– Those autumn leaves… what's your favourite bit about autumn?
– Rules for writing a good synopsis from Julie Cohen's workshop
– BCC event – and goodie bag giveaway reminder
– And another fab QVC blooper!
I must say we're now entering one of my favourite times of year – especially when the sun's bright and the air is crisp. Let's hope for some more days like I had recently when I took the dogs – well, two of them anyway! – for a lovely afternoon walk in the sunshine.
Holly's still recovering from her op (all good) and it was a bit too far for little Gracie with her bad hips! We didn't really have much of a summer, did we? Hence many of us escaping abroad for our dose of warmth before the winter onslaught, including yours truly!
Well, I don't suppose for one minute we'll get another late heat-wave like we had last year! But it always makes me smile to see the setting sun and the wonderful colours that autumn brings – plus it actually means we're not too far away from the joys of Christmas.
I always find October goes by OK, then November whizzes and suddenly the festive season is upon me, with cards still unwritten (no, Deborah, sometimes an email, wall post or Tweet will NOT suffice!), presents still un-bought and get-togethers still unplanned. Maybe I should take some hints from the blog team.
We were all asked this week by the blog team for our thoughts about Christmas – favourite memory, gift, wish-list etc. They certainly plan ahead! But still, this year is going so fast! So to make the most of it, before we get too wrapped up in all the talk about the festive season, help me out by dwelling on autumn.
Leave me a comment below and tell me what's your favourite part of THIS time of year – is it to do with the garden? What you're harvesting? The temperature? Anything to do with the kids? What you usually do this time of year? It's easy to leave a comment if you've never done before – just fill in the form below and press 'post', (your email stays private). Go on, go on, go on, do it! 🙂
La-La Land calling!
So if you're a Facebook friend, or follow me on Twitter (@debbieflint), you'll know by now that the campervan hol was abandoned (rain stopped play) in favour of a last minute trip to Hollywood! Back in LA for another short stint, feeling right at home in the little hotel we found. More news in next week's blog.
Meanwhile, I'm writing, I'm writing… that's the plan, anyway. One day that book will get finished! Actually it's nearer than you might think! Partly due to getting all inspired once again by spending time with a proper author!
It was great fun as usual, and nice to meet some new writing buddies. If you're attempting a novel, like I am, one of the best things to do is get a mentor and Julie's certainly been mine. If you've read my blogs for a while you'll know her books are amongst my faves and I do love her writing style.
They say it's good to read some 'how to' books, go on a course or two (or ten, in my case! Lol) and it helps you get to grips with what's the best way to write a novel and get published. In fact, last week's blog with one of my other favourite authors, Pam Hartshorne, mentioned several helpful books to get you on your way (go here to read about them and enter the comp to win her signed book and a goody bag – also see below).
One of the things Julie's course at the weekend highlighted, was her outline for a good synopsis. Get it down to eight basic paragraphs, and you're sorted! If you're a writer, got any other rules to contribute? Go here to Julie's blog to find out more!
BCC Night – fab!
Believe it or not, I even caught a little of Wednesday's fabulous Breast Cancer Care event live on my little iPhone app whilst having a morning coffee in a Studio City coffee shop in LA! Did you enjoy QVC's BCC night? What was your favourite part of the night? Don't forget to enter my competition to win the fab little goodie bag I got when I went to the BCC luncheon. Will Gowing saw my excitement when we were in the crew room, going through it, and shot a little clip of me showing you what's in it! Watch this to see if you're tempted! Lol.
Then don't forget to go here to leave a comment at the bottom in order to enter – it closes on the 24th October.
– Also last weekend, my lovely daughter was home, and the sun came out specially for our nice lunch in Dorking, in the 'Burgundy and Black' café round the back of Marks and Spencers. It was actually dropping Lauren and Nick off at the airport for their week in the sun that got me yearning for distant climes!
– Fifty SHEDS of Grey! haha! Click on photo on the left to expand it, and read some of the funnies. Just had to share this with you since, as you can imagine, lots of mentions of the bestseller '50 Shades' cropped up during our writing workshop! Well, this article in the paper recently was for the guy's version – '50 'SHEDS' of Grey' by Colin Grey. Lol. Here's one snippet:
"I'm a very naughty girl," she said, biting her lip, "I need to be punished. So I invited my mum to stay for the weekend!"
Hahah! That and lots more funnies including about sheds – a great pressie for the guys this Christmas! Lol.
– Deb loves Donny! Thought I'd show you another little pic I found in the archives when scanning through some family photo albums recently – how funny! Get the Donny Osmond hat! Lol. Were you a Donny girl back in the day? Or a David Cassidy diva? 🙂
– Blooper time – knowing how much you guys love your weekly bloopers, here's a recent one of our lovely Andrew from Gatineau, who needs a little time with Carol Vorderman it seems! Catch him again soon on 29th/30th October with some specials. And don't forget, you can always find your favourite shows easily now, with our new 'search' facility on the TV guide on the homepage!
WATCH – got a lovely little video for you this week which I filmed on my way to work – ever been this close to deer crossing? How cuuuute! I'm lucky enough to be able to detour through Richmond Park, where the deer are abundant and think nothing of crossing the road and stopping the traffic!
Now the nights are closing in, and considering I only do later shifts, this detour will be less frequent since the gates to the park close at sunset. So I'm making the most of it whilst I can!
WATCH/LISTEN – on Facebook this week – loved this saying from Anita Moorjani. She's the fascinating lady who had a NDE – near death experience, but came back from a near fatal illness and recovered fully.
I've just finished listening to her audiobook, describing what she saw and what happened – sooo intriguing, and food for thought for sure. Especially comforting if you've lost a loved one too and you're open to all that stuff – highly recommended.
Here's a lovely little video explaining more, and if you're interested, here's her CD set. It's also a book.
QVC – I am of course in LA for a week, so not on air, but there's tons going on, on QVC – including a new Liz Earle Today's Special Value on Friday night/all day Saturday, and Honora on Tuesday 23rd.
And some of the best will be this weekend, getting us in the Christmas spirit as the Saturday Night Gifts show returns from now till mid-December. This week (Saturday 20th at 8pm) Dale is hosting, and – yes you've guessed it – John Barrowman is back! Maybe we can persuade him to make it a permanent fixture!
I very much enjoyed my last Gifts show when he was also on, with his skincare range HIM (201045 is on Waitlist, for instance). Had such fun. It's not every day you get asked to 'feel my face' by JB!
Anyway that's it for now – have to get back to the pool (sorry!) – but do please leave me a comment below. For instance, tell me how prepared you are already for Christmas? I'll reply to each one of you – after all, don't forget what happens to me when I'm supposed to be writing my novels – I get all caught up in distraction! So I'll no doubt be answering them from LA!
And do come back here next week for the full LA round up – including to find out about one of my favourite restaurants in Beverley Hills and who I spotted at the airport!