As well as being Jewellery Month here on QVC UK, which I shall write about later in my blog, September is also Blood Cancer Awareness month. Until I was diagnosed with CML, just over three years ago, I had no idea that there were 137 different types of blood cancer and that 14,000 people in the UK lose their lives to it every year, a higher mortality rate than breast cancer. One of the reasons is that people don’t recognise the symptoms, so treatment comes too late. As I’m sure you all know, if you read my blog regularly, I am donating a percentage from the sale of each copy of my book to Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) but I wanted to mark World CML Day, with an extra donation.
World CML Day is on the 22nd September each year. The date was chosen because the disease is caused by the bottom of chromosome 22 and 9 swapping places and causing a mutated chromosome. Much as I would like to be able to run, or even walk a significant distance, I can’t, due to the late effects of Polio, so I decided to increase my donation to £1 per copy of my book sold on the day at any outlet including here at QVC UK and, for those of you who prefer Kindle, on the website that sounds like a South American river! Those of you who are already on the Waitlist will also be helping me make this extra donation as the books technically are not back in stock until 22nd September. Thanks also to those of you who have already bought the book and contributed to this great charity.
Actually, the books were almost not back in stock at all. I had placed the order from the printers and was expecting them to be here when I arrived back from Wales last weekend… they weren’t. When I rang on Monday, the order had not been processed. Mild panic ensued. The books were due to be delivered to QVC UK yesterday but needed signing and packing first. They arrived Wedneday, so I had a very late night getting it all done – who needs sleep anyway?
As an aside, I ordered yesterday’s TSV, the Magniflex mattress, and can’t wait for it to arrive. Ours has definitely seen better days – three house moves in four years can’t have helped!
I had had a very productive few days of writing in Wales so gave myself another day off last Saturday. I went along to my first ever book festival. The Chiswick Book Festival is an annual event organised by Torin Douglas, a former BBC Correspondent, and one of the speakers I wanted to listen to was Tasmina Perry as I have read several of her titles. Not only did I listen to her, we ended up having a nice little chat and she was very generous with hints and tips on getting books to a wider audience. She spoke about something called a ‘Street Team’, a gang of people who voluntarily promote books through social media. Anyone want to be in my gang … wasn’t that a song??
After the book fair I went to my friend Natalie’s party. It’s always nice to meet up with work colleagues socially, and models Tania, Sally and Miriam were on great form!
After my day off, I spent the next four days virtually tied to the computer. It was worth it as I’m only about 8,000 words away from finishing the first draft of book two – very exciting. I’ve also been working with the cover designer this week – this writing lark really is full-on!
Selfishly, I’m quite pleased the weather has been a bit rubbish. At least I haven’t been stuck indoors writing while it was glorious outside. I ambled down the garden this morning for a breath of fresh air and to check on some of the plants I added to the garden this summer. The clematis and buddleia seem to have taken well, thanks to Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, and I like the wicker fans Chris put in to support them.
I’m also delighted to report a decent crop of apples this year. Last year I had one solitary apple, which was put to good use in a Dorset Apple Cake, but this year I might be freezing a few apple pies – yummy.
I was also wondering if any of you know what these flowers are? I have loads of them in the front garden but would like to buy some for the back – any ideas?
So, I mentioned earlier in my blog that we are in Jewellery Month on QVC UK. Some of you have been commenting on the lovely pieces I have been wearing on air of late. They are from a range called Pomegranate which debuts tomorrow with me at 7pm.
I’ve also had some really nice comments about my hair, talking about the shine but also asking how I style it. The shine is down to Philip Kingsley Elasticiser and I almost always style it with my EGO rollers. Kala was on air with me yesterday and she mentioned that apparently the rollers are going to be on air next week at a Superbargain price. I can highly recommend them, they are brilliant for my hair.
Also coming up next week is the Decleor mini-series. I’m with Fiona on Wednesday for two hours from 8 – 10pm, after seeing lovely Anna Cookson for lunch and getting my hair cut at Aveda.
Today is Fashion Day on QVC UK, to tie in with London Fashion Week, and Fashion on Friday will be featuring a brand that only launched with us yesterday called Andrew Yu. I then have Join at 6pm (covering for Ali K who isn’t feeling too well – get well soon Ali) and Dennis Basso at 7pm.
See you all later
PS Please remember to comment on here or my Facebook page, Julia Roberts TV, if you live in/near Swansea and would like to come to the Tea Party on 23rd October xx