– Glamping – in a Tibetan inspired Yurt – on the Isle of Wight!
- A funny fishy blooper from Jilly in the qvc kitchen!
- How serials are building a brand in self-publishing
- And Odeon review – watching the Royal Opera House’s Nabucco in extreme close up!
Plus book of the week – from John Barrowman, author! And sneaky peeks of what’s coming up on QVC!
AWAY IN A YURT – GLAMPING THE GREEN WAY!
Now it’s been a long time coming, so when I had my week off last week, I had to decide between Brighton in the campervan, or using a groupon voucher and staying in a Yurt on the Isle of Wight, (by the Needles, top pic).
Having never been ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) before, I plumped for the latter (well, that plus the voucher was running out! Lol). Now rather than try to explain more about what it actually was, I recorded a video for you – it tells all and takes you round the site! Enjoy!
Now as romantic as it all is, it gets very, very cold in the IOW countryside at night. And the downside is that, yes it’s fun, but if you HAVE to have your creature comforts, don’t go here till it’s warmer weather! No electricity, remember, lots of solar lights (I thought of Gill Gauntlett each night when they all switched on!) and water from a big butt that gets heated on gas stoves. From the compost toilet to the solar heated shower cubicle in the corner of the field, to the recycling of almost everything, it was definitely an experience I’m glad I had. And my Try it For the First Time experience for April (or did I already have one of those – ok, my second for april! More of those below too!)
We cooked breakfast and a lovely risotto, during our stay, don’t get me wrong – it was all just a bit more fiddly. One of the most lovely things was being in such amazing countryside, including a captivating video I took of some little black lambs in a nearby field playing king of the castle on a little hay mound. Soooo sweet! (Click here)
So – all in all it was an experience to remember and I can think of lots of people who would love the rawness of it all! BUT speaking as a veteran of childhood caravan hols with no plumbing, a water butt and a ‘po’, whilst I’m glad I’ve done it, it is quite hard work. But long as you realise that when all’s said and done it’s still camping outdoors, go find out more!
See below for other Isle of Wight Experiences! Click here for more info.
BLOOPER – Oh that Simon Brown, what a mine of entertainment he is – and bloopers – like this one with Jilly – always good value, our kitchen shows! Lol. In more ways than one!
Still to come – Bare Minerals Sneaky peek and an Antthony Designs crazy priced bargain!
READ IT, WRITE IT, SELL IT! – my weekly look at all things book!
Including, choosing a cover for my first novel!
Book of the Week – our very own John Barrowman, and sister Carole!
This week, to mark the return of the fabulous guy to QVC (with his new haircare range, HER – did you see it?), I thought I’d give a mention the fact that John Barrowman is also an author!
Yes amongst his long list of achievements he can also count novelist. His novels written with sister Carole have a YA (young adult) theme, set in a dystopian time when two twins have special powers to save the world!
I’ll not say anything else, but if you didn’t realise he writes, do find out more about each book – and if I get the chance at some stage I will see if I can ask him where his ideas for novels came from.
Click here for more info about Hollow Earth and its sequel, Bone Quill!
Another little snippet from the recent Oxford Authors Courses seminar was that to build a brand, many agents and publishers are using the power of digital publishing to issue eBooks of novels broken into parts.
These serials mean audiences can have a cheaper way of trialling a new author’s writing, plus it acts like a soap opera or drama serial in that it builds an audience along the way - if the writing is good!
And if you’re lucky, it makes each new part ‘long-awaited’.
Now I’ve no idea if my novel will be long-awaited, or even sell very many! But it’s an intriguing concept just the same. An 80000 word novel can be split into 8 different segments, for instance, and published in sequence – monthly or weekly – so leading the reader to (hopefully) come back for more! Considering a short story (c.5000 words) can be 99c (pricing just below a dollar in the US market is a crucial cut off apparently), it might seem a good move.
The final feather in a serial’s cap is that you can soon tell if an author’s work is keeping people interested, and even update it or change it if not! The magic of those Amazon reviews! And bearing in mind you can actually obtain a refund on an eBook within a day or so after buying it, if you don’t like it, well, it really is no risk. Especially if the Amazon ‘look inside’ is not long enough or not even offered. So maybe give yourself a TiFFT* – and go to Amazon and see if you like a new writer by buying a serial (you can search ‘serial romance’ for example) and let me know below who you’ve discovered!
Click here for more info on serial publishing in the news and some interesting sales figures.
Cover – Oh gosh! What cover to choose?! Should part of it be in Monaco, where the hero and heroine first meet on a posh yacht? Or the archetypal Hawaiian sunset, given the title of my first novel!?
Should the heroine on the cover remain in her tight business suit, and high heels, and should the stock images of pretty females we’re considering, be made more curvaceous, since my heroine is more Marilyn Monroe than Madonna. Decisions, decisions…!
Hawaiian pics courtesy of raymasters.com or follow mauiwindcam on facebook!
Steamy – And I had some more lovely critiques from my kindly group of beta readers, helping me proof it. Funny tho – some keep referring to its steamy content! I’m glad they like the story too, but I have to say there are only two chapters where it gets super-steamy! Lol. Maybe serialising it will help ‘cos I can then issue the ‘close the bedroom door’ versions when it gets to those chapters!
Countdown to publication of Hawaiian Affair – four weeks and falling! It will available on Amazon on eBook on the second bank holiday weekend in May. And ultimately also available in paperback from Amazon too.
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Nb leave me a comment below if you know of any authors who have done particularly great or unusual eBooks, or what you’re reading now on kindle and loving! And why!
– The new Woman & Home June issue is out – and that shoot i did is inside!
Nice dress they put me in but it was a bit wide from arms to hips – we do some better ones at QVC IMO! Lol.
Still, amazing what they can do with hair, makeup and good lighting! Fun day – u can read about it in previous blog (go here)
How creative! Have you got any similarly enlightening tips?
We were shocked to work out it’s been about 30 years since we last got together!
Now we’re aiming to arrange a reunion for anyone who was part of the whole Wandgas Cricket team clan from Mitcham, Surrey, in the 1970’s and who remembers us! Am trying to trace Gary Wilkes and Neil Russell atm!
OMG was it warm! And yes, ok so I’m a lightweight! But it was all so welcome after the yurt!
And lovely rooms, fab beds, excellent service with a smile – highly recommended! www.ivycottageyarmouth.co.uk
– Annual Scouts Parade – always a cute spectacle, closing Dorking high st last sunday. Were you ever a scout or brownie or anything? I was something called a 'Juno' once – unless i'm making it up!! (click here)
Yes, daughter and her BF will be only 20 mins away in their new place in no time at all. Here’s Lauren’s cute little spaniel Baloo – it’ll be fun to see her playing with my four Labradors!
And Holly is totally over her surgery now, it’s just a case of keeping an eye on her going forward, ‘cos of her age. Thanks to those of you who ask, on here, on Twitter and Facebook (info below).
WATCH – Nabucco by Verdi – opera at the Odeon! Now last Monday was another in the series of cinema showings of performances from the Royal Opera House. Nabucco is the story of Nebuchadnezzar in biblical times, and includes the famous Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (old British Airways ad I believe). (Footnote – my name, Deborah, has Hebrew origins btw – meaning ‘bee’!). Now I’m up for doing something different, and I do like to say yes at least once to things (hence the ‘TiFFT’ club* – see above.). BUT – the filmmakers shooting the stage performance somehow forgot to warn the singers about huge close ups – and not to gurn!! Trouble is many of them do. And the costumes looked a mess – eg Placido Domingo’s pink (dry cleaning?) ticket inside his suit jacket! And they used the shot!
The voices made up for a lot, but I wasn’t the only one with a few gripes. Best quip overheard afterwards, sadly, was – ‘Voices made in Heaven, Suits made at Burtons, Sets made at B&Q, Director made a mistake…’
Some amazing music and vocal skills but overall quite hard to watch – I give it a 6.5 out of ten. It was cool, tho, to see tweets from people watching the same thing in one of 500 cinemas around the world!
Have you seen any of these ROH shows at the Odeon too? What did you think? Leave me a comment below. It included a little behind the scenes footage, so here’s a little flavour of what it’s all about…
Ps – NEXT WEEK – what it was like to attend the recording of ‘The Apprentice, You’re Fired’ – going Monday 6th!
QVC SNEAKY PEEK – This week I have to give you a heads up that Slim Be will be here with a Today’s Special Value – join me on Monday 13th midnight, if you’re on the lookout for something to help stick to a diet – specially if you’re doing the 5:2 diet!
4pm Friday 17th and 4pm Sunday 19th – 10th Anniversary shows including – wait for it – a whisper of free postage!
QVC – COMING UP: Antthony is baaaaaack! Fri/Sat/Sun (3-5th May). Yahooooo! Can’t wait – one of our favourite designers will be here for a whole host of shows – with a whole host of different hosts! – across three days.
Don’t miss some of his new styles. And in the meantime, do search online under his name, ‘cos there are lots of clearance bargains – like this set – 102818 skirt and top set, with XS, 2X and 3X available, all around £25 off!
And join me and Antthony for his finale show, this Sunday 5th at 9pm!
There’s plenty more from Will Gowing on his week ahead round up too, including the Alpha H Today’s Special Value I’m launching on Monday 6th at midnight! (Click here).
Next week – my birthday week! The Apprentice, You’re Fired – being in the audience for one of the first live shows! (The Apprentice itself starts 7th).
Best wishes and have a great week!
Ps *TiFFT = Try it For The First Time!
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