lovers out there who have a facebook page could link up with her and keep each other posted on all things Otalia. | Got your own Otalia-inspired P&G product purchase photos to share? Send them in!

RSS FEED - Added an RSS feed for those wanting to get their updates in their feed readers.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting. Welcome on board!

March 13, 2009.

VIDEO - US folks can watch today's episode on CBS.com! The gals were on today, see how Liv handles Emma's disappearance, how Natalia handles Olivia! Good stuff! | International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel.

PRINT PRESS - CBS Soaps In Depth is on stands now with an interview with Crystal Chappell, lovely photos, too. Soap Opera Digest has a preview of their upcoming interview with Crystal and Jessica.

ONLINE PRESS - The Third Lesbian Is The Charm "A story this good deserves to play out for a very long time." | Scroll down a bit to read the Gl section of the column, it makes excellent points about how and why this storyline is so unique and works so well. | Thanks to Rocketchick for the info.

eBOOK - Added Asher's lovely Reflections (Finished) in Rocket eBook *rb and eBookwise *imp formats.

eBOOK - Added Chapters 2 & 3 of Hide Beside Me by DiNovia to the original ebooks with chapter 1 in Rocket eBook *rb and eBookwise *imp formats.

FAN ART - A couple notable LJ related items: jetgirl78 has posted a very neat batch of Otalia of icons in her journal. mammoth has posted a bunch of excellent Otalia icons on LJ as well. Go, check them out, comment, credit, use! Very nice stuff.

March 12, 2009.

WALLPAPERS, ICONS - Added two new wallpapers and a few new journal icons, avatars by me. Plan on gacking icons from all the talented folks posting at the Otalia LJ comm.

PRESS - What You Should Be Watching. "Already missing The L Word? Hungry for lesbian images? Believe it or not, you should be watching a soap. And no, we’re not talking about All My Children, with the tumultuous love between Bianca and Reese. We’re talking about CBS’ long-running Guiding Light." Read the article. | Thanks to carolinaGirl/Big Purple Dreams for the info.

March 11, 2009.

PRESS - 2009’s Sexiest Couple Alive. YUP! | Guiding Light's rainbow is brighter than ever thanks to the breakout pairing of Olivia and Natalia. Read the article.

CRYSTAL & JESSICA IN ORLANDO - Guiding Light, the CBS daytime drama, is heading south to Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida from March 16 - March 21. Autograph session on Saturday, March 21, 2pm - 3pm: Crystal Chappell (Olivia Spencer) and Jessica Leccia (Natalia Rivera). | Thanks to LB for the info. | Folks who go: Please, please send in photos and write-ups for the site, pretty please? :D

MOBIL OTALIA! - Grab the GL theme song to add to your cell as a ringtone from RocketChick's website!

FANLISTING - Three new members added to the fanlisting. Welcome!

eBooks - I'm very happy to announce that Destini's stories are now available in *rb and *imp formats for you to download.

Saving Grace 1-2 | Uninished - Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp
A Test of Faith | Finished - Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp
I Hate the Way You Make Me Feel | Finished - Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp
Love Changes People | Finished - Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp
Untitled | Finished - Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp

VIDEO - Watch today's episode (3/11/09) on CBS, again, this is a MUST SEE! This show is killing me. Compelling stroytelling, great acting... Just WOW!

International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel.
Click here for Part 1, here for Part 2.

March 10, 2009.

INTERVIEW | Otalia in Love on Guiding Light? by Michael Fairman | An Advocate.com exclusive posted March 10, 2009. | It's a must read piece with very important spoilers on the Otalia storyline. | How awesome is this?! Thanks to Michael for the wonderful interview with Crystal and Jessica.

VIDEO - You can already watch today's episode (3/10/09) on CBS, TEAM OTALIA FOR THE WIN! International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel later today.

OTALIA Makes The Must List | Entertainment Weekly, March 13, 2009. | Click here to comment on the article on EW.com. | Click here to see the scan of the article.

TV GUIDE SNIPPET Quick Hits - Sapphic Stat Report | TV Guide, March 9-15, 2009. | AMC fans? You're better off watching Guiding Light. Read the blurb to find out why. | Click here to see the scan of the snippet.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting.

March 8, 2009.

FANLISTING - New members added to the fanlisting.

eBOOK - Uploaded a new file for Under My Skin by sulkygeek, the file is now complete with Chapter 3 that concludes the story: Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp

eBOOK - Added Hide Beside Me (Chapter 1) by DiNovia Rocket eBook *rb | eBookwise *imp

March 6, 2009.

MOBIL OTALIA! - Grab RocketChick's wallpaper for iPhones or Windows handhelds.

SPOILERS & SPECULATION - Visit the Big Purple Dreams Board to read and comment on spoilers for upcoming episodes, to meet fellow Otalia-holics.

FAN FICTION - Added a new section with links to the two main sources of Otalia fan fiction. The fandom is exploding, there are more and more authors jumping on the Otalia train each week. Exciting times! Already quite a few stories have been published, check them out!

WALLPAPER - Click the thumbnail to get to the 1024 x 768 sized version. Texture by misplaced. Caps by me from the 2/23/09 episode.

eBOOKS - Added a new section with Otalia fan fiction for your Rocket eBook and eBookwise readers. I'm very excited that DiNovia and sulkygeek have agreed for us to host their stories in *rb and *imp formats for those trusty handhelds. Yay!

ICONS - Added a few journal icons created with screencaps from the 2/23/09 episode, below is a preview set, the rest here. I guess you can tell I can't get a certain conversation out of my mind. More icons and texture credits.

VIDEO - In case you missed these beautiful scenes the other day:

March 4, 2009.

OTALIA PREVIEW - CBS added a clip entitled Olivia's Moment Interrupted to their websites. It's under "Featured Videos" in case the link does not work for you. Today's episode is a must see, hope everyone's set their DVR, TiVo and VCR!

VIDEO - Watch the 3/3/09 episode on CBS, it is SUCH a treat to see Liv and Nat communicate. Very angsty, very lovely - a must see episode. International folks can watch the clips on YouTube at the Otaliafan channel.

INTERVIEW - AE.com has posted an interview with Crystal Chappell and Jessica Leccia discussing all things Otalia. Go read it, good stuff!

INTERVIEW - You can listen to Crystal's interview from last week at the buzzworthyradio website, just select her episode to stream.

NEWS - Crystal Chappell breaks "Buzzworthy Radio" record with appearance! Read the article at Michael Fairman's website.